Typically, a automotive is about getting from Level A to Level B and little else. Not each driver on the street needs some uncooked, poetic factor that has you talking in spondee each time somebody asks about it. For a lot of, merely having a brand new automotive is a wonderful factor and, what have you learnt, the 2018 Hyundai Accent SE is an easy new automotive.

Revised for the 2018 mannequin 12 months, the Accent SE is probably the most reasonably priced Hyundai you should purchase within the US right this moment. It is small and it is primary, however it should accommodate 5 human beings with cargo, it does not really feel oppressive to drive and there is even an honest smattering of tech within the cabin.

Utilitarian inside and outside

Do you want vehicles? Nice, as a result of the Accent is one. It is good-looking sufficient, with a robust character line on the aspect and a few good sculpting on the entrance and rear bumpers. Certain, you get metal wheels with plastic covers, however once more, it is a base mannequin — a $15,000 base mannequin.

The inside is properly laid out, with a dashboard and heart stack which can be low and out of the driving force’s sight line. The USB port is underneath the radio and straightforward to entry, and each the glove field and heart console tray can maintain greater than sufficient junk, which is sweet as a result of the middle armrest cubby is smaller than some.

However you most likely care much less about the way it appears to be like and extra about how properly it really works for you. The entrance seats have ample house for tall drivers. Rear headroom is ok, however legroom is a bit tight for taller people given the Accent’s economy-car dimension. The seats are fabricated from a sturdy fabric that each appears to be like and feels good.

Visibility is great from all sides. Blind spots are minimal or nonexistent, and the rear glass is massive sufficient to fill the rearview mirror with a transparent view of what is behind you. As for the trunk, it holds a lot for a small automotive — 13.7 cubic toes — good for each groceries and suitcases.

All the things you want (at this value level) and nothing you do not. The steering-wheel controls are a welcome addition.

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Good gasoline financial system, however a bit loud

The Accent’s 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine is a bit on the louder aspect, and never in an interesting method. At the side of my tester’s six-speed guide transmission, I actually needed to wring it out for acceleration. With simply 119 pound-feet of torque on supply, sixth-gear acceleration isn’t nice. The shifter itself is gorgeous, with applicable really feel and journey from the lever, though the clutch pedal’s motion is completely devoid of suggestions, which implies apply makes excellent if you’d like a clean drive. A six-speed automated is on the market for $1,000 for those who choose.

Whereas the engine might not sound that nice, it delivers some correct gasoline financial system. The Accent is EPA-rated at 37 mpg freeway and 28 metropolis, however I noticed nearer to 41 on the freeway (at 80 mph, no much less) and 30 within the metropolis over the course of a pair hundred miles.

When it comes to trip high quality, it is on par with different financial system vehicles. The suspension is a little bit on the stiff aspect, nevertheless it’s made up for with some thick tire sidewalls, which assist the suspension absorb bumps and potholes. Shod in 185/65-15 Continental ProContact TX all-season tires, the automotive handles chilly, drenched pavement with out a problem.

Throughout around-town driving, the Accent is ok. It’s surprisingly inclined to crosswinds and uneven pavement, and wind noise is current and difficult to disregard. However when the wind dies down and the street high quality goes up, the Accent is definitely fairly enjoyable to drive. It is mild on its toes and straightforward to shift, which makes for a great time as you dart by visitors — as long as you retain the momentum up.

When it comes time to show, the steering is common, if a bit numb, as for many financial system vehicles. The brakes, however, are straightforward to modulate — there’s not a variety of stopping energy, however then once more, there’s not a lot automotive to cease, both.

It is not going to win any races, nevertheless it’s not going to deplete your pockets on the fuel station, both.

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First rate tech for $15,000

The Accent SE packs all its tech as customary, though there is not a lot — you get one USB port, a backup digicam, no driver-assist techniques, a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a monochrome show within the gauge cluster.

The infotainment system is bare-bones, nevertheless it’s straightforward to work. Audio is proscribed to AM and FM radio, Bluetooth, USB and three.5-mm auxiliary enter. The display screen is touch-capable, however there are buttons for swapping between screens. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are sadly absent. The four-speaker sound system sounds advantageous. The backup digicam includes a greater decision than I discover in vehicles costing twice as a lot (I am taking a look at you, Basic Motors).

The display screen within the gauge cluster solely exhibits 4 various things: journey meters, gasoline financial system, estimated distance to empty and a digital speedometer. It is easy, however for $15,000, it is a welcome addition. The steering wheel controls really feel a step above this price ticket, as properly.

How I might spec it

The Accent SE has no extra choices packages, so that is how I might spec it, I suppose. That mentioned, for those who can muster the scratch, I might drop $16,795 on the midtier Accent SEL, which provides a second USB port, alloy wheels and a 7-inch infotainment system with each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you would like automated emergency braking, heated entrance seats and massive ol’ alloy wheels, be ready to spend $18,395 on the highest Restricted trim.

Transferring up even one trim stage provides a bigger display screen with each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, that are clutch for those who should take calls throughout your drive.

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Right down to brass tacks

The Accent has various opponents, together with the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Match, Kia Rio, Mitsubishi Mirage and Toyota Yaris iA. The Accent beats a number of on value, nevertheless it is available in greater than the value tags on the Rio and Fiesta S sedan. It is extra environment friendly than the competitors, except the Yaris iA (30 metropolis, 39 freeway) and the town rankings of each the Match and Rio (29 mpg). The Mirage is cheaper and extra environment friendly than the Hyundai, however I’d by no means advocate that automotive to anybody, as a result of it is a dangerous automotive, full cease.

It is also price noting that some opponents, just like the Mirage and Fiesta, can be found as each hatchbacks and sedans. In the interim, the Accent is proscribed to a sedan, in case you are on the hunt for extra cargo house.

Competing in a busy phase like this implies the Accent actually wants to verify it stands aside. It is simply the second most good-looking automotive of the group (the Match’s acquired it beat there), and its complement of ordinary tech is aggressive, though the Match can add driver-assist techniques on the bottom mannequin.

Should you’re on a strict funds and you continue to need a new automotive, the Accent is not going to allow you to down. It appears to be like good, it drives properly and it is loaded with simply sufficient tech so as to add a little bit of security and comfort. Base-trim financial system vehicles do not have to be penalty containers, and the Accent positively is not one.

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