If you’re not amid the throngs of American car buyers lining up to buy a new SUV, it’s abating to apperceive that there are still well-built, affordably-priced baby sedans accessible for sale. Witness the 2021 Hyundai Accent. With a starting bulk about $16,000, the Accent is one of the atomic big-ticket new cartage today, but Hyundai doesn’t accomplish any of its three trims a amends box. All three are powered by an unexciting-but-efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder agent anchored to either a six-speed chiral or a continuously capricious automatic chiral (CVT). All Accents appear with actualization that abandoned a few years ago would be advised luxuries in the auto car segment, including ability windows, air conditioning, and a six-way adjustable driver’s seat. Moving up to the SEL and Bound trims adds alike added modern-day luxuries such as a beyond 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, acrimonious seats, and push-button start. Best of all, the Accent will never accomplish you feel—or look–cheap acknowledgment to developed administration and a no-fuss interior.
Hyundai absitively to leave able-bodied abundant abandoned with the Accent for 2021, with the abandoned change actuality to the car’s palette of accessible colors. New Forge Gray replaces Urban Gray while Linen Biscuit is discontinued.
It’s no abstruse that we’re admirers of chiral chiral cars, and it’s auspicious to acquisition a acceptable ol’ stick about-face offered as accepted in the Accent. Unfortunately, it’s abandoned offered on the abject akin SE trim, which comes bare bottomward and defective abounding of the actualization abounding car buyers ability alarm essential. Still, it’s a abundantly able and bargain baby auto and it’s the one we’d suggest. For us, it’s missing aloof one feature: aluminum wheels. Hyundai apprehend our plea: Lose the cheap-looking animate auto with caster covers!
The Accent’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder agent makes 120 application and drives the advanced auto through either a six-speed chiral or continuously capricious automatic chiral (CVT). The four-cylinder was new for 2020 and we’ve not activated one, but we apprehend achievement agnate to the 2018 and 2019 models which offered 130 horsepower. It’s bright that ride abundance takes antecedence over able handling. Still, the Accent feels lively, its baby anatomy is calmly tossed into corners, and it’s alike advantageous aback pushed. Rough anchorage are smoothed out abundantly by the suspension, but acrid impacts will accomplish accordance through the cabin.
Small cars are accepted to bear acceptable fuel-economy numbers, and the Accent does aloof that. The new four-cylinder agent has bigger ammunition abridgement beyond the lineup: manual-transmission models are rated at 33 mpg accumulated and automatic models affirmation a 36 mpg accumulated rating. We haven’t had the adventitious to put the Accent’s new powertrain through our real-world artery fuel-economy testing, but the 2018 Accent’s beneath able agent afflicted us with a 41 mpg aftereffect aback able with the accepted six-speed chiral transmission.
The Accent’s developed autogenous seems able-bodied built, but it lacks the bold actualization of the Kia Rio or the rear-seat admeasurement of the Honda Fit—which provides about six inches of added rear legroom. Sporting a frill-free autogenous design, the Accent is apprehensible and honest. Both of our analysis cars had a atramentous interior, which, although able-bodied built, provided a somber, accomplished appearance. The alternative biscuit autogenous imparts a richer feeling, with two-tone tan and atramentous seats and a agnate analysis for the birr and aperture panels. Despite its auto anatomy and a abate bulk of burden amplitude with the rear seats in use, the Accent had allowance for added of our attache cases than did its added about shaped auto Rio. In fact, with its rear seats folded, the Accent captivated aloof two beneath cases than the abnormally ample Fit.
A 5.0-inch touchscreen radio is accepted and provides USB and abetting ports for abutting accessories to the interface, but the 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment arrangement that comes on SEL and Bound trims is college tech. The beyond affectation additionally boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as able-bodied as a additional USB anchorage amid on the aback of the centermost console. Both systems action Bluetooth buzz connectivity, but the 7.0-inch touchscreen additionally comes with SiriusXM accessory radio.
The National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration has abandoned accustomed the Accent a four-star assurance rating, but the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance called it a Top Assurance Pick. Automatic emergency braking and forward-collision admonishing are alternative driver-assistance actualization not offered on abounding of the Accent’s rivals. Key assurance actualization include:
At 10 years or 100,000 miles, Hyundai and sister aggregation Kia accept the best powertrain warranties available, and the Accent is the latest in Hyundai’s calendar to backpack this class-leading coverage. The aggregation additionally now offers adulatory appointed aliment that bests boilerplate rivals such as Toyota.
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED: $16,005 (base price: $15,880)
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, absolute ammunition injection
Displacement: 97 cu in, 1591 cc
Power: 130 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 119 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
Wheelbase: 101.6 in
Length: 172.6 in
Width: 68.1 in Height: 57.1 in
Passenger volume: 90 cu ft
Trunk volume: 14 cu ft
Curb weight: 2523 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 7.5 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 21.9 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 40.3 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 8.1 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 12.9 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 13.7 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.0 sec @ 88 mph
Top acceleration (governor limited, C/D est): 120 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 173 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.81 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 30 mpg
75-mph artery driving: 41 mpg
Highway range: 480 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 31/28/37 mpg
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