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2018 Hyundai Accent KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Review

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By Matt Degen


The 2018 Accent is Hyundai’s least expensive car, a subcompact that competes with rivals like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic. The Hyundai Accent is all-new for 2018, and for its 5th-generation revamp gains upscale looks, key technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, more safety features and slightly improved fuel economy. What it loses is the availability of a hatchback model, as this new Accent is offered only as a sedan. Like its cousin the Kia Rio, the Hyundai Accent boasts an exceptional warranty that includes 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain. As with other economy cars, the Accent is best suited for in-town duties, making it a great choice for students and others on a budget and with shorter commutes.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a small, fuel-efficient sedan with an excellent warranty and stylish looks that belie its roughly $16,000 starting price, the 2018 Hyundai Accent checks the right boxes. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, standard in the two higher trims, will appeal to just about anyone with a smartphone.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want a more versatile hatchback instead of a sedan, you’ll have to step up a class to the Hyundai Elantra GT, or go with a subcompact hatch like the Kia Rio, Honda Fit, Nissan Versa Note or another rival. The Accent offers automatic emergency braking, but only on the top trim, while the Toyota Yaris has it standard.

What's New for 2018

The Accent is all-new for 2018. Available only as a subcompact sedan, it brings the stylish and upscale looks of its larger siblings, and now offers more efficiency, automatic emergency braking, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The new Hyundai Accent certainly shares the nicely dressed style of its Elantra and Sonata sedan siblings, but not quite their ride quality. This is a reality of cars in this subcompact class. Like others in this segment, the 2018 Accent has a short wheelbase and smaller dimensions, and is powered by an engine that favors fuel efficiency over gusto. As such, the Accent is more than adequate for in-town driving. It’s best for shorter commutes and easily slotting into parking spots where larger vehicles would be squeezed. On the open highway, the Accent can hold its own, but the engine tends to drone when pushed, and the ride quality isn’t as supple at higher speeds as that of a larger car, though neither is it jittery unless pushed past legal limits. The rear suspension, though still a basic torsion beam, has been reworked for smoothness. Likewise, the 6-speed automatic transmission goes about its business with certainty and is eager to kick down when needed. There’s a button to engage Sport mode, but even when activated can’t magically make the Accent dynamic.

Favorite Features

ANDROID AUTO AND APPLE CARPLAY
These two smartphone systems are quickly moving from “nice to have” to “must have” in cars, and once you experience their seamless integration it’s hard to go back. While other automakers are still implementing them even in larger and more expensive models, Hyundai makes it readily available in its least expensive car.

AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING
Here’s another system becoming more common in cars, and it has the ability to prevent accidents and even save lives. Through the use of radar, it can warn a driver if a collision appears likely. If the driver doesn’t take action, the car can ultimately apply the brakes to lessen or prevent a collision.


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