2017 Hyundai Accent

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Hyundai Accent highlights

Customer rating


  • Engaging style
  • Strong engine
  • Feels larger than it looks


  • Competitors offer more options
  • Hatchback’s rear visibility is limited

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 36 highway, 30 combined

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2017 Hyundai Accent offers excellent value despite dated features

As demand grows for ever-roomier sedans and crossovers, so does the appeal of smartly packaged small cars that mimic the bigger guys. The 2017 Hyundai Accent fits the bill with a satisfying blend of performance, utility and comfort, offering both sedan and hatchback body styles. Get the hatch for maximum utility, or the sedan if you prefer a trunk.

The Accent isn’t flashy, but doesn’t lack style. It has the same flowing lines as its larger Elantra and Sonata counterparts, and it’s also one of the quicker subcompacts around, which eases the stress of highway maneuvers. It’s available with either a manual or automatic six-speed transmission.

The Accent’s versatility makes it a top pick, although the rival Honda Fit can carry more cargo and the Ford Fiesta gets better fuel economy. A new Value Edition trim level debuted for 2017, blending features from the base and top trims. Note that the Accent was fully redesigned for 2018 with new features. If modern tech is a priority, the 2018 and newer models may be a better choice.

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What is new for the 2017 Hyundai Accent?

  • The Accent is available in a new trim called the Value Edition.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Hyundai Accent

What We Like:

Performance: No one will mistake the Accent for a sports car, but it’s a gutsy performer with a punchy four-cylinder engine that makes it one of the quicker subcompacts around. The engine makes just 137 horsepower, but responds quickly to the gas pedal (aided by an equally snappy six-speed transmission) and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about nine seconds. There’s also a little zip to be gained by shifting your own gears 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: The Accent is surprisingly roomy inside. The dashboard angles away from front passengers and contributes to a spacious feeling. Tall doors and a low floor make for easy entry and exit, and there’s ample space in all four seats (the rear middle seat is best left unoccupied). Front seats offer plenty of cushioning for long drives, and ride quality is better than most rivals. Although the Accent is no Mercedes, it does an admirable job of muting outside noise.

Value: The 2017 Accent continues Hyundai’s tradition of offering exceptional bang for the buck. Standard features like keyless entry, heated side mirrors, and a six-speaker sound system are nice to have, especially at the Accent’s bargain price. Moving up the trim ladder adds larger wheels, rear disc brakes (many subcompacts at the time had rear drum brakes) and Bluetooth® music streaming.

What Needs Improvement

Fuel Economy: Our lone gripe with the otherwise well-rounded Accent is that it fell short of its EPA-estimated fuel economy target in Edmunds testing. The Accent is estimated at 31 mpg combined with the automatic transmission (32 mpg combined with the manual).

While its shortfall was within an acceptable margin, they underscore that the Accent’s rating is difficult to achieve in real-world driving.

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Standard features on the 2017-2020 Chevrolet Sonic include:

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Automatic headlights

  • LED daytime running lights

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks

  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2017 Hyundai Accent has great gas mileage and is dependable. It is good for driving around town and has enough power for highway driving.

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Accent an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Accent 11th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Hyundai Accent features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 41.8"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 37.8"

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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Boston Red

  • Century White

  • Ironman Silver

  • Misty Beige

  • Pacific Blue

  • Triathlon Gray

  • Ultra Black

  • Vitamin C

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