2020 Hyundai Accent

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2020 Hyundai Accent Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Tijo Tenson Content Writer Updated on: December 8, 2019


Sedans are being forgotten in a world, demanding of SUVs and crossovers. But even in hard times like these Hyundai is going against the tide and updating the Accent for 2020. It is getting a decent amount of upgrades mechanically which includes a re-tuned 1.6L inline four-cylinder engine along with an inhouse developed CVT transmission.

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Pros

Impressive styling for the price point

Easy to live with

Spacious interior

Excellent fuel economy

Cons

Noisy powertrain

Sound creeps into the cabin

Unattractive base trim

What's New?

Updated 1.6 inline 4 engine

An in-house developed CVT transmission-Intelligent Variable Transmission(IVT)

No more 6-Speed Automatic


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$15195

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

113 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

59.3/59.5

dimensions

wheelbase

101.6 in.

length

172.6 in.

width

68.1 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

2502 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

937 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/39 mpg

ev range

345.1 mi.

highway range

464.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

12 yr. / 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
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Interior
 2020 Hyundai Accent Cargo Area  2020 Hyundai Accent Cargo Area  2020 Hyundai Accent Rear Seats  2020 Hyundai Accent Front Seats  2020 Hyundai Accent Center Console

Styles

 2020 Hyundai Accent in Absolute Black color  2020 Hyundai Accent in Admiral Blue color  2020 Hyundai Accent in Frost White Pearl color  2020 Hyundai Accent in Linen Beige color  2020 Hyundai Accent in olympus silver color
Absolute Black

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

5.1

Safety

7.8

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Hyundai Accent SE

SE

power
120hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$15,195 - $16,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $15,195 MSRP (29/33/39) 120hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 2CVT) Starting at $16,295 MSRP (33/36/41) 120hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Accent SEL

SEL

power
120hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$17,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 2CVT) Starting at $17,550 MSRP (33/36/41) 120hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2020 Hyundai Accent Limited

Limited

power
120hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
36 combined

$19,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 2CVT) Starting at $19,300 MSRP (33/36/41) 120hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


It is offered in three trims which will cater to everyone’s liking. The returned engine is standard across all trims which gives the car questionable power with improved fuel efficiency. The lightweight body makes it a fun to drive car. 

“Accent” is the definition of a barebone sedan which is one of the most affordable vehicles in the segment. This property is also what makes the Accent quirky, as Hyundai has managed to deliver an updated and roadworthy car with a very basic palette. As most of the automakers have their hands in the compact segment category, let’s see how Hyundai pitches it’s $15195 Accent against its rivals.

2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan

6.0/10
Features

 
 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

5.1/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Hyundai Accent Features

6.0/10

The Accent is available in three trims for 2020. The base SE trim is available in both manual and CVT transmission with a 1.6L inline 4 engine. The higher trims are devoid of manual gearbox as the CVT replaces it for better fuel economy. The engine remains stagnant across the lineup. 

For $15195, the base SE variant is well stuffed with interior and safety features. But by shelling out a few extra bucks you get a well equipped LIMITED trim. Advanced safety features like Forward collision avoidance assistance and LED DRLs are present on the LIMITED trim. On the outside, it flaunts 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels which gives it a distinctive look from the others.

Trims

SE

SEL

LIMITED

MSRP(Manual)

$15195

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MSRP(CVT)

$16296

$17550

$19300

Engine

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

Features

60/40 Split fold-down seats

All the features in SE added/ replaced and:

All the features in SEL added/replaced and:

 

Bluetooth handsfree phone system

16-inch alloy wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

 

5-inch Infotainment System

Driver’s blind spot mirror

Power Sunroof

 

4-speaker unit

7-inch Infotainment System

LED Daytime Running Lights

 

Rearview camera

6-speaker unit

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist

 

Vehicle Stability Management(VSM)

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Dual USB Charging

 

6-Way adjustable driver's seat

Automatic Headlights

 
 

Rear window defroster

Heated exterior mirrors

 
 

Cruise Control

   
 

Remote keyless entry system with panic alert

   
 

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

   

An additional cargo package is available as an add-on for $185. This includes a cargo block, reversible cargo tray, and cargo net. It helps you to segregate the cargo.

Which trim should you opt for?

The SEL trim is our choice of the lot as it comes with the much-needed upgrades which differentiate it from the dull base variant. Upgrades include alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, automatic headlights and smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All these features for a premium of $1300 is worth the upgrade for an all-rounded sedan.

But if you are the guy who loves manual gearboxes over anything else, then the base SE trim is your only salvation.

2020 Hyundai Accent Engine

The updated 1.6L engine is high on efficiency as Hyundai has worked to make it mechanically more efficient. The power has decreased by 10 horses which doesn’t necessarily translate to inferior performance. The Accent reminds us that it is better to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast one slow! 

What's under the hood of the humble Hyundai?

The reworked 1.6L inline four-pot in the Accent makes a modest 120 horses and 113 pound-feet of torque and powers the front wheels via a 6- speed manual or an in-housed developed VT gearbox. The power is down by 10 horses which is the byproduct for better efficiency. The new engine has not been extensively tested but performance characteristics will more or less remain the same. 

2020 Hyundai Accent Engine

CVT gearboxes are known to extract the best possible efficiency from any engine and so we can expect the Accent to run longer. But let’s face it, the fun of a manual gearbox will be gravely missed. The CVT gearbox used in the Accent is a chain belt driven instead of the common push belt type found in most CVTs. Hyundai claims to be the first one to use it in the compact car segment.

Models

Hyundai Accent SE

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES

Toyota Yaris Sedan L

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

MSRP

$16296

$14995

$15650

$14730

Engine

1.6L I4

1.2L I3

1.5L I4

1.6L I4

Transmission

2-Speed CVT with overdrive

2-speed CVT with overdrive

6-Speed Automatic with overdrive

2-speed CVT with overdrive

Horsepower

120 hp

@6300 rpm

78 hp 

@4000 rpm

106 hp

@6000 rpm

122 hp

@6300 rpm

Torque

113 lb-ft

@4500 rpm

74 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

103 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

114 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent have the largest engine of the lot with 1.6L of displacement. The size also helps it produce the most power as well. Versa is the most powerful of the lot with 122 horses and 114 pound-feet of torque marginally overtaking the Accent. Mitsubishi Mirage comes in at last with 78 horses and 74 pound-feet of torque.

How well does it pull off the line?

The acceleration suffers a lot because of the CVT. As Hyundai has focused on efficiency, acceleration has taken a back seat here. But with a light body of 2500 pounds, it manages to stay in the run with its rivals. When pushed hard, you can hear the engine screaming and not in a good way.

2020 Hyundai Accent Side View

Models

Hyundai Accent SE

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES

Toyota Yaris Sedan L

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

0-60 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.3(est.)

4.8(est.)

5.1(est.)

5.1(est.)

All the vehicles in this category are not keen on quarter-mile times. Moderate performance and smooth transition across the gears are its strong points.

Ride and Handling

The handling is at most moderate in the Accent. Hyundai has given more emphasis on comfort rather than handling. The car still feels intuitive because of the small size and light body. It becomes easy to be tossed into corners and doesn't hesitate when pushed. 

The suspension can take minor beatings but harsh ones penetrate the cabin as vibrations. 

How well does the Accent stop?

Braking is good on a car of this size. It brings the vehicle to a stop in a linear manner which keeps the body stable. It has the largest brake disc and drums of the lot.

2020 Hyundai Accent Brakes

Models

Hyundai Accent SE

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES

Toyota Yaris Sedan L

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

Brake Front (in.)

11(disc)

10(disc)

N/A

10(disc)

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

8(drum)

9(drum)

8(drum)

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

All the vehicles in this segment are light and don’t require much stopping power to come to a halt. Similarly, sized brakes take care of stopping them in time.

2020 Hyundai Accent Fuel Economy

6.5/10

2020 Hyundai Accent is much more fuel-efficient than last year. The credit goes to the reworked engine and a CVT gearbox. The heat management and injection system improvements in the engine has helped in lower energy lost as heat. The fuel-conscious CVT gearbox helps improve the overall fuel economy for the Accent. 

 According to EPA, the manual trim gives a combined 33 MPG whereas the CVT model gives a superior 36 MPG. The increment of 4MPG makes a significant difference. This gives Accent the edge over its rivals and makes it the one to beat. This feat easily masks the loss of 10 horses.

Models

Hyundai Accent SE

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES

Toyota Yaris Sedan L

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

MPG (city)

33

35

32

32

MPG (highway)

41

41

40

38

MPG (combined)

36

35

34

30

Nissan Versa is the least fuel-efficient with a combined economy of 30 MPG. Toyota Yaris and Mitsubishi Mirage cling to each other with 34MPG and 35 MPG respectively.

2020 Hyundai Accent Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the Hyundai Accent can be defined as simple, plain and functional. It is bare bone and doesn’t induce excitement like its rivals. It has hard plastics and cloth upholstery. But if you take all of this and keep the retail price in mind, it is as inexpensive as it gets.

How comfortable is it on the inside?

Four adults can comfortably sit in the Accent. The headroom is sufficient for both front and rear passengers thanks to the bubble-shape roofline. The height-adjustable front seats also make the sedan comfortable for drivers with a height of 6 feet and. This makes it a very spacious compact sedan, dare we say the best in this class.

2020 Hyundai Accent

Models

Hyundai Accent SE

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES

Toyota Yaris Sedan L

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/54.2/42.1

38.9/51.7/41.7

38.2/53.1/41.9

39.5/53.1/44.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/53.7/33.5

36.8/51.2/37.3

36.8/50.0/34.4

36.3/53.6/31.0

The Accent has the most spacious cabin of the lot. The Versa comes in second courtesy of its larger dimensions. Toyota Yaris is the most cramped of the lot. 

What are the infotainment features present?

The infotainment system is basic in the Accent with a 4-inch touch screen coupled with four speakers. The base trim is devoid of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and if it’s important then the higher trims would be a perfect fit.

Infotainment Features

2020 Hyundai Accent Infotainment Screen

  • 5-Inch Infotainment System
  • Bluetooth handsfree phone system
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system
  • 4 speaker set
  • Smartphone/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks

How much cargo can it take?

Cargo space in the Accent is impressive with 13.7 cubic feet. To give you a perspective, this truck is larger than that of a Mercedes Benz E-class coupe. And by folding the rear seats down, 6-foot long cargo can go in with ease.

2020 Hyundai Accent Cargo volume

Models

Hyundai Accent SE

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES

Toyota Yaris Sedan L

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

13.7

12.6

13.5

14.7

Nissan Versa has the highest cargo volume of the lot with 14.7 cubic feet. The Mirage ends the list with just 12.6 cubic feet.

Interior Features

  • Cloth upholstery
  • 6-way adjustable driver seat
  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seats
  • Rear window defroster
  • Air conditioning
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Interior
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan gear shifter
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Seats
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Back seats

2020 Hyundai Accent Exterior

5.1/10

Hyundai Accent is a subtle car with no flashy bits. It carries forward Hyundai’s design philosophy in styling cues. The vehicle has been transformed meticulously over the past decade. This is seen when compared to a 2009 model. No other automaker would go the part to keep a basic sedan alive over the years with updates to refresh it.

How handsome is Hyundai Accent on the outside?

The Accent for 2020 makes its presence known with a curved trapezoidal grille with subtle horizontal chrome inserts. The base trim is not as attractive as the higher ones which gets LED headlights, eye-catchy alloy wheels and quirky tail lights which improves presence.

2020 Hyundai Accent side view

It is a long vehicle with 172.6 inches in length. Hyundai has gone for a longer wheelbase of 101.6 inches to utilize more interior space. It is a short car which helps in making it a fun to drive car. 

Models

Hyundai Accent SE

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES

Toyota Yaris Sedan L

Nissan Versa 1.6 S

Length (in)

172.6

169.5

171.2

177.0

Width (in)

68.1

65.7

66.7

68.5

Height (in)

57.1

59.2

58.5

57.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

6.3

N/A

6.8

Wheelbase (in)

101.6

100.4

101.2

103.1

Track width (in) F/R

59.3/59.5

56.9/56.3

58.9/58.5

59.8/60.2

Curb weight (lbs)

2502

2117

2385

2599

Nissan Versa is the longest of the lot which also translates to better interior space. But this length reminds us to be careful in tight spots. It is also the heaviest car of the lot. Mirage is the shortest of the lot thus giving it an edge in handling.

Exterior Features

  • Body-Colored power-adjustable exterior mirrors
  • Chrome Grille
  • 15-inch steel wheels
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Front View
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Rear view
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Side view
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Exterior
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan

2020 Hyundai Accent Safety

7.8/10

As Hyundai hasn’t changed the Accent much from last year, we can expect similar safety features and test releases this year as well. The feature list is not eye-popping but is impressive for a car this size with all the life-saving gizmos already preinstalled. The front and rear crumple zones make sure that you stay safe even in the worst scenario. But for a better list, you will have to move up to higher trims which have forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking as standard.

Safety Features

  • Vehicle Stability Management(VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • Traction Control System(TCS)
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution(EBD)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System(TPMS)
  • Front Seatbelt Pretensioners
  • Front and rear crumple zones
  • Remote keyless entry with alarm

2020 Hyundai Accent Competition

Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mirage is the least energetic car off the lot. With poor performance and a cramped up interior, it doesn’t stand a chance against the much better Hyundai Accent. The smallest engine of the lot makes the least power. We would keep the Mirage at the bottom of the list just in case.

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage

Toyota Yaris

The Yaris is cheaper than the Hyundai Accent and has a smaller engine. This makes it fun to drive with better handling, braking, and acceleration when compared to Accent. It also provides much more safety features even at the base trim. It is deficient in interior space and comfort which makes seating very uncomfortable. Apart from that, the Yaris is the better choice. If driving dynamics are your first preference then the baby Toyota is for you. But if comfort is more important then, the Accent is the better one.

2020 Toyota Yaris

Nissan Versa

The Versa is cheaper and much more powerful than the Accent. It provides a much more interesting feature list which Hyundai can’t match. It is much more spacious and comfortable and has more cargo space. In spite of the added power, the fuel economy is just marginally less. The Versa outright slaughtered the Accent in all aspects and we would happily choose it over the Hyundai anyday. 

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Hyundai Accent Final Verdict

The Accent in its 2020 avatar is a new car altogether. It will take on the daily grind with ease while being the least agitated. The ride and handling are commendable and power is generous. It is a perfect little package. But it’s competition has caught up over time. 

The Nissan Versa is more powerful, cheaper and has a more up-class and comfortable cabin. It has more cabin space as well for the short weekend hauls. Hondas are dead cheap to maintain and much more reliable. We would invest and take the Honda over the Hyundai for the much better package it provides.