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The 2022 Hyundai Accent is one of many subcompact sedan offerings that can fit the slimmest of budgets. Although it was discontinued last year, some new examples still float around on dealer lots. Before individuals flock to one of the cheapest new cars on sale, be aware of some issues found to fault the Accent.

Edmunds declares that it enjoys the Hyundai’s ride comfort, spacious interior, and “rattle-free build quality.” Moreover, it offers excellent fuel economy and the best warranty in the business. However, there are four minor but important areas that detract from the likable Hyundai Accent.

Reason #1: Lacks onboard navigation 

Hyundai Accent
2022 Hyundai Accent interior | Hyundai

The base trim SE Hyundai Accent is stocked with an intuitive five-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The SEL and range-topping Limited gain seven-inch units, but all lack navigation systems. Hyundai takes the Accent’s segment-characteristic minimalism “to an extreme,” Edmunds says.

Luckily, even base Accents have Bluetooth capability, so connecting smartphones is a breeze. But phone-based navigation may cost potential owners with an under-noted quality control issue.

Reason #2: USB port struggles to charge devices

While linking one’s smartphone to the Accent over Bluetooth is easy, plugging it in to charge isn’t. A USB port is a welcome feature in an economy car. But the Accent’s outlet doesn’t work as well as one would hope in a tech-heavy world.  

Reviewers from Edmunds claimed the USB port “doesn’t provide enough current to charge” smartphones. They say it’s especially true “while they’re tasked with playing music or navigating,” which is a must in the navigation-less Accent.  

Reason #3: Uncomfortable seats

Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Accent on the road | Hyundai

Economy cars aren’t known for their cabin accommodations or creature comforts. But agonizing, “shapeless” seats are unacceptable in 2023.

The Hyundai Accent’s “cloth front seats are pretty flat, with almost no bolstering and support,” Edmunds reviewers complain. “They also absorb heat, making long trips on hot days a challenge.”

Reason #4: Driver assistance aids are only available on top trim level

The base SE trim Hyundai Accent comes with an all-important rearview camera. See, the interior is scant but modern. However, that’s all the driver assistance tech potential buyers will get. Neither the SE nor mid-level SEL features any further safety aids.

The Hyundai Accent Limited offers automatic emergency braking and forward collision avoidance. Regardless, the safety features found in competitors may provide more driving confidence.

Is the 2022 Hyundai Accent worth it?

Although the Hyundai Accent is less well-stocked than others in the segment, J.D. Power gives the four-door economy car a high quality and reliability score. Prices begin at $17,740 for the SE and $20,695 for the Limited. Edmunds suggests customers are paying a few hundred dollars less, though. Therefore, the Accent stands to provide great value. Hyundai also offers an industry-leading 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain guarantee—still valid on the brand-new Hyundai Accents remaining on dealer lots.

Edmunds may point out a few annoyances in the Hyundai Accent that would lead potential buyers elsewhere. Nevertheless, they rate the sedan above its subcompact competitors: the mechanically identical Kia Rio and the upscale Nissan Versa.


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