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The Accent is bare-bones transportation and suffers from many of the shortcomings common among subcompacts. Its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine returned 33 mpg overall in our tests.
That is good, but many larger, more substantial compact cars can match that. The engine sounds coarse under hard acceleration. The stiff ride doesn't do much to soften bumps and ruts, and road noise fills the cabin. The basic interior features easy-to-use controls. We found the seats to be short on support, and the backseat is tight. Advanced safety features come only on the top Limited trim, which is priced like a compact car, and undermine the reason to buy a subcompact. For 2020 the Accent gets a continuously variable transmission, which Hyundai claims will improve fuel economy.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
This generation of Accent comes only as a sedan. It is bare-bones transportation and suffers from many of the shortcomings common among subcompacts.
Its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine returned 33 mpg overall in our tests. That is good, but many larger, more substantial compact cars can match that. The engine noise is mostly unobtrusive, but the sluggish acceleration forces the driver to mash the throttle, at which point the engine sounds coarse. The Hyundai doesn't do much to soften bumps and ruts, and road noise fills the cabin. The basic interior features easy-to-use controls. We found the seats to be short on support, and the back seat is tight back seat. Advanced safety features come only on the top Limited trim, which is priced like a compact car, undermining the reason to buy a subcompact.
$15,100 - $17,425
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$13,225 - $15,525
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2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
The 2012 Accent is endowed with responsive handling, comfortable front seats, and better fuel economy While the front seats are also more roomy, the rear seat remains cramped -- though it is on par for its class. Noise levels are higher than we consider ideal, but not offensive.
All of the controls are straightforward. Though we appreciate the newfound responsiveness of the Accent's handling, the ride is somewhat jittery. In the end though, we cannot recommend this version of the Accent because it scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.
$10,500 - $11,950
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$9,275 - $10,100
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$7,675 - $8,225
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$6,725 - $7,375
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$6,050 - $6,500
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$5,625 - $5,975
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2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
Accent's 2006 redesign brought a quieter, more comfortable ride. As a result, this version of the subcompact Hyundai is a significant improvement over the previous generation.
It is pleasant to drive with a relatively comfortable and quiet ride. Fuel economy is very good, though it trails the best in its class. While ABS was offered as an option, it may be difficult to find a car so equipped and braking performance is lacking without it. Further, stability control wasn't available at all.
$3,875 - $4,600
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$3,375 - $4,350
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$3,625 - $4,150
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$3,300 - $3,900
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$2,975 - $3,700
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$3,150
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2000-2005
For most of its life, the Accent has been a decent, but uninspired small car with a choppy and noisy ride. On the positive side, the interior is put together well and the car is easy to park.
Handling is also secure, if not exactly agile. On the other hand, the Accent is not very quick, braking is subpar, the passenger compartment is noisy and the accommodations are cramped, Antilock brakes (ABS) were offered as an option starting with the 2005 model year, but it was tough to find a car equipped with them.
$2,400 - $2,450
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$2,400
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$2,400
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$2,400
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$2,400
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$2,400
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