Entry Price: $14,995
Price As Tested: $20,090
This week, we’re reviewing the 2019 Hyundai Accent four-door sedan, the all-new in sub-compact introduced in 2018. Completely redesigned, this fourth-generation Accent features more standard features and is available only as a sedan in ’19 as the hatchback trim is discontinued.
Most impressive is Accent’s new sedan style exterior, which closely resembles its larger siblings compact Hyundai Sonata and mid-size Elantra. In particular, both the front and rear designs of the new Accent now mimic the other Hyundai sedans in much the same manner other manufacturers do when branding a car family design.
Our Accent featured its new cascading grille and impressive rear tail light design that will receive more admiring glances from prospective consumers aged 19 to 90. Accent also delivers good fuel economy and the 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty still attracts more interest than competitors that don’t offer a similar warranty.
Powertrain and fuel mileage are significant as all three 2019 Accent sedans arrive powered by a 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder that delivers 119 lb. ft. of torque. The EPA numbers are 28 city and 38 highway are both good for the smaller car class although several competitors go 40 MPG on the highway. The engine mates to a Shiftronic six-speed automatic with ECO (economy) mode (standard on SEL and Limited and optional on SE). For those who still like to shift, a six-speed manual transmission is available only on the entry SE model only, and fuel mileage drops just a bit to 28 city and 37 city, the latter one less than the six-speed automatic.
Inside, a new dashboard highlights an upgraded interior where driver and passenger will no doubt be impressed by a feel of more roominess not found in prior Accents. Be it the entry SE that starts at $14,995 to mid-level SEL at $17,345 to our test-drive Limited, which starts at $19,080, all Accents are impressive. Additionally, every 2019 Accent now offers standard tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions plus Bluetooth activation. There’s also Smartphone, USB, MP3 and auxiliary input jacks for numerous applications across the 2019 Accent standard feature lineup. When you move up to the SEL and Limited, upgrades include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto coupled with a nice stereo system.
As for comfort, the new Accents offers a nice interior even on the entry SE, and then adds additional amenities corresponding to price increases for the SEL and Limited models. On the highway, the little Hyundai handles very well and is a pleasure to drive. It feels bigger than it is thanks to the new interior.
A notable standard feature available only on the Limited is the highly regarded forward collision avoidance, which joins the other standard safety features found on each and every Accent like rearview camera, anti-lock four wheel brakes, all the airbags, traction controls and more. A driver blind spot mirror and hill start assist come standard on the SEL and Limited models, while both also feature an upgraded Bluetooth with voice recognition versus the standard non-voice Bluetooth on the entry SE. Again, if you want forward collision avoidance, it’s not available on the SE and SEL models, not even as an option. Ditto on the SEL’s standard heated front seats, also unavailable on SE and SEL. If you opt for the SE, it comes with drum rear brakes instead of discs.
Comfort and convenience deserve note, as the Limited features a power sliding sunroof, fog lamps, daytime running lamps, seven-inch touchscreen, six-speaker Sirius XM with 90-day free service, 17-inch tires on nice alloys, hands free trunk opening, cruise control, all the powers, automatic temperature control with windshield defogging, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and more. Your Hyundai dealer awaits your visit to answer all questions and see the 2019 Accent.
Important numbers include a wheelbase of 101.6 inches, 11.9 gallon fuel tank, 33.5 ft. turning circle, 17-inch tires on alloy wheels, 2,679 lb. curb weight, and 13.7 cu. ft. of cargo space. All Hyundais come with the famous 10 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.
The only option our Accent featured was carpeted floor mats for $125, which brought the final retail price to $20,090 with $885 freight charge included.
As long as you’re not planning to compete in acceleration contests, there’s much to like about the new generation Hyundai Accent. If shopping this small car class, the Accent should be on your test drive list and I recommend starting with the mid-level SEL at $17,345 and decide from there if the Limited is better suited.
Remember, Hyundai is known for discounting handsomely on both brand new and leftover models, so check with you dealer on current incentives. (A 2018 leftover might be your very best deal.)
Likes: Fourth-generation design, fuel mileage, more standard features, 10-year/100,000 mile warranty.
Dislikes: Only Limited offers higher-tech safety, a few more horsepower would be nice, rear drum brakes on entry SE.
Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Content Now and GateHouse Media. Contact him at email@example.com.