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The Accent is spacious for its class, although it can’t compare to the Honda Fit, which costs much more. The sedan is 10 inches longer than the hatchback, with more cargo space with the seatbacks up, but it offers less interior versatility. It’s technically a compact by federal guidelines.
The cabin is simple and effective, with streamlined controls and low-gloss plastics, except for the hard and shiny black plastic on the center console and doors. The dashboard is shaped like a big boomerang, and finished in a matte that suggests carbon fiber. It’s nicely finished for the price point. The finish is average or better.
There’s ample storage inside. Big glovebox, and good bins and trays.
There’s plenty of headroom, legroom, and ease of entry and exit for tall passengers, in front. The front seats are height-adjustable, and even at the top there’s good headroom. The standard seats need more bolstering, and are uncomfortable after a few hours. The Sport seats are nicer and a bit better.
Room in the rear seats is respectable for a subcompact, but the cushions are a bit low. They fold forward easily in both the sedan and hatch, although again can’t compare with the clever fold of the Honda Fit.
Rearward visibility is restricted in the hatchback because of the big rear pillars and the standard rear headrests, but the sedans don’t have the same issue. We wish a rearview camera were at least optional.