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2017 Hyundai Accent Review

Despite having an above-average predicted reliability rating, the 2017 Hyundai Accent ranks midpack in its class. Its safety scores are the lowest in the segment, and it lacks the available features and stable ride of many competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Good predicted reliability
  • Low average list prices
  • Decent cargo room in hatchback
  • Poor safety scores
  • Few available features
  • Rough ride on broken pavement

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Hyundai Accent's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Subcompact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2017 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Hyundai Accent has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 79 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 7.8
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2017 Hyundai Accent Overview

Is the 2017 Hyundai Accent a Good Used Car?

A 2017 Accent is a decent used car. Like most subcompact cars, it doesn’t have flashy features or outstanding performance. There's sufficient room for passengers and a good amount of cargo space, whether you go with the sedan or hatchback version. With low average list prices and reasonable ownership costs, the Accent is an appealing option for those who want a no-frills daily driver.

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How Much Is the 2017 Hyundai Accent?

Prices for the 2017 Accent range from $10,000 to $14,000, with the average price landing at around $11,800. This data comes from more than 1,800 listings for the 2017 Accent on our site. Prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Hyundai Accent Cost to Own?

The 2017 Accent tends to be midrange among its competitors when it comes to costs for gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance. You can expect to pay around $20,600 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, a 2017 Honda Fit would save you about $1,200 in five-year costs. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic's costs are nearly $4,200 higher than the Accent's.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Accent?

The fully redesigned 2018 Accent has upgraded interior and exterior appearances along with a host of new features. It loses a tiny bit of horsepower (7 to be exact) and sees a marginal bump in fuel economy. The 2018 model also adds a standard rearview camera, and optional forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

With this new generation, the Hyundai Accent hatchback model is no more. Your only choice will be a used Accent if you want the five-door version. If you like the styling of the redesign or if any of the newly introduced features are a must-have, the 2018 Accent could be a good buy. It starts at around $15,000, which is about $1,000 higher than the average price of a used 2017 Accent in the top trim. You'll save money with a used model, but the new model is better.

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Subcompact cars are usually the cheapest new vehicles you can buy, and some new models have base prices in the same range of the 2017 Accent. At $13,050, the 2018 Chevy Spark’s starting price is about $1,200 higher than the average price of a 2017 Accent, but the Spark comes surprisingly well-equipped even in base form. Standard features include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. You can't get most of those features in the 2017 Accent model.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Accent Is Best?

The 2017 model year is the last of a generation that began with the 2011 Accent. For 2017, Hyundai introduced the Value Edition Sedan to the Accent's trim lineup. This model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Aside from a handful of styling upgrades to the 2015 Accent, there weren't many changes over the previous few model years. An older Accent can save you money while still offering comparable features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Hyundai Accent?

The 2017 Hyundai Accent has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Hyundai Accent Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2017 Accent.

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Which Used Hyundai Accent Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Hyundai Accent is available in four trim levels (SE Sedan, SE Hatchback, Value Edition Sedan, and Sport Hatchback). All trims feature front-wheel drive and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The Value Edition trim is new for 2017. There's a pretty narrow range of average prices for the 2017 Accent, meaning a higher trim for a little more money may actually be a better value. The Sport hatchback trim is the way to go, as it comes with every feature you can get in the Accent.

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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 2017 Accent has one of the lowest safety ratings in the class. It received a four-star overall rating (out of five) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as four stars in the three other NHTSA tests. In evaluations performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Accent earned the highest rating of Good in three of five tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in side crash tests. However, in the small overlap front crash test, the Accent received the lowest rating of Poor.

There are no standard or available driver assistance features in the 2017 Accent.

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2017 Hyundai Accent Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Accent or 2017 Honda Fit?

The 2017 Honda Fit is one of our best-ranked subcompact cars. While the Accent and Fit both have above-average predicted reliability, the Honda trumps the Hyundai in most other ways. Only available as a hatchback, this little Honda offers a higher maximum cargo capacity than the Accent. It also has a "Magic Seat" that allows for multiple configurations to carry all kinds of stuff. You'll get excellent safety ratings and great fuel economy with the Fit. It has responsive steering and handling, and its back seat has ample room for passengers. For its combination of quality and value, we named the Fit our 2017 Best Subcompact Car for the Money. Although the Fit has a higher average price than the Accent, the Honda is worth the extra cost.

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Accent or 2017 Chevrolet Sonic?

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic ranks in the top of the subcompact car class, thanks to an excellent predicted reliability rating, great safety scores, and its all-around appeal. The 2017 Sonic is much more modern than the 2017 Accent. This Chevy comes packed with standard features like a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch-screen MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can also find driver assistance features like forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors. The Sonic comes in sedan and hatchback body styles, and it offers two engine choices, including a turbocharged option for more power. While it's a better car than the Accent, the Sonic will cost you more. The Sonic's average list price is about $1,000 higher than that of the Accent. The Sonic’s five-year ownership costs are also higher, by several thousand.

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2017 Accent Performance

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Accent Drive?

There is only one engine available in a 2017 Accent: a four-cylinder that produces 137 horsepower. The engine is responsive and has enough power for daily driving, but it can feel strained on the highway. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.

The Accent's performance and handling is smooth, but not all that sporty. Over most roads, the Accent provides a comfortable ride, though it does get jittery if the pavement is uneven. And while some class rivals provide a more engaging driving experience, the Accent competently handles winding roads.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Accent Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Accent earns up to 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. Both city and highway estimates drop by 1 mpg in models with the automatic transmission. The 2017 Honda Fit gets better mileage, at up to 33/40 mpg city/highway. The highest estimates for the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic are 28/38 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Accent Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Accent Seat?

The Hyundai Accent seats five people. The front seats have ample room, though tall drivers may feel a bit cramped due to the position of the steering wheel. The Sport trim is the only model that features a telescoping wheel that can make the driving position more comfortable for taller folks. The rear seats have a decent amount of space compared to the rest of the class, and two adults can fit in the back with little difficulty. All Accent models come with cloth upholstery.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Hyundai Accent?

The Accent has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, and the sedan's system earns the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the lower anchors can be hard to get to, and they're not easy to maneuver around. This is especially true of the anchors on the passenger side in the rear seat.

The Accent hatchback is even worse, earning a rating of Poor (the lowest rating) from IIHS. The tether anchors are located on the back of the rear seats, and they're in hard-to-find locations. Both sets of lower anchors are set deep in the seats and offer little room to move your hands around. On the driver's side, it takes too much force to attach the straps to the anchors.

2017 Hyundai Accent Features

Like most class rivals, the Accent has a pretty short standard features list. You'll find basic things like air conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and satellite radio. But unlike many competitors, the Accent's available features don't do much to expand its appeal to tech-savvy buyers. Bluetooth is available, but there's no available infotainment or navigation system.

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2017 Hyundai Accent Dimensions

Hyundai Accent Cargo Space

The 2017 Accent sedan has 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a decent amount for a small car. Hatchback models offer 21.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in place and a maximum of 47.5 cubic feet when the second row is folded down.

2017 Accent Length and Weight

The 2017 Accent sedan is 14.3 feet long, and the Accent hatchback is 13.5 feet long. Curb weight values range from 2,480 pounds to 2,635 pounds, depending on body style and transmission combination.

Where Was the 2017 Hyundai Accent Built?

Hyundai built the 2017 Accent in South Korea.

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