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fun days in the hyundai accent!

Hyundai Accent

My first reaction upon getting into the 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS was, “What do you mean there’s no GPS?”

It’s been a long time since I drove a car without one, and we were planning to take this one on a road trip so I definitely felt kind of, well, lost.

But I plugged in my iPhone to keep it charged while we followed Google Maps to Long Beach, and the two hour ride was smooth and easy. I realized why this car — Hyundai’s least expensive — was called the Accent.

Its accent is on affordability.

That said, although the car is low on high tech bells and whistles, it doesn’t mean it skimps on style or space. In fact, this sub-compact cutie is surprisingly roomy and comfortable.

The interior was big enough for Michael to work on his laptop and turn the backseat into an office while my 25-year-old son was still able to stretch his legs out in the passenger seat. And there was plenty of room in the trunk for our luggage and all our beach gear.

Best of all, I could pull into tight parking spots that I wouldn’t even attempt in most cars.

Hyundai Accent

My iPod sounded great, as did the satellite radio, and the glove compartment and cup holders easily held all the goodies we picked up at the drive-through Dunkin’ Donuts in Long Beach. I learned that drive-throughs are another place the petite Accent shows off its assets, so I made a number of stops at Starbucks and the bank without ever leaving the car.

We got back from our trip with lots of gas to spare and spent the rest of the week driving around to some new places we had heard about in order to get the most out of the tank while leaving just enough for the person who was picking up the car to get to the gas station.

All in all, I was impressed with the Accent. Although I can’t say it had any big “wow” factor, I’m thinking that may not be the most important criteria by which to judge a car.

The fact that, in this economy, you can get a sturdy, roomy, comfy car for an MSRP of under $15,000 should be enough of a “wow.”

Comments

  1. As of now we are not in the need for a car but I do love a Hyundai. They are zippy and comfortable.

  2. Looks and sounds like a great car. I like that is economical on fuel too, that is a big plus!

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That sounds like a perfect “first car” for a high school graduate. As for me, I need something a bit bigger 🙂

  4. I would love to get a new car sometime soon and this looks amazing, perhaps I’ll have to take one for a test drive. x

  5. Everyone I know who has one loves it. It’s now on our list for next car…

  6. Lois I. Van Dahm says:

    If we didn’t have our Kia, we might be tempted!

  7. Elizabeth O. says:

    That looks and sounds like a really nice car. My sister is thinking of getting a new car. I will show this to her.

  8. I love test driving cars. You get to see all the features and sometimes you’re surprised how much you like the car.

  9. Sounds like a great economical compact car for travel and everyday use. What amazing features too!

  10. We are looking for another vehicle. We haven’t test driven the Hyundai yet but I see we need to give it a go.

  11. Julie Valdivia (@IllustratedMom) says:

    This is the same car I have but white! I love it more than any other car I’ve had! Enjoy!

  12. That’s a great deal on a new car (the price tag.) My friend had one of the first Accents forever ago and loved it. They’re nice cars!

  13. That looks like a fun speedy car! Love the color too.

  14. I have never ridden in a hyundai before, it looks like a great car.

  15. Sounds like a nice little car! If we were to get a vehicle it would have to be much bigger. This would be perfect for a second car though!

  16. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    What a cute car! We may be in the market for a new one this year. I’ll keep this one in mind. Sounds like you had a fun road trip in this one.

  17. Fuel economy is a great plus always. I would be very surprised too for a car without GPS

  18. Debbie Denny says:

    This does sound like a great small car. I like the look of it.

  19. Super sporty looking ride.
    We are toying with renting one when we go on our next vacation just the two of us.
    A little too small for all 6 of us.
    Perfect little “grocery getter” as my father would say.

  20. This seems like the perfect first car for a teenager or college student or for those of us that are older and our kids are out of the home. Less is sometimes better when it comes to all of those gadgets.

  21. Love It! This would be a great first Car for a College Student. It has that young hip “go getter” vibe

  22. Such a cute little car! I don’t know much about Hyundais but this looks like a nice ride!

  23. I love the Accent. It has such a sleek design, I love how classy it looks.

  24. This looks like a good car for a beginner driver. Cute

  25. We long ago outgrew a sedan but this one sounds nice.

  26. I wish that were big enough for our family, but with five and more… I love the Accent, it was my first car that I purchased myself.

  27. Cute car for the right budget indeed. I’ve always heard good things about Hyundai.

  28. That looks like a comfy car! For $15K, that’s not bad at all 🙂

  29. I think it’s a cute little car. My daughter will be driving in 6 months (yikes!) and we’ll keep the Hyundai as a definite option for her!

  30. This would be a great commuter vehicle honestly. We are starting to entertain the idea of purchasing a more affordable, less tech focused car for my husband to replace my old Toyota and this definitely makes the list to check out.

  31. This looks like an awesome car. I have been thinking it’s time for me to get something newer. I think I will take this on a test drive.

  32. The Hyundai looks like a really nice car. The price is right – I’ll take a red one!

  33. An Accent was my very first car! They have changed in recent years and are so sporty. It saved my life too. I was in a bad wreck and Hyundai kept me safe.

  34. Looks like a fun car to drive! I’ve never been in a Hyundai!

  35. Tonya C says:

    Love that you can use your iPod in the car. I wish mine had the satellite radio too. I love that feature.

  36. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This looks like a great car. I loved the Hyundai i had years ago. I would definitely buy another.

  37. Nice looking ride. Too small for my needs though. I need an SUV for my big hauls

  38. We owned a Hyundai Santa Fe for quite some time and loved it. I’m actually thinking my next SUV is going to be once again a Hyundai.

  39. Looks amazing. It looks so spacious and stylish. I really love the color of the car. We are already thinking about a new car & I am sure this would be a perfect choice.

  40. My father had a Hyundai Sonata years ago and, even then, they were such great cars. This one is so sleek and modern.

  41. What a cute car and love that price point! Definitely something to keep in mind for the future!

  42. I need a new car and I might check this out ! thanks for sharing…

  43. I am really impressed with most manufacturers on the market. The automobile industry is offer more and more. This price point is really great too!

  44. We are in the market for a new car. Looks like a great option for us

  45. I always love hearing about cars I’ve never been in before. Sounds like a great option for affordability but still stylish. Pretty.

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