2018 Hyundai Accent First Drive: How Cheap *Can* Be Cheerful [Video]

Beneath the sunny skies of Las Vegas, Nevada, TFLcar explores the redesigned Hyundai Accent.

Last week, Andre wrote up his first impressions of Hyundai’s redesigned Accent. Now in its fifth generation, the Accent has matured significantly since its debut in 1994. The car has grown a little bit with each generation, and the interior revamp with this new generation brings the Accent right up-to-date. To see just how much the Accent has moved on in its new iteration, check out the video above on TFLnow.

Highlights of our 2018 Hyundai Accent First Drive Review

The new Accent’s exterior styling has matured over the previous generation, in line with the brand’s corporate image. A signature feature of this generation is the cascading grille that first debuted on the Sonata. Its rear end has also been redesigned to resemble its larger Elantra and Sonata siblings. Inside, the Limited trim gives owners all the accessories you’d expect in a modern car. Features include LED lights, Bluetooth media controls, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and automatic climate control. Interestingly, the Accent Limited now includes Blue Link connectivity, allowing you to start the car using a phone app.

One thing the Accent does not have in this generation is a hatchback version. The Accent, in any trim level, is now sedan-only. Hyundai has stretched this model’s wheelbase by 0.4 inches, offering a bit more cargo room. It’s also 1.2 inches wider and 0.6 inches longer than the previous model. However, if you’re looking for some hatchback practicality, you’ll now have to go for this car’s sister, the Kia Rio. Either that, or you’ll have to step up a class to the larger Elantra GT.

As expected, the Accent provides good fuel economy (28 City/38 Highway MPG). While Hyundai hasn’t announced official pricing, the new Accent shouldn’t be much more expensive than its predecessor. The 2017 Accent starts around $15,630, rising to a touch over $17,300, including destination charges. Three trim levels remain on the new model: SE, SEL, and Limited. The 2018 Accent will go on sale later this month.

2018 Hyundai Accent Limited Photo Gallery [Photo Credits: Hyundai]

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