2018 Hyundai Accent

Buyer's Guide

For 2018, the Hyundai Accent moves into its fifth generation with an all-new design that got its world debut in early 2017 at the Toronto auto show. While small cars aren't as important as they used to be in North America, Hyundai recognizes that Canadians remain fond of them and so the Canadian market will be the only one on this continent to get the hatchback body style of this good-looking little car.

But that won't come right away. The car will available as a sedan first, starting in early 2018, with the hatch to follow a few months later.

The look may be new to the Accent, but you will recognize styling cues adopted from other current Hyundai models like the Elantra and Tucson.

Technical specs include a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that's similar to that in last year's car, but making a bit less power at 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque. The new Accent once again comes with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

With this new car, Hyundai follows its corporate cousins at Kia, who launched a redesigned Rio -- based on the same platform and mechanicals -- last year. That makes these Korean cars two of the most modern subcompacts on the market right now. The Honda Fit arguably remains a more advanced design with its super-flexible interior, but we fully expect the Accent to be better suited to long-haul driving than the Honda.

We suspect the Ford Fiesta will still be a sharper driver, but it's also an old design that debuted in 2012 -- the same year the previous-generation Accent arrived.

We like how Hyundai's corporate styling language lends this small car a class-above look, especially in the top-end GLS trim, which is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels. That version also gets a number of convenience features uncommon among subcompacts, like a hands-free trunk, heated steering wheel and passive keyless entry. And in the GL trim Hyundai expects to the volume seller, there's a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that supports the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone platforms, along with automatic headlights and heated front seats.

At the time we wrote this, Hyundai hadn't published fuel consumption estimates, but the company promises an improvement compared to the 2017 model, whose ratings were 8.8/6.5 L/100 km (city/highway) with the stickshift and nominally lower with the automatic.

2018 Hyundai Accent Specifications

There are 10 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $14,599 MSRP
7.3
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
132 hp @6300 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
5 Door L Manual $14,599 5 Hatchback
5 Door L Manual 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5 Door L Manual 164.8" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
5 Door L Manual
5 Door L Manual Cloth Seats
5 Door L Manual
5 Door L Manual
5 Door LE Auto $17,349 5 Hatchback
5 Door LE Auto 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5 Door LE Auto 164.8" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
5 Door LE Auto
5 Door LE Auto Cloth Seats
5 Door LE Auto
5 Door LE Auto
4 Door LE Auto $17,349 5 Sedan
4 Door LE Auto 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4 Door LE Auto 172.6" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
4 Door LE Auto
4 Door LE Auto Cloth Seats
4 Door LE Auto
4 Door LE Auto
4 Door GL Manual $17,549 5 Sedan
4 Door GL Manual 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
4 Door GL Manual 172.6" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
4 Door GL Manual
4 Door GL Manual Cloth Seats
4 Door GL Manual
4 Door GL Manual
5 Door GL Manual $17,549 5 Hatchback
5 Door GL Manual 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5 Door GL Manual 164.8" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
5 Door GL Manual
5 Door GL Manual Cloth Seats
5 Door GL Manual
5 Door GL Manual
5 Door GL Auto $18,799 5 Hatchback
5 Door GL Auto 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5 Door GL Auto 164.8" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
5 Door GL Auto
5 Door GL Auto Cloth Seats
5 Door GL Auto
5 Door GL Auto
4 Door GL Auto $18,799 5 Sedan
4 Door GL Auto 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4 Door GL Auto 172.6" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
4 Door GL Auto
4 Door GL Auto Cloth Seats
4 Door GL Auto
4 Door GL Auto
5 Door GLS Manual $19,849 5 Hatchback
5 Door GLS Manual 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5 Door GLS Manual 164.8" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
5 Door GLS Manual
5 Door GLS Manual N/A
5 Door GLS Manual
5 Door GLS Manual
5 Door GLS Auto $21,099 5 Hatchback
5 Door GLS Auto 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5 Door GLS Auto 164.8" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
5 Door GLS Auto
5 Door GLS Auto N/A
5 Door GLS Auto
5 Door GLS Auto
4 Door GLS Auto $21,099 5 Sedan
4 Door GLS Auto 132 hp @6300 rpm 119 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
4 Door GLS Auto 172.6" 68.1" 57.1" 101.6"
4 Door GLS Auto
4 Door GLS Auto Cloth Seats
4 Door GLS Auto
4 Door GLS Auto

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Owner Reviews: 2018 Hyundai / Accent

Average Rating

2008 Hyundai Accent

Trim: GLS
by MeloJello on 10-12-2012
Feels way more spacious than what you expect!
Bought the car, and thought I was really downgrading from my Ford Escape. I was prepared to be squished on long commutes in order to save a bit of money on fuel. I was so surprised after having the vehicle for some time that it feels very spacious, I believe because of the way they designed the dashboard.

I was so comfy in it that I actually made the treck from Ontario to Nova Scotia last year in it. Pretty good on fuel economy, but tough to get to 100 km/hr on uphill ramps. That's what you get for a small engine.

Overall, I love my car!.. Definitely splurge and get the model with Alloys.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2005 Hyundai Accent

by DisplayName on 10-11-2012
Hyndai Accent
I've owned a 2005 Accent 5 with a manual transmission. Loved it great car! I am looking forward the 2013 New Accent Sports.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2005 Hyundai Accent

by DisplayName on 10-11-2012
Hyundai Accent
I've owned a 2005 Accent 5 with a manual transmission. Loved it great car! I am looking forward the 2013 New Accent Sports.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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