The Hyundai Accent is a subcompact sedan model produced by the Hyundai Motor Company. Currently the smallest and cheapest car in the Hyundai vehicle catalog, the Accent is priced and sized below the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan.
First debuting in 1994, the Accent was touted as a replacement for the outgoing Hyundai Excel model. However, in some markets, the first generation Accent was still referred to as the Excel. Additionally, the Accent has been sold overseas under various brands and nameplates during its lifetime, including as the Dodge Brisa, the Hyundai Brio, and the Hyundai Solaris. Since its second generation, the Accent has also been exclusively sold as the Verna in its home of South Korea.
The Accent name is an acronym for “Advanced Compact Car of Epoch-making New Technology.”
Currently in its fifth generation, the Hyundai Accent survives as an affordable and reliable small car. Its most notable rivals still on the market in the U.S. include the Kia Rio, the Mitsubishi Mirage, and the Nissan Versa.
- 2021 Hyundai Accent (Starting MSRP $15,395)
- Pros: The Hyundai Accent subcompact sedan features distinct styling for such a small car, maneuverable handling, and a neat and practical cabin.
- Cons: The rear seats on the slight Accent are cramped for most passengers, and its middling engine doesn’t provide speedy acceleration.
- See Also: Veloster and Elantra
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