Posted Nov 23rd 2013 6:00PM
Integrated blind-spot mirrors are hardly a luxury item, but they're one of the simplest yet most welcome equipment developments we've seen in some time, and we're glad to see them beginning to spread throughout the industry's offerings. The 2014 Hyundai Accent is the latest car to get them, along with a host of other new features.
Chief among the changes to Hyundai's entry-level offering are new projector headlamps that combine LED accents with a welcome-light function, along with an available B&M Racing sport shifter on the five-door SE hatchback. Other small-but-useful standard-equipment updates include triple-flash turn signals and sliding sun visors, while uplevel SE models are treated to a tilt/telescope steering wheel, updated audio system with improved ergonomics and voice recognition, auto-up driver's side window and the aforementioned upgraded projector headlamps.
Mechanically speaking, the Accent appears unchanged, with the sole engine offering consisting of Hyundai's well-regarded 1.6-litre Gamma four-cylinder delivering 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque to go along with its fuel economy ratings of 8.7 L/100km city and 6.2 L/100 km highway (27 miles per gallon city and 38 highway).
Through October of this year, Hyundai has shifted 48,717 Accents in the US alone, a respectable figure but well behind class leaders like the Ford Fiesta (61,955), Chevrolet Sonic (76,499) and Nissan Versa (100,161), let alone larger Hyundai models like the Sonata (172,574) and Elantra (209,469).