Ever the brand to offer bang for your buck, Hyundai announced a host of new standard features for its 2013 Accent subcompact today.
Anything with the word “heated” in its name is a surefire seller in cold climates, so the now-standard heated side mirrors are probably going to help Hyundai sell the 2013 model year Accent farther north. Aside from that, the base model now includes air conditioning, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and an MP3 audio system.
Remote keyless entry is also standard, while side mirrors with turn signal indicators are standard on the SE trim and a power sunroof comes in as optional equipment at that trim level. With a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine, the Accent is selling well thanks to its low $14,545 starting price and exceptional fuel economy — 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway.
Not only that, but the Accent actually beats most other subcompacts in both horsepower and torque. With 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque, the Chevrolet Sonic is the only car that can claim competing power ratings with the same horsepower but slightly more torque.
Still, that’s hardly news. Those power ratings haven’t changed since last year and neither has the gas mileage. Nonetheless, consumers will benefit from the brand’s new standard features and will probably see an even greater sales increase than the 51 percent it had this year thanks in part to high gas prices.