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Hyundai launches the no-frills 2010 Accent

The sedan and coupe version, called the GLS and GL respectively are the entry levels which are the cheaper ones here but fall a bit short in terms of fuel consumption. The Accent Blue though, being the super economy version is the cheapest version which comes with a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. Hyundai has increased the wheelbase to 98.4 inches here and the car is now 66.7 inches long and 159.3 inches long which means it is bigger than the previous version that translates to more weight and hence takes up more fuel.

Under the hood, you will get the 2.0 liter DOHC 4 cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) that gets you up to 110 horses at 6,000 rpm and a maximum of 106 lb-ft of torque at 4,500rpm mated with a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. B&M Racing provides the sport shifter gears in the Special Edition version while an automatic 4 speed transaxle is fitted in the other version.

Standards in the Accent Blue and the GL are its 14-inch steel wheels while the SE gets you 2 inches more. Standard McPherson struts are fitted in front with coil springs and a stabilizer bar while optionally you can also get the ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) and BAS (Brake Assist System) as well.

The one thing which is worth mentioning is the no-frills Accent Blue which gets you quite some accessories like the digital clock, variable intermittent windshield wipers, two 12-volt power outlets, adjustable driver’s seat, the fold-down rear seatback that splits 60/40, tachometer, a defroster for the rear window and a rear spoiler. Essentially, this car is where you pay for what you get and hence do not expect any sophistication here as they are meant for those who wants an economical car as well as practical one.

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