2016 Hyundai Accent: Heading back to school safe and sound
|As the weather begins to cool, your thoughts might be focused on getting the kids ready to go back to school. One of the things on your list might be reliable transportation for your high school or post-secondary student.
A new 2016 Hyundai Accent 5-door makes a great back to school car for students. Even if your kids are not old enough to drive, the Accent is perfect for you and the family.
Safety is always an important issue, luckily the Accent comes stocked with standard safety features designed to protect you and your passengers.
The Accent has six standard airbags, two in the front seat, two side cabin airbags and two side impact airbags. There are two headrest restraints that help protect the head during a collision.
The Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) is designed to help keep the vehicle stable at all times, even when there might be situations where there is oversteer or understeer. Combine that with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Traction Control System (TCS), and you have a vehicle that helps drivers stay safe. These are good features for new drivers to have as they learn conscientious driving habits.
ABS brakes are standard, and these will help your young driver from locking up the brakes and skidding should they have to brake hard.
While the Hyundai Accent 5-door is a reliable vehicle, it is nice to know that Hyundai stands behind their product for 5-years or 100,000 km. In case you did not know, 100,000 km is 12.45 trips across Canada. That is a lot of trips home for kids going to school far from home.
Under the Hood
In order for your student to make those trips home, their budget has to include some money for fuel, and that means that the more money they can save on fuel, the more times they can come home to see you. The Hyundai Accent has great fuel economy.
Because the Accent is equipped with a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, there is precision control over the amount of fuel injected into the engine. The 1.6 litre DOHC Inline 4-cylinder engine delivers 138 horsepower at 6,300 RPMs with a compression ratio of 11.0:1. This GDI engine is stock in all trim levels. An Accent with an automatic transmission will give you 8.9 in the city, 6.3 on the highway, and a combined 7.7 L/100 km.
The Accent is also available with manual transmission, and although it does not save you anything in fuel efficiency, it is a 6-speed that makes the car a lot of fun to drive.
All the Toys
Everyone wants their car to adapt to their lifestyle, and your student will feel right at home in the cabin of the Accent. The audio system comes standard with an iPod/USB and MP3 input jacks that let them bring along their own music for the ride home. It is SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio ready should they forget their iPod.
Although not available on the L trims, all other packages come standard with the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System with VR and steering mounted audio controls that are designed to reduce incidents where someone is looking down at their phone instead of at the road.
The hatchback and roomy cargo space makes it easy to pack up and come back home when the school year ends. The Accent is available in five trim packages from the most basic L to a fully equipped GLS.
The 2016 Hyundai Accent 5-door is not just for kids. Some trim packages include heated seats for those cold winter mornings, a power sunroof that lets you enjoy a star-filled evening, and a leather wrapped steering wheel for a comfortable grip.
Whether it is for your student or for yourself, stop by and test drive a new Hyundai Accent 5-door today.