2020 Hyundai Accent

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2020 Hyundai Accent Review: Gets The Job Done

If an affordable, reliable commuter is your primary concern in a car, the Accent from Hyundai is aimed directly at you. The sub-compact doesn't offer much in the way of convenience and comfort features, with an equally sparse infotainment suite. What it does offer, however, is an interior that can comfortably seat four people of average size, or slightly above, while still providing a fair amount of cargo space and excellent fuel economy. True, rivals like the Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris can make similar claims, but the Hyundai Accent delivers eco-car-like performance and utility with no frills and no fuss. With a decent amount of power for a compact sedan and impressive handling dynamics, the Hyundai Accent deserves a spot on your shortlist.

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2020 Hyundai Accent Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 Accent?

For 2020, Hyundai has redesigned the 1.6-liter inline-four engine powering its compact sedan, reducing the power outputs by 10 horsepower in favor of better gas mileage. To the same end, the traditional automatic transmission has been swapped out for a Smartstream intelligent variable transmission, although a manual transmission is still standard on the base model Accent SE car.

Pros and Cons

  • Affordable price tag
  • Superb fuel economy
  • Spacious cabin
  • Very long warranties on new purchases
  • Attractive Hyundai styling, if a bit unremarkable
  • Light on features
  • Limited advanced safety features available
  • New powertrain can be noisy

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2020 Hyundai Accent Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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2020 Accent Exterior

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  • Length 172.6 in
  • Wheelbase 101.6 in
  • Height 57.1 in
  • Max Width 68.1 in
  • Front Width 59.3 in
  • Rear Width 59.5 in
  • Curb Weight 2,502.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Absolute Black
  • Pomegranate Red
  • Olympus Silver
  • Admiral Blue
  • Urban Gray
  • Linen Beige
  • Frost White Pearl

2020 Accent Performance

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2020 Hyundai Accent Three Quarter Rear Left Side View In Motion Hyundai
2020 Hyundai Accent Engine Hyundai

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.6L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Affordable daily drivers aim to be reliable, safe, and durable. So don't expect them to tempt you to push their limits. The Accent follows this trend by delivering a truly middling driving experience.

The steering is perhaps its most lackluster characteristic, thanks to its nearly non-existent on-center feedback. At lower speeds around town, the wheels turn quickly and precisely, without any fuss, but the wheels won't tell you much about the road, even as they bounce over larger bumps. The brakes also fail to impress, with a firm, predictable response, but slightly longer than average stopping distance.

Nevertheless, the Accent handles well on the road, although it doesn't feel as cheeky as the Kia Rio. The Hyundai delivers adequate road grip, and it corners well thanks to its light and responsive steering, but there is almost no feedback from the wheels. None of this would appeal much to those who want to feel as one with their car, but if all you care about is getting to work without a fuss, then the compact sedan will meet your expectations.

2020 Accent Interior

2020 Hyundai Accent Infotainment System Hyundai
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.1 in
  • Front Head Room 38.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.3 in

2020 Accent Trunk and Cargo Space

2020 Hyundai Accent Luggage Space With Seats Folded Hyundai
2020 Hyundai Accent Three Quarter Rear Left Side View Hyundai
2020 Hyundai Accent Right Side View Hyundai
  • Trunk Volume
    13.7 ft³

2020 Accent Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the Hyundai Accent A Good car?

When you consider the purpose for which it was designed, it would be hard to fault the Hyundai Accent for being a boring sedan. It doesn't engage with the driver at all on the road, and it offers little in the way of conveniences or creature comforts. But for the price of a new Hyundai Accent, you can't really ask for more than what it delivers. But what it does deliver is worth every penny.

For a car priced under $20k, the Accent is a decent buy. It's a dependable daily driver that is perfect for running errands around town with its 13.7 cubic feet trunk, while the fold-down seats offer a level of flexibility. The interior is also spacious for passengers, comfortably seating four, while squeezing in a fifth person wouldn't be an unreasonable request. And if you spend an hour or two on the highway during your daily commute, the Accent has you covered with its very impressive fuel economy figures. So long as you temper your expectations, you can rest assured that the Hyundai Accent is an excellent buy. But if you can afford to shop in a slightly higher price bracket, there are certainly better sedans out there.

2020 Hyundai Accent Comparisons

Kia Rio Kia
Hyundai Elantra Hyundai
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Hyundai Accent120 hp33/41 mpg$16,645
Kia Rio 120 hp33/41 mpg$16,450
Hyundai Elantra 147 hp33/42 mpg$20,650

2020 Hyundai Accent vs Kia Rio

Not much differs between the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio, although the latter sports a more athletic profile. Both compact sedans are powered by the same engine, although the Rio combines its 120-hp inline-four with responsive steering and dextrous handling to deliver a more engaging driving experience, although it may tax the average driver a bit with the need for more manual input to keep the sedan on its best behavior. Much like the Hyundai sedan, the Rio comes equipped with only the most basic of features as standard, with modern conveniences like smartphone integration relegated to the upper trim. Trunk space is on par with the accent, but the Kia doesn't get any advanced driver assistance features unless you fork out extra for its packages. The Rio may seem pricier at first glance, but the base model boasts the more fuel-efficient CVT, which you have to pay extra for on the Accent, and the fully specced Accent will cost you more than the top-tier Rio. With all this in mind, there's not much reason to go for the Hyundai when the more playful Rio teases you with even better value for your hard-earned cash.

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2020 Hyundai Accent vs Hyundai Elantra

With a starting price of a couple of thousand dollars above that of the Accent, the 4-door Hyundai Elantra is a slightly upper-scale compact sedan. But that's not to say it isn't still a bargain for the features you get. With a choice of three engines, ranging from the economical 128-hp turbo inline-four to a more potent 201-hp variant, you can choose to match the Accent's fuel economy figures or sacrifice a few mpg for a lot more power. The more advanced sedan also comes equipped with dual-zone climate control and forward collision avoidance as standard, while blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available for just $500 more on the second-tier trim. The Elantra doesn't beat the Accent by much in terms of cargo space, offering only 14.4 cubic feet, but it's the available creature comforts and tech features that may tempt you. While the Hyundai Elantra may be better value for money, especially if you aim for the reasonably priced mid-tier trims, it doesn't handle quite as well as its cheaper cousin.

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