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2015 Hyundai Accent: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions January 2017

The 2015 Hyundai Accent is the brand's no-nonsense, entry-level small car. It adopts the striking Fluidic Sculpture styling seen in its larger siblings, the compact Elantra and the midsize Sonata. The subcompact Accent continues to be available as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback. The hatchback offers 21.2 cu ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats and 47.5 cu ft. with the rear seats folded down, a figure that rivals some compact crossovers.

New for the 2015 Accent is a refreshed appearance, including a revised grille, headlamps and tail lamps. The previous top-of-the-line 5-door hatchback SE model is renamed the Sport. All models are equipped with a 137-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers class-leading fuel economy. The available 6-speed automatic transmission offers SHIFTRONIC manual control. An Active ECO feature, when activated by the driver, modifies throttle response and automatic shifting to optimize fuel economy. Standard safety features include a tire-pressure monitoring system, electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags and front and rear overhead airbags.

The 2015 Accent is a good used-car value, delivering practicality, fuel efficiency and styling flair.

What We Like

Excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty; Fluidic Sculpture styling reminiscent of the Sonata; good fuel economy; hatchback's roomy cargo capacity

What We Don't

Unpadded door armrests; tight back seat; no power driver's seat; no navigation system

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2015 Hyundai Accent comes standard with a direct-injected 1.6-liter double-overhead-camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. It generates a healthy 137 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel, making the Accent more powerful than the subcompact norm. It's available teamed with either a 6-speed manual transmission that achieves 27 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway or a 6-speed automatic transmission rated at 27 mpg city/36 mpg hwy. All Accents are equipped with front-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2015 Hyundai Accent hatchback is available in GS and Sport trims, and the Accent sedan comes exclusively in a GLS trim.

The Accent GLS sedan continues as the lowest-priced model in Hyundai's lineup but offers a long list of standard features, including air conditioning, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with SiriusXM radio, an iPod/USB port, remote keyless entry, heated side mirrors, skinny 175/70 tires on 14-inch steel wheels, cloth seats, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, a split-folding rear seat, a driver's-seat armrest, an adjustable-height driver's seat, sliding sun visors, a driver-side blind spot mirror, one-touch triple-flash turn signals, and power door locks, mirrors and windows. Bluetooth with voice recognition, cruise control, 195/60 tires on 16-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear disc brakes, piano-black interior trim and steering-wheel audio controls are optional on the GLS sedan.

The Accent GS hatchback offers the same standard equipment as the GLS sedan but adds a rear wiper/washer and a cargo cover.

The Sport hatchback is at the top of the Accent lineup, gaining sport-tuned steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, automatic LED-accented projector-beam headlamps, an auto-up power driver's window, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 16-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped shifter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with remote audio controls, piano-black interior trim, a front center armrest, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with voice recognition, and turn-signal repeaters in the side mirrors. The Sport can also be optioned with a power sunroof.


The 2015 Accent was one of the best-selling subcompacts of its model year, so there should be a reasonable supply of used examples available for purchase at moderate prices. The Accent is one of the most fuel-efficient small cars in its class, and the Hyundai reputation has improved greatly in recent years thanks to good J.D. Power scores and extended warranties.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recall for the 2015 Accent:

In cold temperatures, the occupant detection system may not detect a child safety seat in the front passenger seat and fail to deactivate the airbag. In a crash, airbag deployment may increase the risk of injury to a child in a safety seat.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2015 Accent a 4-star overall rating, with four stars across the board for frontal impacts, side impacts and rollover performance.

The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2015 Accent GLS sedan as Poor for small-overlap front impacts, Acceptable for side impacts and Good for roof strength, head restraints and moderate-overlap front impacts. It did not rate the 2015 Accent GS or Sport hatchback models.

Hyundai sold the 2015 Accent with a fully transferable 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty (for original owners only), a 7-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years/unlimited miles of roadside assistance.

Hyundai certified pre-owned vehicles can't be more than 4 years old or have more than 60,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Accent undergoes a 150-point inspection. Each receives the balance of Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance is extended to 10 years/unlimited miles from the vehicle's original date of sale. Also included are 3 months of SiriusXM radio and a vehicle-history report.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Fiesta -- Also available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, the Fiesta delivers mini Aston Martin front styling, sporty handling, good fuel economy, and the latest in infotainment and safety systems. Engine choices include a 120-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, a 123-hp 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbo economy model and a 197-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo ST performance variant. Rear-seat room remains cramped, however, and the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is jerky.

2015 Toyota Yaris -- This subcompact receives a sportier front-end appearance for 2015 and, like the Fiesta, is available as a 3- or 5-door hatchback. Toyota's entry-level car delivers the basics and is powered by a modest 106-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder teamed with a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. The latter combination is rated at 30 mpg city/36 mpg hwy.

Autotrader's Advice

Hyundai's entry-level subcompact Accent is solid, basic transportation. The brand's quality and reliability may have been questionable decades ago, but today its vehicles are highly ranked and have solid reputations. While it's one of the peppier subcompacts, the Accent's biggest attribute is bang for the buck. There are no bad choices here, as all 2015 models come standard with air conditioning, SiriusXM radio, remote keyless entry, and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Find one with available 16-in alloy wheels and cruise control and you'll have a baby Elantra. All hatchbacks come in the GS or Sport trim and are pretty well-equipped. The hatchback Accent is a good choice because folding down the rear seat gives you crossoverlike utility.

Always look for a vehicle that's been well maintained. Selecting a Hyundai-certified pre-owned Accent is a smart choice, because you can assume the remainder of the outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. And check with an authorized dealer to make sure any applicable safety recalls have been performed.

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