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There’s No Reason to Buy More Than the Base Hyundai Accent

It’s not uncommon for base model vehicles to offer very little in terms of performance, tech, and convenience features. But what if there was a car that over-delivered at its entry-level in a way that would give consumers no reason to bump up trims? There might just be one. And some are suggesting there is no reason to spend the extra money to buy more than a base model 2021 Hyundai Accent.

Meet the super affordable base model Hyundai Accent

The 2021 Hyundai Accent is a compact car that’s big on value. Showing up on MotorTrend’s list of cheapest new cars, the Accent is one of the very few that comes recommended in its base model form. With a starting MSRP of $15,395, according to Hyundai, you can expect more than your typical, stripped-down, entry-level grocery getter. The Accent has tons to offer, even in its barest version. You’ll enjoy a 5-inch touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and a pretty decent four-speaker audio system.

Sure, the 2021 Hyundai Accent SE has hubcaps, which to some may be a turnoff. But overall, this compact sedan delivers precisely where it needs to do so. It’s a comfortable ride, capable of seating five. The base model comes with a fun, manual transmission, which is great for those who commute and love to shift. There are power windows, excellent A/C positioning, and a folding rear seat. It has everything you’d expect from a base model, and MotorTrend isn’t sure you need more.

There is variety if you want to add more to your Hyundai Accent

The 2021 Hyundai Accent does offer more if you want it. Adding the CVT variation will only set you back an extra $1,100 or so, according to U.S. News. Beyond the entry SE, the midlevel SEL comes in around $17,700, and the highest level Limited starts at $19,500. Those trims will help you get away from the hubcaps and manual transmission. And they’ll bring in a few extra tech features and convenience extras.

The only real reason someone might pay for higher trims

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To be honest, the only real reason someone might insist on the SEL or Limited trims is because of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Neither are available in the entry-level SE. Some suggest the upgraded infotainment platform on the SEL is better because of its larger 7-inch touchscreen interface too. A few other extras at the higher trim levels include the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system, auto climate control, a six-speaker audio system, and a few additional USB ports.

Value even at the entry level

When it comes to buying a compact sedan, most consumers put an emphasis on value. And with the 120-hp four-cylinder engine, you’ll get a good 29 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The Hyundai Accent comes in slightly above average in predicted reliability ratings. Don’t forget, too, the 2021 Accent is protected with the substantial Hyundai warranty. Coverage includes a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

When it comes to bang for your compact car buck, the 2021 Hyundai Accent is a strong contender. It’s above average in its base model form and affordable without compromise. According to critics, there may not be much of a reason to upgrade. But even if you choose to do so, you won’t blow your budget in the process.