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Hyundai Accent

Hyundai Accent side view

Pros and cons

  • Available in sedan or hatchback
  • Spacious interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Enhanced safety aids only on top trim
  • No on-board navigation
  • Rear drum brakes, not discs
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual or Automatic
  • City consumption7.1 - 8.9 L/100km
  • Highway consumption5.2 - 6.3 L/100km
  • Width1700 mm
  • Length4115 mm
  • Trunk space600 L
  • Cargo space600 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Hyundai Accent 2012 - 2017 is available in 5 trims:

L trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the L trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

LE trim features and specs

Available with the LE trim:
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the LE trim:
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the LE trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

GL trim features and specs

Available with the GL trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the GL trim:
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the GL trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

SE trim features and specs

Available with the SE trim:
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the SE trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the SE trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

GLS trim features and specs

Available with the GLS trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Electric windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Power steering
Available with the GLS trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sunroof
Available across all trims:
  • Daytime running lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available with the GLS trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers

Overview

Learn about the Hyundai Accent

Summary

With its smart good looks, reliable engineering and modest price point, the Hyundai Accent is a solid entry-level vehicle. Add to that a spacious interior and an award-winning safety package in higher-trim newer models, and it’s easy to see why it’s one of the best hatchbacks in Canada. The Accent’s design focuses on ease-of-use, making it a fuss-free choice for anyone with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. You also get top-of-the-line fuel economy with the Accent, saving you money on gas and lowering your environmental impact.

Safety

In newer models, lower-cost trims are limited in safety features, though rearview cameras will help with tricky parking. Older models from 2006 offer multiple airbags, adjustable head restraints to reduce the risk of whiplash in the event of an accident, as well as four-wheel antilock disc brakes to avoid skidding.

In contrast, the highest trim of the 2019 model earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick award. For example, the Limited Edition’s Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist helps you react if something unexpected appears on the road. LED headlights are energy-efficient and mimic natural light, making night driving easier on your eyes.

Interior

The Accent’s cloth-covered interior is designed for comfort and functionality across all model years. USB charging ports by the driver's seat—optional in models from 2010—mean you won’t have to worry about your phone powering down during a long drive. In the 2019, an upgrade to the Limited Edition will get you heated front seats to make icy winter commutes cozy. Higher trim levels also offer the option of a sunroof, helping make the car feel airy and spacious despite its small size.

Technology

On all model years, the Hyundai Accent lacks on-board navigation, so you’ll have to sync a map from your connected smartphone if you want turn-by-turn directions. If you’re looking at a model older than 10 years old, you might want to opt for a higher trim if you want air conditioning, remote keyless entry or access to satellite radio. 

The touchcreen system in recent versions—designed to minimize distractions while driving—lets you easily access music and communication apps from both Apple and Android devices. An upgrade in models from 2018 and up will get you Hyundai Blue Link, a connectivity service that lets you start your car and adjust the temperature all from your smartphone, ideal for warming up the interior in the winter. There’s also proximity-based locking so you can skip digging for your keys in your bag or pockets.

Space

The Accent’s interior has earned it a reputation as one of the most spacious cars in the minicar category, so passengers have room to relax. The choice between sedan and hatchback models means you can get that bit of extra cargo space if you need it.

Comfort

A number of comfort-oriented perks are available as extras on newer models, from climate control to a luxe leather-wrapped steering wheel, though the latter could also be found on models as old as 2008. When it comes to handling, keep in mind that the Accent’s rear brakes are drum brakes rather than disc brakes. This means that in wet conditions, the car may not handle as well as others in its category.

Frequently asked questions

Cruise control comes as standard on models of the Hyundai Accent from 2012 onwards and is an option on earlier models.

Diesel and turbodiesel is available in second-generation models (first produced in 2003) and onwards.

Typically, the Hyundai Accent’s gas mileage ranges between 13 and 16 km/L. This will change depending on whether you’re driving in the city or on the highway.

New Hyundai Accents come at a base cost of $14,599 for the five-door model, and $17,349 for the four-door model. Older versions will vary in price.

Front airbags are standard on all models of the Hyundai Accent. Newer models include side airbags and these can be found as optional extras on older vehicles.