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What Makes the 2021 Hyundai Accent ‘Surprisingly Quick’?

Driving a manual transmission is somewhat of an acquired taste. Many drivers on the road have no idea how to drive one, and still, more have no desire to. Whether a sedan, truck, or SUV, some drivers love driving a manual and wouldn’t drive an automatic if you paid them.

The problem with this is that there aren’t many new vehicles with a manual transmission. It appears that the manual is going out of style like the way of the dinosaurs. Thankfully, MotorTrend has put together a list of new vehicles that offer a manual transmission. The Hyundai Accent has made that list, and here’s what we were able to find out.

The list of new vehicles with a manual transmissions is fading

With fewer and fewer drivers learning to drive a manual transmission, the demand is slowly dying down. Many parents aren’t even bothering to teach their teens how to drive one. What was once considered a right of passage is now just a dying talent. 

There are still a few vehicles on the road that offer a manual. Seventeen vehicles made MotorTrends list, which includes: the 2021 Chevrolet Spark, 2021 Ford Bronco, 2021 Ford Mustang, 2021 Genesis G70, 2021 Honda Civic, 2021 Hyundai Accent, 2021 Hyundai Veloster, 2021 Kia Forte, 2021 Kia Soul, 2021 Mazda 3, 2021 Mini Hardtop and Convertible, 2021 Mini Clubman, 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman, 2021 Porsche 911, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Impreza, and the 2021 Toyota Corolla. 

Sadly the 2021 Ford Bronco is the only SUV to make the list, and no trucks either. This is just a further sign that manual transmissions might be on the way out. Although not the fastest car, the Hyundai Accent is quick. But will it linger on your mind?

The 2021 Hyundai Accent might be forgettable

2021 Hyundai Accent | Hyundai

The 2021 Hyundai Accent tends to fall under the radar. Some might consider it the worst car that Hyundai is currently producing, and it doesn’t get much love from critics. The Hatchback Accent isn’t so terrible, but the sedan model is entirely forgettable. Perhaps that’s why there’s no traffic for the Accent on Twitter and Instagram.

The 2021 Hyundai Accent comes equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 120 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque. That’s not exactly impressive, and it shows.

There’s also very little offered in the way of tech. You get a 5.0-inch touch screen, which is one of the smallest offered on the market. And there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto unless you upgrade.

The fuel economy is the saving grace for the Accent. It gets 33/41 mpg city/highway with the CVT transmission. But what about the manual transmission? How is the fuel economy affected by the manual?

The manual transmission comes at the cost of fuel economy

While many manual transmission fans might flock to the 2021 Hyundai Accent, be aware that it comes with a price. The fuel economy suffers due to the manual.

According to MotorTrend, “The Hyundai Accent’s six-speed manual transmission certainly allows the driver to make the most of the compact sedan’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine’s power, but it sacrifices fuel economy along the way. With EPA ratings of 29 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined, the stick-shift Accent is down 4 mpg in the city, 2 mpg on the highway, and 3 mpg combined to its CVT-equipped counterpart.”

Thankfully, speed does not suffer. The Accent’s base model still has quite a bit of speed and can go from 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds. That’s not extreme speed, and certainly wouldn’t do in a race, but it’s more than adequate for most drivers. 

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