The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine that produces 138 horsepower and features variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The environmentally friendly Accent has an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle rating. Standard safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and six airbags (front, seat-mounted side-impact, and side-curtain) on all models. The Accent is available in several trims: GS or SE on the hatchback and GLS on the four-door sedan.
The Accent has been completely redesigned for 2012. New styling inside and out enhance the cars appeal.