2018 Hyundai Accent
Among Asian carmakers, South Korea’s Hyundai has been able to maintain its position as one of the world’s main players, especially when it comes to compact and family cars. They produce smart, practical and well thought vehicles, that manage to arrive and stay in garages all around the world, giving their money’s value to those who decided to buy one of this little wonders.
One of these little wonders is the Hyundai Accent, a subcompact car created by the company in 1994.
Almost a quarter century later, the Accent still is the car of choice of numerous American families. Its shape, interior space, devices and fuel economy are some of its stronger qualities…. let’s check it out.
I had the opportunity to drive the Limited trim of the 2018 Hyundai Accent, the trim with most equipment available.
It also has 2 previous trims: the base one, called SE; and the SEL.
It should be noted that all the trims share the same ‘heart’: A 1.6 liter, four cylinder engine, that offers 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque.
Also, al trims are equipped with front wheel drive.
We can choose it either with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
According to the Enviromental Protection Agency, with the automatic transmission, this engine gives us a fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon in the highway.
With the manual transmission, these numbers are pretty much the same, since the fuel economy only goes down one mile in the highway department.
The 2018 Hyundai Accent is well equipped, and can go toe to toe not only with another vehicles of its segment (such as the Honda Fit, the Kia Rio or the Ford Fiesta), but also against any crossover SUV, features-wise.
If you get the Limited trim, the one that I drove for this test drive, you’ll get accessories such as keyless entry, push-button start, fog lights, 17-inch wheels, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and more.
Safety-wise, it should be noted that the Limited trim also gets you a three-year subscription to the Hyundai Blue Link Connected Services, that include emergency collision notification, remote start and locking, diagnostics of the vehicle and more.
To give you a better landscape on the features department, if you prefer the base trim, the SE trim, you are getting AC, power accessories, and Bluetooth connectivity, just to name a few of the base accessories. The SEL version adds automatic headlights, 15 inch alloy wheels, dual USB charging ports, a 7-inch touchscreen display and more.
Once you are behind the wheel, either on the highway or the streets, the 2018 Hyundai Accent does not disappoint.
I said it before, but it gives a run for their money to pretty much any crossover SUV available today.
This is a long, roomy vehicle, that brings comfort to drivers and passengers alike.
It’s perfect for daily commute or for long family rides on the highway, since it has a quiet and comfy cabin.
Its acceleration is quick and agile, traits that give you confidence, once again, on the highway or your daily commute.
A wide fuel economy? Checked. Spacious interior? Checked. A trustworthy, quick and agile engine? Also checked. The 2018 Hyundai Accent is a very complete, smart and generous car, that will satisfy with ease to anyone that chooses it.