Do you want a compact car that provides a good driving experience, practicality, and is friendly to your budget? You may want to consider the Hyundai Accent, which offers a surprisingly high level of quality at an affordable price. Giving credence to this is J.D. Power. The respected organization recently announced that the Accent achieved the compact car segment top spot for its 2021 Initial Quality Study.
J.D. Power Initial Quality Study: valuable for automotive consumers and manufacturers
J.D. Power is a respected leader for evaluating cars, so both automotive consumers and manufacturers pay close attention to the results of its studies. The Initial Quality Study is especially valuable, for it is an excellent measurement of the issues that vehicle owners and lessees encounter. It is also a good indicator of the level of satisfaction for owners and lessees.
The 2021 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study tabulated responses from over 100,000 respondents. It measures the number of problems that the owners and lessees encountered with their vehicles during the first 90 days. Respondents complete a detailed list of over 200 questions, which are split between nine different categories. This includes climate, infotainment, exterior, interior, controls and displays, features, powertrain, driving assistance, and seats.
In addition to helping inform automotive customers, the Initial Quality Study provides helpful information to automotive manufacturers. By identifying problem areas for cars, the Initial Quality Study shines a light on what needs to be improved.
Improvement for the Hyundai brand in the Initial Quality Study
In addition to the top honors for the Hyundai Accent, the Hyundai brand showed improvement for the Initial Quality Study. In the field of mass-market brands, Hyundai moved up three spots to number six compared to the previous year. Also, the Hyundai Tucson performed well for the Initial Quality Study. It finished second in the compact SUV segment.
Highlights of the 2022 Hyundai Accent
The 2022 Hyundai Accent is a carryover model, so it has all of the features and styling as the model that earned the top spot for the Initial Quality Study. With a starting price of only $15,935 and many premium features, the 2022 Accent offers tremendous value. Notable premium features offered for the Accent include a forward collision-avoidance system, heated front seats, a hands-free trunk release, a rearview monitor, push-button start, and proximity key entry. Stay connected and entertained with smartphone integration, the touchscreen infotainment system, and dual-charging USB ports.
The Accent is very maneuverable, with responsive steering and a turning diameter of only 33.46 feet. While low in output, the engine in the Accent produces enough power for adequate acceleration. Also, the Accent is very efficient, with an estimated fuel economy of up to 41 highway mpg.
The top spot for the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study is not the only honor that the Accent earned in the past year. It also won the 2021 Vincentric Best Value in America Award in the subcompact car category. This was the third time that the Accent earned this award.