2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback
- 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
- Fuel economy ranks below that of competitors
- Lacks many desirable features such as a rearview camera, navigation
- Ranks only average in crash-test scores
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Which Accent does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 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.
2017 Hyundai Accent configurations
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.
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.)
Noise & vibration5.0
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out4.0
Audio & navigation
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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
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.
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 Hatchback Overview
The 2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback is offered in the following styles: SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6M), and Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Hyundai Accent Hatchback?
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