Ahh…The Hyundai Accent. I can’t think of another car in the world that happens to find itself more at the butt end of jokes than the Hyundai Accent. Except maybe the Toyota Prius.
Through its lifetime of plainness and not getting any more compliments past “eh…It’s efficient”, the Hyundai Accent has been a go to for parents and kids getting their first car.
Hyundai as a brand has taken a huge amount of steps to grow away from the more out-there styling of the previous generation of cars Hyundai made. In this effort, we are born with the 2017 Hyundai Accent.
The 2017 Hyundai Accent is a much plainer looking car than the previous generation of the Hyundai Accent, but it also gets a host of new upgrades.
In an effort to make the whole line up look much more mature, the new 2017 Hyundai Accent sheds its buggish character for a new and improved face that looks, to me, 100 times better.
The new design doesn’t grab anyone’s attention on the road like the quirky old car did, but it is a more professional looking small sedan that knows where it stands. Especially for a car that starts around 17,000 dollars.
The Specs-2017 Hyundai Accent:
|Vehicle Type:||Compact Sedan|
|Power Plant:||1.6 L 4-cyl|
|Gearbox:||6 speed auto/6 speed manual|
|MPG:||Up to 36 Highway/26 City (Eco)|
|Top Speed:||Not Available|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||9 seconds|
|Base Price:||$17,000 (est).|
The Exterior-2017 Hyundai Accent:
The exterior of the 2017 Hyundai Accent is a much more reclusive design than the old car. Which like I said before, the old car looks like some sort of odd bug looking thing.
While some will point to how the old car would get more…attention driving down the road compared to this redesign, the new car just fits what car it is better.
The new 2017 Hyundai Accent is a compact car, and its more neutral face matches the car well.
Hyundai added a big grille on the front, and slashing side intakes to make the front look wider and more dynamic. It is still a cute little car, but it doesn’t look as novelty as the old, previous car did.
The front end is pretty stout, and the height of the roof line kind of exaggerates that effect.
The contemporary look of the 2017 Hyundai Accent continues in the back, where the new tail light design resides.
Hyundai uses a smaller shape for the tail lights now, and it looks great even on this little car. Rather than the swoopiness and curves of the previous generation, the new 2017 Hyundai Accent has a much more symmetrical and straight forward design to the rear.
Overall the design of the outside of the 2017 Hyundai Accent is a much better looking affair than the last car in my books. The old car might have been all fun looking and all, but it was a bit childish. This new design is more mature and less bubbly, but I think that it looks pretty good. Hyundai as a brand is switching to a more contemporary look, and it is endlessly apparent here in the 2017 Hyundai Accent.
The Interior-2017 Hyundai Accent:
The interior of the 2017 Hyundai Accent continues the trend of moving toward a contemporary Hyundai.
If you recall, the interior of the old Hyundai Accent had all sorts of pinched shapes in it. Again, the old interior was a very novelty looking place.
There were plenty of buttons and dials littered everywhere. So to bring things up to speed and up to date with competitors, Hyundai re-thought the interior for the 2017 Hyundai Accent.
Gone are the days of a populated, cluttered dashboard. In its place, you can get one of the cheapest looking interiors I’ve ever seen, or a slight better set up for some more money.
Base trim level Hyundai Accents get a similar lay out to the previous car, in the light of little buttons and knobs. Obviously this car costs around 16 grand, so you can’t expect the world. But, look at the 2017 Ford Fiesta. Now that is a cheap car with a great interior.
On higher trim levels, you get some more love from Hyundai.
A new navigation screen and air conditioning controls are in the center of the dashboard now, and it looks much more like the Accents larger sibling, the Sonata.
The interior of the 2017 Hyundai Accent is a much more clean place than on the previous car. While on lower trim levels you can still see the old car poking through the new paneling, the upper trims give light to Hyundai’s new ventures of being more upscale in a way.
The Performance-2017 Hyundai Accent:
You won’t be winning races in the 2017 Hyundai Accent, but that’s okay. Because if you get one of these you don’t really care about racing.
The 2017 Hyundai Accent comes with a 1.6 L four cylinder engine packed under the hood connected to a six speed automatic or six speed manual transmission.
Fuel economy will get you nearly 37 miles per gallon out of the manual equipped 2017 Hyundai Accent on the highway.
As a common issue with these little cars, there is little excitement in the drive itself. Steering is numb, suspension is lofty and the overall feel is pretty dead. But you get what you pay for.
Sum It Up:
The 2017 Hyundai Accent is a good revolution for the little compact car. While the only real changes are mainly cosmetic, the new car is much more stylish and up to date than the last one.
These little cars are getting much more serious and competitive, and I appreciate the great efforts from Hyundai as they evolve.
Expect a release date for the 2017 Hyundai Accent to be known in the coming months.