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2018 Accent

Hyundai's fifth-generation Accent sedan offers a roomy interior, a strong powertrain and a more premium feel than its modest price tag would suggest. Hyundai has discontinued the hatchback model, leaving the sedan as the only variant.


For the time being, Accent is Hyundai's entry-level automobile. It is powered by a relatively unimpressive (only 130 horsepower and 119lb-ft of torque) 1.6-liter engine, but a manual transmission is still available on the base "SE" model for those who want to make the most of it. On the SEL and Limited, a conventional six-speed automatic is standard.

The Accent also remains relatively svelte. The manual model checks in at just 2,502 pounds. The automatic adds 177 pounds to that.

The Accent may be nicer than in previous incarnations, but it is still an inexpensive car. There are no available leather or leatherette seating surfaces, for example. You're also limited to two USB charge points (one up front and one in the rear--though in addition to a third data port for phone connectivity).

In other areas, Hyundai has added rather than subtracted. A seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is available, and even base models get a five-inch touchscreen. The updated Accent also boasts enough interior volume to be dubbed a compact rather than a subcompact by the EPA. It also boasts a decent-sized trunk (13.7 cubic feet) for a car its size.

The car rides on a fully independent suspension with a MacPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam at the rear. The arrangement isn't overtly sporty but does provide a comfortable freeway ride.

Standard and Optional Features

Standard equipment on the Accent includes a rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines and automatic emergency braking.

Base models are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, power windows and locks, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks, power and heated body-colored side mirrors, remote keyless entry, a trip computer and 15-inch steel wheels.

Springing for the SEL model adds alloy wheels (of the same diameter), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual USB charge ports, rear disc brakes (base models get only drums), 7-inch display audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and heated side mirrors.

The Limited model is loaded up. Features include 17-inch wheels, proximity entry, heated front seats, a power sunroof, LED headlamps and taillights, side mirror turn signal repeaters and an upgraded cluster display.

Occupant Safety

Standard safety equipment includes front, side and head curtain airbags, traction and stability control systems, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist and active front head restraints.

Automated emergency braking is also standard, as is a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. Forward Collision Assist is available on the fully loaded "Limited” model.

Key Competitors

Subcompact sedan alternatives to the Accent include the Ford Fiesta Sedan, the Chevrolet Sonic Sedan and, for especially price-conscious buyers, the Nissan Versa Sedan.