Safety is especially critical in a lightweight small car, and here the news isn't particularly good—in fact, it might be fair to say the Accent is near the bottom of its class.
From the IIHS, frontal crash protection is rated "acceptable," while side impact protection is deemed "poor." Federal results are also unimpressive, at three and four stars for side impact. All Accents come standard with front, side, and curtain airbags. Hyundai still skimps on anti-lock brakes; they're not even offered on the base Blue. Electronic stability control isn't available.
Still, ConsumerGuide notes that the Hyundai Accent "one-ups most subcompact rivals" in safety features—a statement that TheCarConnection.com's editors would dispute.
According to Cars.com, Hyundai includes "adjustable head restraints," as well as "front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters," yet the Accent doesn't fare well in the seat-based IIHS rear-impact test, with an overall score of "poor."
"Visibility is very good, with the short hood allowing a panoramic view of what's ahead," notes Edmunds about the openness of the design.