With no changes to report for 2022, Hyundai’s subcompact Accent sedan continues as a three-model range with a single-engine choice, drivetrain, and transmission configuration. The only specification revision is that an immobilizer now comes as standard across the range.
Choosing Your Hyundai Accent
With no options packages or engine/drivetrain choices, your only buying decision relates to trim level. 2022 Accent SE models start at $17,670 (all prices including destination), the mid-range SEL costs $18,925 and the flagship Limited retails at $20,625. The car continues to be the brand's most affordable vehicle.
Every 2022 Accent is fitted with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder DPI gas engine, generating 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to the front wheels through an intelligent variable transmission, returning an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 33 miles per gallon city, 41 MPG highway, and 36 combined.
Unlike other Hyundai models, the Accent is not available as a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. Given the fact that the Accent is a relatively slow seller, we don't anticipate a change in engine choices anytime soon.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Accent stands at 13.7 cu ft with the rear seats in place.
You get what you pay for in terms of safety, with features like radar-guided cruise control and traffic sign recognition unavailable on any Accent. Hill-start assistance is standard across the range, and every model features six airbags, guidelines for the rearview camera, and cruise control. SEL receives all-around disc brakes, automatic headlights, and fog lamps, whereas Limited ups the ante with forward-collision avoidance assist plus LED external lights and auto cabin defogging.
The Accent isn’t going to win any infotainment awards. The basic setup is a four-speaker AM/FM radio with USB input jacks, controlled via a five-inch color touchscreen. This expands to seven inches on SEL models, with an extra two speakers and satellite radio joining Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Limited buyers also receive a 3.5-inch TFT instrument display screen, alongside the Blue Link connected car system.
As you’d expect for the money, the Accent SE’s cabin is a fairly sparse place to sit. Its few luxuries include air conditioning, steering wheel buttons for the audio and cruise control, a trip computer, and remote keyless entry.
It isn’t possible to augment the standard specification with packages on any Accent model.
Things are slightly less basic on SEL models, which receive a superior infotainment and audio system. There’s extra cabin storage and additional USB charging ports, automatic headlamps, and heated outside mirrors, plus fog lights and 15-inch alloy wheels which enhance its appearance.
Limited models offer a few external flourishes, including 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome outside door handles with LED head/taillights and matching daytime running lights. A power sunroof brightens a cabin featuring keyless entry and push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, and automatic temperature control with auto-defogging.
If your budget will stretch to a Limited model, it’s the most comfortable Accent to travel in, and the most enjoyable to drive.