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Entry price: $14,995

Price as tested: $20,090

This week, we’re reviewing the 2019 Hyundai Accent four-door sedan, the all-new in sub-compact introduced in 2018. Completely redesigned, this fourth-generation Accent features more standard features and is available only as a sedan in ’19 as the hatchback trim is discontinued.

Most impressive is Accent’s new sedan style exterior, which closely resembles its larger siblings compact Hyundai Sonata and mid-size Elantra. In particular, both the front and rear designs of the new Accent now mimic the other Hyundai sedans in much the same manner other manufacturers do when branding a car family design. 

Our Accent featured its new cascading grille and impressive rear tail light design that will receive more admiring glances from prospective consumers aged 19 to 90. Accent also delivers good fuel economy and the 10-year, 100,000 mile warranty still attracts more interest than competitors that don’t offer a similar warranty.

Powertrain and fuel mileage are significant as all three 2019 Accent sedans arrive powered by a 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder that delivers 119 lb. ft. of torque. 

The EPA numbers are 28 city and 38 highway are both good for the smaller car class although several competitors go 40 MPG on the highway. The engine mates to a Shiftronic six-speed automatic with ECO (economy) mode (standard on SEL and Limited and optional on SE). For those who still like to shift, a six-speed manual transmission is available only on the entry SE model only, and fuel mileage drops just a bit to 28 city and 37 city, the latter one less than the six-speed automatic.

Inside, a new dashboard highlights an upgraded interior where driver and passenger will no doubt be impressed by a feel of more roominess not found in prior Accents. 

Be it the entry SE that starts at $14,995 to mid-level SEL at $17,345 to our test-drive Limited, which starts at $19,080, all Accents are impressive.

Likes: Fourth-generation design, fuel mileage, more standard features, 10-year/100,000 mile warranty.

Dislikes: Only Limited offers higher-tech safety, a few more horsepower would be nice, rear drum brakes on entry SE.

Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Content Now and GateHouse Media. Contact him at greg@gregzyla.com.


Auto Bits

Is your vehicle not getting the mileage you think it should? 

Are you worried that your older vehicle isn’t getting the mileage it was designed to? 

Before you head to the dealer or your trusted local mechanic for help, there are some things you should do. 

We will assume that your vehicle is maintained according to the owner’s manual. 

Also, before we go any further, we suggest you have checked that your tire pressure is properly set and that there are no obvious signs of major problems like a cloud of blue smoke following you around town, or a sound like a can of shaken marbles when your car accelerates.

If your vehicle’s mileage is making you question if something is wrong, the first thing to do is to verify what, exactly, you are presently getting. Do that by filling up your vehicle at a pump on a flat surface, not an incline, and stop filling when the nozzle clicks. 

Don’t overfill. 

Now, reset your trip odometer. Drive the vehicle on your normal routine until it is below half a tank and then refill the same way. 

Record your driven miles from the trip odometer and the fuel you put in and divide miles by gallons. 

Then repeat this a couple of times. 

John Goreham/BestRide.com


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