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UPDATED: Jan 23, 2020

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The Hyundai Accent is a value buy, and you’ll save on auto insurance with this affordable, compact car. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average 2011 Hyundai Accent owner reports paying just under $850 per year to insure this car, or about $70 per month.

Hyundai has introduced an all-new Accent for the 2012 model year, and the cost of insuring this vehicle should be comparable.

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Honda Fit drivers reported slightly lower annual insurance premiums, according to Kelley Blue Book’s data. Their average payment was $831 per year, about $10 less than the average payment for the Hyundai Accent.

Ford Fiesta owners paid an average of $853 per year, and the Toyota Yaris drivers that were surveyed reported auto insurance bills of approximately $835 annually.

Your car insurance rates will depend on your driving record and the area in which you live. If your driving record is poor or you live in a high-crime area, you’ll most likely pay higher rates than the Kelley Blue Book estimates.

Conversely, you’ll probably end up paying less if you have a perfect driving record or live in an area that is safer than average. To get the most up-to-date car insurance rate quotes for your area, enter your ZIP code in the box on this page.

Hyundai Accent Rankings and Reviews

U.S. News & World Report ranks the 2011 Hyundai Accent 29th out of 33 affordable small cars on the market. Despite this low ranking, the Accent tops the list when it comes to price, with a starting MSRP of just $9,985.

Next up is the Nissan Versa, starting at $9,990, followed by the Chevrolet Aveo at $11,965. Clearly, options under $10,000 are limited, even in the affordable small car market.

With a fuel economy rating of 28 city mpg, the Accent also compares well to the competition in this regard.

Its highway fuel economy of 34 mpg is less impressive, though, especially given its lackluster performance. The 2012 Hyundai Accent is expected to turn the tables, though. Its estimated 30 city mpg and 40 highway mpg will place it near the top of its class.

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The Accent also stands up to the competition when it comes to reliability. J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2011 Accent a Predicted Reliability score of 7.0 out of 10, ranking it second out of all 12 rated cars in this category.

By way of comparison, the Ford Fiesta and the Scion xB also received scores of 7.0, and the only compact car with a higher score was the hybrid Honda CR-Z.

The Kia Rio and the Chevrolet Aveo both scored 5.0 out of 10, and the Volkswagen Golf only scored 4.0 out of 10.

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Hyundai Accent Safety Features and Ratings

Although the 2011 Accent is very competitive when it comes to price and reliability, it falls behind in the safety category. This means that drivers will pay a bit more to insure this car, all things being equal.

For the 2011 model year, the federal government gave the Accent the highest rating available for front-impact crash tests.

The Accent also received the second-highest rating of four stars in rollover tests, but it only received three stars in tests measuring the protection of rear-seat passengers in side-impact collisions.

There are much safer compact cars available, including the Honda Fit, the Ford Fiesta, and the Kia Forte.

The 2012 Accent has not undergone crash testing yet, but it is likely to receive better scores than the previous models. It has been upgraded with lots of standard safety features that were either optional or not available in earlier Hyundai Accents.

For example, earlier Accents did not all feature tire pressure monitoring systems or electronic stability control, but this equipment is standard in 2012 Accents.

Other upgrades that will be standard in the 2012 Accent include the following:

  • Brake assist
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Vehicle stability management

Interior Features for the Hyundai Accent

The 2012 Hyundai Accent will feature class-competitive interior amenities like a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt steering wheel, and power locks at all three trim levels.

Air conditioning, power windows, and a six-speaker CD/MP3 player are all standard at the GS and SE trim levels, but only optional in the base model GLS.

At the SE trim level, the following features are standard:

  • Cruise control
  • Cloth seats
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

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Hyundai Accent Performance

The 2012 Accent comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, although consumers can upgrade to an automatic transmission for an additional charge. The 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engine generates 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm.

Although the 110 horsepower engine on the 2011 Accent was derided for its poor acceleration, reviewers like Edmunds expect the 2012 Accent to be one of the most powerful compact cars on the market.

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Warranty for the Hyundai Accent

Hyundai says that the 2012 Accent will continue to be protected by its 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This warranty is nearly twice as long as the plans that competitors offer.

Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan all guarantee their vehicles’ powertrains for five years or 60,000 miles, and Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty is five years or 100,000 miles.

The Hyundai Accent’s bumper-to-bumper warranty also compares favorably to those offered by the competition. At five years or 60,000 miles, the Accent’s original parts are warranted for as long as the competition’s powertrains are.

The bumper-to-bumper warranties for the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, and Chevrolet Cruze only last for three years or 36,000 miles. Hyundai also offers Accent owners Roadside Assistance for five years regardless of mileage.

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