2016 Hyundai Accent SE

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Stock #:
7522
VIN #:
KMHCT5AE8GU237944
Engine:
1.6L 4 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Century White
Interior Color:
Gray
Body Style
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
26
Highway MPG:
37
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2016 hyundai accent

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.5
2 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (50%)
4 Star - (50%)
3 Star - (7%)
2 Star - (18%)
1 Star - (11%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.5
COMFORT
4.5
INTERIOR
5
RELIABILITY
4.5
VALUE
5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

With handsome styling, above-average performance and solid build quality, the 2016 Hyundai Accent represents a strong choice for a small sedan or hatchback in the subcompact-car class.

What's New

For 2016, the Hyundai Accent receives minimal changes. The base GLS sedan and GS hatchback trim levels have collectively been renamed the SE. Besides that, a leather-wrapped steering wheel is now a package option on the base sedan, while a sunroof is no longer available on the Sport hatchback.

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PROS

Strong acceleration; comfortable and quiet ride; spacious cabin has an upscale ambience; long warranty.

Introduction

Shopping for a small, affordable commuter car is more fun than it used to be. Do you want a subcompact hatchback that can haul lots of gear? Or perhaps you'd rather have one with a really nice interior and lots of amenities. Or maybe you just want to maximize your fuel economy. There's now a pint-size sedan or hatchback to satisfy nearly every taste. Within the traditional subcompact class, the 2016 Hyundai Accent is a fine option for buyers who want a little of everything.

Though there's nothing flashy about the 2016 Accent, it's a handsome car in both the sedan and hatchback body styles. It's also the sort of car that will impress you with its ability to endure the daily grind with minimal fuss. For starters, it's one of the quicker cars in this class, and that's an advantage you'll appreciate every time you accelerate up to highway speeds. Both the automatic and manual transmissions work well, so deciding between them is a matter of preference. What's more, the Accent rides well on the highway and its cabin stays quiet. So even if your commute is longer, you won't have regrets about choosing this Hyundai over a larger, more expensive car. Passenger space is also generous for this class, and transporting a couple of adults in the backseat on occasion is no problem.

The biggest downside to the Hyundai Accent is fuel economy. Not only are its EPA fuel economy estimates lower than those of most subcompact rivals (not to mention some compact cars), we've found it difficult to match these numbers in real-world driving. Rearward visibility is also challenging on the hatchback version, and no rearview camera is offered. Finally, desirable features like a keyless ignition, navigation system, smartphone integration and even a sunroof are simply not available.

Although the 2016 Hyundai Accent is one of our top recommended cars in this class, you'll likely want to check out some of the competition before making up your mind. The Honda Fit is another of our favorites, thanks to its abundant cargo space, reconfigurable rear seats and impressive fuel economy. If you're looking for a sportier driving experience, you'll want to try the Ford Fiesta, which also has an above-average interior and many available tech features. The newcomer Scion iA is another alternative if premium amenities are a must, and its EPA ratings are near the top of the class. You could also look at the Accent's cousin, the Kia Rio. It's essentially the same car in a different wrapper, but offers a few more optional features, including navigation and a rearview camera.

On the other hand, if you're not set on having a particular feature or squeezing every last mile out of a gallon of fuel, the 2016 Accent offers compelling value, and Hyundai backs it up with a long warranty.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2016 Hyundai Accent is offered as a small four-door sedan or a four-door hatchback, both of which seat five. The sedan is available only in base SE trim, while the hatchback comes both in SE and fancier Sport versions.

The SE sedan comes equipped with 14-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a driver-seat armrest, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB and auxiliary audio inputs. The SE hatchback adds heated outside mirrors (with a driver's blind-spot viewer), a rear windshield wiper and cloth door trim; automatic-transmission versions also have cruise control.

Two options packages are available for automatic-transmission-equipped SE sedans. The Popular package adds heated mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and a center console storage box with a sliding armrest. The Style package can be purchased only in combination with the Popular package and adds projector-beam headlights with LED accents, foglights, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes (instead of drum brakes), upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and an auto-up driver's window.

The Sport hatchback adds a rear spoiler and all the equipment from the Popular and Style packages.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2016 Hyundai Accent is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 137 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. Buyers have a choice between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic, both of which drive the car's front wheels. In Edmunds performance testing, an Accent sedan with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, while an automatic-equipped hatchback did it in 9.3 seconds. Both are pretty quick times for a subcompact.

The EPA's estimated fuel economy with the automatic transmission is 30 mpg combined (26 city/37 highway), and 31 mpg combined (27 city/38 highway) with the manual. These numbers aren't terribly impressive for a subcompact, and we've had a hard time matching them in real-world testing.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Hyundai Accent includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. The SE models come with front disc and rear drum brakes, while the Sport hatchback has standard four-wheel disc brakes. Rear disc brakes are optional on the SE sedan but not on the SE hatch.

In Edmunds brake testing, an Accent sedan with the optional rear disc brakes came to a stop from 60 mph in 123 feet. An Accent hatchback (also with rear disc brakes) came to a stop in 124 feet. Both are average distances for the segment.

In government crash testing, the Accent received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for frontal-impact protection and four stars for side-impact protection (although the government noted an increased risk of spinal injury for rear passengers involved in side-impact crashes). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Accent the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset and roof-strength tests and the second-best rating of "Acceptable" in the side-impact test. In the small-overlap frontal crash test, the Accent earned the lowest rating of "Poor." Its seat/head restraint design was rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

Although the Hyundai Accent is grouped in the subcompact class, it is roomier than the norm, with interior dimensions that place it in the EPA's "compact" class. The spacious rear seat offers enough headroom and legroom to allow even 6-footers to get comfortable in the outboard positions.

Up front, the well-shaped seats are roomy and supportive, and overall, the Accent feels upscale for a car in this class. The cabin has a friendly ambience, thanks to its solid build quality, patterned upholstery, stylish dash design and tasteful materials. One of the few knocks in here is the lack of technology features. Bluetooth is available in most versions, but there's no touchscreen interface or smartphone integration features.

Cargo space is above class averages, with the sedan offering a relatively large trunk with 13.7 cubic feet of capacity. The hatchback, meanwhile, provides 21.2 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up and a generous 47.5 cubic feet when they're folded down.

Driving Impressions

Certainly the most striking thing about driving a 2016 Hyundai Accent is its relative quickness compared with other cars in the subcompact class. Its 1.6-liter engine responds energetically when you hit the gas pedal, and there's plenty of power on tap for relaxed highway merging and passing maneuvers. Under hard acceleration, the engine remains smooth but can get rather noisy. Both the manual and automatic transmissions make good use of the engine's resources, but unless you're particularly fond of manual transmissions, it's hard to beat the convenience of the smooth-shifting six-speed automatic.

On the road, the Accent provides a quiet, comfortable ride and decent handling. Although competitors such as the Ford Fiesta have sportier steering and handling, the Hyundai feels composed in most normal driving situations and is well suited for daily commutes.

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Cargo Shade
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Trip Computer

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat

Tires & Wheels

  • Steel Wheels
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Wheel Covers

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
  • 11.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • 2.937 Axle Ratio
  • 3549# Gvwr
  • 36-Amp/Hr 410CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • 90 Amp Alternator
  • Air Filtration
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Digital/Analog Display

 

  • Driver And Front Passenger Armrests
  • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • Engine: 1.6L DOHC 16-Valve I-4 GDI -inc: Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), GDI variable induction system and aluminum block and head
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Fixed Interval Wipers
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Regular Wiper and Defroster
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment
  • Front Cupholder
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
  • Front Map Lights
  • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Full Floor Console w/Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Glove Box
  • Grille w/Chrome Bar
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts

 

  • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Manual Tilt Steering Column
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan and Clock
  • Radio: AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 Audio System -inc: satellite radio, iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks and 6 speakers
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
  • Rigid Cargo Cover
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Tires: P175/70TR14
  • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: active ECO system and Hillstart Assist Control, Cruise Control, 2.937 Axle Ratio
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Wheels: 14" x 5.0J Steel w/Cover