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2019 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2019 Hyundai Accent finishes among the top entries in our subcompact car rankings. It has a nice interior, decent performance, and an excellent predicted reliability rating. These attributes make the Accent a solid value in this reasonably competitive class.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly tech features
  • Roomy seats
  • Decent handling
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Ride quality suffers over rough roads

Is the Hyundai Accent a Good Car?

Yes, the Hyundai Accent is a good car. It has a spacious and attractive interior, a nice assortment of available features, and a near-perfect predicted reliability rating. On the road, the Accent gets decent fuel economy and handles well. The Accent takes its time accelerating, and many competitors have more trunk space, but overall, this small car brings more to the table than it takes off it.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Accent?

In addition to the positives listed above, the Accent carries a below-average starting price and provides a nice value. However, there are other worthy vehicles out there, so you may want to compare the Accent against competitors like the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Accent?

The 2019 Accent is part of a generation that began with the 2018 model year. There aren't any notable changes for 2019. As part of the 2018 redesign, Hyundai dropped the five-door hatchback body style and reduced the Accent’s horsepower by 7. Several features were also offered for the first time in 2018, including a standard rearview camera and available forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used Accent, but know that you'll miss out on the redesign's updates if you go back before 2018. If you are interested in a used model, check out our reviews of the 2017 and 2018 Hyundai Accent. Also scroll through our Used Car Deals page to learn about the savings and discounts you can get on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Accent generation, which runs from 2018 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Accent Cost?

With a base price of around $15,000, the Accent costs less than many subcompact cars. Its top trim starts at around $19,000, which is in the middle of the pack for the class.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

Hyundai Accent Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Accent or Hyundai Elantra?

The Hyundai Elantra is a compact car, so it's a bit bigger and more expensive than the Accent. The Elantra comes in sedan and hatchback body styles, and it has a more powerful base engine and more trunk space than the Accent. The Elantra is more upscale inside and offers more tech features. The Accent isn't a bad car, but if you can afford to step up to the Elantra, you should.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Accent or Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is also a compact car. It has more features than the Accent, but the Hyundai actually has the larger trunk and is comparable in terms of interior quality. The Corolla offers an Eco model that's much more fuel-efficient than the Accent, but otherwise, these two are similar in terms of performance. The right choice here largely comes down to your personal preference.

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Accent Interior

How Many People Does the Accent Seat?                           

The Accent seats five people, and unlike some rivals, it has two adult-friendly rows of seats. The seats are comfortable on the whole, but this Hyundai doesn't offer seating upgrades like leather upholstery and power-adjustable seats.

Accent and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The system earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Accent Interior Quality

The Accent looks good inside despite its rather plain cabin design. There are plenty of hard plastics, but unlike some rivals, they don't give the Accent a cheap feel.

Accent Cargo Space

The Accent's nearly 14 cubic feet of cargo space gives you enough space for more than 10 shopping bags in the trunk. That's not bad, but some competitors provide more room.

Accent Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Accent include Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touch screen. Available features include a sunroof, automatic climate control, two additional USB ports, Hyundai Blue Link, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Accent offers some nice tech features for a subcompact car (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available in every class rival), and it controls them via a user-friendly infotainment system that includes a responsive touch screen.

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Accent Performance

Accent Engine: Adequate Power

The 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine powering the Accent won't blow you away, but it doesn't feel overworked in most driving situations. Acceleration is on the slow side, though.

Accent Gas Mileage: The Numbers Are Solid

With the automatic transmission, the Accent earns 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those numbers fall in the middle of the spectrum for the class. You'll save a couple dollars per month on gas by driving a rival like the Honda Fit.

Accent Ride and Handling: A Decent Driving Machine

Though it's no sports sedan, the Accent isn't exactly boring to drive. It's composed and capable on winding roads, and it provides a comfortable ride over smooth road surfaces. It makes a solid choice for your daily commute.

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Accent Reliability

Is the Hyundai Accent Reliable?

The 2019 Accent earns a near-perfect predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Hyundai Accent Warranty

Hyundai covers the Accent with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Accent Safety

Accent Crash Test Results

The 2019 Accent was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received the highest rating of Good in five of six crash tests, with the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front crash test. It also received an Acceptable rating for how well the headlights illuminate the road. The IIHS gave the Accent the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. 

Accent Safety Features

The Accent comes standard with a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

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Which Hyundai Accent Model Is Right for Me?

The Accent comes in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Every model comes with a 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. The best trim is the Limited. It offers the most features in the lineup, and there's less than a $2,000 price difference between it and the midlevel SEL trim.

Hyundai Accent SE

The Accent SE has a base price of $14,995. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission; a six-speed automatic is available for $1,000. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touch screen.

Hyundai Accent SEL

The Accent SEL starts at $17,345. The SEL comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the SE’s features, the SEL comes with two additional USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Hyundai Accent Limited

The Accent Limited has a starting price of $19,080. The Limited comes standard with pretty much every feature you can get in an Accent, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic climate control, and Hyundai Blue Link (an app that allows you to start your car, among other functions, from your smartphone).

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Hyundai Accent doesn't lead our subcompact car rankings in any area, but it's a solid all-around performer backed by an outstanding predicted reliability rating. It's a good car and a good value, and small-car shoppers would do well to check it out.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "While some rivals offer trunked or hatchback versions, the Accent is solely a 4-door sedan. The previous generation offered both body styles, but Hyundai must know where the greatest demand lies. The 2018 Honda Fit hatchback offers more interior versatility, maximizing its minimal footprint, but if the next new-car purchase has to be a small sedan, then the 2018 Accent is almost a no-brainer." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "With a generous list of standard features on each trim, the 2018 Hyundai Accent proves that buying a subcompact car doesn't mean you'll be driving something extremely basic. Sure, there's still some road and tire noise, but it's better than the old car and quieter than rivals such as the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, and Ford Fiesta. The car's exterior is stylish, and its driving dynamics have improved. With all of the improvements made to the new car as well as its long warranty, the 2018 Accent might just win over buyers who would otherwise only consider a used vehicle." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "But will the Accent buyer be disappointed? We suspect not. The robust feature selection and small footprint mean the Accent will likely do a superb job of suiting the needs of its target demo. We also expect its cost of ownership and overall dependability will make it a worthwhile choice in the long run." -- Left Lane News (2018)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 7, 2019

Steady Demand: So far in 2019, Hyundai dealers have moved about an equal number of Accent models compared to the same period last year. The Accent is selling in the middle of the subcompact car class, and segment sales leaders like the Ford Fiesta and Nissan Versa are outperforming it more than 2 to 1.

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