Newly redesigned, the 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan comes more fuel-efficient, more spacious and safe than ever before. That’s the good news. The bad news is the versatile hatchback is stopped. The sedan is pretty good since it’s a stylish and sensible choice.
Hyundai has made the 2018 Accent a little wider and longer. The interior is now roomy, with more front and rear legroom and more space between the driver and the front passenger. The cargo space has not changed and is still one of the best in its class. The updated four-cylinder engine produces less power, but Hyundai says that it makes more usable low-end torque and better fuel economy. With automatic transmission, the 2018 Hyundai Accent achieve an impressive 32 mpg in combined city / highway.
This is a pretty good car for everyday activities with a bit of fuss. Passenger space is generous and promises a better with larger room sizes. It’s also one of the faster cars in its class. Further, the 2018 Hyundai Accent is very quiet and comfortable on the road. Even people who drive long distances will not regret choosing Accent instead of larger and more expensive cars.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Hyundai Accent is a four-door sedan that stands between subcompact and compact. It’s available in three trim levels: base SE, SEL and Limited.
The base SE gets standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a four-speaker sound system with a CD and USB/auxiliary inputs.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent SEL adds rear disc brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, a center-console storage box with a sliding armrest console, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth with voice commands, dual USB charging ports and an upgraded six-speaker sound system.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited gets keyless entry, 17-inch wheels, projector-beam headlights with LED accents, foglights, a sunroof, side mirror-integrated turn signals, a hands-free trunk, push-button start, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, and a three-year subscription to Hyundai Blue Link Connected Services. (It includes features such as emergency collision notification, vehicle diagnostics, app-based remote start and locking and unlocking). The Limited also equipped with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, which aren’t available on the two lower trims.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent is powered by a revised 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Although horsepower and torque numbers are down a bit, to 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque, Hyundai says it has retuned the engine for more flexibility. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. In performance testing, the 2018 Hyundai Accent SE with manual transmission accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, far quicker than any other subcompact.
EPA estimated fuel-economy rise slightly for both transmissions, with the automatic achieve 32 mpg combined (28 city/38 highway), a 2 mpg improvement, and the manual rated at 31 mpg combined (28 city/37 highway), a 1 mpg improvement in the city.
Although as a small, economically minded car, the previous Accent version offers many excellent conveniences, the interior is above average, and the access is fairly easy to get in and out. And for 2018, the expanded cabin dimension offers more passenger space and comfort.
In the previous model, the Accent rear seats are not folded flat, and it’s the same for the 2018 model. It creates two cargo floors and reduces flexibility, but this is not a deal-breaker, since the overall cargo space is above average.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan is scheduled to go on sale sometime this fall. Regardless of the many improvements, the price may not be increased too much from the previous model, which starts at $ 14.995 and ranges up to $ 18,895.
Its competition includes the Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris iA and Chevrolet Sonic.