How well a car company designs its budget machine is a good indicator of engineering prowess. Hyundai does a lot right with the new Accent.
A hatchback version is gone, but the remaining sedan is bigger for 2018. Our review Accent is the best-equipped model, the Limited, with standard aluminum wheels and four-wheel disc brakes.
The Limited gets more creature comforts and technology as well. Supportive front seats are heated and the larger touchscreen reveals Android Auto and Apple Carplay smartphone connectivity are standard.
There are dual 12-volt outlets up front in addition to a USB. The automatic is a six-speed. Blind-spot detection is also standard.
Despite the slightly larger size for this year, row-two legroom is still tight if tall people are up front. Trunk space, however, is generous for a compact car. That’s even before folding row two seat backs to extend the cargo hold.
Only one engine is available, but it has good power: 130 horsepower from the 1.6 liter four.
Of course, making an economy car that is still fun to drive is the real challenge. I would say Hyundai has succeeded.
So for the 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited, I say thumbs up to good value, comfort, and good gas mileage; thumbs down to tight row-two legroom. I averaged about 33 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker is $19,905.