Accent brings value to subcompact market
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Accent brings value to subcompact market

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Hyundai delivers style and affordability to the subcompact car market with the 2018 Hyundai Accent.

This year, Accent grows larger with a longer wheelbase and wider body dimensions to offer more interior space and cargo volume.

Front seats are broad and well cushioned with adjustment that offers exceptional leg and headroom for occupants of six-foot stature.

The standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat accommodates two adults or a trio of toddlers in comfy confines with a slight forward movement of the driver and front passenger seats.

When unoccupied, the rear back cushions can be released to fold into the cabin expanding the carrying capacity of Accent’s 13.7 cubic foot trunk.

Up front, instrumentation is configured with simple dials and switchgear that is easy to manipulate while on the move. The gauge cluster is clearly read and unobstructed by an open steering wheel design.

For 2018, Hyundai loses its 4-door hatchback in the Accent model line opting for the 4-door sedan priced at $14,995 with five-speed manual transmission.

I recently tested the base 2018 Hyundai Accent SE model with automatic transmission at $15,995 and was impressed with the list of standard features that include a 5.0-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth, a USB port, rearview camera, power outside mirrors, remote keyless entry and 6-way driver seat with height adjustment.

AM/FM audio system, tilt steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control, air conditioning, dual vanity mirrors with sliding sun visors and one-touch triple turn signal are also provided at no additional charge.

Steel 15-inch wheels with tire pressure monitoring system capped with stylized wheel covers round out the no cost factory equipment.

The mid-level SEL receives an upgraded infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, dual USB ports, automatic headlamps and 15-inch alloy wheels for a cost of $17,295.

Accent Limited ups the ante with 17-inch wheels, auto emergency braking with forward collision warning, LED taillights, sunroof, key ignition, heated front seats, automatic climate control and hands-free auto-opening trunk for $18,895.

Destination charge runs $885 across the 2019 Hyundai Accent model line.

Momentum for the value driven Hyundai Accent comes from a sole 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower for returned fuel economy of 38 miles per gallon on the highway and 28 mpg around town.

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