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The 2018 Hyundai Accent got a comprehensive overhaul, bringing the scrappy subcompact into the modern age with a new look, more room (it was already one of the roomier choices), more tech and safety features, and better fuel economy. Previously available in both hatchback and sedan body styles, with automatic and manual transmissions, only the sedan survived the transition. That’s too bad since the hatchback expanded the Accent’s versatility with impressive cargo space. The sensible and stylish sedan is good enough to make you forget the hatchback, though.
The Accent’s four-cylinder engine returns with a bit less power, but better fuel economy. The interior also gains a little elbow room from a longer and wider body, but retains the quiet and comfortable character that was fundamental to the older model’s appeal. More crucial, the Accent finally offers modern tech features absent in the last car, including Apple and Android smartphone integration and basic driver assistance aids. The latter are only available on the top trim, however.
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Performance: Small economy cars aren’t known for performance, but the Accent surprises with its nimble nature. It’s agile and stable around through turns, even bumpy ones. Its four-cylinder engine has lost a bit of power compared to earlier years, but it’s actually quicker. The 2018 Accent covers zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, slightly quicker than the last generation. The engine can feel a bit anemic at higher speeds, and usually requires kicking down a gear for highway merging and passing. Overall though, the Accent has plenty of sauce for daily driving and impresses with its grip and composure.
Comfort: The 2018 Accent sits atop a longer body than earlier models, which helps smooth out rougher ruts and bumps in the road. An updated suspension setup also minimizes jolts and keeps the ride fairly smooth and quiet. Inside the cabin, the dash slopes forward and contributes to an open, roomy feel. There's also ample front headroom, although the sloping roofline pinches a bit of headroom from rear passengers. Wide door openings also make it easy to hop in and out.
Utility: The Accent’s 13.7 cu-ft of trunk space is average for the class, but Hyundai makes it feel bigger with a large opening, lowered trunk floor and a low bumper, making it easier to wrangle suitcases, boxes and groceries. The rear seats also split in a 60/40 configuration, enhancing the Accent’s cargo space and utility.
Technology: The 2018 Accent finally joined the digital age with a handful of overdue tech updates. The SE base trim got a 5-inch touchscreen and the two upper trims — SEL and Limited — got a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and an upgraded six-speaker sound system. In-dash navigation was not available, although smartphone apps are a useful alternative. A rearview camera debuts on the Accent, as does forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking. The latter features are only available on the most expensive Limited trim. It’s better than nothing, but still disappointing seeing as how the contemporary Honda Fit offered a full suite of driver aids.
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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