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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.
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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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.
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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This 2022 Accent review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.
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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.
Here are the key changes for the Hyundai Accent over the last few years:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Accent comes with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
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.
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The Accent is about 14.4 feet long. Its curb weight is 2,679 pounds.
Hyundai builds the 2022 Accent in South Korea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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