Since its presence in the American market three decades ago, buyers looking for affordable cars have relied on Hyundai. But today, as the 2019 Hyundai Accent subcompact sedan shows, the emphasis is on value, not just low prices. The Accent was redesigned last year, so the 2019 model only receives modest updates. There are LED headlights on the Limited trim. If you are looking for safety features such as automatic emergency braking, it is also available. As the cheapest model in the Hyundai lineup, the 2019 Accent appeals to younger buyers, and they tend to appreciate available features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built into its infotainment system.
The 2019 Hyundai Accent is a subcompact sedan offered in three trim levels: base SE, SEL and Limited. Other than an automatic transmission, there are no major options or packages for the base SE models. Standard features include power windows and door locks, a rearview camera, cruise control and air conditioning. Infotainment system features a 5-inch touchscreen and a 4-speaker AM/FM radio with USB/auxiliary ports and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2019 Hyundai Accent also offers an excellent warranty: a 5-year/60,000-mile transferable new-vehicle warranty and 10 years or 100,000 miles a powertrain guaranteed.
Powering every 2019 Hyundai Accent is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. That’s actually a bit less than with the previous generation but deliver a better fuel economy. The base SE comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available and is standard on the SEL and Limited trim. The Accent is front-wheel-drive. In testing, the Accent accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, which is fair for this segment.
1.6-liter 4-cylinder with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.
130 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
119 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 28/38 mpg (automatic) and 28/37 mpg (manual)
The 2019 Hyundai Accent is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base SE model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $15,880 (all prices include the $885 destination fee). Add $1,000 to this cost if you want the automatic transmission. Step up to the SEL trim and your price comes in at $18,230. The Accent range-topper is the Limited trim which starts at $19,965.