The engines made available for the first generation Accents were not very impressive in the eyes of this car guy. The smaller inline 4 cylinder engine makes
92 horsepower, while the more powerful engine made 105 horsepower. I'd give you speed stats, but for an engine that weak who really cares?
The redesigned second generation made its debut in 2000. The engine options did not improve much, with the top engine being a 1.6L Alpha DOHC making 104 horsepower with its four cylinders.
The third generation Accent shows some improved engineering from Hyundai. The top engine now makes 110 horsepower, but the real news is the introduction of a turbodiesel engine option. These were first sold in 2006.
The biggest appeal of these cars is the price. A fully loaded Accent GLS with 6 speaker stereo, air conditioning, 6 airbags, power windows, alloy wheels, and many other options with the premium sport package sells for $15,345. Bare bones models can be bought for $10,000 or less brand new from the dealer.
These cars are popping up all over the used car market, and they offer a good option for those looking to buy a gas sipper, which I know a lot of you are interested in with gas selling for over $3 a gallon. You'll find plenty of listings on eBay, with some in near new condition. Others have some rather crazy custom mods for anyone interested in a unique car, and there are lots of parts available so you can fix one up or customize it yourself.