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Hyundai Accent

Hyundai Accent

2020 Hyundai Accent Expert Review

Starting at $16,125, the 2020 Hyundai Accent is the cheapest new Hyundai. It’s a subcompact sedan, so it competes with cars like the new-for-2020 Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio. How the Accent makes its case is with generous passenger space and a refined ride quality. It also offers automatic emergency braking and smartphone integration.

This low price is dependent on being able to work a manual transmission, since a 6-speed stick shift is standard; it’s $1,100 for the automatic option. The Accent is supposedly aimed at younger drivers, whose ability to learn is (fortunately) greater than the more mature among us. It’s no bad thing getting to grips with a manual and finding out what gears do. But for the hellish commute, an automatic means one less thing to worry about.

Driving the 2020 Hyundai Accent

A Sport mode enlivens responses of the throttle, transmission and steering, but don’t get your hopes up. There’s only so much excitement 120 horsepower can muster. For something more dynamic and engaging, consider a pre-owned Mazda3. However, as a cheap-to-run commuter car or a college student’s first set of wheels, the Accent will provide sterling service.

The engine has a passable amount of zip for the class. The main complaint about it is that it tends to drone under hard acceleration. And with such modest power, the accelerator tends to get used more than in a gutsier car.