Intended to meet basic transportation needs, the Accent is Hyundai's most entry-level vehicle. It's a subcompact four-door sedan; the Venue and Veloster take the place of the previously available Accent hatchback. The current fifth-generation Accent went on sale for 2018 and received a different engine and transmission in 2020 that improved efficiency with a slight loss of power.
The 2021 Accent now offers Forge Gray, but the subcompact no longer has Urban Gray or Linen Beige as exterior color options.
Our expectations for the Accent are admittedly low, but it only just manages to meet them. Driving refinement isn't great; the powertrain delivers slow acceleration and responses to inputs. In terms of handling, it goes where the steering wheel is pointed, but ride quality can become bouncy on less-than-perfect pavement. This all comes as a disappointing surprise, given the spirit demonstrated by its platform-mate, the Kia Rio.
The Accent earns praise for its handsome exterior styling. Inside, there are some nice materials, and the 7.0-inch infotainment display is bright and clear. Build quality feels strong, and especially since the 2020 model's powertrain changes, fuel economy is high. Although it functions well and doesn't have any fatal flaws, the Kia Rio and the outgoing Toyota Yaris (if you can find a leftover 2020 model) manage to feel less basic and more fun while making a similar value proposition.
The Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 engine producing 120 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque, all sent to the front wheels. A six-speed manual is standard on the SE trim; the SEL and Premium trims get a CVT automatic. Expect 0-60 mph acceleration in about 10 seconds. EPA-rated fuel economy is 29/39 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 33/41 mpg with the CVT.
The NHTSA gives the Accent a four-star overall safety rating out of a possible five stars. When evaluated by the IIHS, the Accent earned 2019 Top Safety Pick designation when equipped with the available LED headlights and front-crash prevention system, both standard on the Limited trim. Regardless, the Accent earned the top Good score in five out of six IIHS crashworthiness tests.
The Accent's only available driver-assist or active safety feature is forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, which is standard on the Limited trim.
The Accent's trunk provides 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space, with split-folding second-row seats allowing larger items to fit inside.
Front-row headroom measures 38.9 inches, which compares to 39.5 inches in the Nissan Versa. Second-row headroom is 37.3 inches in the Accent, equal to the Versa. Front-row legroom is 42.1 inches in the Hyundai, less than the Nissan's 44.5 inches. However, second-row legroom is better in the Accent, which has 33.5 inches to the Versa's 31.0 inches.
As standard, the Accent SE is equipped with a 5.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, a single USB port, and four-speaker audio system. The SEL and Limited trims feature a 7.0-inch touchscreen that adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a second USB port, and a six-speaker audio setup. All trims include a small information display in the gauge cluster.
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