2021 Hyundai Accent

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2021 Hyundai Accent Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 10, 2020
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The Accent is an entry-level offering from Hyundai that has not been on the top-selling charts in the country but with this new update, it seems that Hyundai is trying their luck again with some minor changes. Hyundai Accent never claims to be mind-boggling fast neither it promises to be a driver’s car. It is amongst the entry-level offerings in the market and it exactly does it with a bit of elegance.

The 2021 Hyundai Accent is going to be a carry-over model that will venture into the new year without any changes from the 2020 model, apart from a few minor cosmetic tweaks. The prices for the 2021 Hyundai Accent will initiate at $15,295 and will go all the way up to $19,400. The release date of the 2021 Hyundai Accent is set somewhere around fall 2020.

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Pros

Comfortable ride quality

Spacious cabin

Excellent warranty coverage

Impressive fuel economy

Cons

Uncomfortable cloth seats

Cabin isolation not up to the mark

What's New?

Minor cosmetic changes


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Interior
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2021 Hyundai Accent Review video

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2021 Hyundai Accent in Pure White color
Pure White

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Ratings

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Hyundai Accent SE

SE

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

$15,295 - $16,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $15,295 MSRP (28/32/38) 120 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $16,395 MSRP (28/32/38) 120 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Accent SEL

SEL

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

$17,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $17,650 MSRP (28/32/38) 120 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Accent Limited

Limited

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

$19,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,400 MSRP (28/32/38) 120 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

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The 2021 Hyundai Accent gets a 1.6L naturally aspirated inline-4 engine that belts out the strongest power figures in the segment. The Hyundai faces a close competition with the likes of Toyota Yaris, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, and Nissan Versa.

2021 Hyundai Accent Sedan Front View
2021 Hyundai Accent Sedan Rear View

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2021 Hyundai Accent Features

The 2021 Hyundai Accent will just be a minor update for the ongoing model, with just a few minor cosmetic enhancements. Apart from that, the 2021 Hyundai Accent is supposed to be a carryover model. 

This implies that just like the 2020 Hyundai Accent, the 2021 model will also come in 3 trims, namely- SE, SEL, and Limited. The prices for the 2021 Hyundai Accent will start at $15,295 for the base SE trim and will go up to $19,400 for the range-topping Limited trim. 

Model

SE

SEL

Limited

MSRP (Manual)

$15,295

-

-

MSRP (Auto)

$16,395

$17,650

$19,400

Key Features

One-Touch Triple Turn Signal

   
 

Body-Colored ORVMS

Front Fog Lights

17”-Alloy Wheels

 

Power-Adjustable ORVMS

Automatic Headlights

LED headlights coupled with DRLs

 

Chrome Front Grille

Heated ORVMS

LED Taillights

 

Premium Cloth Seat Upholstery

Chrome Window belt Moulding

ORVMs with turn signals

 

6-way Driver Seat manual adjustment

Outside temperature Display

Powered Sunroof

 

60/40 Rear Split Seats

Bluetooth with voice recognition

Heated Front Seats

 

Cruise Control

Auto-up Driver-side Window

Proximity Keyless-entry

 

Steering mounted audio controls

7” Touch Screen infotainment system

Front collision avoidance

 

Reversing Camera

6-speaker Sound System

 
 

Remote-Keyless Entry

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

 

Talking about the features that the Hyundai Accent comes with is barebone but there is nothing to grumble upon. The sedan is an entry-level vehicle and it more than does the job with the features. For instance, the SE variant has all features for the daily use as the steering mounted controls, so that you don’t take your eyes off the road. More on the base trim is it comes with convenient features such as cruise control, Reversing camera, and 60/40 split rear seats. It’s worth mentioning that the base variant gets 15” steel rims with wheel covers.

The SEL is the mid-spec variant and is around $1,500 more than the base. But yes it gets you more features both on the inside and the outside. For starters, on the outside, SEL gets front fog lights, automatic headlights, heated ORVMs, and 15” alloy wheels instead of the steel rims which look a tad too cheap. On the infotainment front, the car gets a considerable upgrade with a 7” touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto over the 5” screen on the SE variant. Even the sound system is equipped with a 6 speaker system versus the 4 in the base trim.

The Top of the line Limited variant is $2,200 more than the SEL. Yes! It is worth getting this variant as it also adds 17” Alloys wheels, LED headlights, DRLs and LED taillights over the features from SEL. For in the cold, the Limited trim is even equipped with heated seats. A powered sunroof is also a part of the package.

2021 Hyundai Accent Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Over the years the Korean car manufacturers have set its ground as a reliable source of cars and this is exactly what Hyundai wants. With a decent feature list and a fairly powerful engine offered at an affordable price to draw the customers from the Japanese counterparts. Hyundai has been presented awards for quality, dependability, performance, and design which is always a plus when buying a car.

Reliability and Ownership Cost

Apart from the Hyundai awards, the Accent has scored a healthy 79 out of 100 in the J D power report for the 2020 model. Considering the 2021 model the score might go up if the company adds more value to the vehicle. Accent sure does not dig a deep hole in your pockets and the same goes with the maintenance and running costs. Like the other entry-level cars, this too is maintenance-friendly and easy to service.

The prices of the Hyundai Accent may or may not differ when it comes to the place you live in. So here is a brief cost this affordable car will set back.

Across the country, the prices are highly unlikely to vary. 2020 Hyundai Accent costs around $20,350 for the limited variant which includes the logistic charges which are standard.

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1321

$1367

$1415

$1465

$1516

$7084

Maintenance

$51

$176

$359

$798

$1251

$2635

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$0

$593

$593

Taxes & Fees

$1073

$76

$68

$62

$62

$1341

Financing

$855

$688

$509

$115

$115

$2485

Depreciation

$3037

$1510

$1429

$1589

$1589

$9241

Fuel

$1065

$1097

$1130

$1198

$1198

$5653

The real cost of ownership 

$7402

$4914

$4910

$6324

$6324

$29,032

About the ownership cost, this Hyundai will not dig a deep hole in your pockets. For instance, the 2020 Hyundai Accent cost around $29,000 during an ownership tenure of 5 years. This cost includes numerous factors such as depreciation, insurance, taxes and fees, fuel, maintenance, etc. Now, since the 2021 model is supposed to be a carryover model, we expect the new model to treat you similarly during a 5-year ownership tenure. Considering the price and the segment it belongs to, the 5-year ownership cost of the Hyundai Accent is justifiable.

Warranty

When it comes to warranty, reliability plays a major role in will the car last, or will it break apart. Happily, Hyundai is amongst the big automotive giants across the globe and they make reliable cars and offer decent warranty periods. 

Talking about the warranty package on the Accent, well just like every other Hyundai model, the Accent too comes with a truly extensive and utilitarian warranty package. 

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 Years/36,000 Miles

Powertrain Warranty

3 Years/36,000 Miles

Battery Warranty

2 Years/ 14,000 Miles

Paint Warranty

3 Years/36,000 Miles

When it comes to offering a truly extensive and impressive warranty package that ensures true peace of mind, Hyundai leads the pack. The Korean auto marque’s liberal warranty package outshines the packages offered by rivals such as Honda, Volkswagen, and Mazda

2021 Hyundai Accent Buying Advice

Hyundai Accent offers 3 trims in its lineup, SEL costing $17,650 is one of the values for money variants. Though the powertrain and the suspension are shared across the range it is this model that comes with a standard automatic transmission. On the other front, the SE is offered with a manual transmission alongside the optional automatic. The features also lend the SEL variant a step above the base SE variant. For the least, the SEL comes with 15” alloy wheels and a chrome beltline below the windows. 15” steel rims with wheel covers are standard with the SE variant. The infotainment system is also of better quality in the more expensive SEL variant.

Is Buying a used Hyundai Accent a good bet?

The new 2021 Hyundai Accent is not arriving with a whole lot of changes nor it is a generation change. So going for a used Hyundai Accent is absolutely a good deal provided it is the current generation. Hyundai Accent is one of the safest cars in this price bracket and has a whole set of features to play with on the inside, paired with the warranty and the service cost of Hyundai, Accent may be a good bet.

The value of the car is not so much depleted over the years. For instance, a 2019 Model might cost nearly 24% less than the asking price which is around $4,000. So in case you are looking for a used Hyundai Accent for sale, we’d recommend you go for the 2018-19 model.

2021 Hyundai Accent Engine and Performance

Considering the cost of the Hyundai Accent, the engine department may seem like an aspect where the company would have done some cost-cutting to make the corners meet. However, that’s just not the case. In fact, the Korean carmaker has done just the opposite. 

2021 Hyundai Accent Sedan Engine

The Hyundai Accent packs quite a punch, of course, no way near its elder siblings, yet juicy enough. The new Hyundai Accent is expected to have a 1.6-liter inline-4 naturally aspirated engine which is mated to either a 6-speed manual for the base SE trim or a 6-speed intelligent varying transmission (IVT). Traditionally the IVT is the same as the conventional CVT but instead of belts for transmitting power, it uses a chain.

Models

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Nissan Versa

MSRP

$16,395

$17,750

$14,995

$14,730

Powertrain

1.6-liter Naturally Aspirated, l4

1.5L, Naturally Aspirated, I4

1.2L, Naturally Aspirated, I3

1.6L, Naturally Aspirated, I4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed IVT

6-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

Power

138hp @ 6,300rpm

106hp @ 6,000rpm

78hp @ 4,000rpm

122hp @ 6,300rpm

Torque

113lb-ft@4,500rpm

103lb-ft@4,000rpm

74lb-ft@4,000rpm

114lb-ft@4,000rpm

Talking about the numbers the 4-pot engine of the 2021 Hyundai Accent is capable of producing class-leading figures of 138hp @ 6,300rpm and a peak torque of 113lb-ft@4,500rpm. The sedan that comes the closest to the Accent is the Nissan Versa with 122 hp, followed by the Toyota Yaris. 

2021 Hyundai Accent Acceleration and Braking Performance

On paper, the Hyundai Accent is the most powerful entry-level sedan amongst its rivals. Hyundai has done a great job of arming the Accent with class-leading power figures.

2021 Hyundai Accent Sedan Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 8.5 sec

Though when combined with the handling characteristics of the vehicle it lacks the feedback from the steering. In the city, it is a breeze but out on the highway, it feels a bit too light. Furthermore, the car also tends to lose confidence as it lacks a connection with the road when driving on twisties.

Models

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Nissan Versa

0-60 mph

8.5 sec

9.6 sec

12.7 sec

9.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

17.4 sec

19.5 sec

17.4 sec

Top Speed

120mph

115mph

115mph

116mph

60-0 (Ft.)

119 (Expected)

123-124

N/A

124

Yet again, Hyundai because of its bucket load power and torque it is the quickest off the line beating every vehicle in its segment. 7.5 seconds from standstill to 60mph is respectable as it is at par with some cars of a segment above. 

When it comes to braking, it takes only 119ft under hard braking to decelerate from 60-0 mph. It is again the segment best. The car offers a lot of confidence and stability under panic braking conditions. 

2021 Hyundai Accent Fuel Economy

Being a top-performing car in the entry-level sedan, you might think it will not be fuel-efficient. But once again, that’s a misconception as the Hyundai Accent is one of the sedans returning as high as 33 miles to a gallon. 

These figures are really good when compared to the amount of power it produces. 2021 Hyundai Accent is expected to have mpg figures of 33 in the city, 41 on the highway, and 36 combined. These figures coupled with an 11.9-gallon fuel tank capacity also lends the Accent the capability of going the most number of miles in a single full tank. 

Models

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Nissan Versa

MPG (City)

33

32

35

32

MPG (Hwy.)

41

40

41

38

MPG (Combined)

36

34

35

30

Fuel Tank Capacity

11.9 gallons

9.2 gallons

11.6 gallons

10.8 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

393/488/428

348/452/394

304/368/322

292/378/324

You can easily expect the 2021 Accent to have a range of 393miles in the city, 488 out on the highway and nearly 428 combined with a full single tank of fuel. The good bit is it runs most miles among its rivals and is no way close to it.

2021 Hyundai Accent Interior

This is an entry-level sedan, and one should not expect an S-class-like fit and finish with top-notch quality materials. Keeping that aside, the cabin of the 2021 Hyundai Accent is also expected to get a bit more tech on the inside. Taking the reference of the 2020 model the Accent is quite generously equipped. The bottom two trims offer the right amount of comfort to the front as well as the rear occupants.

2021 Hyundai Accent Sedan Cockpit Area

The top-end Limited trim takes it to a different level as it comes standard with heated front seats and a powered sunroof both of which enhance the appeal of the interior.

Models

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Nissan Versa

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Seats (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/54.2/42.1

38.2/53.1/41.9

38.9/51.7/41.7

39.5/53.1/44.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/53.7/33.5

36.8/50.0/34.4

36.8/51.2/37.3

36.3/53.6/31.0

Trunk Capacity (ft3)

13.7

12.6

13.5

14.7

When it comes to the interior space 2021 Hyundai Accent is expected to fare similarly to the 2020 model. Considering the numbers there is ample room for the front occupants possibly a class best front room. But the situation takes a steep turn when it comes to the rear seating. 

Due to the sloping roof, the headroom of the Accent is a bit scarce. More on the rear seats, the legroom is not at all in abundance and tall passengers will be cramped. This might not be solved when moving the seats forward. The trunk capacity of the vehicle is 13.7ft3 which is at par with its rivals.

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Hyundai Accent?

In this day and age most of the cars at any price point offer a lot of technology on the inside to keep the occupants engaged, Hyundai Accent is no different. Talking about the base SE variant of the 2021 Hyundai Accent, it has just the basic 5” colored infotainment system and a 4 speaker sound system. 

2021 Hyundai Accent Sedan Infotainment System

This is dialed up a bit in the SEL variant which gets all the necessary tech like a 7” infotainment system with a 6 speaker sound system. This time around it also possesses the latest tech like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth telephony with voice recognition. For the driver, the MID also displays a bit more information on the SEL variant one such inclusion is the outside temperature readout. The good part is even the SE variant gets the steering mounted audio controls so that the driver doesn’t have to take his eyes off the road.

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2021 Hyundai Accent Exterior

Unlike Hyundai’s premium offerings like the Sonata and the Elantra, 2021 Accent might not follow the same design scheme. Instead, it is expected to arrive with minor cosmetic changes that are in tune with the old fluidic design. 

However, taking the cues from the current model on sale the car looks distinctive when compared to its rivals. Where the rivels look a bit too bland, Hyundai Accent delivers a sense of elegance with the big bold grille upfront which is complemented by LED headlights and LED taillights on the limited variant. More on the aesthetics the car comes standard with 17” alloy wheels in the limited and 15 inches on the SEL trim.

Models

Hyundai Accent

Toyota Yaris

Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Nissan Versa

Curb Weight (lbs)

2502

2385

2117

2599

Length (in)

172.6

171.2

169.5

177.0

Width (in)

68.1

66.7

65.7

68.5

Height (in)

57.1

58.5

59.2

57.3

Ground Clearance (in)

5.5

5.2

6.3

6.8

Wheelbase (in)

101.6

101.2

100.4

103.1

Comparing the car to its rivals, it surely is not the longest or the widest but is surely more than adequate. The 101.6-inches of wheelbase opens up space in the rear seats but not by a large amount making the car a bit cramped in the rear. Even the low height of 57.1in takes up the headroom in the rear. Apart from that, the car is generously large.

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2021 Hyundai Accent Safety

The Korean carmaker cares for the occupants so it makes some of the safest cars on the globe. The Hyundai Accent shares the same DNA. Like the 2020 Hyundai Accent, the 2021 model too is expected to score a 4-star rating in the NHTSA test. Considering its rivals it is a fairly good score. But apart from the rating the car also packs a list of safety kit which include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • Front collision avoidance

2021 Hyundai Accent Competition

2021 Hyundai Accent VS Toyota Yaris

There are many aspects when comparing two cars of the same segment. When it comes to the engine, Hyundai is the straight winner as it gets the most powerful engine in the segment and is mated to the company's IVT transmission which delivers the power in a quite linear way. Talking about the interior the Hyundai also nails the front row of seats, but about the rear seats, this is where the Yaris has an edge as it offers more leg and headroom.

 Toyota Yaris Sedan

2021 Hyundai Accent VS Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Mitsubishi is the weakest link in the entry-level sedan segment. It is the slowest, the smallest, and offers a decent kit of features but is nowhere near the segment-leading Hyundai Accent. Well, it is evident as the Mitsubishi is the cheapest amongst its rivals.

Mitsubishi Mirag G4 Sedan

2021 Hyundai Accent VS Nissan Versa

Nissan Versa provides a close battle with the Hyundai Accent. Though Nissan is the bigger of the two it is slightly low on power in spite of a 1.6lit engine. The acceleration times are also low as compared to the Korean rival. But when it comes to the amount of space on the inside Versa has considerably more space especially at the rear. Both cars feature the same latest tech like the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Here Hyundai makes more sense as it is a bit cheaper than the Nissan.

Nissan Versa Sedan

 

2021 Hyundai Accent Final Verdict

Hyundai Accent offers the best value for money experience if you are after an entry-level sedan. It is the most powerful of the lot and offers all the latest tech and gizmos to entertain the occupants. Coupled with Hyundai's after-sales service and reliability, the 2021 Hyundai Accent will be a complete package and a nice addition to your garage.

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Jerry M. Craven

2020 Hyundai Accent

Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Hyundai Accent 2020 is the best budget sedan

Pros - Thrifty, Spacious, Safe

Cons - No CD player, not enough cupholders, diminutive infotainment screen

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

From the stand point of day to day usage, the 2020 Accent does wonders and doesn't have anything missing. The CVT ride has been impressive so far. The handling is a little numb compared to my previous car and took a while to get used to. Has more than enough gas mileage. I repeat, practically this car has everything one needs to drive it daily.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

GD

Gregory G. Dewalt

2020 Hyundai Accent

SEL 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Uncertain brakes of Hyundai Accent 2020

Pros - Price, great mileage, Bluetooth feature with voice recognition

Cons - Squealing sound while braking, no turn indicators on side mirrors, LED lights should be standard

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

We bought our 2020 Accent after trading our previous 2012 Veloster. The all new Hyundai Accent 2020 drives pretty disciplined in the city as well as highway. The only issue for which we have visited the dealership twice is the squealing sound of the brakes. Whenever the brake pedal is pressed beyond 60 mph, it results in this creepy sound. The first time we took it to the dealership, after waiting for 6 hours straight, they said it is fixed although didn't charge us for it. After a few days, it started to happen again and we took it again to the same dealership and this time the engineer who looked into it kept saying there is nothing wrong. He took it to a ride with me on the passenger seat and to my surprise there was no sound when he pressed the brakes. I'm not sure if there is anything I'm not doing correctly. I have checked multiple forums for this with no luck. Any help on this would be appreciated. Apart from all this, car drives fantastic.

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
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User Overall Rating

Hyundai Accent 2020 is the best budget sedan

From the stand point of day to day usage, the 2020 Accent does wonders and doesn't have anything missing. The CVT ride has been impressive so far. The handling is a little numb compared to my previous car and took a while to get used to. Has more than enough gas mileage. I repeat, practically this car has everything one needs to drive it daily.

by Jerry M. Craven

8

User Overall Rating

Uncertain brakes of Hyundai Accent 2020

We bought our 2020 Accent after trading our previous 2012 Veloster. The all new Hyundai Accent 2020 drives pretty disciplined in the city as well as highway. The only issue for which we have visited the dealership twice is the squealing sound of the brakes. Whenever the brake pedal is pressed beyond 60 mph, it results in this creepy sound. The first time we took it to the dealership, after waiting...

by Gregory G. Dewalt

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