2018 Hyundai Accent vs Toyota Corolla

If you want something affordable but with a mature, refined appearance, take a look at the 2018 Hyundai Accent and Toyota Corolla. These are sensible, reliable commuters that don't look out of place parked next to your boss's car. In this comparison guide, we'll see which small sedan has more of what you need and less of what you don't.

Pricing: 2018 Hyundai Accent

To drive an attractive car, you don't have to break the bank. A lot of critics hail the Accent as a good first car, and first-time buyers can certainly afford it. But you don't need to be a college student to appreciate this Hyundai. In the Accent, refinement starts at just $14,995. You can step up to the SEL trim for $17,295 or even go up to the Limited for $18,895. In fact, the top two trims are so close in price, you might as well go all the way to the top if you're going above the penny-pincher's SE.

By comparison, the 2018 Toyota Corolla starts at $18,550, almost as much as the best Accent trim level. If you jump all the way to the top-trim Corolla XSE, it's at least $22,730. You'll pay more at the dealership and, turns out, afterward at the pump too.

Affordability: 2018 Hyundai Accent

After taking your car home, you have to fuel and maintain it. The Accent lets you do that for less. This subcompact sedan gets 28 city and 37 highway miles per gallon for a manual or 28/38 in the automatic. In addition, you're backed by one of the best warranties in the subcompact class: a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

The Corolla with automatic transmission gets 28 city and 35 highway miles. Unfortunately, that worse gas mileage is with an engine that feels sluggish. The manual transmission shaves only 1 mpg off the city mileage. And, lastly, the Corolla has a lackluster warranty of three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That's about half the coverage of the Accent.

2018 Hyundai Accent

Appearance: 2018 Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent may be smaller than the Toyota Corolla, but as one of the largest subcompact sedans, not by much. The Accent is wide and sits low for a subcompact car, so this Hyundai looks bigger than it is. In terms of appearance, this sedan is stylish and even refined in its upper trims. The Accent has a wide grille, tight contours, and distingusihed look that belies its price tag. This Hyundai feels all grown-up in a class that often tries to be cute. Inside, you'll find an uncluttered, crisp look. Step up to the Limited trim and you get a sunroof and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The 2018 Toyota Corolla promises power with its sporty styling, but it's not exactly honest. There are two different exteriors, depending on how high you go in trim levels. The 2017 refresh gave the Corolla LED headlights. The more refined Corolla gets LED fog lights and taillights as well as vertical front vents. The rear is typical but the front yells sports car, even if the engine doesn't. Inside it's simple and clutter-free but lacks any distinguishing features.

The 2018 Hyundai Accent may be smaller, but overall it's the better vehicle. And if you're worried about size, a large subcompact and a compact isn't that great. In every other way we've discussed here, the Accent is the bigger vehicle.