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The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine that produces 110 horsepower, and features variable valve timing. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The environmentally friendly Accent has an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II rating. Standard safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and six airbags (front, seat-mounted side-impact, and side-curtain) as standard on all models. The Accent is available as a Blue, GS or SE hatchback, and as a GLS four-door sedan.
For 2010, the accent receives a new Blue trim. Also, slight standard equipment and optional packaging are updated.