2018 Hyundai Accent Model Review

What's New for the 2018 Hyundai Accent?

The 2018 edition of the long-running subcompact nameplate, the Hyundai Accent, made its debut at the 2017 Orange County International Auto Show, thereby kicking off its fifth generation of production. The vehicle is now available only as a sedan, as opposed to both sedan and hatchback body styles of previous cycles due to vastly superior sales numbers of the former.

2018 Hyundai Accent Interior

2018 Hyundai Accent Trims and Features

With two rows of seats and a passenger volume of 90.2 cubic feet, the 2018 Hyundai Accent can fit up to five people. The trunk of the car yields 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space, with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats enabling you to expand it into the cabin. The new Accent is split into three trims: the SE, SEL, and Limited. On the SE, you can expect cloth upholstery, a 6-way adjustable driver seat with height adjustment ability, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a four-speaker audio system that includes an AM/FM radio tuner, a USB port and auxiliary audio jack for connecting mobile devices, Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, a trial SiriusXM® satellite radio subscription, and a 5-inch color touchscreen. Voice recognition (courtesy of Bluetooth®), a 7-inch color touchscreen (in place of the 5-inch), Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ for smartphone-based infotainment control, six speakers (instead of four), and dual charging-only USB ports make an appearance on the SEL. Exclusive to the Limited are premium cloth seating surfaces, heated front seats, a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, push-button engine start, and proximity key entry as an upgrade of remote keyless entry (since it enables you to lock/unlock the door without pressing the key fob).

2018 Hyundai Accent Front


For power, the 2018 Hyundai Accent relies on the 1.6-liter Gamma II inline 4-cylinder engine, which generates 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque. Although the engine is typically mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the SEL and Limited swap it with a 6-speed automatic transmission. (It is optional on the base-level SE.) The 6-speed automatic gearbox includes a SHIFTRONIC® shifter for greater control over gear shifting-similar to a manual transmission. Also accompanying this particular gearbox is the Active ECO System, which shuts down less essential features of the powertrain to improve gas mileage. As a result, fuel economy on the SEL and Limited is improved from 28/37 mpg* to 28/38 mpg*.

2018 Hyundai Accent Side

2018 Hyundai Accent Safety

For restraint and cushioning in the event of a crash, the 2018 Hyundai Accent comes with dual front impact airbags, dual front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and dual roof-mounted side curtain airbags. Also standard on the vehicle are electronic stability control for maintaining your intended driving path, traction control to combat skidding, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system for preventing wheel lockup during abrupt stops, electronic brake-force distribution for proper allocation of stopping power to the wheels, and brake assist for additional stopping ability when necessary. Going with the SEL or Limited adds a driver's blind spot mirror for awareness of vehicles that cannot be seen, as well as hill start assist control for safe driving up a steep slope when shifting from park to drive. And the Limited is the only model with LED daytime running lights for increasing conspicuity on the road, as well as forward collision-avoidance assist to prevent or mitigate a crash.

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