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With sleek style, surprisingly stout performance and impressive build quality, the 2016 Hyundai Accent is an affordable small car that drives big. It’s available as a sedan or hatchback, with a standard manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. Its roomy cabin is one of the quietest among subcompacts of the age, with refinement you only expect in larger, pricier sedans. The Accent is small enough to make tricky parking jobs easy, but big enough with its seats folded down to carry the same amount of stuff as would fit in the back of a compact SUV.
The Accent’s versatility makes it a top pick, although the rival Honda Fit can carry even more cargo and the Ford Fiesta gets better fuel economy. The Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic are also simply more invigorating to drive. The 2016 Accent had plenty going for it already, so changes for the year were few. Base GLS and GS hatchbacks were consolidated to SE, while a leather-wrapped steering wheel became a base sedan option. The Sport hatchback also lost its optional sunroof.
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Performance: The Accent lacks the pizzazz of its turbocharged Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic competitors, but it’s still plenty quick even with its non-turbo 1.6-liter engine. The four-cylinder makes just 137 horsepower, but responds quickly to the accelerator and sprints steadily from zero to 60 mph in about nine seconds. A well-calibrated six-speed automatic transmission helps, and there’s always the option to gain a little extra zip with the manual transmission. The Accent’s composure and steady grip in corners is equally endearing, with confident, direct steering that makes fun work of a winding road.
Comfort: Tall doors and a low floor make for easy entry and exit, and once inside, there’s ample space in all four seats (the rear middle seat is best left unoccupied). Front seats also offer plenty of support for long drives. With its dash angled slightly away from the front seats, the Accent feels refreshingly open inside. Ride quality is better than most subcompacts, and while the Accent isn’t quite Mercedes-like quiet, the hushed cabin keeps outside noise at bay.
Value: The 2016 Accent reinforces Hyundai’s excellent value proposition, with key standard features like keyless entry, heated side mirrors, and a six-speaker sound system with USB jack for basic smartphone media control. Moving up to the Sport trim adds 16-inch wheels, rear disc brakes (many subcompacts at the time had rear drum brakes) and Bluetooth®, among other features. We would've liked to see a few available driver safety aids, but at the Accent's bargain price, it's hard to argue.
Fuel Economy: If there’s one thing we’d change about the Accent, it would be to get its real-world fuel economy numbers closer to its EPA ratings. In Edmunds testing, the Accent fell short of its EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined with the automatic transmission (32 mpg combined with the manual).
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RepairPal gave the Hyundai Accent an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Accent 8th out of 24 among Subcompact Cars.View RepairPal's full rating of the Hyundai Accent