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2021 Hyundai Accent Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG, and Performance.

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Bhavik Sreenath

Automotive Journalist

August 14, 2020 at 09:35 AM

The Korean automobile giant, Hyundai’s entry-level sedan, Accent, is a roomy, safe and exceptionally fuel-efficient small vehicle that was introduced in the US market two years ago. Hence, if anyone thinks it is impossible to have a frugal and fun to drive car in their driveway, they need to look at the 2021 Hyundai Accent. This subcompact sedan is about as basic as new cars can get, but also offer as much value as a car of today can reach you.

The Accent is one of the first sub-compact sedans produced by the Korean carmaker, Hyundai. Known to deliver value at a mouthwatering price, this sedan was first introduced in 1994 to replace the Hyundai Excel. Since its inception, the car has come a long way and achieved a global fan following as its sold under the “Verna” nameplate in South Korea and other Asian countries. It’s economical and straightforward styling manages to hide a car that comes tech-laden and offers sorted driving experience, thanks to a well-calibrated suspension and responsive engine. 

The 2021 Hyundai Accent is all-set to be launched around the fall of the year 2020 and will offer a few minor improvements over the current model. However, it shall continue to get the same 1.6 liters naturally aspirated engine, which is used by the current model as well. It goes up against the likes of Nissan Versa, Mitsubishi Mirage G4, and Toyota Yaris in the subcompact sedan segment. Hence, its time to see how good the 2021 Hyundai Accent will fare against its competition and when to expect it.

What’s New?

  • Minor interior and exterior changes expected

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Hyundai Accent?

The official release date of 2021 Hyundai Accent has not been revealed yet, but the automaker’s hints that it will be available in dealerships near you around the fall of 2020. However, the launch could be delayed due to the ongoing pandemic in the country.

The official price range of the 2021 Hyundai Accent has also not been revealed yet, but shoppers can expect the price to range between $15,595 to $19,800, which is not very different from the current rates.

What to expect under the hood of the 2021 Hyundai Accent?

The 2021 Hyundai Accent will not be getting a new or an updated engine, as it will be a carryover model. Hence, it will continue to be powered by the same 1.6 liters Naturally Aspirated (Gamma GDi), inline four-cylinder engine, which puts out 138 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. The current model is only available with a front-wheel-drive setup, and its engine is paired to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The engine, even though not very powerful, feels supremely refined and offers a relaxed driving experience. The throttle pedal feels responsive, and also the manual transmission is not very cumbersome to operate in the city. The power under its hood is just adequate to take on everyday life, but over on the highways, you might be left wanting for more.

When it comes to acceleration, the Accent does a fair job considering its practicality and utility. The 2020 Hyundai Accent can make the 0-60 MPH sprint in 7.5 seconds, which is pretty impressive for its class. It completes the quarter-mile run in 16 seconds, which is also not bad for a car in its price segment. The 2021 Hyundai Accent is also expected to retain the same figures as there will be no significant changes in the engine department.

Models

2021 Hyundai Accent (expected)

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris

Base MSRP

$15,595

$14,730

$14,995

$17,750

Engine

1.6 liter naturally aspirated, inline 4

1.6 liter naturally aspirated, inline 4

1.2 liter naturally aspirated, inline 3

1.5 liter naturally aspirated, inline 4

Transmission

CVT w/OD

CVT w/OD

CVT w/OD

6-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

138 @ 6300

122 @ 6200

78 HP at 4,000 RPM

106 HP at 6,000 RPM

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

113 @ 4500

114 lb-ft at 4000 RPM

74 lb-ft at 4,000 RPM

103 lb-ft at 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.5

9.7

12.7

9.6

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.0

17.4

19.5

17.4

2020 Data used for reference

The Hyundai Accent has the most powerful engine compared to all its rivals and sits at the top position in this comparison. On the other hand, the Toyota Yaris also offers conventional powertrain but falls short when compared to the Accent and the Versa. Mitsubishi Mirage G4 has the least powerful engine in this segment and underperforms by a considerable margin when compared to its rivals. The Accent has the best acceleration figures, too, followed by Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa.

How does the 2021 Hyundai Accent Handle?

The 2021 Hyundai Accent will get the same ride and handling setup as the current model. However, the current model is no corner carver but does absorb most road imperfections with ease, though the short wheelbase can make the small speed bumps seem big. The sedan focuses more on ride quality than deft handling. Still, the Accent feels lively, its tiny body is easily tossed into corners, and it even gets rewarding when pushed. Rough roads are smoothed out easily by the suspension, but the vibrations do creep into the cabin while dealing with sharper bumps.

It offers electric steering just like its outgoing model, and it does not quite feel connected to the road and feels a bit vague at lower speeds. The steering gives better feedback at higher speeds. It remains light within city conditions but does not provide the best maneuverability in its segment. The body roll is well contained due to its smaller dimensions, but it is not non-existent. Overall, the Hyundai Accent is a sedan aimed towards comfort and city driving rather than providing an engaging drive.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Hyundai Accent deliver?

Small cars are expected to deliver good fuel-economy numbers, and the Hyundai Accent does just that. The 2021 model will be offered with the same engine and drivetrain as its predecessor. So it's safe to expect a fuel economy figures of 33 MPG in the city, 41 MPG on the highway and 36 MPG combined in the 2021 Hyundai Accent as well. It will offer a gas tank capacity of 11.9 gallons and will be an ideal fit for long road trips. Even though there will be no changes made to the powertrain, most customers will find nothing to complain about the car’s fuel efficiency.

Model

2021 Hyundai Accent (expected)

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris

MPG (city)

33

32

35

32

MPG (highway)

41

38

41

40

MPG (combined)

36

30

35

34

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

11.9

10.8

9.2

11.6

Range (city/highway) (miles)

393/488/428

292/378/324

304/368/322

348/452/394

2020 Data used for reference

No surprise, the Hyundai Accent is the most frugal car you can get in the sub-compact sedan segment, especially when compared to its current rivals. It is also one of the most light-on-pocket vehicles you can buy today, which runs entirely on a gasoline engine. Toyota Yaris also has decent MPG figures but falls short when compared to Accent and Mirage G4. The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 provides the same highway efficiency as the Accent but cannot match its frugal engine and gearbox within the city limits.

What to expect from the 2021 Hyundai Accent’s interior?

The interior of the 2021 Hyundai Accent shall remain unchanged as the car had received some noteworthy updates for its 2020 model. The mid-level trim, SLE, comes with new features like cruise control, an electric steering, and a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat. The quality of the materials used inside the cabin is not the best in class, but the interior is practical for its price segment. The base models offer cheap cloth upholstery and hard plastic interior. However, the fit and finish are top-notch, and everything feels built to last inside the cabin.

The Hyundai Accent is a comfortable sedan for four adults and offers a decent amount of storage spaces inside the cabin. However, fitting five would not be the best choice, as the rear passengers can feel a bit cramped. The headroom is impressive for the front and rear row seats, thanks to Accent’s bubble-shaped roofline. The seats are even comfortable for 6-plus-feet passengers, thanks to its height-adjustable places. Overall visibility is not that great as the cars sloping roofline makes it hard to see anything at the rear end. The rear seat space is ample but not the best in its class. Also, the small back door openings require awkward entry and exit for taller adults. Overall, the cabin of the Hyundai Accent is made for practicality rather than luxury, and the same shall be valid for its 2021 model.

Model

2021 Hyundai Accent (expected)

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.9/54.2/42.1

39.5/53.1/44.5

38.9/51.7/41.7

38.2/53.1/41.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.3/53.7/33.5

36.3/53.6/31.0

36.8/51.2/37.3

36.8/50.0/34.4

Cargo Capacity (ft cu)

13.7

14.7

12.6

13.5

2020 Data used for reference

Nissan Versa has the most interior space when compared to its rivals, and it sits at the top position. However, it is the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 that offers the most legroom in its rear seats, and it provides more comfort. Nissan Versa also has the most cargo capacity in this segment, with 14.7 cubes of space. But the Hyundai Accent is not very far behind with its 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is the second largest in this comparison. The Mirage G4, on the other hand, gets the smallest boot due to its extended rear bench.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The 2021 Hyundai Accent will offer a 5.0-inch touchscreen as standard and provides USB auxiliary ports for connecting devices to the interface. The current SEL and Limited trims are supplied with the upgraded and high-tech 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and the same shall continue for the 2021 model. The larger display also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as a second USB port located on the back of the center console. All trims offer Bluetooth phone connectivity, but the 7.0-inch touchscreen also comes with SiriusXM satellite radio. The infotainment screen provides the best in class feature and is quite fluid to use. It also offers Hyundai’s bluelink feature, which enables you to contact SOS services in case of emergency and also operate many functions with a voice command.

On the safety front, the 2021 model shall come standard with features like the Vehicle Stability Management System, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System, 4-wheel, 4-channel Anti-Lock Braking System, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Hyundai Accent?

Accent recently adopted the Fluidic body design, and it still pertains to the 2020 model. Hence, even the 2021 model is expected to offer the same shape and design with minimal changes. The current model boasts a curved trapezoidal grille with horizontal slats, LED headlights on the top trim, handsome 16-inch alloy wheels, the top trims also get Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). It also gets many chrome elements but all at the right places.

From the sides, the sedan looks quite proportionate with the side character line rising towards the rear of the car. The taillamps look quite eye-catchy and get LEDs instead of regular bulbs. At the front, the sloping bonnet gets raised edges from both ends, which give the car an aggressive yet elegant look. Overall, the car doesn't look over-styled like some of its competitors and offers a clean and understated look with sharp but supple edges. The 2021 Hyundai Accent will be featured in a variety of new colors, including Clearwater Blue, Ironman Silver, Electrolyte Green, and Mocha Bronze.

Model

2021 Hyundai Accent (expected)

2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2020 Toyota Yaris

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2502

2599

2117

2385

Length (in.)

172.6

177.0

169.5

171.2

Width (in.)

68.1

68.5

65.7

66.7

Height (in.)

57.1

57.3

59.2

58.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.5

6.8

6.3

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

101.6

103.1

100.4

101.2

2020 Data used for reference

In terms of physical dimensions, the Nissan Versa offers the maximum length in this segment, and it also has the most weight. Hyundai Accent, with its well-contained overhangs, looks quite compact. On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is the smallest sedan and hence offers the least road presence in this comparison.

Will the 2021 Hyundai Accent be worth it?

The Hyundai Accent offers a sporty look and efficient yet an enjoyable drive, thanks to its responsive engine, transmission, and suspension. However, where it lacks is in terms of providing an upmarket feel inside its cabin and predictable handling. It feels built to a cost with its plasticky interiors and dashboard layout. What is offered is an extensive features list with many practical and ingenious additions to make your everyday drive a breeze. Overall, the Accent offers a lot for its price and gives a very tough competition to its rivals in its class. Hence, if you are looking for an affordable and frugal compact sedan, then it shall be worth waiting for the 2021 Hyundai Accent.

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