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MSRP: $14,745 - $17,495
Invoice: $14,343 - $16,968
MPG: 27 City / 38 Hwy
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Hyundai Accent Performance

Most reviewers report that the 2015 Hyundai Accent offers plenty of power and a comfortable, quiet ride. However, they also point out that many subcompact cars have handling that’s more athletic.

  • "For the most part, today's economy cars are no longer ‘penalty boxes,’ and that's certainly true for the Hyundai Accent. Whether driving on congested inner-city streets or an open highway, Hyundai's lowest-priced car left us feeling content." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Accent's EPA fuel economy ratings are also very good (it gets 31 mpg combined with either of its transmissions), but we've had difficulty hitting these mpg targets in our testing." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "The car's no race rocket, but flinging something this small and light around on the road, working the gears, sawing on the steering and generally getting the most out of the car brings back some of the real fun of driving for me." -- AutoWeek (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Hyundai Accent has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 137 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. The Accent gets up to an EPA-estimated 27/38 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, though rivals like the Honda Fit use less fuel.

While a few reviewers think that the Accent could use more highway passing power, others say that it stands out as one of the quicker subcompact cars, with plenty of power for most driving situations. Critics also praise the Accent’s smooth-shifting automatic transmission, but some dislike the standard six-speed manual transmission’s imprecise shifter.

  • "The Accent's frugal 4-cylinder isn't stingy when it comes to power, but we were disappointed by the rubbery and vague 6-speed manual transmission. We instead recommend the 6-speed automatic that provides smooth and precise shifts without any significant loss in fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Under the hood, the little 4-cylinder remains quiet and reasonably well-behaved even at high rpm, though it sometimes feels a little short on energy for passing or merging." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Although 138 hp doesn't sound like a lot, the 2014 Hyundai Accent is one of the quicker cars in the subcompact class. Its 1.6-liter engine responds energetically when you the hit the gas pedal, and there's plenty of power on tap for highway merging and passing maneuvers." -- Edmunds (2014)

Handling and Braking

Critics note that the 2015 Accent has a quiet and comfortable highway ride. However, they also write that its handling isn’t especially sporty, and that competitors like the Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta feel more athletic when the road gets twisty. A few are also let down by the Accent’s steering, saying that it could offer more road feel.

  • "If the Accent has a weak spot, it's in driving dynamics, or lack thereof. We weren't expecting VW GTI-like maneuvers, but in a matchup with the Ford Fiesta or Mazda2, the Accent was far more at home on the highway than the twisty roads that beckon those more dynamic rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The car rides on a fully independent suspension with a MacPherson strut setup in front and a torsion beam at the rear. The arrangement isn't overtly sporty but does provide a comfortable freeway ride." -- Left Lane News
  • "On the road, the Accent's compliant suspension makes for a fairly smooth ride, while the cabin is respectably quiet at highway speeds. Due to those soft underpinnings, however, the Accent isn't as entertaining in corners as athletes such as the Sonic and Fiesta. That may not bother you, but do pay close attention to the Accent's steering and see if it feels alright. We think it's a little too light and numb for its own good." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "On the road, the Accent provides both a quiet, comfortable ride and decent handling. Although competitors like the Ford Fiesta have sportier steering and handling, the Hyundai feels balanced and composed and is well suited for daily commutes." -- Edmunds (2014)
Review Last Updated: 12/12/14

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