2019 Accent New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Hyundai Accent carries over into the new model year as the automaker's value leader.
For the new model year, the Accent sedan gets several new standard features. SE models gain a chrome grille, while the SEL adds fog lights and chrome beltline molding. LED headlights are now standard with Limited trim.
Accents come in three trim levels: SE, SEL, or Limited. Only one engine goes into Accents, with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. (Only the base SE model offers a manual shifter.)
Hyundai's 1.6-'?liter 4-cylinder engine makes a modest 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Accents are not offered with the turbocharged version that's optional in sporty Velosters, as well as Elantra and Sonata sedans.
Hyundai's subcompact sedan performed reasonably well in crash-testing by the IIHS, which named Accent a Top Safety Pick. The NHTSA has not released crash-test results. Hyundai limits the best safety features, including automatic emergency braking, to the top Accent.
Drivers can expect good outward vision, thanks to the Accent's light and airy roofline. SEL and Limited sedans include a tilt/telescope steering column, allowing nearly any driver to establish a good view of the road ahead and see the controls clearly.
Prices do not include $920 destination charge.
SE ($14,995 with manual, $15,995 with automatic) comes with 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, cloth upholstery, 15-'?inch wheels, power windows/locks/mirrors, keyless entry, height-'?adjustable driver's seat, tilt steering column, and 60/40 split-'?folding rear seatbacks. Also standard are Bluetooth, a 5'?.0-inch color touchscreen, four-speaker audio, steering'?-wheel audio and cruise controls, and air conditioning.
SEL ($17,345) includes a 6-speed automatic transmission, telescoping steering column, automatic headlights, a 7.0-'?inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, fog lights, and dual charge ports.
Limited ($19,080) has a 6-speed automatic and adds 17-'?inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, keyless ignition, a sunroof, heated front seats, automatic temperature control, and a hands-free trunk opener. Automatic emergency braking is standard.