The 2018 Hyundai Accent is available in three trim levels: the SE, the SEL and the Limited. All Accents have a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that makes 130 horsepower. The engine is mated to a standard 6-speed manual or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.
The SE rides on 15-inch wheels and comes relatively well-equipped with a 6-way manually adjustable seat, power windows, mirrors and locks, a 5-inch touch screen and a 4-speaker CD and MP3 player with Bluetooth connectivity and USB auxiliary ports, one-touch triple-flash turn signals, air conditioning, rearview camera and a center armrest with cup holders.
Mid-level SEL models gain important features such as an upgraded 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with CarPlay/Android Auto and voice recognition, automatic headlights, rear disc brakes, alloy wheels, heated side mirrors and a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes.
The top of the line Accent Limited adds 17-inch wheels, heated front seats, fog lights, projector headlights with LED accents and LED taillights. The Limited also gets automatic temperature control with auto defogging, proximity key with push button start and a sunroof.
All 2018 trims come with standard safety features such as 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, advanced front and side impact airbags, side head and rear head airbags, hill start assist control, traction control, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management and tire pressure monitoring are also standard.
Driver's blind spot mirror is standard for SEL models while buyers wanting a forward-collision warning system with automatic braking will need to opt in the Limited trim level.
Sometimes, a car is about getting from Point A to Point B and little else. Not every driver on the road wants some raw, poetic thing that has you speaking in spondee every time someone asks about it. For many, simply having a new car is an excellent thing and, what do you know, the 2018 Hyundai Accent SE is a simple new car.
Revised for the 2018 model year, the Accent SE is the most affordable Hyundai you can buy in the US today. It's small and it's basic, but it will accommodate five human beings with cargo, it doesn't feel oppressive to drive and there's even a decent smattering of tech in the cabin.
Do you like cars? Great, because the Accent is one. It's handsome enough, with a strong character line on the side and some nice sculpting on the front and rear bumpers. Sure, you get steel wheels with plastic covers, but again, it's a base model -- a $15,000 base model.
The Good The Accent has plenty of space for tall drivers, a thrifty four-cylinder gas engine and decent in-car tech for a base-model economy car.
The Bad It's surprisingly susceptible to crosswinds and bad pavement, and you can't option any driver assistance systems.
The Bottom Line If you're not looking for poetry on wheels, the Accent SE provides solid transportation, good economy and decent features for an affordable price.
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