Hyundai Accent
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For proof that small doesn’t mean cheap, look no further than Hyundai’s small sedan and hatchback models that are styling and content benchmarks for the sub-compact class.

A 138-horsepower four-cylinder is standard for both body styles; choose from a six-speed manual transmission, or optional six-speed automatic.

Hyundai performed some kind of magic in creating the current-generation Accent by making both sedan and hatchback appear and drive larger than they actually are. In fact, it can be particularly difficult to spot the difference between the Accent and its compact Elantra sibling, even at close range. The sedan excels in passenger roominess, as does the hatchback, although the latter’s sweeping roofline, curvaceous liftgate make it the most practical Accent and arguably the best looking of the two. In terms of stowage, Hyundai claims the hatchback bests all comers with the second-row seat in the upright position (and that includes the Nissan Versa Note wagon). However the better-packaged new-for-2015 Honda Fit still enjoys significant space-race superiority when measuring maximum volume with the rear seat folded flat. The Accent’s 1.6-liter engine produces 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque and can be had with a six-speed manual transmission, or optional six-speed automatic. The base four-door GLS gets air conditioning, heated side mirrors, remote keyless entry, six-speaker audio system and a full suite of safety gear. All of that content is included in the GS hatchback while the top-level SE hatch comes with side mirrors with integrated turn signals along with cruise control, premium seat covers, Bluetooth short-range wireless networking, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels (14-inch steel wheels are standard), while a power sunroof and a rearview camera are available extras. Leather seats and a navigation system are missing from the available-features list, indicating that Hyundai is keeping the Accent’s trim levels (and pricing) as close to the bone as possible.