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One year after a thorough makeover, the 2019 Hyundai Accent carried over without significant changes and remained a solid entry point into the Hyundai lineup. The 2018 redesign brought a new design — bolder grille, sloping “coupe-style” roof — along with a roomier cabin, improved fuel economy and long-overdue tech updates. Already one of the roomier options in the segment, the new Accent grew slightly longer and wider, gaining a bit more front and rear legroom and more shoulder room throughout; think of it as “elbow room.”
The Accent’s four-cylinder engine makes a bit less power than the previous-generation car, but oddly enough the new Accent is about one half-second quicker to 60 mph. The 2019 Accent is also one of the few small cars offered with a manual transmission. While only available on the entry-level trim, the stick shift allows drivers to extract the maximum potential from the scrappy four-cylinder. More importantly, the 2018 and newer Accent offer modern tech features long absent in the pre-2018 car, including Apple and Android smartphone integration and basic driver assistance aids.
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Performance: A sports car the Accent is not, but it surprises with its nimble responses, especially through turns and corners where it’s agile and stable, even over the bumpy stuff. The scrappy four-cylinder engine is down seven horsepower in the new model, but it’s still a strong performer — except at highway speeds, where it runs out of breath when attempting a pass or merge. In those situations you’ll need to kick down a gear to get extra power, something you won’t need to do in turbocharged competitors like the Ford Fiesta or Chevrolet Sonic.
Comfort: The 2019 Accent carries over its predecessor’s quiet cabin environment, which is well-isolated from harsher road surfaces and impacts. The Accent’s longer body introduced in 2018 helps here, as does a well-tuned suspension that not only contributes to comfort, but also helps the Accent handle surprisingly well. Inside, the sloping dash creates a roomy feel with excellent headroom. Wide door openings make it easy to get in and out, although a sloping roofline means a bit of a duck into the backseat.
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 Accent finally offered a few modern tech features with 5- and 7-inch touchscreens (base model and upper trims, respectively), Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, Bluetooth® with voice control, and an upgraded six-speaker sound system. In-dash navigation was not available, leaving buyers to rely on smartphone app solutions, which many might prefer. A rearview camera came standard, while forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking were available, but only on upper trim levels. Better than nothing, but the contemporary Honda Fit offered a full suite of driver’s aids, so it’s disappointing for shoppers on a budget.
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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