2018 Hyundai Accent First Look

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited's first measured drive.

    2018 Hyundai Accent Limited at LAX Shell

    Century and Aviation Blvd.: A staple for many of my review vehicles first top off.​

    And a bit of a change to a std. top off. I have described many times how much fuel it takes to top off a vehicle even though it is pretty much full already. Look at the fuel gauge before the fill and after. You can see in this case that the Accent's Fuel gauge is full but not quite pegged when I pulled in.


    It took 2.983 gallons to top it off and range increased by 53 miles. The all-new Accent has a 11.9-gallon tank spec. I suspect it holds closer to 14 to 14.5 gallons. With the efficiency it put up - see below, an 840-mile range from 14 gallons at 60 mpg would not be out of the question.

    The top off, displays, and Garmin reset.​

    An unusual traffic day with only a mile of heavy light ot light traffic before getting on the 405 and onto the 5 with only about 5-minutes of slowdowns on those infamous traffic hell holes. The exit ramp at Palomar Road and into the Carlsbad Shell adds another three to four minutes.

    2018 Hyundai Accent Limited at Carlsbad, CA Shell

    63.6 mpg over 92.9 mi indicated. 93.3 mi actual on 1.472 gal = 63.4 mpg and 54.3 mph avg. speed.​

    While the 28/38 mpg rated 2018 Accent did not reach the same level as the record setting 32/40 mpg rated 17/18 Elantra ECO or second most efficient non-hybrid/non-diesel 32/42 mpg city/highway rated 17/18 Civic 1.5T sedan, it proved itself mightily. Especially since this is the Limited trim with the heavier 17" alloys and the not so low RCC Conti Pro Contacts. I cannot wait to get into an SE or SEL to find out what it can truly be driven too.

    I hope to knock out the Steady States tomorrow night to see if it comes close to matching the all-new 2018 Rio S' Speed vs FE results. The 2018 Rio being the same platform but with the fuel saving 15" wheels and tires as it was the base trim.

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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    As I am getting ready to head out to knock out the Steady States, here is a shot that we have all had to deal with at one point or another. Remember the shot of my oldest using the Corolla to haul about a third of a cord of wood last month? Who needs a truck? I have a collapsible 8' ladder and since this is decoration season, it fit in the Accents rear seat area. It would not fit in the trunk without lowering the 60/40 split rear seats however.

    2018 Hyundai Accent


    On the way home. a few minutes along the Pacific Ocean was a nice respite. I might pull the Sony out and reshoot this tomorrow.

    2018 Hyundai Accent


    This is a sharp looking B-Segment!

    2018 Hyundai Accent Pricing and Trim breakdown

    SE w/ the 6-speed Manual ($14,995 + $885 D&H)

    1.6L DOHC I-4 GDI w/ Dual CVVT and the aformentioned 6-speed MT
    15" steel wheels w/ covers
    Cloth door inserts
    Body color door handles
    Power door locks w/ remote keyless entry
    Power windows & bodycolor mirrors
    Cabin air filter
    Tilt wheel
    Front & rear door map pockets
    Hood insulator
    60/40 split flat folding seat
    Sliding sunvisors w/ dual vanity mirrors
    AM/FM Radio w/ 4 speakers
    Map, dome, and cargo lights
    Smartphone/USB auxiliary input jacks
    6-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment
    Front 2-speed intermittent wiper
    5" color touchscreen w/ emvbedded rearview camera and dynamic guidelines
    Tinted glass
    Steering wheel controls
    Rear defroster with timer
    Sunglasses holder
    One touch triple turn signal
    Trip Computer w/ ambient temperature
    Front, side and side curtain airbags
    Torque Vectoring Control, ABS, ESC, BA, and EBFD
    Temporary spare

    SE w/ the 6-speed AT ($15,995 + $885 D&H)

    Hillstart Assist Control

    SEL ($17,295 + $885 D&H)

    15" alloys
    4-wheel discs
    Display Audio w/ 7" touchscreen plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    AM/FM/XM Radio and 6 speakers
    Auto headlamp control
    Heated bodycolor mirrors
    Tilt & telescopic wheel
    Front passenger seatback pocket
    Dual charging USB
    Center console storage box with sliding armrest
    Driver auto up window
    Driver’s blind spot mirror w/ the 6-speed AT

    Limited ($18,895 + $885 D&H)

    Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA)
    Power sunroof
    Projection headlamps w/ LED daytime running lights
    LED Taillights
    17" alloys
    Chrome grille
    Chrome beltline molding & outside door handles
    Fog Lamps
    Side mirrors with turn indicators
    Blue Link Connected Services 3-years Standard
    Heated front seats
    Proximity key w/ push button start
    Hands-free smart trunk
    Auto climate w/ auto defogging
    3.5" TFT monochromatic cluster display
    Leather wrapped wheel & shift knob

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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I completed the 18 Accent Steady States about 45-minutes ago. It is 04:40 am here and I do not have the graph charted yet. When I wake up I will complete it. Temps ranged from 45 to 48 degrees F and winds were out of the east at 2 to 3 mph. At 70 mph, the Limited with the 17s just barely beat its 38 mpg highway rating. I am not sure if it deserves a bump up to 39 mpg yet as I need to look at the graph first.

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  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    To my eyes , there is NO B-class SEDAN that looks right. Every one of them is awkward. Or has the utility of the hatch. I LIKED the previous generation Accent hatch ,
    but I guess Americans "don't want hatchbacks". Of course , I didn't like it enough to actually BUY one , lol.
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  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Exactly my thoughts, Edwin. I think it's the fact that the cabin still has to fit humans inside, making it oversized compared to the shrunk-down and shortened trunk.

    And they dropped the hatchback. As far as I'm concerned, this car no longer exists. I'm done with sedans. I don't want a sedan with its tiny trunk and even tinier trunk opening. And the compromised rear headroom. Give me the biggest "little" car you can fit in the space available.
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  6. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    No hatchbacks unless they're "crossovers". The most pathetic example of this is Chevrolet Spark - in essence a dishwasher on radials - features an "Activ" trim level. Roofracks, blacked out rockers and other tweaks to make it look like Honey I Shrunk The Blazer. But it still looks like a five year old dressing up in the parent's clothing. Credit to Hyundai for not raising the Accent an inch, adding on the tupperware lower bodyside covering, and calling it the Santa Mierda Sport.
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  7. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    But you did buy one ... just not the stubby chopped-off kind!
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  8. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    And I still like the stubby chopped-off kind. But I also like being able to throw the Trek in the back without any disassembly.
    Wait....... doesn't that sound like an excuse someone might us for buying a Suburban ? "Ya never know when you might have to transport a Prius c INSIDE your everyday commuter".
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  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2018 Hyundai Accent Limited Speed vs FE

    Final calibration fill results: 63.6 mpg over 92.9 miles indicated and 93.3 mi on 1.472 gal = 63.4 mpg at 54.3 mph actual. Yeah!!!

    What the calibration drive indicates is the aFCD is has a slightly negative offset (0.997) and so close as to be negligible. Like the all-new 2018 Kia Rio tested a few weeks ago, the aFCD = actual on the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent.

    Just minutes prior to the 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited Speed vs FE drive this morning.


    2018 Hyundai Accent Limited Speed vs FE


    And the Speed vs FE detail? Temps from 45 to 48 degrees with a wind out of the E at about 3 mph for the NB and SB flying aFCD reset runs.

    The Speedometer read 1 mph over actual at all speeds between 50 and 70 mph per the Garmin’s readout.

    RPM at 60 mph = 2,010 RPM vs. a calculated 1,970 RPM.

    The EPA highway of 38 mpg speed crossover occurred at 70.1 mph. With my own self-imposed 67.5 mph EPA highway cross over +/- 2.5 mph, the 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited trim with the 17” tires and wheels falls within its 38 mpg EPA highway rating with a slight bias towards 39 mpg. Nothing ground breaking here.

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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    28 years later , Hyundai matches the fuel economy of my 1.6l Civic Si (44MPG@2800RPM@60MPH). I know this isn't their best technology , but.....

    Nothing ground-breaking. No hatchback , either.
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  11. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Heavier, more spacious, cleaner burning,... nothing is free. :)
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  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A few final thoughts about the 2018 Hyundai Accent Limited as I just swapped into/picked up a 2017 Kia Optima PHEV-29 an hour or so ago.

    Of all the B-Segment offerings I have driven over the years, the all-new fifth gen 2018 Accent is the first I would call a consideration for me! There are numerous items I love about this segment including affordable upfront pricing, always great efficiency, std. FCW on the Limited trim, and low enough power so that your children are not sent to the morgue for screwing around on a Friday or Saturday night. They have all fallen short for comfortable taller driver sizing however. I am 6' tall with a 34" inseam and never ever fit properly in one. While the Accent's rear seat legroom for passengers is too tight for me to write the check - meaning a move up to the C-Segment, the 18 Accent provides more driver comfort than any of its rivals from Nissan Toyota, Honda, and Ford. Mainly due to long seat tracks, long telescopic wheel, not to aggressive forward angled headrests, and slight seat bolstering.

    In addition, large map lights that are easy to use and project a wide beam, a simple damped sunglass holder, and sun visors that extend and cover the entire side glass. To think I was in a $35k 18 Camry XSE last week whose internal rectangular sunvisor extension left gaps and there was no sunglass holder at all leaves me shaking my head, but I digress.

    2018 Hyundai Accent Limited


    Moving to the exterior, the proportions are better than its rivals. Meaning it does not look like the front wheels are going to come off the ground because of an unbalanced looking large rear overhang or too short of one from the B-Segment hatches. The Accent Limited trims large wraparound head and tail lamps, chrome beltline, chrome handles, and integrated signals in the mirrors are multiple classes above most of the segments best. It looks modern, attractive, and something most would not be ashamed to drive.

    And the chassis? With the higher HSS addition which in turn significantly increased torsional rigidity, the vastly better rear shock geometry, the stiffened and lower friction yet still compliant suspension and steering pieces, it actual rides and handles competent enough for the 98 percent of us that never push our vehicles.

    The all-new fifth gen 2018 Accent is a great first car for a teen heading off to college or retired couple that rarely carry rear seat passengers. In fact, I will go so far as to say it is the best car for the $'s today. The 13.7 cu. ft. trunk can hold quite a few books and supplies for your college tween or young twenty something and that is but one aspect of why I am calling the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent the "Best Value" offering in the segment. In fact, it is the only one "I" would have no qualms taking on a road trip across the county, the state, or even the country. What sub-compact B-segment anything have you driven that you would say the same?

    I also cannot wait to drive the 2018 Hyundai Accent SE and SEL. :)

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  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A few major engine and transmission modifications brings the Accent to the top of its respective class in terms of efficiency. The safety and infotainment upgrades are not half bad either! ;)

    2020 Hyundai Accent


    The 2020 Hyundai Accent will arrive with an all-new 120 hp and 113 lb.-ft of torque Smartstream G1.6 Dual Port Injection (DPI) engine and the brand new Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). A 6-speed MT (+ 2 mpgUS combined) will be offered as a low cost option on the SE trim. These changes increase Accent’s EPA estimated fuel economy to 33/41 mpg city/highway, up from the current Accent's 28/38 mpgUS city/highway rating. Pricing of 2020 Accent SE starts at $15,195 and is scheduled to arrive in dealer showrooms this summer.

    2020 Hyundai Accent Smartstream G1.6 DPI Details
    • Dual Port Injection
    • Injection timing: Fuel injection at the intake stroke decreases wall wetting for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions
    • Amount of fuel injection is controlled by driving conditions
    • High compression is reduced at initial engine start
    A Thermal Management Module replaces the traditional thermostat increasing cooling efficiency through temperature control of each port.

    The Smartstream Mid-phase Continuously Variable Valve Timing provides full atkinsonization with massively reduced pumping losses. A narrow water jacket core improves thermal/cooling efficiency.

    2020 Hyundai Accent Pricing

    SE w/ 6-Speed Manual - $15,195
    SE w/ IVT - $16,295
    SEL w/ IVT - $17,550
    Limited w/ IVT - $19,300

    Add $930 for D&H.

    2020 Hyundai Accent Safety

    Standard Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
    Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) (Limited trim only)
    Vehicle Stability Management
    Electronic Brake-force Distribution

    2020 Hyundai Accent Interior


    2020 Hyundai Accent Interior Features

    Standard 5-inch color touch screen on SE trims
    Available 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay on SEL and Limited trims.
    Available Blue Link Connected Services 3-years with Standard complimentary service including Remote Start (Limited Trim)
    Available Segment 1st Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release (Limited Trim)
    Available Heated front seats (Limited Trim)
    Available Proximity Push Button start and Automatic Temperature Control (Limited Trim)


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