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2018 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2018 Hyundai Accent ranks in the top half of the subcompact car class, thanks in part to its good safety and predicted reliability ratings, roomy cabin, and well-rounded performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average safety and reliability ratings
  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious seats and trunk
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Ride quality can be rough




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2018 Hyundai Accent Overview

Is the 2018 Hyundai Accent a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2018 Hyundai Accent is a good used subcompact car. With straightforward, modern features and a lot of space, this is more than a basic commuter car. Solid safety and predicted reliability chops boost the Accent’s practicality, and it should be lighter on your wallet than many other cars in the class.

There are many upsides to the 2018 Accent:

  • Above-average predicted reliability rating
  • Good crash test results
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Spacious seating
  • Capable engine power
  • Below-average five-year ownership costs for class

However, it also has a couple of weaknesses:

  • Harsh ride over rough pavement
  • Only one available engine
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How Much Is the 2018 Hyundai Accent?

Based on listings for the 2018 Hyundai Accent on our site, the average price is $13,700, which is slightly above the class average. Prices range from $12,000 to $16,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Hyundai Accent Cost to Own?

The 2018 Accent’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $20,000, or $4,000 per year. That’s below average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Accent?

Hyundai made no major changes to the Accent for 2019, so you may want to stick with a used 2018 Accent instead of a new 2019 Hyundai Accent. Buying used could save you a little money, and you'll get an otherwise identical model. Prices for the 2019 Accent range from around $15,000 to about $19,000, while prices for a 2018 Accent are between $12,000 and $17,000.

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Hyundai completely redesigned the 2018 Accent, marking the start of the car's fifth generation. It’s very different from previous models. In addition to a revamped interior and exterior, the Accent hatchback is no more. If you want a five-door model, you’ll have to buy a 2017 Accent or an older model. Other notable changes for the fifth-generation Accent include the introduction of two available infotainment systems – one with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility – and driver assistance features like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Thanks to all this technology, the 2018 Accent is a better car. However, you’ll likely spend less money buying an older Accent.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Hyundai Accent?

The 2018 Hyundai Accent has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Hyundai Accent Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Hyundai Accent.

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Which Used Hyundai Accent Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Hyundai Accent comes in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. All models come standard with a 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. The base model is available with either a manual or automatic transmission, while the other trims only come with an automatic.

For most shoppers, it's best to skip the base model since it only comes with a rudimentary infotainment system. The SEL adds a larger touch screen with smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with satellite radio.

  • Hyundai Accent SE: The Accent SE comes standard with cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth.
  • Hyundai Accent SEL: The Accent SEL adds alloy wheels, heated outside mirrors, two additional USB ports, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker stereo, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and satellite radio.
  • Hyundai Accent Limited: The range-topping Accent Limited trim includes a sunroof, power-adjustable outside mirrors, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a hands-free power trunk, automatic climate control, a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Also included is the Blue Link telematics system, which provides automatic crash notification, car diagnostics, alarm notification, and stolen vehicle location. It also enables remote start and climate settings, letting you set speed, time, and distance limits for other drivers of the car.

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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 2018 Hyundai Accent the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Properly equipped Accent models earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. However, the Accent received the lowest rating of Poor for how well the headlights in certain trims illuminate the road ahead.

At the time of writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not tested the 2018 Hyundai Accent.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking

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2018 Hyundai Accent Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Hyundai Accent or 2018 Honda Fit?

The 2018 Honda Fit and the Hyundai Accent are both great subcompact cars, but the Fit takes a slight edge. Not only does the Honda have one of the roomiest back seats in the class, but it’s also available with safety features that you can’t get in the Accent, like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. The Honda's hatchback body style affords a ton of cargo space, and it feels more composed around turns than the Accent. However, the Fit’s range of list prices is several thousand dollars higher than that of the Accent, and the Hyundai has a better predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2018 Hyundai Accent or 2018 Hyundai Elantra

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is in a size class above the Accent. As a compact car, it offers roomier back seats than the Accent, as well as about half a cubic foot of extra trunk space. The Elantra can also be had in sedan or hatchback body styles, and it offers more available driver assistance technologies than the Accent. On the other hand, the Accent boasts better safety and predicted reliability ratings. It’s also likely to save you money, both at the time of purchase and over five years in operating expenses.

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2018 Accent Performance

How Does the 2018 Hyundai Accent Drive?

The 2018 Hyundai Accent is only available with one engine: a 130-horsepower four-cylinder. It’s stronger than the base engine in some rivals, and it provides satisfactory acceleration for most daily driving situations. However, some competitors offer more powerful engine options.

The Accent has a decent ride on smooth roads, but bumps in the pavement jostle passengers. Handling is surprisingly good, as the little Accent takes corners with a bit of enthusiasm.

  • Base engine: 130-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Hyundai Accent Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Accent gets about average fuel economy for a subcompact car.

  • With manual: 28/37 mpg city/highway
  • With automatic: 28/38 mpg

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2018 Accent Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Accent Seat?

The 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan seats five people in two rows. The front seats are supportive and are a great place to rack up miles on a long drive. There’s plenty of room for adults in the back seat, as long as they aren’t super tall. You can even seat three across somewhat comfortably if you’re just driving across town.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • heated front seats
  • a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Hyundai Accent?

The 2018 Accent has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, but there aren’t any other notable roadblocks.

2018 Hyundai Accent Features

Subcompact cars aren’t known for long lists of features, and the Accent is no exception. The standard infotainment system is pretty basic and has a small 5-inch screen. The interface found in the upper trims is a lot better. The screen is 7 inches and includes support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Native menus are easy to navigate, and the screen responds quickly to touch inputs.

The available Blue Link connected telematics system provides automatic crash notification, car diagnostics, alarm notification, and a vehicle tracking device. It also enables remote start and climate settings, as well as letting you set speed, time, and distance limits for other drivers of the car.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a six-speaker stereo, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, two additional USB ports, and the Blue Link telematics system
  • Other available features: a sunroof, automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display

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2018 Hyundai Accent Dimensions

Hyundai Accent Cargo Space

The 2018 Hyundai Accent has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent for a subcompact car. It’s enough space for several shopping bags or a couple of suitcases. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard, and a hands-free power trunk is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Hyundai Accent Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,502 to 2,679 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,439 to 3,638 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Hyundai Accent Built?

Hyundai built the Accent in South Korea.


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