2015 Hyundai Accent Review and Prices
Past and Future Reviews
The 2015 Hyundai Accent is the best subcompact for you if want an economy car that doesn’t treat you like an economy-car buyer.
The 2015 Hyundai Accent probably will receive minor styling changes and features upgrades to keep it fresh for the final year of this design generation. Look for a revised grille and possibly new wheels and an altered the taillamp appearance. Updated interior trim and a slight realignment of standard and optional features might also be part of this “midcycle” freshening. The size and shape of Accent’s four-door sedan and hatchback body styles won’t change. Neither will this car’s generous list of standard features at prices that make it an extraordinary value.
Should you wait for the 2015 Hyundai Accent or buy a 2014 Hyundai Accent? Wait for the 2015 Accent if you’re curious about the possible changes and crave the latest look. Buy a 2014 Accent if you need a good small car now. It won’t be materially different from the 2015, and you’ll duck the almost inevitable model-year price escalation.
2015 Hyundai Accent Changes back to top
Styling: The 2015 Hyundai Accent was last redesigned for model-year 2012, adopting the brand’s wavy “Fluidic Sculpture” styling. That remake finally got Accent noticed in a class that includes the awkward Chevrolet Sonic, lima-bean Ford Fiesta, and the Euro-cut Kia Rio, Accent’s underskin-design cousin from Hyundai’s sister brand.
No changes for model-year 2015 would alter Accent’s fundamentals. Both the sedan and hatchback should remain among the larger cars in the class, with above-average rear-seat room a selling point. Cargo volume’s a plus, too: expect the sedan to retain 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space and the hatchback 21.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 47.5 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded.
Despite the relative size, Hyundai’s weight-conscious engineering should keep Accent among the lighter subcompacts, a benefit to handling and fuel economy.
The sedan body style likely will remain more popular than the hatchback and account for nearly 60 percent of 2015 Accent sales. Hyundai’s had success selling the sedan in a single trim level called GLS, supplemented by a popular Premium Package option (see “2015 Hyundai Accent Features” below). The expected 2015 refresh could introduce a second sedan model grade if the automaker detects a marketing advantage.
Hyundai will continue to pitch the 2015 Accent hatchback upmarket from the sedan. It’s been offered in base GS and sportier SE grades and that ought to continue. Expect the SE to again be distinguished by details like side mirrors with integrated turn signals. The 2015 SE probably would again come standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, which likely will remain optional on the GLS and GS in place of their standard 14-inch steel wheels with plastic wheelcovers.
Mechanical: The 2015 Hyundai Accent almost certainly will carry on mechanically unaltered. That means engineering typical for the subcompact class – front-wheel drive and a torsion-axle rear suspension, for example. Rear disc brakes should again be standard on the SE hatchback and optional on the GLS sedan.
Expect the 2015 Accent to continue with one engine, albeit one that’s one of the more advanced in its competitive set. Accent’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder (shared with the Kia Rio) was an early adopter of direct fuel injection and other advanced technology, and it’s likely to remain more powerful than most of its peers, with at least 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. (Consider torque the force that gets a vehicle moving, horsepower the energy that keeps it moving.)
Similarly, the 2015 Accent should retain a bit of an advantage in transmissions, with all versions available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. By contrast, most subcompact cars use less efficient five-speed transmissions.
In all, the 2015 Accents should remain among the more pleasant subcompacts to drive, with good acceleration and a comparatively refined manner. Hyundai will likely continue to tune the SE’s steering for a more responsive feel than in the GLS and GS models. But steering precision itself is an area in which Hyundai could continue to improve all Accents.
Features: The 2015 Hyundai Accent should continue to aim a “class above” for features. Expect all 2015 Accents to again come with equipment for which rivals charge extra or limit to upper trim levels – or even to cars in the larger compact size category.
For example, every 2015 Accent will again come with heated outside mirrors, a USB iPod connection, and air conditioning as standard on every Accent model. Same for a height-adjustable driver’s seat with fold-down armrest and a 60/40 split/folding rear seatback.
Hyundai had been confining Bluetooth hands-free connectivity to standard equipment on the SE and an option feature on GLS sedans equipped with automatic transmission. We’d hope that by model-year 2015 this safety adjunct would be available on the GS hatchback, as well.
The SE should again be available with a power sunroof – another unusual feature for the class – but the 2015 Accent probably won’t establish further subcompact precedents by offering a navigation system or leather upholstery.
Nonetheless, power door locks, a tilt steering wheel, and dual vanity mirrors should remain standard on every 2013 Accent. As for realigning features, opportunities lie with expanding such items as steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and fog lights from the SE and the GLS/automatic-transmission Premium Package to other models. Similarly, Hyundai ought to make cruise control available on manual-transmission GLS and GS models.
2015 Hyundai Accent Prices back to top
Prices for the 2015 Hyundai Accent were not released in time for this review but we’d expect a 2015 Accent base-price range of roughly $16,000-$19,000. (Estimated base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s mandated destination fee. Hyundai’s fee for the Accent has been running around $800.)
Estimated base price for the 2015 Hyundai Accent GLS four-door sedan is $16,000 with manual transmission and $17,000 with automatic. Expect the Premium Package for the automatic-transmission GLS to again cost about $1,300.
Among the hatchbacks, base price for the 2015 Hyundai Accent GS is an estimated $16,800 with manual transmission and $17,990 with automatic. Expect the 2015 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback to start around $17,990 with manual transmission and around $19,000 with automatic.
Hyundai’s value equation has included one of the stronger warranties in the business. That should continue for model-year 2015 and would cover the 2015 Accent for 5-years/60,000-miles bumper-to-bumper and 10-years/100,000-miles powertrain. Accent buyers also should continue to receive 24-hour roadside assistance at no extra charge for 5-years/unlimited mileage.
2015 Hyundai Accent Fuel Economy back to top
Fuel-economy ratings for the 2015 Hyundai Accent were not released in time for this review but these sedans and hatchback sare almost certain to remain among the more efficient subcompacts.
Expect 2015 Accent EPA ratings of 28/37/32 mpg city/highway/combined with manual transmission and 28/37/31 mpg with automatic transmission.
2015 Hyundai Accent Release Date back to top
Look for the 2015 Hyundai Accent in showrooms by late summer 2014.
What's next for the 2015 Hyundai Accent back to top
Hyundai began selling cars in the U.S. in the early 1980s and through a combination of smart design and canny marketing has shaken off its stigma of ugly styling and cheap engineering. That goes for its fellow South Korean brand, Kia.
Both brands have expanded into the $40,000-plus class but haven’t forgotten about their subcompact roots. So the next-generation 2016 Accent won’t feel like an afterthought. Expect more sophisticated styling inspired by the attractive Hyundai Azera sedan. Look for expanded features, probably leather upholstery and a navigation system, for example. And bet on powertrains tweaked for better fuel economy.
2015 Hyundai Accent Competition back to top
Chevrolet Sonic: This is Chevy’s South Korean-developed subcompact and, like Accent, offers four-door sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Sonic is competitive for performance, build quality, and fuel economy. It’s been the class sales leader, partly on the strength of rental-fleet volume. And it’s part of a tiny-car strategy that gives Chevy dealers the even smaller Spark hatchback as a still lower-priced Accent alternative.
Honda Fit: Scheduled for a model-year 2015 redesign, Fit has developed a bit of a cult following for its remarkable packaging and fun-to-drive nature. It’ll remain a wagonlike hatchback with a class-leading mix of passenger room and cargo versatility. The pure-electric Fit EV also will be available on a limited-distribution basis.
Ford Fiesta: Ford taps it own global product portfolio for this four-door sedan and hatchback. Fiesta undergoes a model-year 2014 refresh but remains a sedan and hatchback with emphasis on European-type road manners at the expense of back-seat and cargo room. The turbocharged Fiesta ST model is a dose of sportiness most rivals can’t match.