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2000 Hyundai Accent
by Rick Smith

Hyundai Corporation


  • The "Hyundai Advantage" warranty includes limited bumper-to-bumper coverage for five years or 60,000 miles. When I saw other new Hyundai vehicles on the road in traffic, I asked the driver why they bought the car. "Warranty" was the first word out of their mouths.

  • 24-hour roadside assistance is included at no extra charge for 5 years without a mileage limit. This assistance includes emergency towing, lock-out service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses.

  • Original buyers get a limited powertrain warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles. It remains in force during ownership transfer to other family members.

  • If the vehicle is sold, the powertrain is backed by a 5 year, 60,000 mile warranty.

  • Anti-perforation ("rust through") coverage is provided for five years or 100,000 miles.

  • Coverages carry NO deductible.


  • Supercomputers were used by Hyundai engineers to make the basic structure of the Accent stronger and more rigid.

  • The reinforced A and B pillars are now stiffer and stronger for additional protection and have been injected with foam for additional protection and vibration reduction.

  • The cross cowl bar has been strengthened to prevent steering wheel vibration and the side sills, center panel and roof structures have been upgraded to minimize noise and vibration.

  • Doors use double seals to minimize wind noise and floor panels use special vibration absorbing materials to reduce interior noise level.


  • The 2000 Hyundai Accent is longer and wider than the previous generation Accent. The wheelbase has been increased by 1.6 inches (now 96.1 inches) and the width is now nearly 2 inches wider.

  • The halogen headlamps have been redesigned to project a wider, longer beam with a more uniform distribution of beam pattern. This makes nighttime visibility better.

  • The new grille and front air dam were designed to channel more cooling air into the radiator and engine compartment, as well as provide new styling.

  • The roofline is higher near the front of the car to provide more driver/front passenger headroom and a sportier look.

  • The slim A pillars provide increased visibility for the driver.

  • The driver's outside power mirror is heated and has been redesigned to reduce noise and improve aerodynamics. Both the driver and passenger mirrors are "fold away" - This is handy if you get a bit too close to the side of your garage opening.


  • A Bosch Seven engine management system is used to control the engine.

    The 2000 Accent uses a revamped Hyundai 1500cc single overhead cam, 12 valve engine with a 10 to 1 compression ratio

  • Roller rocker arms, multi-port fuel injection and direct fire distributorless ignition are some of the engine's high tech features.

  • Two knock sensors are used to monitor engine performance.

  • 92 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM and 97 lb.-ft of torque @ 4,000 RPM is delivered by this engine.

  • The engine cylinder heads are aluminum and feature pentroof style combustion chambers and maintenance-free hydraulic valve-lash adjusters.

  • The engine block has vertical webs and contoured surfaces for added rigidity.

  • The crankshaft has eight counterweights for smoother operation.

  • The engine is mounted to the chassis via hydraulic engine mounts.

  • Changes made to engine in the 2000 model results in a 3 decibel decrease in cabin noise from the previous model.

  • The exhaust manifold and catalytic assembly has a one piece welded construction for less "rattling" noise and greater reliability.


  • The gear ratios of the standard five speed have been revised from previous models.

  • The automatic transmission is computer controlled to allow the transaxle to adapt to differing driving situations and when necessary the transmission can skip a downshift which reduces the number of shifts when decelerating. The adaptive logic can delay upshifts and reduce "hunting" when going uphill. We reviewed the 5 speed manual transmission and it worked quite well in hilly, twisty terrain of western Pennsylvania, as well as the streets of New York and Chicago.


  • The 2000 Accent has advanced four-wheel independent suspension.

  • The front suspension has MacPherson struts and offset coil springs with an anti-roll bar.

  • The caster angle has been increased and the suspension geometry has been optimized to reduce "nose lift" while accelerating and "nose dive" when braking.

  • The new front sub-frame helps reduce road noise and improve safety in frontal collisions.

  • The rear suspension has a dual link design with coil springs and an anti-roll bar to provide improved ride quality and better handling.

  • The rear roll center height has been increased for 2000 to improve road holding capability.


  • Power assisted, dual diagonal braking system is standard in the 2000 Hyundai.

  • Ventilated disc brakes are in front and self-adjusting drum brakes are in the rear.

  • The brake booster size increases to 9 inches which improves brake pedal feel.

  • An anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) is an available option. The EBD acts like a brake booster and is highly effective for braking on wet or slippery road surfaces.


  • Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard and provides excellent road feel and handling capability.

  • The Accent has turning diameter of only 31.8 feet. This was a handy feature when navigating and parking on the side streets of Manhattan and in the Village.


  • The interior has been revised to provide more headroom, more legroom and more hiproom. With this added interior space, new seats are larger and offer more lumbar support.

  • The seat cushions and seat backs are made of special high-density foam to provide increase comfort on long drives. I was always quite comfortable while I test drove this vehicle for over 2,500 miles.

  • The driver's seat has dual height adjustment via 2 knobs - one for the front height and one for the rear height.

  • The upholstery fabrics have been upgraded.

  • The GS and GL models have a built-in, folding armrest. I didn't discover this feature until I was in New York City. On the return trip, it make driving even more comfortable.

  • Front seats include seat back pockets for the rear passengers.

  • Rear seats are 60/40 split and offer access into the trunk from the interior.

  • The instrument panel includes tachometer, speedometer, fuel and temperature gauge. They have white on gray markings, with red needle pointers, for easy visibility in a variety of lighting conditions.

  • The 2 spoke steering wheel is adjustable and was designed for optimal grip and comfort.

  • The 2000 Accent has an 88 cubic feet interior with full carpeting, front bucket seats, height-adjustable headrests, deluxe full seat cloth trim, carpeted side trim, retractable dual cupholder, remote fuel filler release, passenger vanity mirror and front door map pockets.

  • Standard Power equipment includes an AM/FM stereo cassette radio, rear window defroster and variable intermittent wiper system.

    Optional Equipment

  • The revised and upgraded air conditioning is optional on the GL and GS making it smaller and more efficient. You can vary the level from a soft, cool breeze to a strong, powerful, nose-chilling blast. It worked great in the summer heat of New York.

  • The GS and GL trim packages include deluxe cut-pile carpeting, digital quartz clock, tachometer, tinted glass, built in driver's seat armrest and five-way adjustable driver's seat.

  • The GL sedan offers a remote trunk release.

  • GS or GL buyers can select and optional four-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter.

  • The GS and GL models have P175/70R-13 steel belted, all season radial tires as standard with deluxe wheel covers.

  • Aluminum alloy wheels are optional.

    Safety Equipment

  • Second-generation, dual supplemental driver and passenger airbags are standard and they incorporate Hyundai's "one-box" sensor design for maximum reliability.

  • Seat belt pretensioners and load limiters tighten the seat belt in the event of a collision.

  • Three point seat belts are standard in the front, with lap belts in the rear.

    Environmental Issues

  • Hyundai has eliminated the use of asbestos in gaskets, brakes and clutch pads.

  • All plastic parts are stamped with internationally recognized identification symbols of easier recycling.

  • All Hyundai air conditioning system and manufacturing process is free of ozone-depleting CFCS (chlorofluorocarbons).

  • All materials in the dashboard are made of environmentally-friendly recyclable materials.

    Hyundai Corporation Backgrounder

    2000 Hyundai Accent Review

    Dated: September 15, 2000

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