The 2016 Hyundai Accent has certainly gotten off to a hot start this year, sales-wise: After the first five months, volume for Hyundai's subcompact had jumped 23 percent; every other mainstream car in the segment was in the red during that time except for the Nissan Versa, which had grown sales by all of 1.8 percent. The Accent's success is especially surprising when you consider the overall state of the industry, too, since many customers now seem to prefer crossovers and pickups to small cars. Nor has much changed from the 2015 model year, although it remains a fairly fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive choice. So why the sudden sales ascent of the Accent? Here are a few factors worth noting.
2016 Hyundai Accent Road Test and Review
Pricing and Trim Levels, Pt. 1
Pricing and Trim Levels, Pt. 2
The Accent Sport scores more style points with a rear spoiler, 16-inch machine-finished wheels, and LED-accented headlights, then wears premium-cloth seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel in the cabin.
Power, Performance, and Fuel Efficiency
The Accent earns EPA grades of 27 MPG city, 38 MPG highway, 31 MPG combined with its standard 6-speed manual transmission, and posts an EPA line of 27 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, 31 MPG combined with its 6-speed automatic.
Exterior Design and Lighting
For a final touch, bold exterior finishes range from a deep Ultra Black to an eye-popping Vitamin C orange.
Interior Design and Capacities
Thus, the Accent sedan, despite its subcompact length, is classified as a compact by the EPA, which bases that on interior volume. Meanwhile, the hatchback has best-in-class cargo space behind its second row, with 21.2 feet—10.5 percent more than its nearest rival.
Infotainment and Audio
Available infotainment features include Bluetooth for both hands-free calling and audio streaming, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and voice-recognition technology that’s been upgraded, based on customer feedback, specifically for the 2016 model year.
Safety Technology and Ratings
Other Cool Info
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- 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited coverage
- A 7-year/unlimited-mileage anti-perforation warranty
- A 5-year/60,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty
Finally, all Hyundai vehicles, even the Accent, come standard with five years of 24/7, 365-days-a-year roadside assistance, covering towing, flat-tire service, dead-battery charges, gas fill-ups, and more.