The world may be crossover crazy, and Hyundai might be making big waves in crossovers in the next few years, that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped focusing on affordable small car transportation. The new 2018 Hyundai Accent is their latest offering in providing cheap, cheerful transportation for those who don’t need much more out of a car than something to get them where they need to go.
I recently had a chance to take a new one for a quick spin around Hyundai’s engineering research campus in Ann Arbor to see what I thought. While it’s not a full review — that’ll eventually make its way to this site — it was enough time to get a few impressions.
First Impression: It’s well-equipped
I was in a fully-loaded Limited version, which had basically everything you need out of a car. There was single-zone, fully-automatic temperature control. There is a big color touch screen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play support. The front seats are heated. The headlights are automatic. It’s really a nice place to sit for your commute to work or the airport.
Second Impression: It’s quiet
Hyundai brags that they worked on making the car quieter, especially on the highway. Our quick loop didn’t include that highway driving, but it was raining hard that day and it was peaceful inside the cabin. No, it’s not Genesis quiet, but it’s better than the Ford Fiesta I currently drive daily.
Final Impression: It’s a Hyundai
Hyundai cars have a certain feel to them. They’re usually well put together, with buttons that are usually pleasant to the touch and simple-to-use controls. If you’ve driven any Hyundai recently, everything will feel right at home in the Accent. Pricing isn’t officially, but if it ends up being as good of a value as we think it will be, they might have a winner on their hands in the subcompact segment.