Don’t ever say there’s no progress in the automotive world. The Hyundai Accent, a former verbal punching bag in the American car landscape, now gets a slew of standard features for 2013 that would have been expensive options even 10 years ago.
The GLS base model gets air conditioning standard; satellite radio with USB and MP3 inputs, and 6 speakers; keyless entry; and body-colored mirrors and door handles; which have traditionally spelled the difference between fleet-special hooptie and a car one would feel little remorse at owning.
Next up is the SE, which gets turn signals built into the side mirrors, and an optional sunroof.
Heated side mirrors and remote keyless entry are now standard on all trims. The doors get some swishy cloth upholstery as well.
Just think—even less than 10 years ago, you couldn’t get an Accent with standard power windows, body-colored door handles and a lingering sense of self-worth. Likewise, Hyundai reports, sales of the Accent have been rising: through the month of May, sales climbed 51 percent over 2011′s figures, from 1529 to a whopping 6166 models sold.
And speaking of fleet-car status, Hyundai is doing all it can to reduce the influence of fleet sales into their reported figures: even despite a 66.2 percent drop in fleet Accents, sales have climbed 139 percent to actual paying customers.