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The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine that produces 138 horsepower and features variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The environmentally friendly Accent has an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle rating. Standard safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and six airbags (front, seat-mounted side-impact, and side-curtain) on all models. The Accent is available in several trims: GS or SE on the hatchback and GLS on the four-door sedan.
The Accent receives several notable changes for 2013. GS and GLS trims are now equipped with rear drum brakes as standard equipment. All trims gain standard power heated exterior mirrors. The GLS sedan now features standard air conditioning, remote keyless entry with panic, cloth door trim, body-color mirrors, sunglasses storage and a six speaker audio system.