Introduced in 2012 and revised for 2015, the Hyundai Accent has earned a name for offering exceptional value for its low price tag. Handling is more mature than its competitors, with predictable steering and acceleration, and fuel economy is excellent. The Accent has performed well in safety tests and remains essentially unchanged for the 2016 Hyundai Accent.

The Accent was one of the first Hyundais to get a really modern look, and the stylish exterior would not look out of place in a vehicle much more expensive than the Accent. Similarly, when you take a look at the high quality stock interior you simply have to be impressed that the Accent can be purchased new for under $15,000. A test drive cements this feeling.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Hyundai Accent comes in two models: a four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback, each with enough room to seat five people comfortably. Both models have an SE base level trim while the hatchback offers an upgraded sport trim level.

Don’t let the great price (from $14,745) on the base Accent fool you – it offers a lot of value. The base model sedan comes with keyless entry, height-adjustable driver seat, driver armrest, six-speaker sound system, satellite radio support and USB and AUX inputs for listening to your music. At the base trim, the hatchback model adds more amenities such as heated outside mirrors and a driver blind-spot viewer for additional safety.

The SE sedan offers two option packages. Option package one is the ‘Popular’ package. It gives the sedan the heated mirrors and cruise control that come standard on the hatchback and adds Bluetooth and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

The second option package is the ‘Style’ package. You have to have the Popular package to choose the Style one, but the value is excellent. It add projector beam headlights for improved nighttime visibility, 16-inch alloys, 4-wheel disc brakes, leather wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-up driver’s window.

The hatchback gets the same upgrades from the option packages as the sedan, but with an added rear spoiler that befits its Sport mode.

Exterior

2016 Hyundai Accent Exterior

2016 Hyundai Accent Exterior

The Hyundai Accent really got its mojo working when it was redesigned in 2012. It was stylized according to Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. This stylishness got a further update for the year 2015 and the Accent maintained its handsome appearance. It was given LED running lights and a new grille design. These changes help to keep it looking up to date and they have been very well received. In fact, surveys have consistently returned the Hyundai Accent as the most attractive sedan and hatchback at its price point.

You will still see the now ubiquitous signature Hyundai fluidic sculpture design of in the Accent. The feeling evoked is one of a dynamism that is sleek and modern. This market segment often features cars that are stodgy and unimaginative, but that is not true of the Accent. It has a compact athletic appearance but also has many stylish additions. Examples are the projector headlamps accented by LED lights when you get the Style Package on the SE Sedan or the Sport Hatchback.

As with other designs from Hyundai, the grille and shoulder line is surrounded by a trapezoidal frame that affords a graceful line to the exterior. In the hatchback model, this line extends completely across the longer roof to the tight hatch. The vertical taillights surround the D pillars for a complete look.

The Sport model has a spoiler mounted on the rear as well as vertical taillights that give it its sportier feel. Wheels are 16 inches and made of alloy with a machined finish on the Sport Hatchback, and they also come with the Style Package on the SE Sedan.

Interior

The 2016 Hyundai Accent is an entry-level vehicle, yet feels quite luxurious in its finish and design. For instance, the interior features a dash cap in a matte finish molded with large boomerang lines to look like carbon fiber. It is an interior that is both comfortable and spacious, and it ranks among the top interiors in its class of vehicles.

The Accent is now longer. The five-door model is approximately 162 inches long, and the four-door model it is about 172 inches long. The majority of the extra footage was put into the passenger space. This means you can drive and ride with much more space around you, and it beats most of the other vehicles in its class in this regard. Taller drivers are going to appreciate the extra legroom, and this is true even when the seat is adjusted to one of the possible higher positions.

For a subcompact model, the space in the back is great. The back seats are easy to fold forward in both the hatch and the sedan. This is wonderful for traveling with cargo and really makes the best use of the space that is available. There is a lot of other storage inside, too. There is a big glove box and many smaller bins and trays in which to store your personal items such as coins, phones or water bottles.

The Accent provides a comfortable ride that is very quiet. It comes standard with an audio system of six speakers with SiriusXM radio support. It also has a CD/MP3 player, USB jacks and Bluetooth capability. Thanks to customer feedback, there is now a better layout for buttons. Voice recognition is also improved in the 2016 model.

Performance

2016 Hyundai Accent GDI Engine

2016 Hyundai Accent GDI Engine

The Hyundai Accent has a great engine that is top rated in its class, with superb horsepower (138 hp) and torque (123 lb-ft) from its 1.6-liter engine. The fuel injector helps the Accent to a 0-60 in less than 10 seconds.

The Accent features Gasoline Direct Injection, a first for subcompacts. Specially designed camshafts and mounted engine parts provide excellent power, maximum productivity and sophistication. You’ll save on fuel, have greater power and decreased emissions. Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing gives this car better fuel economy on the road.

You’ll be amazed by the reduced cost of ownership. From the low upkeep designs of the engine and its components to the specially tailored coatings that resist friction, the Accent is low maintenance and built to last. The Accent goes beyond other vehicles with its 86 horsepower per liter engine that features low exhaust waste and fantastic dependability, with a warranty on the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

The Hyundai Accent throttle control precisely controls the intake of air and the torque of the engine to save fuel and increase responsiveness. You’ll enjoy superb power steering during all types of weather and road conditions while saving on fuel. In addition, with the Accent, Hyundai gives you a powerful, muscular, strong vehicle with low weight but high stiffness for accurate handling and a smooth ride.

You can opt for a manual Accent with a light clutch, or a six-speed automatic that shifts gears with ease while including a sporty manual control option. Both the manual and automatic Accent employ shifting features that enhance fuel usage.

Thanks to all of these advanced features, you’ll enjoy a fantastic 26 miles per gallon in the city, while being able to drive 37 miles per gallon on the highway in the automatic 2016 Hyundai Accent. Choose the manual option, and you’ll experience an added mile per gallon. These types of figures were previously unheard of in the entry-level sedan sector.

Safety

2016 Hyundai Accent Wheel

2016 Hyundai Accent Wheel

Ride in comfort and safety in the 2016 Hyundai Accent, knowing that its standard safety equipment comes with active front head restraints, front and side curtain air bags, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and traction control for those slippery rides. Choose between different braking options – either front disc and rear drum brakes with the SE model, or four-wheel disc brakes with the Sport hatchback model.

In moderate-overlap frontal-offset and roof-strength tests the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Accent with the best rating of ‘Good,’ and it received the second best rating in the side-impact test and whiplash protection in a rear impact test. With four out of five stars for overall crash protection in government crash test ratings, the Accent is a smart buy and a safe choice to be driving your family in.

Summary

You get a lot of car with the 2016 Hyundai Accent, much more than you would expect with its low price tag. The engine is perfect for day-to-day family use, and highly economical on gas. One would expect styling and interior would take a hit for such an attractive price, but the Accent has won awards for its design such as the J.D. Power “Most Appealing Small Car.” Equipment is kept to the most popular options instead of forcing you to pay for superfluous items. Attractive and affordable, the Accent represents the best choice for those who know value for money.

The 2016 Accent will hit dealerships this August.