2017 Hyundai Accent

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2017 Hyundai Accent
Save up to $5,751
MSRP range
$14,745 - $16,450

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

  • Ranks only average in crash-test scores
  • Lacks many desirable features such as a rearview camera, navigation
  • Fuel economy ranks below that of competitors


Which Accent does Edmunds recommend

Unless your budget is exceptionally tight or you just prefer a manual transmission, the $700 difference between the base SE sedan with automatic transmission and the Value Edition is negligible, especially considering that the Value Edition adds upgraded wheels, better brakes, cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity. Same goes for the hatchback.

Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

4.5 / 5

Just as the market grows for ever-roomier sedans and crossovers, so does the demand for smartly packaged small cars that can perform tricks like their larger counterparts. The 2017 Hyundai Accent is a top choice in this category thanks to a satisfying combination of performance, utility, comfort and style. Choose a sedan if you want a trunk or a hatchback if you want maximum utility.

Though there's nothing flashy about the Accent, it's a handsome car in either sedan or hatchback style that will endure the daily grind with minimal fuss. It's one of the quicker cars in its class, which you'll appreciate with every merge into freeway traffic. It offers both manual and automatic six-speed transmissions with solid feel and tuning.

What's more, the Accent is surprisingly quiet and soft on the road, so even those with longer commutes won't regret choosing this Hyundai over a larger, more expensive car. Passenger space is also generous, with plenty of backseat room for two adults. (Technically it's a five-passenger car, so we can't recommend placing three friends in the backseat if you wish to remain friends.)

There are compromises. Not only are the Accent's fuel economy estimates lower than many of its subcompact rivals, we found it difficult to match those numbers in real-world driving. The hatchback's rearward visibility is also challenging, and there's no optional rearview camera.

trim levels & features

The 2017 Hyundai Accent is available as a small four-door sedan or a four-door hatchback. Both seat five passengers. The sedan is available in base SE and Value Edition trims, while the hatchback comes in SE and Sport variations. Each uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (137 horsepower, 123 pound-feet torque) and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Accent is front-wheel-drive.

The SE sedan comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, 14-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a driver-seat armrest, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a trip computer, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB/auxiliary inputs.

The Value Edition sedan adds a six-speed automatic transmission, 16-inch machine-finish alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, hill start assist, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a center console storage box with a sliding armrest console. 

The SE hatchback shares the same features as the sedan but adds a rear window wiper. The Sport trim combines SE and Value Edition features and adds heated side mirrors (with driver's blind-spot viewer and integrated turn-signal indicators), a body-color spoiler, projector-beam headlights with LED accents, foglights, sport-tuned steering, a leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery and piano black interior accents.

trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 Hyundai Accent SE 4-door hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl.; 6-speed automatic). Some observations regarding visibility and cargo space will differ from the sedan. We've noted this where possible.

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Accent has received minor revisions to trim and feature content. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Accent. (Our SE test car car, for example, is roughly equivalent to today's Sport trim hatchback.)

driving

4
Not the quickest, most nimble or shortest-stopping in the segment, but the Accent SE is near the top in most performance measures. The Accent's drivability is one of the best in class, thanks to predictable gas pedal response and a well-tuned six-speed automatic transmission.

acceleration

4.5
The 138-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is one of our favorites, providing good initial response leaving a stop followed by steady acceleration. A quick 9.3-second sprint to 60 mph is one of the best in the segment.

braking

3
The brake pedal feels responsive and confident. In simulated-panic stops from 60 mph, we recorded a 124-foot distance, which is average for the class.

steering

3
The steering is precise enough but can feel too light and vague at times. Straight-line stability isn't a benchmark for subcompacts, though it's still better than in some rivals.

handling

4.5
Handling feels sporty for the most part, but some bumps can overwhelm the very basic rear suspension setup.

drivability

5
The Accent SE's overall drivability is excellent with above-average engine response, a well-calibrated six-speed automatic transmission that's not overly busy, confident brakes and direct steering. It feels less toylike than many.

comfort

4.5
Though its seats are only average, the Accent's smooth ride and impressively hushed cabin make it one of the most comfortable cars in the subcompact class.

seat comfort

3.5
The six-way-adjustable driver seat accommodates a wide range of sizes, and the front passenger seat adjusts in four directions. The seats have ample cushioning for the long haul and decent side bolstering. Three-across seating isn't realistic in back.

ride comfort

4
It lacks the buttoned-down feeling of the best subcompacts, but overall the level of ride comfort is better than most. Grooved or uneven highways cause a bit of wander, but it's not busy or fidgety.

noise & vibration

5
Whether accelerating hard onto a highway or just cruising along, the Accent is one of the quietest cars in its class. Engine noise is well isolated, and road and wind noise barely register. Quietness is one of the Accent's best qualities.

interior

4
Keeping in mind that the Accent is a small, economy-minded car, its interior offers up excellent ergonomics and luggage space and reasonably easy access. But space and outward visibility are just merely adequate.

ease of use

4.5
It's refreshing to find effective, traditional dials and knobs where many cars now flaunt button arrays and frustrating touchscreens.

getting in/getting out

4
Large, tall doors, low sills, a fairly high roofline and seats mounted a good distance off the floor make getting in and out easy. The roof-mounted grab handles are a plus.

roominess

3.5
Front passengers enjoy a reasonably wide-open cabin, but those in the rear will feel confined due to the rising window sills. Head- and legroom are competitive for subcompact cars.

visibility

3
Forward visibility is excellent thanks to a low hood, a large windshield and slender windshield pillars. The rearward view is hampered by blind spots typical of hatchbacks, plus the center headrest obscures the view through the mirror.

quality

Unlike some others in this low-cost segment, there aren't any unshrouded bare-metal panels, and the overall material quality and graining of plastics are quite good. Exterior panel gaps and paint quality are also better than average.

utility

The rear seats don't fold completely flat, hampering some utility. The tall, wide doors and high roofline make rear-seat cargo loading easy.

small-item storage

Outstanding small item storage with numerous storage spaces, deep cupholders and sizable door pockets.

cargo space

4.5
There's an excellent 21 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seat, but rear seats don't fold fully flat, resulting in just 47.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

technology

Unfortunate dearth of tech options. Bluetooth isn't available on SE trims (not even as an option) and there's no smartphone app integration. The only concession is a USB port for charging or an audio signal.

audio & navigation

The basic audio system consists of six speakers, a CD player, satellite radio and a USB jack for playing music from a smartphone/device or thumb drive. No navigation offered at any trim level.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Hyundai Accent.

Great engine and transmission--well built!
Tom, 11/4/2017
The 1.6 engine and 6 speed auto makes this car a great value! It is solid and gets you from point A to B easily! The seats are comfortable and supportive. The stereo really sounds decent for a small car. The warranty is the best and can be expanded to a 10 year 120,000 bumper to bumper! You won't find that with any other small car!
Best Little Car Ever
Sandy Johnson, 1/23/2018
This is the second Hyundai Accent I have purchased. I have found this model to be reliable and truly TROUBLE FREE. I had no issues with my previous car and went ahead and have this one and I love it too! It is easy to drive and handles really well. I feel safe and in control when driving this car and that is important to me. I have owned both a Hyundai Sonata and now two Accents and I would recommend either model to anyone. They are wonderful cars and really deserve more than 5 stars in my estimation.
Money would be better spent on a used car
Pac757, 8/14/2017
I purchased what's now "the top of the line" Accent, a value edition for my daughter after she totalled her 2013 Accent. This car is maybe one step above a stripped rental car. The quality of the interior is cheaper and less attractive than her 2013, the her 2013, which wasn't a top of the line Accent came with fog lights, auto dimming review mirror with compass, better quality interior and you were actually able to purchase a jack and spare tire for that car. I regret buying this car for her now but to late to get rid of it, it's only one month old and has a horrible resale value. Even the Hyundai dealer I bought it from didn't want to work with us to trade it in on a used Elantra. Poor resale value, absolutely bare minimum extras for a top of the line model, very dated styling, almost as if Hyundai went back to the Excel days of the 80's but without the cheap price. Guess she's stuck with this till she hits the break even point with her financing. Makes me think twice before buying a Hyundai again. In hinesight, the Kia Rio, which is their bottom of the line car is actually a better car. My own fault for not doing more research plus was under pressure as she needed a car quickly for getting to and from work, public transportation where we live is horrible.
Just what I wanted!
Shari, 4/3/2018
Purchased this car because I drive approximately 60 miles a day and needed something good on gas, comfortable and easy to drive. This little car was perfect. Although it had 5300 miles when purchased, I have added approximately 1400 since March 2018. The back seat can be a bit cramped if there are really tall people in the front seat. On the highway, the car has a smooth ride and is able to accelerate quickly when needed. The gas mileage is running about where I expected it to be, when using Ecoboost, which is around 34-35 MPG for combined highway and inter city driving. Not using the Ecoboost, for greater performance, the mileage still runs about 32-35 MPG. I have only had the vehicle for a month, but it seems as if it will be a great quality vehicle with acceptable maintenance costs. Warranty and extended warranty purchased through dealership should cover a majority of any problems that may arise between now and the time the loan is paid off. If you are in the market for a sporty looking, economical and comfortable small vehicle, consider the Hyundai Accent.
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2017 Hyundai Accent video

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.

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.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$15,745
MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
137 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$14,745
MPG
27 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
137 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$16,450
MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
137 hp @ 6300 rpm
See all 2017 Hyundai Accent features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite Accent safety features:

Active Front Head Restraints
Moves forward and upward during a rear impact to minimize whiplash injuries.
Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
Offers stronger stopping power than the model equipped with rear drum brakes; standard on the Value Edition sedan and Sport hatchback.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat3 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover12.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Acceptable
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Poor
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2017 Hyundai Accent for Sale

Hyundai Accent 2017 SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
New 2017
Hyundai Accent
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MSRP$17,620
Est.Loan: $255/mo
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Hyundai Accent 2017 SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
New 2017
Hyundai Accent
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MSRP$16,940
Est.Loan: $246/mo
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Dealer Notes
SONIC SILVER exterior and GRAY interior, SE trim. Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player, OPTION GROUP 01. Warranty 10 yrs/100k Miles - Drivetrain Warranty; AND MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDESatellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player MP3 Player, Remote Trunk Release, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Electronic Stability Control.OPTION PACKAGESOPTION GROUP 01. Hyundai SE with SONIC SILVER exterior and GRAY interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 137 HP at 6300 RPM*.EXPERTS REPORTEdmunds.com explains Whether accelerating hard onto a highway or just cruising along, the Accent is one of the quietest cars in its class. Engine noise is well isolated, and road and wind noise barely register.. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $16,900*.WHO WE AREOur vehicles are value priced and move quickly. Be sure to call us at 410-774-5416 to confirm availability and to schedule a hassle free test drive! We are located at: 11275 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117. All vehicles are subject to prior sale. Price excludes $300 processing fee, taxes, title, destination and license. Price includes all applicable rebates. Not all customers will qualify for all applicable rebates and incentives. See dealer for complete details.
Hyundai Accent 2017 SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
New 2017
Hyundai Accent
SE
Len Stoler Hyundai
46.1 mi away
MSRP$16,925
Est.Loan: $246/mo
Great Deal!
Great Deal!
View Details
Dealer Notes
PULSE RED exterior and BEIGE interior, SE trim. OPTION GROUP 01, iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player, Satellite Radio. Warranty 10 yrs/100k Miles - Drivetrain Warranty; SEE MORE!KEY FEATURES INCLUDESatellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, CD Player. MP3 Player, Remote Trunk Release, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Electronic Stability Control.OPTION PACKAGESOPTION GROUP 01. Hyundai SE with PULSE RED exterior and BEIGE interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 137 HP at 6300 RPM*.EXPERTS RAVEEdmunds.com explains Whether accelerating hard onto a highway or just cruising along, the Accent is one of the quietest cars in its class. Engine noise is well isolated, and road and wind noise barely register..VISIT US TODAYOur vehicles are value priced and move quickly. Be sure to call us at 410-774-5416 to confirm availability and to schedule a hassle free test drive! We are located at: 11275 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117. All vehicles are subject to prior sale. Price excludes $300 processing fee, taxes, title, destination and license. Price includes all applicable rebates. Not all customers will qualify for all applicable rebates and incentives. See dealer for complete details.
More about the 2017 Hyundai Accent

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.

2017 Hyundai Accent Overview

The 2017 Hyundai Accent is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M), Value Edition 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A), and SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M).

What do people think of the 2017 Hyundai Accent?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Hyundai Accent and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Accent 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Accent.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Hyundai Accent and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Accent featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.5 / 5.0

Driving

4.0 / 5.0

Acceleration4.5 / 5.0
Braking3.0 / 5.0
Steering3.0 / 5.0
Handling4.5 / 5.0
Drivability5.0 / 5.0

Comfort

4.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort4.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration5.0 / 5.0

Interior

4.0 / 5.0

Ease of use4.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out4.0 / 5.0
Roominess3.5 / 5.0
Visibility3.0 / 5.0
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2017 Hyundai Accent?
2017 Hyundai Accent SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

The 2017 Hyundai Accent SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $16,860. The average price paid for a new 2017 Hyundai Accent SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,751 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2017 Hyundai Accent SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) is34.1% below the MSRP.

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