The driving experience behind the wheel of a Hyundai Accent can be described as sophisticated simplicity. It has some get-up-and go that will help you get pass slower drivers and big rigs, but the vehicle lacks road-commanding power one would find in other Hyundai models. While this may be a deterring factor for the speed demons of the road, green-minded and budget-conscious drivers will love the powertrain’s 27/38 MPG fuel efficiency.
For 2016, the Accent maintains most of the attractive and affordable features and design of the 2015 model year. Minor changes include packaging updates and more consistent trim-level naming. The vehicle is still available in two models, a sedan and a hatchback. The hatchback option also remains available in a Sports trim, which has sportier driving dynamics and visual cues.
Creature Comforts of the Azera
Setting new standards in the luxury sedan market is the Hyundai Azera
. Before the Genesis’ debut, the Azera was considered the top-of-the-line Hyundai vehicle available in the American market. These days, it continues to win honors for its bold design and numerous safety features.
The Azera is one of the only in its class to offer standard features such as a hands-free smart trunk and blind spot detection technology. Like its competitors, the vehicle has a backup camera, heated front and rear seats, and an available panoramic sunroof. It has the best total interior volume in its class at 123.3 cubic feet. The vehicle is powered by a V6 engine that delivers 293 HP, a six-speed transmission, and front-wheel drive, reaching a 20/29 MPG fuel efficiency.
For 2016, Hyundai focused on taking the Azera to the next premium sedan level. The new model offers more technology conveniences, such as smart cruise control and electronic parking brake systems, on select trims. But all 2016 Azeras have best-in-class front head and leg room, beating competitors such as the Nissan Maxima and Ford Taurus. Final Thoughts
The Hyundai Accent is a great first car for a teen driver or college graduate. It’s an inexpensive, safe, and dependable option that parents would be comfortable with. Drivers looking for the bare essentials with a few nice added features may also benefit from owning this vehicle. But families looking for a ride with space for strollers, toys, and car seats may not identify this Hyundai model as their perfect fit.
But for drivers looking for more technology and comfort, the Azera is definitely worth a test drive. The vehicle may be more costly than the Accent, but the large amount of available features makes it worth the additional dollars. It still may not be the right vehicle for young families with strollers and car seats in tow, but the Azera will work great for the driver looking for a luxury vehicle on a reasonable budget.
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