Accent desirable despite its class
In world of crossovers, a reliable sedan that stands out
After nearly a quarter century of development, there’s little wonder that Hyundai has completely nailed the Accent formula. More impressive is that the brand has elected to stay the course with the car on a parallel track to its sport-utility efforts.
I spent a day out on the sunbleached asphalt that surrounds Las Vegas, Nev., split between the base SE and top-tier Limited trims of the 2018 Accent. “Accent or equivalent” has long been a part of car counter conversation, and this year’s model reveals why so many fleet buyers have helped to bolster the sedan’s sales figures.
Slightly longer and a touch wider, the car offers enough interior room to qualify for compact status from the government, despite what its modest pricing and exterior dimensions would suggest. The trunk can hold 487 litres of cargo.
The Accent’s cabin also maintains a sense of cheer, even in hubcaps-and-basic-stereo trim. The L’s available two-tone black
Los Angeles is the most congested city for driving, according to data from RegTransfers. and tan interior colour scheme does well in distracting from the various harder plastics that adorn the door panels and dash. And the simple entertainment system (five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, but no satellite radio) is matched with easy-to-read instrumentation that offers the driver a functional trip computer.
Pricing has yet to be released, but don’t expect to be shelling out all that much for the new Accent, as the window sticker should hew fairly close to previous years. This means an ask of roughly $14,000 for sedans equipped with a sixspeed manual transmission (an L-only perk), and roughly $20,000 for the GLS.
The 1.6-L, four-cylinder engine that’s standard across the board in the Accent delivers without much fuss. The provocations of its six-speed automatic gearbox are enhanced somewhat when put into Sport mode, but for the most part, the Hyundai was content to cruise through the red cliffs of the Valley of Fire and past the dry shores of Lake Mead at a more relaxed pace.
There’s a lot to be said for the non-aspirational automobile, and the 2018 Hyundai Accent is a champion of this class of car. Easier to park and more frugal to operate than a larger crossover, the Accent is intended to eat up miles for drivers who value basic transportation over baubles.