For the 2016 model year, Hyundai has simplified the Accent lineup to include just three versions: SE Sedan, SE Hatchback, and Sport Hatchback. Continue reading to find out if this change is for the better.

Pricing and Equipment

The Hyundai Accent lives in the subcompact realm, which means that it has two primary responsibilities: be inexpensive and deliver good fuel economy. The 2016 Accent certainly delivers in the former, as its base SE sedan model starts from $14,745 while the SE hatchback starts at $14,995. At this low price, this subcompact is decently equipped with standard features like:

  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 14-inch steel wheels
  • Power mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Six-speaker audio system

Performance Pros

  • Predictable handling is good for its class.
  • Sport model's electric power steering feels pretty good.

Performance Cons

  • The 1.6-liter engine leads its class with 138 horsepower, but still feels sluggish.
  • The base model's electric power steering is too heavy.

Interior Pros

Hyundai Accent Interior

The Accent's cabin is large for its class, giving ample room for those up front and in the rear. What's more, its folding rear seats open up even more room for hauling.

  • The adjustability of the front seats accommodates all sizes.
  • Rear seats are big enough for children and teens.
  • There's surprising cargo room in the hatchback models.
  • Lots of cubbies for storing cellphones and other pocket-dwelling items.

Interior Cons

  • The seats are not particularly comfortable for long hauls.
  • The Accent lags behind others in crash-test ratings.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Hyundai Accent Cargo

The roominess of the Accent’s cabin is quite surprising, particularly the hatchback. It has plenty of room for a car full of teenagers or a growing family. When the rear seats aren’t in use, the cargo area expands to swallow all the gear you need to head off to your dorm room.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

We could harp on the Accent’s iffy performance all day, but that is expected in this class. The big issue for the 2016 Accent is its not-so-hot safety ratings. It received a four-star rating from the NHTSA, which doesn’t sound too bad on the surface, but the side-impact test showed that there is a high likelihood of thoracic injury.

The Bottom Line

It’s cheap, it is roomy, and it is fuel efficient, so the 2016 Hyundai Accent definitely checks most of the subcompact boxes. It does, however, fall short in safety, which could deter some buyers.