2018 Hyundai Accent First Drive: Cheap Refinement

– Las Vegas, Nevada

So, you have $14-$18k to spend on a vehicle. Sure, you can find a wide variety of cars on the used market for that kind of cash – even some with more than 400 horsepower. But many are likely to come with hidden maintenance costs, outdated infotainment systems, and plenty of miles on the odometer. Hyundai doesn’t want you to buy that used vehicle, rather a new 2018 Accent. Hyundai’s newest small car offers a compelling package: loads of standard features, style, and a surprising amount of room and refinement.

Now in its fifth iteration, the 2018 Accent gives off a more postgrad vibe – less college freshman than the last-gen Accent. Its new cascading grille and handsome projector headlamps with LED accents make the Hyundai look ready for its next job interview. Out back there are nicely sculpted LED taillights that are reminiscent of the larger Sonata. Opt for the top-level Limited model and you get some swanky 17-inch wheels that give it a more assertive stance on the road.

Dimensionally, the Accent has gained an inch or so here and there: the 2018 model is 0.6 inches longer, 1.2 inches wider, and has 0.4 inches added to its wheelbase. In person, the larger size makes the new Accent look more planted and better proportioned than the old one. Due to poor sales, the hatch variant won’t be returning for 2018 – only its Kia Rio cousin will offer the five-door setup.

2018 Hyundai Accent: First Drive
2018 Hyundai Accent: First Drive
2018 Hyundai Accent: First Drive
2018 Hyundai Accent: First Drive

Hyundai’s newest small car offers a compelling package: loads of standard features, st...