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The Car Connection Hyundai Accent Overview

The Hyundai Accent is a subcompact car available as a five-door hatchback or as a four-door sedan. Most recently redesigned in 2012, the Accent has added more features in the past four years, to the point where it's very well-equipped. Even so, the Accent is still the least expensive Hyundai.
 
It's one of the bigger cars in its class, and while it isn't very exciting to drive, it's a very comfortable for a car its size—and still a great value. 
 
The Accent is a competitor for vehicles such as the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and Chevrolet Sonic.
 
MORE: Read our 2016 Hyundai Accent review

The new Hyundai Accent

The latest Accent arrived for 2012, offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. It's larger than its predecessor, nearly a compact in size, and offers a more sophisticated experience to go along with improved efficiency. An updated 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 138 horsepower and is available with the choice of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

It's a better performer, and it's very well executed, with adult-sized room in front or in back, with a smooth powertrain that accelerates at or above the usual econocar pace—and does it all with a level of fit and finish that's actually a notch above the new Fiesta and many other subcompacts. Not only that, it's better equipped, with available Bluetooth, power features, and standard curtain airbags and stability control.

The Accent's fuel economy, however, is not as good as was initially marketed. In November 2012, the 2012-2013 Hyundai was found to have misstated gas-mileage figures for the Accent and several other models due to what it termed "testing errors," for which it compensated owners of the affected models. While the 2012 Accent was initially rated and promoted at 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, the EPA deemed its actual fuel efficiency to be 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway. Owners were asked to register with Hyundai to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels at a website, HyundaiMPGInfo.com.

The current Accent fares better than its predecessor in safety testing, although it is not a pack leader. The NHTSA gave it four stars out of five overall, but notes some excessive intrusion in the side-impact test. The IIHS gave it a poor score in the new small front overlap test and an acceptable in side impact, with good scores in the rest of the testing.

In the second model year of this new body style, Hyundai gave the Accent more standard features in base GLS sedan form such as air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows—but raised the base price by $2,000 accordingly. The Accent was mostly unchanged for 2014.

The 2015 model year brought a light restyling, with a new grille design up front. Accent GL and GLS models also got revised headlights, and the GLS adopted its own taillamp look. Some features were moved around and repackaged, and SE models were renamed as Sport models to more clearly express their elevated dynamic intentions. No major changes were made for the 2016 model year.

Hyundai Accent history

Originally available in GL, GLS, and GT trims, with a choice of 1.5-liter and 1.6-liter engines, the Hyundai Accent has been simplified over the years. The first-generation car was a low-priced, often low-quality mode of basic transportation.

The second-generation Accent was offered from 2005, and trim choices eventually were reduced to a trio: the GLS model, with a choice of continuously variable (CVT) or manual transmissions, was offered in the sedan body style, while the hatchback was offered in GS and SE trims, with the SE replacing the previous GT trim as the sportier take on the Accent. This generation was powered by a lone powertrain: a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder good for 110 hp. The car offered good interior space and storage capacity, as well as standard air conditioning and a 60/40-split rear seat for cargo flexibility. It didn't fare too well in safety tests; U.S. versions got some extra reinforcements, but still did not excel in side-impact collision testing.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016
2015 Hyundai Accent 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS

Good, basic transportation with some pretentions of grandeur

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I'm a car enthusiast. Follow numerous mag's and internet sources like Car connection. Have driven: Ferrari F430; Lambo; new Telsa S; Audi R-8. Loved them all! Would love a Tesla 3 but, I'm also a single senior... + More »
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Saturday, September 26, 2015
2015 Hyundai Accent 5-Door HB Automatic GS

I hate my new car

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I've only had my 2015 accent GS for 3 months and I hate it. I drove it to Las Vegas NV and back and it was so uncomfortable that I'm ready to return it . I only have 4756 on mileage and nine of those miles was... + More »
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
2015 Hyundai Accent 5-Door HB Automatic Sport

Great little car

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This is the fourth Accent my family has owned and all have been incredibly reliable. The 2015 SE certainly has a nice look to it and the interior doesn't disappoint. My fuel mileage is a little bit higher than... + More »
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