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2020 Hyundai Accent

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Expert Rating
2.6 (Fair)

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2020 SE 4dr Sedan w/Manual
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Price:   -  From $15,295
2020 SE 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $16,395
2020 SEL 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $17,650
2020 Limited 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $19,400

Overview

What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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.

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Safety Features

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.

Connectivity

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.

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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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • More efficient engine
  • Surprisingly spacious
  • Good features in top trim
  • Decent looks
Cons
  • Low on power
  • Low on fun, too
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Very basic base trim
Expert Rating
2.6 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Fresh from the factory. If what you’re looking for is a new car, the 2020 Hyundai Accent is one of the cheaper ways to get the job done. It’s about as basic as they come, but that’s sometimes a good thing.

The Accent is petite, made to squeeze into tight city parking spots. All the same, it wears Hyundai’s hexagonal grille well. It’s not as gregarious as the brand’s crossover lineup, but it’s handsome enough for an economy car.

One of the Accent’s best features comes because of its newness: Hyundai’s five-year/60,000-mile warranty. As the cheapest way into a Hyundai, the Accent is a budget buy in a value-oriented brand.

Newly efficient, still slow. The biggest change for the 2020 Accent is a new engine. Instead of the old car’s 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, the new one has a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder. Hyundai assures us that much has changed, with better heat management and fuel injection contributing to better fuel efficiency.

A larger contributor is the new continuously variable transmission (CVT), which replaces the old automatic gearbox. Regardless of the cause, the new Accent with the CVT improves to an impressive 36 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA.

Unfortunately, the efficiency gain is offset by a loss in power. The Accent is down to 120 horsepower, and the engine rasps when pushed hard.

Many subcompact cars reconcile low power with tossable handling, but the Accent fails to do so. Handling is lifeless, without much information transmitted from the road to the wheel. Ride quality is reasonable, but the Accent’s small wheelbase makes it easy to unsettle over bumps in the road.


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Spacious, but not necessarily comfortable. In the Hyundai’s favor, it manages an impressive amount of interior space for a subcompact sedan. That starts in the trunk, where the Accent can fit 13.7 cubic feet of cargo. That’s more than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, an impressive feat for such a small car.

The Accent’s double-bubble roof makes for good headroom. Height-adjustable seating means that adults can co-exist in the front and rear, and the interior has lots of useful storage nooks.

Not everything is rosy. The seats are thinly bolstered, and small rear doors make ingress and egress more challenging than usual. The cloth upholstery feels cheap, and hard plastics cover most surfaces.

These things are par for the course among economy sedans, and the Accent pulls them together with a feeling of reasonable quality. At the very least, passengers won’t be cramped.

Getting what you pay for. In its cheapest form, the Accent can be yours for not much more than $16,000. At that price, buyers will have to make some sacrifices – including wheel covers, a manual transmission, and a small 5-inch infotainment screen with just four speakers.

We like the Accent better in its highest form, the Limited trim. It comes with a more modern 7-inch infotainment system, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also included are some surprise luxury nods like LED taillights, a hands-free trunk, and heated front seats. If nothing else, the Limited is worth the price for the inclusion of automatic emergency braking.

Luckily, that price remains approachable. The Limited starts at $19,400, which ensures that it remains an excellent value among subcompacts. It won’t ever be a luxury car, but an Accent with modern amenities is perfectly pleasant.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Hyundai Accent’s biggest weapon is its price, which is nearly enough to overcome its shortcomings. The biggest drawbacks are an anemic engine and a numb driving experience, although the seating does little to impress either. Would it be too much to wish for a hatchback?

But we doubt most Accent buyers will care about those things. The Accent still follows through where it counts: value, features, and efficiency. It even looks decent. For buyers looking to make their dollar travel far, it remains a reasonable choice.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 120 HP / 113 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 39 / 34 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 120 HP / 113 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 39 / 34 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
11.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$45
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
172.6 "
Exterior Width
68.1 "
Exterior Height
57.1 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
33.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,502 Lbs.
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
16.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2 / 1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles

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