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2016 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2016 Hyundai Accent has a cushioned ride and is available in a spacious hatchback model. Still, it ranks midpack among subcompact cars because of its relatively poor safety rating and limited feature offerings.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious hatchback
  • Comfortable ride
  • Few available features
  • Low fuel economy
  • Below-average safety score




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 7.8
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2016 Hyundai Accent Overview

Is the 2016 Hyundai Accent a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Hyundai Accent is a decent option for shoppers in need of a comfortable commuting car. Its engine has more than enough power for highway driving, and its suspension does a good job absorbing bumps in the road. However, most competitors get better fuel economy, offer more features, and earn higher safety scores.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 76 Hyundai Accent reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Hyundai Accent?

Based on our site’s more than 1,800 listings for the 2016 Hyundai Accent, models range in price from about $8,700 to $13,200. The average list price for a used 2016 Accent is about $10,600. However, your pricing will vary depending on the car’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Hyundai Accent Cost to Own?

After purchasing your car, you’ll face ongoing costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. The Accent’s estimated five-year total for these costs are about $20,700. That’s comparable to the costs of rivals like the Kia Rio (around $20,800) and Ford Fiesta (about $21,100).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Accent?

A new 2018 Hyundai Accent starts at nearly $15,000, while the average price of a used 2016 Accent is about $10,600. The Accent was fully redesigned for 2018, and its higher price tag gets you several notable standard features that are only options in the 2016 model. These include Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, and a 5-inch touch screen. The 2018 Accent is also available with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto – none of which are options in the 2016 model. However, the 2018 Accent is only available as a four-door sedan, as Hyundai discontinued the five-door hatchback that model year. If you can do without a hatchback and have the extra cash, the 2018 model’s technology and safety upgrades may be worth the extra money. Plus, you’ll get the benefit of a full new-car warranty.

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The 2018 Accent gives you a lot for your money. If you’re looking for a new car for about the same price as the 2016 Accent, however, you’re going to be disappointed. There are no comparable new cars for roughly the same price as a 2016 Accent.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Hyundai Accent?

J.D. Power gave the 2016 Accent a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2016 Hyundai Accent Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Accent has no safety recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Accent Is Best?

The 2016 Hyundai Accent is part of the car’s fifth generation, which began with the 2011 model year and ran through 2017. The Accent’s overall scores in our rankings dropped slightly from 8.2 to 7.9 between the 2013 and 2017 model years. Between these years, the Accent saw few notable upgrades and changes, aside from a reshuffling of trims, styling updates, and the addition of some minor features. If the 2018 Accent is within your budget, however, it’s worth considering over the older models. It was fully redesigned and has many desirable technology features that aren’t available in earlier models.

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Which Used Hyundai Accent Model Is Right for Me?

There are three available trims: SE sedan, SE hatchback, and Sport hatchback. Both SE models come with cloth upholstery, satellite radio, air conditioning, power windows and doors, and remote keyless entry. The Sport hatchback model has more cargo space and comes with sport-tuned steering, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with premium cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, and fog lights.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, Mitsubishi, and Smart have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Accent?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Hyundai Accent its highest rating of Good in roof strength, seat safety, and moderate overlap front crash evaluations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Accent four stars (out of five) for overall safety, as well as in front, side, and rollover crash tests.

The 2016 Accent is not available with any driver assistance safety features. Most competitors offer features like a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors.

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2016 Hyundai Accent Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Accent or 2016 Kia Rio?

The Accent and the 2016 Kia Rio share the same platform, so for better and for worse, they have a lot in common. They have the same peppy engine and are both available in sedan and hatchback body styles. However, the Rio has near-perfect predicted reliability ratings, slightly sportier driving dynamics, and nicer interior materials. It’s also available with several features that the Accent isn’t, including a navigation system and a rearview camera. Go with the Kia.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Accent or 2016 Honda Fit?

The 2016 Honda Fit’s average price is almost $4,000 more than the Hyundai Accent's. However, the Fit comes with many standard features, excellent fuel economy estimates, a roomy interior, and a convenient adjustable cargo area. The Fit also earned our 2016 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and 2016 Best Hatchback for the Money awards. If your budget can handle it, go with the Honda.

Which Is Better: 2016 Hyundai Accent or 2016 Hyundai Elantra?

Choosing between these two Hyundai vehicles comes down to how much space you require. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a compact car, so its interior and cargo dimensions are moderately bigger than the Accent’s. Still, both cars are plagued with limited standard and available features, in addition to poor fuel economy for their respective classes.

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2016 Accent Performance

How Does the 2016 Hyundai Accent Drive?

Powered by a 137-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, the front-wheel-drive 2016 Hyundai Accent has little trouble climbing to highway speeds or passing slower vehicles. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available – and both change gears smoothly. The Accent isn’t quite as agile as competitors are, but it has a smooth, comfortable ride, even on rough surfaces.

Does the 2016 Hyundai Accent Get Good Gas Mileage?

Compared with other cars in the class, the Accent isn’t very fuel-efficient. It earns 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the automatic transmission. Rivals like the 2016 Honda Fit and 2016 Chevrolet Spark give you several more miles to the gallon.

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2016 Accent Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Accent Seat?

The Hyundai Accent seats five on cloth upholstery in its roomy, quiet cabin. The front seats are well-contoured for comfort and support during long drives, and the plush back seats offer ample head- and legroom for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Hyundai Accent?

The second row has two full sets of LATCH connectors in the outboard seats and one upper tether anchor in the middle seat. The passenger-side lower LATCH connectors received a Marginal rating – the second worst – for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the driver’s side connectors received an Acceptable rating, the second highest. LATCH connectors in the Accent hatchback received the lowest rating of Poor.

2016 Hyundai Accent Features

Hyundai offers few high-tech features in the 2016 Accent. Standard equipment includes power windows and door locks, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, and keyless entry. Bluetooth, cruise control, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are available. Many competitors offer these features standard, in addition to several available convenience features, like satellite radio and touch-screen infotainment and navigation systems. Still, the Accent’s simple cabin technology makes for straightforward climate and audio controls.

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2016 Hyundai Accent Dimensions

Hyundai Accent Cargo Space

Both the Accent sedan and hatchback have typical amounts of cargo space compared to rivals. The sedan has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, while the hatchback has 21.2 cubic feet of cargo room, which expands to 47.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

2016 Accent Length and Weight

The 2016 Hyundai Accent sedan has an overall length of 14.33 feet, while the hatchback measures 13.5 feet long. The base curb weight is 2,480 pounds for the sedan and 2,489 pounds for the hatchback.

Where Was the 2016 Hyundai Accent Built?

Hyundai manufactured the 2016 Accent in Turkey.


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