2018 Hyundai Accent

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MSRP: $14,995 - 18,895

2018 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2018 Hyundai Accent is fully redesigned and finishes in the top half of our subcompact car rankings. It brings a lot to the table, like good gas mileage, stable handling, and a quality interior with plenty of room.




Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.2
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Solid handling
  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious seats and trunk
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Slow acceleration
  • Ride quality dips on rough pavement

Is the Hyundai Accent a Good Car?

Yes, the Hyundai Accent is a good subcompact car. It has spacious seating and nice-looking cabin materials. Infotainment features are user-friendly, and there’s decent trunk space for a small four-door sedan. When it comes to performance, the Accent handles admirably and has decent fuel economy. However, it has weak acceleration, and its ride quality suffers on rough pavement.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Accent?

Subcompact cars aim to offer a lot of value for their price point, and the redesigned Accent is no exception. Shoppers looking for a small car will find a lot to like about this Hyundai. Still, other cars in the class are worth checking out. The Honda Fit has few major flaws and is a perennial favorite. The Ford Fiesta is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Accent?

Hyundai fully redesigned the Accent for 2018, with a revamped appearance inside and out. The Accent no longer comes as a five-door hatchback model. Under the hood, the four-cylinder engine sees a drop in horsepower (from 137 to 130) though fuel economy gets a bump of 1 or 2 mpg, depending on transmission choice. Several features are also offered for the first time, including a standard rearview camera, along with newly available forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

You can likely save thousands of dollars with a used 2017 or older model instead of a new Hyundai Accent, but know that by doing so, you won't get the benefits of the vehicle's redesign. The 2016 and 2017 Accent are nearly identical to each other, so be sure to read our reviews to learn more and decide if you can live without the 2018 model's improvements. Also check out our Used Car Deals page for information on incentives of used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Accent Cost?

Whether you want to compare base trims or high-end trims, the Hyundai Accent’s retail price falls in the middle of the pack among subcompact cars. The Accent's base SE trim starts at about $15,000. The mid-tier SEL trim starts at just over $17,000, while the top-of-the-line Limited trim starts at just under $19,000. 

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Hyundai Accent Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Accent or Ford Fiesta?

Unlike the redesigned Accent, the Ford Fiesta is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The Fiesta has one of the highest performance scores in the class, thanks to a couple of powerful turbocharged engine options. One of those engines even helps the Fiesta deliver better fuel economy than the Accent. Inside, the Fiesta is replete with high-quality materials. These two cars are similar in terms of overall quality, and the right choice comes down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Accent or Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit consistently ranks high among subcompact cars. It has one of the nicest interiors in its class. Both rows of seats offer plenty of space for occupants, and its hatchback design translates to a spacious cargo area. The Fit also has several user-friendly tech features. While the base Fit and the Accent have similar fuel economy estimates, the Fit’s optional automatic transmission bumps up its efficiency well past that of the Accent. The Fit has a comfortable ride quality and nimble handling, along with excellent safety ratings. This small Honda is probably the most well-rounded vehicle in the class, and since it only costs a little more than the Accent, it's the clear winner in a head-to-head matchup.

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Accent Interior

How Many People Does the Accent Seat?

The Hyundai Accent sedan seats five. The supportive front seats are a great place to spend time. The rear seats have plenty of room for two adults (as long as they aren’t super tall), and three isn’t a stretch if you’re just driving across town.

Accent and Car Seats

The Accent has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

Accent Interior Quality

The Accent features plenty of hard plastics inside (which is common in this class), but it looks good and doesn’t feel cheap. Additionally, the cabin is well-insulated from outside noise.

Accent Cargo Space

The Accent has nearly 14 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a solid total for a subcompact sedan. That’s room for about nine shopping bags or luggage for a weekend trip.

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, two additional USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Subcompact cars aren’t known for their long features lists, and the Accent is no different. Still, it has more standard features after the 2018 redesign, and it now offers handy connectivity options for Android and Apple smartphones. The touch screen is responsive and easy to use.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Accent Performance

Accent Engine: Only 1 Option

Unlike some competitors, the Hyundai Accent offers just one engine choice: a 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine. This inline-four is stronger than some rivals’ base engines, and it delivers satisfactory performance in most driving situations, but acceleration is not especially impressive.

Accent Gas Mileage: Mediocre MPG Ratings

With the automatic transmission, the Accent earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those aren’t great numbers, but they’re not terrible for a nonhybrid subcompact car.

The Accent will cost you about as much in gas money each year as the base Honda Fit. However, the Fit is available with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that improves fuel economy. When equipped with the CVT, the Fit saves you about $100 per year in fuel costs compared to the Accent.

Accent Ride and Handling: Nothing to Complain About

The Accent’s ride is smooth in general, but rough roads will jostle passengers around a bit. Handling is surprisingly good. This isn’t a sports sedan, but this Hyundai handles corners at speed without much trouble.

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Accent Reliability

Is the Hyundai Accent Reliable?

The 2018 Hyundai Accent has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Hyundai Accent Warranty

The Hyundai Accent comes with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is one of the best warranties in the class.

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Accent Safety

Accent Crash Test Results

The 2018 Hyundai Accent has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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 redesigned Accent is offered in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. All three feature a 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. In previous model years, the Accent was offered as a sedan and a hatchback, but for 2018, it’s sedan or bust.

When picking a trim, it’s always important to consider which features you value the most since you don’t want to pay for features you won’t use. With that said, a number of nice features such as heated front seats, a sunroof, and forward collision warning are only offered in the Limited trim.

Yes, the Limited is the most expensive trim, but it’s not that much more than the SEL trim. Unless you’re content with what the base SE trim brings to the table, you might as well go all the way up to the Limited.

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. 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 $17,295. The SEL comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the SE’s features, the SEL comes with heated side mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, voice recognition, two addition 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 $18,895. The Limited comes standard with pretty much every feature you can get in an Accent.

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

Hyundai could be forgiven for doing a little back-patting in the wake of the Accent’s 2018 redesign. The hatchback body style has been dropped from the lineup, but the sedan offers a lot to like. The Accent is a capable performer with a nice interior, and it earns a spot in the top half of our subcompact car rankings.

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
  • "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
  • "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
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