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2020 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2020 Hyundai Accent finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It's a fine small car, but several rivals provide either more engaging performance or higher-quality cabins.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample-sized seats
  • User-friendly tech features
  • Good fuel economy with CVT
  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Ride quality drops noticeably when pavement gets rough

New for 2020

  • Minor powertrain updates
  • CVT replaces six-speed automatic transmission

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Hyundai Accent's #7 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Hyundai Accent has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 6.8
Safety: 9.2
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Is the Hyundai Accent a Good Car?

Yes, the Hyundai Accent is a good subcompact car. Its cabin looks pretty good considering the price point, and it boasts roomy seats and a nice assortment of available features. The Accent delivers a palatable ride if the pavement isn't rough, and it gets good fuel economy with the available automatic transmission.

On the downside, the Accent doesn't handle as well as some rivals, and its engine delivers underwhelming acceleration. Also, the seats could use more support, and some class rivals provide more cargo space.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Accent?

The Accent works great as a commuter car. It doesn't have a lot of drawbacks, provided you don't mind a more mundane driving experience. It features a midpack starting price to match its middle-third class ranking, making it a decent value. But even if you like the Accent, you should see how it stacks up against alternatives like the Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Elantra.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Accent?

The 2020 Accent is part of a generation that began with the 2018 model year. The only notable changes for 2020 involve the powertrain. The engine now puts out 10 fewer horsepower (120, down from 130) and 6 fewer pound-feet of torque (113, down from 119). Also, the optional transmission is now a CVT instead of a six-speed automatic.

There weren'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. Also, a rearview camera became standard, and forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto became available.

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 choose a pre-2018 model. If you are interested in a used model, check out our reviews of the 2018 Hyundai Accent and 2019 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: 17 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 2020.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. Our car reviews are objective. To keep them that way, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Hyundai Accent Cost?

The 2020 Accent has a base price of $15,195. That's in the middle of the pack for the subcompact car class. The range-topping Accent Limited has a starting price of $19,300. That, too, falls in the middle for a top-trim price in this segment.

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 Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is a compact car, so it’s larger than the subcompact Accent. The Corolla has more features than the Hyundai, but the Accent has a 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 deliver similar levels of performance. The right choice here comes down to your personal preference.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Accent or Hyundai Elantra?

The Hyundai Elantra – another compact car – is a bit bigger and pricier than the Accent. The Elantra has a more powerful engine and more cargo space than the Accent. It's also more upscale inside and offers more tech features. Additionally, the Elantra comes in sedan and hatchback body styles, whereas the Accent is only available as a sedan. The Accent isn't a bad car, but if you can afford to step up to the Elantra, you should.

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Accent Interior

How Many People Does the Accent Seat?

The Accent seats five people. Both rows of seats provide a good amount of space for a small car, and two adults can fit in the rear without much trouble. The seats could use a little more support, but they're comfortable overall.

Accent and Child Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Accent. The lower anchors are set too deep in the seat, but the system is otherwise easy to use.

Accent Interior Quality

Despite bland styling and hard plastics inside, the Accent still has an attractive cabin that feels nice by subcompact car standards.

Accent Cargo Space

The Accent gives you 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s below average for the class, which includes several hatchbacks with significantly larger cargo areas. Still, the Accent's trunk is large enough for about 10 shopping bags.

Accent Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

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

The Accent's infotainment system includes a touch screen that responds quickly to inputs, though it doesn't offer a built-in navigation system. That may not matter to you, however, thanks to smartphone connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Accent Performance

Accent Engine: Hopefully You're Not in a Hurry

The Accent features a 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine that provides enough power for most driving situations. While it doesn't deliver thrilling acceleration, it never feels overly taxed.

Accent Gas Mileage: CVT Delivers Better MPG

With the manual transmission, the Accent gets average fuel economy for the class: 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to the continuously variable automatic transmission, and the Accent becomes more fuel-efficient than most rivals. Its ratings jump to 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

Accent Ride and Handling: Not Too Bad, but Nothing Special

This Hyundai delivers a comfortable ride as long as the road is smooth, but when the pavement gets rough, the ride can feel unsettled. Handling-wise, the Accent holds its own, but it doesn't have the agility of some class rivals.

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Accent Reliability

Is the Hyundai Accent Reliable?

The 2020 Hyundai Accent has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 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

As of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Accent.

Accent Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard in the Accent. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are available.

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Accent Dimensions and Weight

The Accent is 14.4 feet long and has a curb weight of 2,502 to 2,701 pounds.

Where Is the Hyundai Accent built?

Hyundai builds the 2020 Accent in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Accent Model Is Right for Me?

The Accent comes in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Every model comes with a 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Most shoppers should skip to the range-topping Limited trim. 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 $15,195. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. 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 $17,550. The SEL comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission. In addition to the SE’s features, the SEL comes with two additional USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Hyundai Accent Limited

The Accent Limited has a starting price of $19,300. 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 2020 Hyundai Accent is a perfectly serviceably subcompact car. It has ample passenger space, offers some intuitive tech features, and can get impressive fuel economy. However, it lacks the athleticism and cargo space of some rivals. Give the Accent a look, but check out its competitors as well.

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

  • "Finding a roomy, safe and exceptionally fuel-efficient small sedan just got easier with the 2020 Hyundai Accent. Freshly overhauled two years ago, the Accent delivers comfort and value at a price that would make a car shopper smile… Overall, the Accent is a handsome car that will endure the daily grind with minimal fuss. We think drivers with longer commutes won't regret choosing this Accent over a larger, more expensive car. It's a solid pick for its satisfying combination of performance, utility, comfort and style." -- Edmunds
  • "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)
  • "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)


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