2009 Hyundai Accent is the least expensive car in the U.S.

Earlier this month Nissan announced that its new $9,990 Versa Sedan 1.6 is the cheapest car in the U.S.; however, the title was gained by forgoing the necessary features every car should have including a stereo and an air conditioning system. Today, Hyundai is claiming that the its new 2009 Hyundai Accent with a starting price of $9,970 is the least expensive car in the U.S.

Hyundai also points out that the 2009 Accent is the “Most Dependable Sub-Compact Car” as determined by J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study. And Hyundai didn’t drop any equipment to reach $9,970. The 2009 Accent GS keeps all its content from last year but gets a new low price starting at $9,970.

The new 2009 Accent GS comes with a 110-hp 1.6L engine, power steering, advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, front variable intermittent wipers, 60/40 split fold-down seatback, six-way adjustable driver seat, adjustable head restraints for all seating positions and rear spoiler.

A three door 2009 Hyundai Accent with an automatic transmission starts $12,070 while the Accent GLS 4-door and Accent SE 3-door both start at $12,070 and $15,070 respectively.