2010 Hyundai Accent

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What Changed for the 2010 Hyundai Accent:
  • Accent Blue Edition added to the lineup
  • Blue Edition designed for maximum fuel economy at a minimum price: 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway for around $10,000
  • Air conditioning is the only option for the Blue Edition
  • All Accent models see fuel-economy improvements for 2010 through low-rolling-resistance tires, powertrain modifications, and aerodynamic enhancements
  • New blue-lit background illumination and \"eco indicator\" light added to all models
  • Standard iPod and USB ports on Accents with audio systems
  • ABS now optional on Accent GS
  • Steering-wheel audio controls now standard on Accent GLS and SE
  • Cruise control and power sunroof now standard on Accent SE

The Hyundai Accent took its initial bow in the U.S. in the 2007 model year. Available as a three-door hatchback or as a sedan, in its new Accent Blue trim, the Accent is one of the least expensive cars available for 2010. Its low curb weight, Hyundai says, makes the Accent more responsive than its 110-hp engine would suggest.

The base-level Blue trim is a base vehicle. It has two side doors and a hatchback, 14-inch wheels, adjustable driver's seat, and optional air conditioning. The GS trim adds air conditioning as a standard feature, along with a six-speaker sound system with CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, and optional auxiliary/USB jacks, and various upgrades to the interior and exterior. The SE trim includes to 16-inch wheels, and adds a sunroof, firmer suspension, and other enhancements. The Accent sedan is offered only in GLS trim, which is similar to the GS.

The 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 106 lb.-ft. of torque. It's coupeed to a five-speed manual transmission, with an optional four-speed automatic available on all trims except the Blue trim level. All Accents are front-wheel-drive. According to the EPA, the Blue trim delivers 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, as do all other trims with the automatic transmission. The upper level trims with manual transmission deliver 28 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, according to the EPA.

The NHTSA gave the 2010 Hyundai Accent five stars for front occupant protection in front-impact tests, and four stars for side-impact tests. The Accent received three stars for rear-passenger protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Accent an \"Acceptable\" rating for frontal-offset and \"Poor\" for side impact.

The 2010 Accent Blue trim carried an MSRP of $9,970.

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  • Name Blue (3dr HB Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 9970.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/36
  • Name GS (3dr HB Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 11995.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 28/34
  • Name GS (3dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 12995.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/36
  • Name SE (3dr HB Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 16195.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 28/34
  • Name SE (3dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 16995.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/36
  • Name GLS (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 13645.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 28/34
  • Name GLS (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 14645.00 Engine 1.6L/98 City/Hwy MPG 27/36
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Reclining front bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual adjustable driver seat w/height adjust, adjustable headrests
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: adjustable head restraints
  • Driver armrest
  • Front center console w/dual cupholders
  • Velour full floor carpeting
  • Instrumentation -inc: odometer, trip odometer, tachometer, fuel level, digital clock
  • Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, brake, check engine
  • Warning chimes -inc: key-in-ignition, door ajar, seatbelt
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Cabin air filter
  • Rear window defroster
  • Illuminated glove compartment
  • 12V aux pwr outlet & cigarette lighter
  • Illumination -inc: dome light, I/P switch illumination, cargo area light
  • Assist grips
  • Front map pockets
  • Rear coat hook
  • Rear cargo cover
  • Tilt steering column
  • Air conditioning
  • Map lights w/sunglass holder
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver auto down, illuminated switches, driver pwr reserve
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/alarm & panic alert
  • Metallic interior accents
  • Illumination -inc: dome light, I/P switch illumination, cargo area light, delayed off interior lights
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors w/covers
  • Leather-wrapped B&M Racing sport shifter
  • Front passenger seat back pocket
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Rear center armrest w/dual cupholders
  • Remote trunk & hood release
  • 14 x 5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P175/70R14 tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color rear garnish
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body-color grille
  • Black side mirrors
  • Side marker lamps
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black door handles
  • Body-color side mirrors
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16 x 5.5" alloy wheels
  • P205/45R16 tires
  • Pwr tilt/slide sunroof
  • Body-color pwr side mirrors
  • Front fog lamps
  • Tinted glass w/sunshade band
  • 14 x 5.5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P185/65R14 tires
  • Black grille w/chrome accents
  • Body-color body-side molding
  • 1.6L DOHC MPI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shocks
  • Coupled rear torsion beam -inc: coil springs, gas shocks
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Front disc/rear drum brakes
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Sport-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shocks
  • Sport-tuned coupled rear torsion beam -inc: coil springs, gas shocks
    • Shift interlock system
    • Hood buckling creases & safety stops
    • Front & rear crumple zones
    • Bodyside reinforcements
    • Driver & front passenger airbags
    • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear outboard roof mounted head curtain airbags
    • Occupant classification system
    • Front seatbelts -inc: pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable shoulder belts
    • 3-point rear seatbelts
    • Lower Anchors & Upper Tether Anchors, outboard (LATCH)
    • Energy-absorbing steering column
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Audio prep w/(4) speakers
    • AM/FM roof-mounted micro antenna
    • AM/FM/XM audio system w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, iPod/USB/aux input jacks
    • Integrated AM/FM/XM roof-mounted micro antenna

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