2017 Hyundai Accent Overview
Hyundai is known for its affordable, practical cars that offer good fuel economy and quality at an impressively low price. The smallest and cheapest entry in Hyundai’s lineup is the Accent. While it’s often overshadowed by sub-compacts from other automakers in its class, the Accent is ready to make a comeback this year with some exciting changes.
What’s New for the 2017 Hyundai Accent?
The Hyundai accent is stepping up its game for 2017 with the introduction of the new Value Edition Sedan trim. Despite what its name suggests, this isn’t actually a cheaper base trim, but rather a step above the starting SE level that adds some nice technology at a fair price.
For an extra $705, the Value Edition gives you six-speed automatic transmission, rear disc brakes, cruise control, Bluetooth capability, steering wheel-mounted controls, 16-inch alloy wheels, and more.
2017 Hyundai Accent Exterior
The Hyundai Accent is offered in two body types: the four-door sedan and the five-door hatchback. Both versions have a wheelbase measurement of 101.2 inches, with the sedan measuring slightly longer in total length–172 inches, compared to 162. At the top of the line is the Sport version of the hatchback, complete with snazzy headlights and a spoiler.
This sprightly subcompact is a mere 57 inches tall and 67 inches wide–perfect for squeezing into tight places. It comes in color options like Vitamin C, Pacific Blue, Boston Red, Ultra Black, Ironman Silver (although it looks more like War Machine Silver…), and more.
2017 Hyundai Accent Photos:
Exterior features offered on the 2017 Hyundai Accent
- SE Sedan trim: Manual-folding side mirrors, chrome accent front grille, tinted glass with windshield shade band, 14-inch steel wheels
- Value Edition trim adds: Sliding center armrest with storage, 16-inch steel wheels, Rear disc brakes
- SE Hatchback trim adds: Single-speed rear wiper with washer, a fifth door
- Sport Hatchback trim adds: Driver’s blind spot mirror, Heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, rear spoiler, Projector headlights with LED accents, Automatic headlight control, Headlight welcome/escort function, Front fog lights
2017 Hyundai Accent Performance
Because the Accent is a small, economic car, it doesn’t have a hefty, powerful engine–but its efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder gets the job done. 137 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque is plenty to move the zippy like car around town.
If you want to keep it cheap, you can stick with the six-speed manual transmission, or you can upgrade to the six-speed Automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO if you wish.
2017 Hyundai Accent Efficiency
Because the Accent’s engine is light and peppy, its fuel efficiency is a respectable 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway using the manual transmission. The fuel efficiency rate dips slightly for the automatic transmission, but either way, the average combined miles-per-gallon for both transmission types is around 30-31. Keep in mind, those numbers are subject to influences like driving style and vehicle condition.
2017 Hyundai Accent Interior
While the Accent is typically classified as a subcompact because of its body size–with Hyundai’s Elantra taking the “compact sedan” designation–the Accent itself is actually a compact sedan based on its 103 cubic feet of interior volume as a sedan and 111 feet as a hatchback. That’s far more cargo room and legroom than competing subcompacts get. Plus, with the fold-down rear seats, transporting luggage and cargo is easier than you’d expect.
The Accent’s interior is simple and economic, with cloth seating fabrics and plastic dashboard, and you can get it for under $15,000 as a stripped-down version without any bells or whistles.
2017 Hyundai Accent Interior Photos:
Interior features offered on the 2017 Hyundai Accent
- SE Sedan trim: Power windows and door locks, One-touch triple turn signal, 6-way adjustable driver seat, Adjustable head restraints, Driver seat armrest, Passenger seatback pocket, Fold-down rear seatback, Metal paint interior accents, dual vanity mirrors, sliding sunvisors, Remote keyless entry system with alarm, Center stack-mounted 12-volt outlet, Exterior temperature display, AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, Smartphone/USB and auxiliary jacks
- Value Edition trim adds: Steering wheel-mounted cruise/audio/Bluetooth controls, Bluetooth phone system
- SE Hatchback trim adds: N/A
- Sport Hatchback trim adds: Driver’s window auto-up, Premium cloth seating, Piano black interior accents, Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
2017 Hyundai Accent Safety
The Accent comes with many of Hyundai’s basic safety features for optimized control, traction, and stability on hazardous roads. It’s outfitted with half-a-dozen airbags in the front and back for protection in emergency situations.
While the 2017 model’s crash results haven’t been released yet, the IIHS’ evaluation of the 2016 model last year was 4-out-of-5 stars, based on “Good” scores in all categories except Small Overlap Front (“Poor”) and Side Impact (“Acceptable”).
Standard Safety Features
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Four-wheel, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
- Hillstart Assist Control (HAC)—automatic transmission only
- Occupant Classification System (OCS)
- Driver and front passenger advanced airbags
- Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Front seatbelt pretensioners
- LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
- Active front head restraints
- Front and rear crumple zones
- Child safety locks (rear)