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2022 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2022 Hyundai Accent finishes in the top half of our subcompact car rankings. It’s not overly athletic, but it provides a decent amount of interior space and has intuitive tech features.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seats
  • Good gas mileage
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Sluggish on the highway
  • Unsupportive seats
  • Undersized trunk

Rankings & Research

The 2022 Hyundai Accent's #3 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Hyundai Accent has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


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Overall Rating

Critics' Rating: 7.9/10
Performance: 7.3/10
Interior: 6.9/10
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 8.7 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
Quality & Reliability: 90/100 J.D. Power Ratings Logo

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Is the Hyundai Accent a Good Car?

Yes, the Hyundai Accent is a good car. Although its engine is a little weak at highway speeds, it gets the job done, and the ride is comfortable over smooth pavement. Its gas mileage is good for the class as well. Inside, the Accent looks good, the seats are surprisingly spacious, and the features are easy to use. Trunk space is a bit below average for the segment, though.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Accent?

You should give the Accent a look if you want an entry-level sedan. It’s not the flashiest or most upscale car you’ll ever drive, but it’s well-built and decently comfortable for its price point. In other words, this subcompact car provides a decent amount of value without breaking the bank.

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Why You Can Trust Us: 24 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This 2022 Accent review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

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2021 vs. 2022 Hyundai Accent: What's the Difference?

The 2022 Hyundai Accent only receives one major update: All trims now come standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), as the previously standard manual is discontinued. Beyond that, it’s virtually identical to the 2021 Accent.

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Here are the key changes for the Hyundai Accent over the last few years:

  • 2022: manual transmission dropped
  • 2021: no major changes
  • 2020: CVT replaced six-speed automatic transmission
  • 2019: no major changes
  • 2018: fully redesigned with revamped styling, available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more available safety features; hatchback body style discontinued

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2019 Accent, 2020 Accent, and 2021 Accent reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Hyundai Accent Cost?

The Accent’s price range goes from about $15,500 for the base trim up to about $19,500 for the top-of-the-line Limited model. Those prices are in line with what you’ll pay for many other subcompact cars.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

Hyundai Accent Versus the Competition

Hyundai Accent vs. Kia Rio

The Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent are corporate siblings that share a lot of the same attributes, but there are some notable differences that leave the Rio sitting higher in our subcompact car rankings. While both are available as similarly sized sedans, the Rio is also available as a hatchback with more cargo space. Additionally, the Kia has a larger touch screen with smartphone integration in all trim levels, more agile handling, and better fuel economy estimates. 

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Hyundai Accent vs. Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is a compact car, making it sort of a larger version of the Accent. As you’d expect, it has more passenger and cargo room than the Accent, but the Elantra also has more standard safety features. Neither car is particularly exciting to drive, but the Elantra has a more powerful base four-cylinder engine as well as three powertrain options that are all stronger than the Accent’s lone offering. 

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Accent Interior: Space for People but Not for Cargo

Accent Interior Quality

The Accent’s cabin uses a lot of hard plastics, but that’s to be expected at this price point. Though the materials quality is unimpressive, the cabin is solidly built and looks pretty good.

Accent Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The standard infotainment system is easy to use, but it’s pretty basic, and the speakers don’t sound all that great. Most shoppers will prefer the higher trims’ infotainment system, which features a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and two additional USB ports. The upgraded system also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technology.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, additional USB ports, the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • Additional standard features: keyless entry
  • Other available features: a sunroof, automatic climate control, and push-button start

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

Accent Cargo Space

The Accent's 13.7-cubic-foot trunk is small compared with other subcompact cars. However, it still offers plenty of space for a small sedan, and you can expand the cargo area by folding down the rear seats

How Many People Does the Accent Seat?

This Hyundai seats five people. The seats are fairly comfortable, but they aren’t supportive, so you may not love them during longer drives. Both rows provide enough head- and legroom to accommodate adults. 

Accent and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Accent’s rear outboard seats. There's also a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. 

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Accent Performance: Slow and Steady

Accent Engine

All Accent models have the same powertrain: a 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The engine power won’t blow you away, but this Hyundai has enough juice for your daily commute. It’s adequately quick driving around town, but on the highway, it takes a while to accelerate, which can make it difficult to merge and pass. The CVT functions like a traditional automatic transmission.

Accent Gas Mileage

Compared to other subcompact cars, the Accent earns good fuel economy ratings. It gets 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. 

Accent Ride and Handling

The Accent's ride depends on road quality. When the road is smooth, the ride is relaxed. Once the road gets bumpy, the ride gets noticeably rougher. Steering is light without feeling disconnected, and the brakes have fine stopping power. This Hyundai is no athlete, but it has composed handling.

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Accent Reliability

Is the Hyundai Accent Reliable?

The 2022 Hyundai Accent has a predicted reliability score of 90 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Hyundai Accent Warranty

The Accent comes with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Accent Safety

Accent Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2022 Hyundai Accent an overall safety rating of four out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. The NHTSA also notes that during side impacts, the left rear door can intrude on the rear-seat passenger, increasing the risk of thoracic injury.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet crash tested the 2022 Accent.

Accent Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features:

  • Rearview camera

Available driver assistance features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

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Accent Dimensions and Weight

The Accent is about 14.4 feet long. Its curb weight is 2,679 pounds.

Where Is the 2022 Hyundai Accent Built?

Hyundai builds the 2022 Accent in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Accent Model Is Right for Me?

The 2022 Hyundai Accent comes in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Every model comes with a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive.

The SE trim’s standard features are pretty scarce, so we recommend stepping up to the SEL trim. It adds more infotainment features like a larger touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. 

Hyundai Accent SE

The Accent SE sports a base price of about $15,500. Standard features in the Accent include keyless entry, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Hyundai Accent SEL

The Accent SEL starts around $18,000. In addition to the base trim’s features, the SEL comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, additional USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Hyundai Accent Limited

The range-topping Accent Limited’s starting MSRP sits at about $19,500. The Limited’s standard features include a sunroof, heated front seats, a hands-free trunk lid, push-button start, automatic climate control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2022 Hyundai Accent earns a spot in the top half of our subcompact car rankings. While it isn’t exciting to drive, it generally has a smooth ride and provides room for adult passengers in both rows. The features are easy to use, and the interior is handsome and well-built. This car won’t turn heads, but it provides plenty of value at its price point.

Don't just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2021 Hyundai Accent is a subcompact sedan with a useful interior, decent levels of equipment and sharp styling that makes it look more expensive than it is." -- Autotrader (2021)
  • "… as a cheap-to-run commuter car or a college student’s first set of wheels, the Accent will provide sterling service." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
  • "The … Hyundai Accent represents the entry point to the Hyundai line, and as you'll see, it's a pleasant little sedan." -- Autoblog (2020) 


Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 15, 2021

Growing Sales:  The Accent currently sits in the lower half of the subcompact car class, and the segment sales leading Nissan Versa is outperforming it by 3 to 1. However, Hyundai dealers have sold 20.5 percent more Accents in 2021 compared to the same span in 2020.

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