The Accent scores near the top of our subcompact Ratings in both sedan and hatchback versions. There's nothing fancy about this car but it hits the mark well for basic, sensible transportation. It's economical to buy and run -- we got 31 mpg with the GLS sedan with an automatic and 32 mpg for the stick-shift Sport hatchback.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The electronic throttles has a delayed response that is annoying and makes smooth starts and parallel parking more difficult than it should be. I might describe it this way: Me: "I'm pressing the gas... nothing's happening... pressing more... still nothing... just a little bit more... " Car: "Oh you mean you really want to go? Okay then, let's GOOOO!" I never had this problem with my older cars with mechanical throttle linkage that would respond incrementally to even to light _pressure_ on the gas pedal."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"This is a 4-cylinder engine but it accelerates as if it is a 6-cylinder. I purchased this vehicle for my wife, as he old Hyundai was getting harder to find parts and repair. Her old Hyundai is a 4-cylinder and has a very slow pickup but this 4-cylinder picks up quickly (I mean VERY quickly) and glides easily over the road."

Justin D., CO (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"I realize this is not a fine sports sedan, but the way it takes high-speed curves, it's not that far away. Recently I was rounding a 55mph curve with an intersection with a secondary road about halfway around the curve. A driver pulled out (apparently) without looking directly in my path. I was able to do hard breaking while still on the curve. The Hyundai just tracked on the intended path with no other drama. Had I done that with some of the other front-drive cars of my past (an 81 Reliant comes to mind) I feel certain I would have spun out."

Fred R., WI (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"The four cylinder engine provides good fuel economy but lacks impressive acceleration with the A/C running in 100 degree temps here in the desert. During cooler weather, the acceleration in OK."

Wayne B., NV (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"GOOD: Handling Transmission (smooth, handy manual mode) NOT BAD: Acceleration (OK but no mors than that) BAD: Transmission tends to upshitft too early"

Marc B., QC (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"For the money, the Accent is a great car. The acceleration is great - especially right off the line - almost fast. It handles very well around curves. The only draw-back is the terrible road noise - even worse than my Smart car. But that is the result of cost cutting. However, I don't think there is any other car this inexpensive and well made that drives this well."

Todd K., TX (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"Love how quickly it can speed up! I'm not really a fast or dangerous driver but in certain situations quick pick up really comes in handy."

TIFFANY B., MA (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"a complete dog wrt acceleration. no pickup whatsoever. and the "recommended" speeds for shifting are just plain ridiculous. if you shifted when recommended, you'd never get out of your own driveway, no less get on to a highway or up a slight incline."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"While this is no Focus ST, for every day driving, it's not that far behind a standard Focus. Would love to see what a set of Einbach springs and shocks plus better tires would do. The real zing was gas milage on pure highway driving. The best I have seen so far is 49.6 mpg.That was with the cruise set for 5 over the limit and the Eco button off. I would use the Eco feature more, BUT around town, the throttle response is wonky and on the highway, it doesn't seem to do any good."

FRED R., WI (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"It is too low to the ground, but the acceleration is fantastic for such a low priced car. Very smooth and quick - feels like it has a much larger engine than it actually does."

Todd K., TX (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"The handling is sure footed and acceleration is more than adequate for everyday driving tasks."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"Excellent mileage. Fast acceleration when merging but sounds like a sewing machine engine. Back seats fold down but not flat. Considerable slant therefore making it difficult to carry larger items. Impossible to have flat base to stack any boxes or cartons."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Hyundai Accent)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"noise level is excessive at freeway speeds, and high at all speeds. Ride is rough, even over minor bumps."

Stanley F., TX (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"The seats are comfortable even for long trips, not cushiony but comfortable. The highway noise I notice at times but not with radio on at a pleasant volume. The ride is good, it's not as comfortable as the KIA but then it's a smaller and cheaper car."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Hyundai Accent)


Anonymous, GA (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"The seats are easy to adjust and are very roomy and comfortable. Whether I am the passenger or driver, I always like how the seat feels underneath me. They are the most comfortable seats even compared to my large luxury size vehicle."

Justin D., CO (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"Granted it's a low-end car so I don't expect much, but it feels "skittery" (as if it were jumping around from side-to-side) on grooved pavement, and the ride feels harsh -- a lot of vibration, and I feel every bump in the road."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"GOOD: Driving position Seat padding Front seat space Ride on smooth roads BAD: Stiff ride on rough roads"

Marc B., QC (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"Again road noise is most noticeable. But the seats are very nice. The ride not all that smooth but it handles well.4 banger engine is very peppy and good on gas. Really All I expected from a $ 17,00 vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Hyundai Accent)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"This is a very inexpensive little car, but the 10-year/100K miles warranty is outstanding! This is my 3rd one, and I have loved them all. Maybe not the biggest or fanciest, but it gets me where I want to go, and I can even lay the back seat down & haul lumber home from the hardware store in this thing. Guarantee, you'll get your money's worth with this car! Best thing is if I DO have a problem, I tell the dealer & I get it fixed, for free! My friend has a new Chevy, and all she gets from th"

JOHN M., TX (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"New Car was deeply discounted, raising the value for the money paid"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"The car is nicely equipped for the price point. The front seats are comfortable. The ride is stabile if a bit noisy. The engine has a somewhat annoying buzz from the engine."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Hyundai Accent)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"love its overall appearance."

E M., NC (2016 Hyundai Accent)

"Being the hatch model, that stubby rear end has grown on me. Plus the color, Vitamin C, (bright orange) is a stand-out. Usually the only bright orange car in the (any) parking lot."

FRED R., WI (2016 Hyundai Accent)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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