Available as a sedan or hatchback, the 2017 Hyundai Accent is the Korean automaker's least expensive vehicle. But don't let its sub-$16,000 starting price fool you: Today's Accent is positively surprising, and a recommendable choice for students or city dwellers with shorter commutes. No longer the "econobox" of yore, the 2017 Accent is efficient, reliable, economical and even somewhat stylish -- especially in the more versatile hatchback form. The Accent subcompact car doesn't have the robust safety features of the Toyota Yaris or Chevrolet Sonic, nor the contortionist interior flexibility, fuel efficiency or resale value of the Honda Fit, but it does come with something its rivals can't touch: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Hyundai brings more value to the Accent sedan with the new Value Edition. For about $700 more than a base model with automatic transmission, you get Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control, rear disc brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels and more.
Hyundai Accent rolls into 2015 with an updated front-end design, new interior fabric patterns and an easier-to-read LCD audio display. An outside temperature readout becomes standard, and the Accent SE's name has been changed to the Accent Sport.
Hyundai Accent for 2014 gains sliding sun-visor extensions, a one-touch triple turn signal and a driver’s-side blind-spot mirror. The SE Premium Package adds a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, projector-style headlights with LED accents and a driver’s-side auto-up window.
Hyundai Accent for 2013 sees the base GLS model with a manual transmission gain air conditioning, power side mirrors and a 6-speaker stereo with satellite radio and iPod/USB port. Remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors are standard on all trims, while the SE adds an available power sunroof.
In an effort to keep prices in check, Hyundai has deleted the SE trim's sunroof for 2011. On the plus side, however, the GS trim gains a 172-watt six-speaker stereo with iPod, USB and auxiliary audio input jacks.
For 2010, Hyundai introduces its new "Blue" Edition engine to the Accent lineup. The new engine is up to nine-percent more fuel efficient than last year's powerplant, providing mileage as high as 36 mpg on the highway. Other new features include iPod/USB ports on all radios; standard steering wheel audio controls, sunroof and cruise control on SE and the availability of ABS on the GS trim.
For 2009, cruise control is added to the Popular Equipment Package, and the SE Premium Package now includes a power sunroof. Those with an eye on pump prices and their wallet will be happy to know that fuel economy estimates are up over those for last year's model.
All models gain a three-month free subscription to XM Satellite Radio, a tire-pressure monitor system and an auxiliary audio input jack (late availability). SE models with the manual transmission receive a sporty B&M Racing short-throw sport shifter.
Hyundai's new Accent separates itself from most of the competition in several significant ways beyond its warranty and much-improved quality, including slightly stronger standard power output, more standard safety equipment and 35 (dealer- or port-installed) accessories. The three-door models also boast the best interior volume of their class, even more than Honda's size-larger three-door Civic.