2018 Hyundai Accent

2018 Hyundai Accent

Look closely and you'll see quickly that the 2018 Hyundai Accent gives you more than you'd bargain for at this affordable price.

Who Should Buy the Hyundai Accent?

The Accent is a car that widens its appeal each time it gets a refresh or a redesign--maybe because it keeps getting bigger. Gone is the hatchback this year, but the four-door sedan is practical and stylish and a fantastic value for the money. The beauty of a vehicle like the new Hyundai Accent is that it's nearly universal. The Accent is modern and stylish enough to appeal to a younger audience, but not too cutting-edge to alienate older buyers who might be in the market for an affordable sedan.

Which Accent is best?

The Accent comes in three trim levels this year, starting with the entry-level SE (at a starting price of just $14,995), the SEL (from $17,295) in the middle, and then the top-trim Limited (from just $18,895).

Of course, the Limited is the model that comes with most bells and whistles, but which Accent is best for you depends on why you're looking at the Hyundai in the first place. If there's a car in the company's current line up that embodies true value for the money, it has to be the SE with that starting MSRP under $15k. You can find less-expensive sedans out there, but you won't find one that gives you this much in exchange.

Can You Turbo an Accent? Modify it? Lift it?

Despite only having one engine option, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder develops 130 horsepower and 119lb.-ft. of torque. It's a great starting point if you want to dabble with tuning. The Accent already drives and handles better than we should expect it to for the price, but you may want to add more power before you start modifying the structure.

Unless lifting your Accent was a part of a much bigger customizing job, we wonder how good it would look. Overall, though, the affordable Accent is an excellent blank canvas for anyone wanting to tinker with their sedan.

Does the Accent have Apple Car Play and Android Auto?

If you choose the Accent in its most basic SE trim level, you won't be able to enjoy the benefits of Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility. The SE does come standard with an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with a five-inch color touchscreen and four speakers, as well as smartphone/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks.

However, if you go for an SEL or Limited trim level of the Hyundai Accent, you'll get a six-speaker, seven-inch touchscreen display audio system with AM/FM/SirusXM Radio that's also Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible as part of the standard equipment. All models also get a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, but the SEL and Limited models also have voice recognition.