The 2020 Hyundai Accent returns with changes to the engine that yield slightly less power but more fuel efficiency. The engine is now available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), replacing the previous six-speed automatic gearbox.
Choosing Your Hyundai Accent
Hyundai offers the subcompact Accent in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Pricing starts at $16,125 including destination for the SE and reaches $20,230 for the Limited.
The Hyundai Accent is only available with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that now makes 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. These figures are down by 10 hp and six lb-ft of torque over last year.
The SE comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but the CVT is available for $1,100. The SEL and Limited come standard with the CVT and the manual isn't available.
The slight power loss is worth it when you consider the noticeable gains in fuel economy. With the manual gearbox, the Accent achieves an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 39 mpg highway, and 33 combined, which are gains of one, two, and two mpg over the outgoing model. With the CVT, it gets 33/41/36 mpg (city/highway/combined), which is up by five, three, and four mpg over last year's Accent with the automatic.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Accent seats up to five, but four is more realistic. The height-adjustable front seats are a big help for taller passengers, who benefit from ample head and leg room. There isn’t much bolstering to be had, however, and the seats aren’t as grippy as we’d like.
Cargo volume measures 13.7 cubic feet, which is above average and beats what some larger sedans offer. The split fold-down rear bench seat extends storage space considerably. You may want a hatchback, but this arrangement is a decent alternative for the utility-minded owner.
The Accent Limited is the only trim to get any advanced active safety features, but even the range-topper only gets automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. You won’t find features like adaptive cruise control or lane keeping assist on the options sheet.
Hyundai equips the Accent with a 5-inch color touchscreen to start, but the SEL and Limited get a 7-inch unit. Bluetooth and one USB port are included, but you need the larger touchscreen to get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and another USB port.
SE - From $16,125
The Accent SE comes with halogen headlights, 15-inch steel wheels, a chrome grille, and keyless entry. Inside, the base model has cloth seats, a four-speaker audio system, and a six-way manually adjustable driver seat.
SEL - From $18,480
For just $1,255 more than the SE equipped with the CVT, the SEL trim adds many worthwhile features for the price. Automatic headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, and 15-inch alloy wheels are included. The rear drum brakes of the SE give way to four-wheel disc brakes. Inside, this trim gets the 7-inch touchscreen, the additional USB port, an exterior temperature display, and a six-speaker audio system.
Limited - From $20,230
The Accent Limited contradicts the model’s budget aspirations, as it adds several features common to more expensive cars, including a power sunroof, LED lights all around, a hands-free trunk, and the aforementioned active safety features. It also adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, automatic temperature control, and push button start to the list of standard equipment.
Compare Accent Trims Side-By-Side
Budget-minded shoppers may find the 2020 Hyundai Accent compelling. We'd start our search with the SEL for the upgraded infotainment system and standard CVT, but the Limited adds several premium amenities and the active safety features.