The Hyundai Accent has always been a front-runner in the subcompact race. With its roomy interior and relatively cheap price, it still enjoys the favor of many car owners. It also remains as a reasonable choice among economy cars because of its quality and performance.
1995 - 1999: First generation
Hyundai Accent was first launched in 1995 as a replacement for the Hyundai Excel. It was also called Dodge Brisa, Hyundai Excel, and Hyundai Pony in some countries. Three versions of the Hyundai Accent came out in the market: a sedan, a coupe, and a saloon. All these three variations also came with three engine options: a 1.3-L 12-valve engine capable of 85 horsepower, a 1.5-L 12-valve engine that can generate 92 horsepower, and a 1.5-L 16-valve engine producing 105 horsepower. This model was received warmly in the market because of its affordability and reliability. It grew popular and even became the third best-selling vehicle in Australia in 1996 and 1998.
2000 - 2005: Second generation
Coming in slightly bigger and more comfortable, the 2000 model of Hyundai Accent was redesigned with a more angular body and increased dimensions. But unlike the first-generation model, it was only introduced with two versions: a four-door sedan and a two-door hatchback. The second-generation models were initially powered by 1.5-liter 12-valve SOHC and 16-valve DOHC engines, but in 2003, the hatchback was offered with a 1.5-L or 1.6-L engine as a GS or GSi.
2006 - 2011: Third generation
The third generation of the Hyundai Accent was available as a three-door hatchback or a four-door sedan. There was also an optional Premium Sport Package that comes with power windows and door locks, heated mirrors, keyless entry with alarm, and 15-inch alloy wheels. The 2006 Accent featured a new 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine with intake valve timing. The engine is capable of producing 110 horsepower, and its torque can go up to 106 lb-ft. A five-speed manual comes in standard with the Accent, but there is also an optional four-speed automatic. The Accent also has a reliable suspension system it could boast of. Its ride is smooth and stable, providing comfort for the passengers.
2010 - present: Fourth generation
The fourth generation of the Hyundai Accent is basically the Korean version of this model, and it was introduced with the same 1.6-liter engine and 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual as that of Elantra. But it still retained the name "Accent." The model has higher fuel economy compared to the previous generations of Accent. In 2012, Accent was revamped with a more spacious interior and an even more powerful engine--a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that can generate 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. It has a nice feel and appearance with its modern design and elegantly sculpted dash.