2020 Hyundai Accent

MSRP $16,125

Ranked #5 in Subcompact Sedan

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2020 Hyundai Accent Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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We associate good-looking, nicely equipped cars with a lot of money, but the new Hyundai Accent changes that notion. It is offered in three different trims- the SE which is the easiest on the wallet, the SEL which is quite fairly equipped as per its price tag, and the Limited trim which has all the features integrated into it. But the main caveat is, the SE is the only trim that comes with the Manual transmission, every other trim needs to be had with the CVT.

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Pros

Beautiful and classy styling

Handling which makes it a treat to drive every day

Excellent warranty coverage

Excellent fuel economy

Cons

The engine is not insulated well enough

Rear seat space is on the down-low

No manual transmission option available with the higher trims

What's New?

New I-4 gas engine

The New CVT gearbox replaces the automatic gearbox


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16125

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

113 ft-lb. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

101.6 in.

length

172.6 in.

width

68.1 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

2502 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

90.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

937 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/33/39 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$16,125 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Accent in Admiral Blue Metallic color
Admiral Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

5.4

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

5.1

Safety

7.8

Competition

8.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


Hyundai is one of those brands that still thinks about the general public and that’s why it still manufactures small cars like Accent. The 2020 Accent features a spacious and utilitarian cabin, and it is an amazing commuter from every aspect. The Accent has been around for quite a while, but Hyundai has managed to refine its design language and has updated the car to make it look like it’s fresh. The Hyundai Accent rivals the likes of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Toyota Yaris Sedan, and Nissan Versa.

2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan front angle view
2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan rear angle view

6.0/10
Features

5.4/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

5.1/10
Exterior

7.8/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Hyundai Accent Features

6.0/10

Hyundai has replaced the old automatic transmission with a new CVT gearbox or 6-speed manual transmission options. The three trim levels come standard with the new 1.6-L, I-4 gas engine, and base trim SE gets the combination of 1.6-L I-4 & 6-speed manual transmission. But the main trade-off with the base SE trim would be the aluminum wheels with wheel covers easily. They are sore to look at and make picking the SE trim, even with the lustful manual transmission, not justifiable. Standard features include cloth upholstery and a four-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touch screen. SEL adds a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Limited trim adds more convenience and safety features.

Trim

SE

SEL

Limited

MSRP (Manual)

$15,295

NA

NA

MSRP (CVT)

$16,395

$17,650

$19,400

Key Features

5 Inch infotainment screen

All the features from the SE+

All the features from the SEL trim+

 

Rear View Camera

16 Inch Alloys

17 Inch alloys

 

Vehicle Stability Management

7-inch infotainment system

Power-operated sunroof

 

6-way adjustable driver’s seat

6-speaker stereo

LED DRLs

 

Rear window defroster

Automatic Headlights

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist

 

Cruise Control

Heated exterior mirrors

 
 

Remote keyless entry

   
 

4-speaker stereo

   

We Recommend

The trim to opt for would be the SEL. No matter how much we’d love the manual SE, some of the features from the SEL trim make a case for themselves. It comes with 16-inch alloys, an infotainment screen with smartphone integration, automatic headlights, and quite importantly, rear disc brakes. But if you still want the manual, it wouldn’t be unwise to go for the SE and swap those aluminum rims for some sweet aftermarket alloys.

2020 Hyundai Accent Engine and Performance

5.4/10

The 2020 Accent features a fresh engine which is 10hp down from the outgoing model. It is a 1.6-L four-cylinder unit, making 120 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. The power is down and it is now mated to a CVT transmission for better fuel economy. The base SE trim comes with the 6-speed manual but can be optioned with CVT for a smooth driving experience. The engine itself feels feeble and this manual transmission certainly adds to the joy for those looking for engagement. However, this means you cannot opt for creature comforts. As standard, power is sent to the front wheels with no option for AWD.

2020 Hyundai Accent engine bay

Acceleration does suffer massively due to the CVT gearbox, and it is clear that the Korean manufacturer has concentrated more on efficiency than the performance figures. Despite being underpowered, it can do 0-60MPH in 8.5 seconds and a quarter-mile sprint in 16.7 seconds, these are the best figures in the competition. Accent can also touch a max speed of 130 mph with the manual gearbox.

Models

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris Sedan

2020 Nissan Versa

MSRP

$16,395

$16,295

$16,750

$16,400

Engine 

1.6-L, Inline-4 gas engine

1.2-L, Inline-3 gas engine

1.5-L, Inline-4 gas engine

1.6-L, Inline-4 gas engine

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed manual

5-Speed manual

6-Speed manual

5-Speed manual

Power 

120hp @6,300rpm

78hp @4,000rpm

106hp @6,000rpm

122hp @6,000rpm

Torque

113 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

74 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

103 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

114 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5

12.8

9.6

9.7

Quarter mile (sec)

16.7

NA

17.4

17.4

Top Speed (MPH)

130

105

NA

115

Nissan Versa has the most powerful engine but Hyundai Accent with almost similar power & torque figures beats every sedan in the competition with its relatively better performance, whereas Nissan’s performance is even worse than the Toyota Yaris which has 16 hp less power. Mitsubishi Mirage, on the other hand, has the worst specifications as it comes with only a 78 horsepower engine and has an acceleration timing of 12.8 seconds.

How well does the 2020 Hyundai Accent handle?

The 2020 Accent is pleasantly fun in the turns but most of that can be explained because of its light and smaller body instead of the suspension setup. It does make the tires squeal but that is mostly because of the suspension setup which makes the ride more oriented towards comfort than driving dynamics. It can take the corners in a manner that is fun and while throttling it out, you do feel a surge of power. 

2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan driving view

The CVT makes the engine extremely vocal when pushed hard even at a lower speed but most of the droning noise can be blamed on the CVT gearbox. The suspension is tuned superbly; it does not let the bumps jar up the cabin, unless they are unreasonably bad, which makes its way to the cabin. The Accent does the best in city conditions; the steering is light enough to drive through traffic, and its light and nimble body only aid that.

2020 Hyundai Accent Braking Performance

Brakes are possibly the most important part of any car, and the 2020 Hyundai Accent does come with superior brakes when compared to the rest of the competition.

2020 Hyundai Accent Sedan Brake rotor

The Accent comes with 11.3-inch front brake rotors and 10.3-inch rear brake rotors which makes the car stop quite nicely in a calm and stable manner and nothing feels unsettling. A car of this size does not need performance rotors to stop as quickly, but the Accent does a surprisingly good job at it.

Models

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris Sedan

2020 Nissan Versa

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11

9

10.2

10

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

7 (drum)

9 (drum)

8 (drum)

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2679

2172

2432

2650

60-0 MPH (feet)

NA

NA

123

124

Hyundai Accent is the only sedan in the competition to feature all four disc brake systems while others come with a front disc and rear drum brake configuration. Rotors of Accent are also bigger in size compared to others, Hyundai might not be the lightest vehicle but it falls in a similar weight category as Toyota Yaris & Nissan Versa. As per the braking technology that Accent is using, it should perform better than others in the braking department, while the stopping distance of Yaris and Versa is not that impressive.

2020 Hyundai Accent Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The changes that Hyundai made to the Accent for the 2020 model year, made the car a lot more efficient. The 10 hp drop in power and the engine being mated to a CVT gearbox means that it will gain a lot when it comes to fuel economy even if it loses some in acceleration. The reworked heat management system and injection system improvements of the engine have helped its case too.

It results in lower energy loss as heat. The fuel-conscious CVT gearbox aids its case. The Manual model is rated at 33 MPG and the CVT has a higher claim of 36 MPG combined. Smaller and lighter cars are expected to deliver good fuel economy numbers and the Accent does just that.

Models

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris Sedan

2020 Nissan Versa

MPG (City)

33

35

32

32

MPG (Highway)

41

41

40

40

MPG (Combined)

36

37

35

35

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.9

9.2

11.6

10.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

392 / 488 / 428

322 / 377 / 340

371 / 464 / 406

345 / 432 / 486

All these vehicles have been designed and manufactured to obtain the best fuel economy figures while going light on the rider’s pocket as well. It makes complete sense that Mitsubishi Mirage G4 claims the best fuel efficiency of 37 mpg in combined conditions as it has the lowest power figures and pathetic performance, after that in the list comes the Nissan Versa followed by the Hyundai Accent with the economy numbers of 35 mpg and 36 mpg respectively. The most interesting thing is that Hyundai Accent has the biggest fuel tank of 11.9 gallons capacity.

2020 Hyundai Accent Interior

8.0/10

The 2020 Accent from the inside is purpose-built and simple. There is no extravagance that can be seen in a couple of cars from this segment which makes them look a bit overly done. It is very businesslike and functional. One could blame it for not inducing the same amount of excitement as some of its rivals do, and that claim is just. It does the job, it fits the bill, but that’s about it. There is no flair or extravagance as there is on the outside of the car.

2020 Hyundai Accent seating layout

The interior of the car should have been slightly more upscale considering the cars that the Accent is rivaling. On the seating front, four adults can travel comfortably as there is enough space for the two people at the back to not be fighting for shoulder space. It is spacious when compared to its other sedan rivals. The window sills are large enough and it does allow enough light to enter the cabin, and makes it feel airy and fresh.

Models

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris Sedan

2020 Nissan Versa

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder /Leg) (in)

38.9 / 54.2 / 42.1

38.9 / 51.7 / 41.7

38.2 / 53.2 / 41.9

39.5 / 53.1 / 44.5

Rear Row (Head/ Shoulder /Leg) (in)

37.3 / 53.7 / 33.5

36.8 / 51.2 / 37.3

36.8 / 50.0 / 34.4

36.3 / 53.6 / 31.0

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

13.7

12.6

13.5

14.7

All four sedans can occupy 5 passengers in them and out of all four, Nissan Versa has the best and spacious front row seats while Hyundai Accent falls just behind Nissan, whereas the other sedans lack shoulder & legroom. In the second row, Hyundai Accent takes the lead in terms of comfort and spaciousness and now Nissan falls behind the Accent. Hyundai & Nissan not only offers a spacious and roomy cabin but they also provide a decent cargo capacity too. Standout interior features in the 2020 Hyundai Accent are:

  • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Heated Front seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Automatic climate control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The SE model comes with a 5-inch touchscreen and the SEL and Limited come with a 7-inch infotainment screen. The higher SEL and Limited trims also have 6 speakers and built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, whereas the base SE gets 4 speakers and no Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Other infotainment features include dual USB ports, satellite radio, and Hyundai Blue Link. Standout infotainment features in the 2020 Hyundai Accent are:

  • 7-inch infotainment screen (higher trims)
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker stereo (higher trims)
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system
  • Satellite radio

2020 Hyundai Accent Exterior

5.1/10

The 2020 Hyundai Accent is based on a tried and tested design language by the Korean manufacturer. It is subtle when it comes to its design language, and there is hardly any bit that makes you stop and wrinkle your eyebrows. It is beautiful to see Hyundai refreshing the design with modern bits to make it period correct.

2020 Hyundai Accent side view

It comes with a trapezoidal grille and chrome inserts to highlight the edges. The higher trims get a LED DRL which does improve the presence of the car. Along with fresher-looking tail lamps. The larger alloys on the higher trims compared to the steel wheels on the lower trim make a lot of difference too.

Models

2020 Hyundai Accent

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris Sedan

2020 Nissan Versa

Curb Weight (lbs)

2679

2172

2432

2650

Length (inches)

172.6

169.5

171.2

177

Width (inches)

68.1

65.7

66.7

68.5 

Height (inches)

57.1

59.2

58.5

57.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

6.3 

5.9

6.8

Wheelbase (inches)

101.6

100.4

101.2

103.1

The Accent does an amazing job at being a perfect size. It has ample interior room as well as city maneuverability. Which is something which cannot be said about the Versa. Though the Versa tops the charts when it comes to interior space and cargo capacity, it is slightly harder to manage in day-to-day city conditions. The Hyundai Accent’s design language is refreshing yet not too bold for people to have a bad opinion about it of any sort. Standout exterior features in the 2020 Hyundai Accent are:

  • Chrome Grille
  • LED DRLs 
  • LED Taillamps
  • 16-inch alloys on the SEL
  • Diamond-cut 17-inch alloys on the Limited trim

2020 Hyundai Accent Safety

7.8/10

The safety feature list is not something that is the standout feature of the Hyundai Accent. But it is certainly respectable and understandable for a car at this price range and size. Hyundai provides front and rear collision crumple zones that absorb most of the impact to keep the passengers safe. But the higher trims, like the Limited trim, come standard with a forward-collision warning system and automatic emergency braking as standard. Standout safety features in the 2020 Hyundai Accent are:

  • Vehicle Stability Management System
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control System
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • Forward-collision warning system
  • Automatic emergency braking

2020 Hyundai Accent Competition

8.0/10

2020 Hyundai Accent vs 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

The Hyundai Accent is arguably a class above the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 but since they are at similar price points and appealing to the same buyers, we are comparing them here. The Mirage G4 is extremely small, the interior room is not that much, and the engine in the mirage is not powerful enough when compared to the Accent. The Mirage has its size as an advantage in the city, but that is it.

2020 Hyundai Accent vs 2020 Toyota Yaris Sedan

The Toyota Yaris comes with a lesser-powered engine and in its sedan form, the Yaris does not make much sense to buy over the Accent. The Accent still offers more space and other interior creature comforts. But one way the Yaris aces is by providing a lot more safety equipment even at its base trim which is seriously commendable. The bigger Yaris might not be the better option, but if driving dynamics are your thing and you want a peppy city commuter that is fun to drive, then the Yaris might interest you. 

2020 Hyundai Accent vs 2020 Nissan Versa

The Nissan Versa is the toughest competitor the Accent has and it overshadows the Accent by quite a margin. It is more powerful, faster, more engaging to drive. It also has a long feature list than the Accent. The Versa also turns out to be larger than the Accent which makes the choice quite easy for all. The only place where the Accent is ahead of the Versa is the efficiency figures. But if you’re ready to live with a lower efficiency number, we think Versa is the better option here.

2020 Hyundai Accent Final Verdict

The new Hyundai Accent has streamlined a tried and tested formula and it has done that well. It is an extremely good daily commuter, it tries to ace all the aspects of being a small car. The handling is quite good and there is decent power from the 1.6 L 4 cylinder. The efficiency is undoubtedly the strong suit of the Accent. But if one wants a family car that does all of them right, the Nissan Versa edges out slightly. It is powerful and is easier on the wallet. And it does not compromise. It has a very upscale cabin and is arguably more comfortable too. The segment the Accent is in is extremely competitive. So even if Hyundai has done nothing wrong and delivered an amazing car, it still misses out on the prize.

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