2017 Hyundai Accent Pricing

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pros & cons

pros

  • Strong acceleration makes for easy merging and passing
  • Comfortable ride and impressively quiet cabin
  • Spacious interior feels upscale for the segment
  • Long warranty reassures cautious buyers

cons

  • Fuel economy ranks below that of competitors
  • Lacks many desirable features such as a rearview camera, navigation
  • Ranks only average in crash-test scores
Hyundai Accent 2017 MSRP: $15,745
Based on the SE Auto FWD 5-passenger 4-dr Sedan with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 30
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train Front Wheel Drive
Engine Type V4
Displacement 1.6 L
Passenger Volume 103.4 cu ft
Wheelbase 101 in
Length 172 in
Width 66 in
Height 57 in
Curb Weight 2546 lbs

2017 Hyundai Accent video

2017 Hyundai Accent Expert Rundown Review

Looking for a compact car with a satisfying combination of performance, utility, comfort and style? The 2017 Hyundai Accent might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

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JOSH SADLIER: This is Edmunds editor Josh Sadlier, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Hyundai Accent. Subcompact cars like the Accent are sometimes hard to recommend because for just a little more money you could have a compact car-- more space, more power, and so forth. But the Accent's an exception. We've always liked this one in the subcompact class. It's got a peppy little engine, rides surprisingly comfortably, handles pretty responsively. And in hatchback trim, as you see here, it's pretty handy. You flip up the hatch and there's a decent amount of space in there, especially if you fold down the rear seat backs. Note that there's also a sedan version not shown here. We're not so high on that one. I think the hatchback's the way to go if you're going to get an Accent. We should mention that fuel economy is not an Accent's strong suit. It is a strong suit for most competitors, however. So it's worth running the numbers before you decide. The Accent's back seat is actually surprisingly spacious for the segment. Doesn't look like it here. I think a couple of NBA players put those seats back up front. But with the front seats in a normal position, there's actually decent space, especially for a subcompact. Up front the Accent has a dashboard that's kind of from a previous generation of Hyundai products. But the good news is the control layout is very sensible and straightforward. Everything's where you'd expect it to be, and the material's quality is decent for the class. The bottom line with the Accent is that if you're shopping for a subcompact car, you've got to drive it, especially in hatchback form. It's stylish, it's rewarding to drive-- it's a strong pick. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.

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There’s certainly nothing flashy about the 2017 Hyundai Accent, but in the humble arena of subcompact cars, that’s not a big deal. What’s more important is that the Accent checks off almost every box you could hope for from an economy car: plenty of room given its small dimensions, good fuel economy, plenty of features, a low price, and a long warranty that should justify buying a new subcompact car instead of a used larger one.

Because it’s an older design, you can’t get some common features (such as a rearview camera or a navigation system) and its crash scores are lower than those of newer competitors. On the upside, though, the Accent’s design has aged gracefully over the years, and it remains one of the few subcompact cars that look equally as good in sedan or a hatchback form. The interior is also pleasingly user-friendly and of a strong enough quality that you won’t constantly regret not paying extra for a bigger model.

Despite getting superior fuel economy to most cars on the road, the Accent can’t quite match the segment best. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is standard and produces 137 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque — this is typical for the segment, as is its acceleration. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 30 mpg combined (26 city/36 highway) with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Sticking with the six-speed manual bumps each of those estimates up by 1 mpg.

Every Accent sedan and hatchback comes very well equipped given its low price. Even the base SE comes with air-conditioning, full power accessories, a 60/40-split folding backseat, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and USB/auxiliary inputs. If you want a sedan, paying $700 for the Value Edition is a very good idea — it lives up to its name by adding an automatic transmission, alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, cruise control, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, and a front center armrest and storage box. The hatchback is available in a Sport trim, which includes all of the above plus some flashier design elements, better headlights, sportier steering and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. 

So, although you might find another subcompact car stronger in certain areas, it’s hard to argue with the immense value the 2017 Hyundai Accent provides and the fact that it doesn’t scream “value buy.” We think it can make a lot of sense, so make sure to use Edmunds to research further and check out local inventory for an Accent at a dealer near you.

Since its 1995 introduction, the Hyundai Accent has served as the company's entry-level small car. Although grouped with similarly priced subcompact cars, the Accent sedan and hatchback have always fallen under the EPA's classification for a compact car, which translates to a surprisingly roomy interior. Other typical Accent advantages include generous standard equipment, a choice of hatchback and sedan body styles and long warranty coverage.

The latest Hyundai Accent has made great strides toward front-runner status in this competitive segment, which is a welcome change from past models. It is now larger inside and out, and the overall look of the car is certainly more dynamic. Performance and overall quality have been notably improved as well. Prior to the current-generation car, older Accents suffered from low safety ratings and an overall level of quality that didn't match up to some competitors.

Current Hyundai Accent
Available as a sedan or a four-door hatchback, the Accent comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is also available. Power output is impressive for the class, and the Accent gets excellent fuel economy as well.

The sedan comes only in base GLS trim, while the hatchback comes in GS and the top-line SE trims. The GLS is nicely equipped with air-conditioning, full power accessories and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks. Option highlights including foglights, alloy wheels, keyless entry, upgraded interior trim, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and Bluetooth are available. The GS hatchback adds a few extra features. Stepping up to the SE hatchback gets you pretty much all of the optional features as standard.

Inside, the Hyundai Accent has a look and feel that's a cut above most rivals, with patterned upholstery, a sculpted dash and a modern overall design. Although some drivers may be bothered by the lack of a telescoping steering wheel as standard equipment on most trims, taller passengers will find all but the rear center seat roomy and comfortable. Cargo space is also quite accommodating, especially in the hatchback models.

On the road, the Accent's four-cylinder engine pulls significantly stronger than the power plants of its major competitors. Both the six-speed manual and the six-speed automatic transmissions make good use of that output, too. What it lacks in sporty handling dynamics, it compensates for with a quiet, comfortable ride and good overall composure -- criteria likely more important to buyers shopping this segment. That the Accent performs this well overall while still rating an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined is impressive. Overall, the Hyundai Accent stands as a front-runner in the subcompact segment.

Used Hyundai Accent Models
The Hyundai Accent was fully redesigned for 2012, marking its fourth generation. Compared to the previous generation, this Accent is roomier inside, with a more stylish design and a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine. There haven't been any major changes since, although the optional telescoping steering wheel didn't become available until 2014.

The third-generation Hyundai Accent was built from 2006-'11. It's a cost-effective choice for a used car, though not a particularly exciting one. All third-generation Accents were powered by 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 110 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices included either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

During its run, a steady progression of changes and improvements were implemented. Initially, a sedan body style and single trim level were available. In 2007, a two-door hatchback was added to the lineup along with additional trim levels: the GS and SE were offered on the hatchback and GLS was the only sedan choice.

GS models were modestly appointed with the bare necessities. The SE added 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, power accessories, a CD player, a sport-tuned suspension and quicker steering. The GLS sedan included air-conditioning and the audio system as standard, with power accessories and alloy wheels optional. A sunroof and an upgraded audio system were optional on the SE.

There was a slight bump in fuel economy for 2009, as well as available cruise control. For 2010, the entry-level Blue trim joined the lineup as the new value leader, but was renamed the GL one year later. In the meantime, the GS received standard air-conditioning. USB connectivity was added to the available auxiliary input in 2010. Used car shoppers should pay special attention to whether or not an Accent has antilock brakes, as the car's braking distance grows excessively long without them. Antilock brakes weren't even an option for the GS until 2010. Finally in 2011, all Accents featured it as standard.

In reviews, we found the third-generation Accent to be a decent choice for those seeking basic, fuel-efficient transportation, but plain styling and cheap materials kept appeal fairly low. Still, there was enough interior space for average-sized adults to get comfortable in the front or rear. Driving the Accent offered no revelations in performance, but the brakes were strong (with ABS) and ride quality and handling were acceptable for an economy car. Power was adequate for driving around town, but sluggish at highway speeds in automatic-transmission models. One final aspect to consider is the Accent's crash test scores; it performed very poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's side-impact crash test.

The second-generation Accent was sold in sedan and hatchback form from 2000-'05. Initially, this Accent was offered only with an 89-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (horsepower varied slightly over the years). A 104-hp, 1.6-liter engine joined the lineup in 2001 and replaced the 1.5-liter altogether in 2003. Acceleration was adequate even with the 1.5-liter engine, however, and both the automatic and manual transmissions perform acceptably.

Handling and braking capabilities were modest on second-gen Accents, mainly because of the car's undersized 13-inch wheels and tires. Hyundai did offer the 2004 and '05 GT hatchback with 14-inch wheels and a firmer suspension, but if you're buying any used Accent, it's a good idea to set aside some money for better tires. Unfortunately, antilock brakes were optional only on 2005 Accents. Front seat-mounted side airbags were standard on 2003 GL sedans and hatchbacks, and on all 2004 and '05 models.

Sold from 1995-'99, the first-generation Hyundai Accent was also available as both a compact sedan and a three-door hatchback; it replaced Hyundai's shoddily built Excel subcompact (1986-'94). All Accents of this era came with a 92-hp, 1.5-liter engine, except for the 1996 and '97 GT hatch, which had a DOHC, 16-valve version of this engine good for 105 hp. ABS was optional on automatic transmission-equipped Accents sold from 1995-'98, but this safety feature was discontinued entirely for 1999 and didn't turn up again until 2005.

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