The Accent reinforces the idea that subcompact cars are designed as basic, economical transportation. In the Accent’s case, buyers also get decent fuel economy and simplified, user-friendly controls. At the same time, the Accent we tested suffered from the slow acceleration and stiff, choppy ride that’s common in this category. That’s a strong argument for shoppers to either look for a better subcompact or move up in class to a compact car.

For example, a Toyota Corolla with a basic options package costs about $1,000 more than the Accent we tested. (See the Kia Rio review for more details.)

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During our testing, the Accent’s engine noise was unobtrusive most of the time. But its sluggish acceleration required the driver to mash the gas pedal to get any significant action. At high revs, the engine sounded coarse. The Accent, with its six-speed automatic transmission, returned 33 mpg overall in our tests, which is on a par with some larger compact cars.

Simply put, there’s no escaping the Accent’s entry-level feel. Passengers experience most bumps and ruts, and road noise fills the cabin. However, the controls are easy to read at a glance, and the touch-screen infotainment system has clear text and simple knobs.

Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking aren’t offered on the SE and SEL trims but are standard on the top Limited trim.

Read the complete Hyundai Accent road test.

2018 Hyundai Accent

HIGHS: Controls, fuel economy, braking
LOWS: Stiff ride, loud cabin, seat comfort, interior room
POWERTRAIN: 130-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine; 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 33 mpg on regular fuel
PRICE AS TESTED: $18,435

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the July 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.