All-New 2018 Hyundai Accent For North America Debuts In Toronto

The wraps have been taken off the all-new, fifth-generation Hyundai Accent at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

The South Korean automaker says that the new Accent improves upon its predecessors and alongside adopting a thoroughly updated design, includes a multitude of mechanical modifications to distinguish it from the outgoing model.

For 2018, Hyundai has given the Accent a revised 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 132 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the outgoing model, this results in a 4.5 per cent increase in torque from 1,500 rpm while cutting the 40-80 km/h (24-49 mph) time by 0.2 seconds and 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) by 1.3 seconds. In short, it is a tiny, tiny, tiny bit quicker than the current Accent.

Mated to this engine is either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed auto, depending on the customer’s preference. The combination of low-friction piston rings, an upgraded ECU and variable fuel pressure module enable the improved engine to sip 7 per cent less fuel.

Alongside its improved powertrain, the 2018 Hyundai Accent features a strengthened chassis that includes a better front crumple zone, upgraded front side airbags and more resilient front side members. The car also comes with Autonomous Emergency Braking and a rear view camera.

In the cabin, the updated model receives a 7-inch touchscreen display that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while also including voice-controlled search capabilities, dual USB and auxiliary input jacks.

From a styling front, the 2018 Accent is dramatically different to the existing car. Gone is the happy face accentuated by curved fog lights and instead, the model adopts a more muscular front grille with chrome trimmings. The headlights and taillights are also sharper than ever before and help make the affordable sedan much more appealing to the eye.

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    • Jason Miller

      It’s a cheap commuter car, what else do you expect?

      • Eric

        So’s the Mazda 2, and it looks a hell of a lot better than this. And the next Micra is on top of that too.

        • Jason Miller

          Neither of which are available in the USA anymore or at all.

  • Benjamin B.


    • Mike Davis

      Hatchback is going to be for the Canadian Market only.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It’s alright.

  • Fictionals4

    Only a fool would pick this over the Civic.

    • Jason Miller

      It doesn’t compete against the Civic anyway.

  • Justin Spencer

    Another boring redesigned Hyundai! You could basically anticipate the “all-new Accent” just by looking at the Sonata or Elantra. If you’ve ever driven one, it’s not a bad car at all for a reasonable price. The interior looks a lot more upscale than many other sub-compacts in this price class but a few thousand dollars more for a compact still makes more sense in my opinion.

    • Mike Davis

      It’s no longer a sub-compact.

  • DULL.

  • SamuraiJack

    Remember, this is an entry-level car. For someone who just wants cheap reliable transport, this looks amazing. Small cars really have improved dramatically. It has about the same power as my 2008 Civic and seems to have a much higher spec-level.

  • Matthijs

    Looks already dated..

  • ediotsavant

    Hyundai seems to be lost. On one hand they want to enter the luxury market with Genesis. On the other hand, their Hyundai cars share the Genesis designs.

  • Miknik

    Screams rental car from a mile….

  • I wonder who edited those press shots – average MPG 2.1 !!

  • leviathansh

    This car simply can’t compete against the Micra and Fiesta. It looks boring, outdated and those rims are not the right one for this car.

  • PlonPlon

    So boring and uninspired.

  • Craig

    I wonder if we’re going to see the trunk-mounted 6-disc CD player make a come back for all of these new cars without a CD player. [And spare me. I don’t give a damn if YOU don’t play CD’s anymore]

    • smartacus

      OMG you’re right. i just noticed it has no CD player.

  • smartacus

    What happened??????
    Hyundai was on a roll as of late.

    This was anticipated to be in the same league as the Fiesta ST not the Nissan Versa.
    *Actually; Versa and Versa Note just became more coveted.

    • smartacus

      The Honda Fit and Yaris iA (Mazda2) have NOTHING to worry about.