Great value. The rise of SUVs has resulted in the disappearance of a lot of subcompact cars. Luckily, Hyundai continues to sell the 2022 Accent, which is a tiny, affordable car. Even if you’re shopping for a new vehicle on a tight budget, the Accent is an appealing option as it won’t break the bank. On the flip side, the base trim doesn’t come with a lot of features.

The entry-level Accent SE doesn’t come with a lot of equipment. Standard features include a small five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, four audio speakers, and keyless entry. The mid-level SEL trim is where the Accent really starts to show off its value. That trim comes with a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and six audio speakers. To get features like automatic climate control, a hands-free trunk lid, heated front seats, and a sunroof, you have to move up to the range-topping Limited trim.

With a starting price tag of $17,670 with destination, the 2022 Accent is one of the more affordable cars on sale. The SEL trim, which offers the most value of the lineup, starts at $18,925. The range-topping Limited is priced at $20,625.

Efficient, not sporty. With a standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower, the Accent isn’t exactly sporty. The engine lacks the oomph to get the subcompact sedan up to highway speeds. The continuously variable automatic transmission doesn’t win any brownie points either, as it drones.

While the Accent won’t blow you away in a straight line, it will exceed your expectations when it comes to fuel economy. The 2022 Accent is rated by the EPA to get up to 33 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 36 mpg combined. That’s a great figure for a subcompact car, though the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata aren’t too far behind.

Simple, handsome lines. From the outside, the Accent’s lines aren’t exciting, but the sedan’s simple lines mean that it has aged well. In an age where normal road cars look just as striking as supercars, the Accent’s cautious design works well.

The sedan’s interior follows a similar story. There’s nothing on the inside that will wow you, but the simple, functional design means that everything is laid out well and easy to use. For an affordable subcompact sedan, the Accent doesn’t penalize passengers with low-quality materials, either. The standard cloth seats feel pleasant and the cabin doesn’t have many hard plastics.

Subpar safety scores and features. Subcompact vehicles aren’t known for their safety features or crash-test scores, but the Accent falls behind competitors. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s testing, last year’s model failed to earn an award. It received an “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test and had headlights that earned a “Poor” and “Acceptable” rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Accent a four-star overall safety rating.

Even more disappointing is the Accent’s small list of safety features. The sedan comes with a rearview camera as standard, but that’s it. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are only available on the Limited trim. A lot of the Accent’s competitors are available with more advanced safety features.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Hyundai Accent does just enough to continue to be a vehicle that’s recommendable for first-time car shoppers or consumers on a tight budget. Its strong fuel economy figures, agreeable design, and roomy cabin still make it a good choice.

Against competitors, the Accent lacks the same advanced safety features. We don’t want every vehicle to feel like a sports car, but the Accent needs more power. A larger touchscreen would greatly increase the vehicle’s appeal, too.

The Accent doesn’t have that many competitors. The Nissan Versa has more advanced safety features, a more powerful engine, a larger seven-inch touchscreen, and a more stylish design. It’s not as efficient as the Accent, but it's more affordable.

Chevrolet continues to sell the subcompact Spark in a hatchback body style. The Spark can only seat up to four people and comes with a 98-horsepower engine. On the tech front, the Spark is available with more advanced safety features, comes with a seven-inch touchscreen, and has smartphone compatibility as standard.

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