2020 Hyundai Accent Gains New Engine, But Loses Power

The Hyundai Accent is entering the 2020 model year with an all-new powertrain that promises to significantly improve fuel efficiency.

Starting under the hood, the 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder has been replaced by a new 1.6-liter Smartstream engine that features dual port injection, a thermal management module and a high energy ignition coil. The engine also has an external exhaust gas recovery system, a narrow water jacket core and continuously variable valve timing.

Thanks to these features and a new Smartstream intelligent variable transmission, which replaces the previous six-speed automatic, the 2020 Accent has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined. That’s a sizable improvement over its predecessor which returned 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good as the 1.6-liter Smartstream engine has an estimated output of 120 hp (89 kW / 122 PS) and 113 lb-ft (153 Nm) of torque. That’s slightly less than the previous engine which was rated at 130 hp (97 kW / 132 PS) and 119 lb-ft (161 Nm) of torque.

Hyundai didn’t mention any other changes, but the Accent will continue to come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. This is notable as the larger Elantra dropped the DIY gearbox for 2020.

Also Read: 2018 Hyundai Accent Τouches Down In The U.S.

Pricing remains unconfirmed, but the 2019 Accent started at $14,995 and it’s likely that 2020 model will cost the same. Equipment should carryover and means the entry-level Accent SE will likely have air conditioning, cruise control and power windows / locks. Other standard features should include remote keyless entry, a four-speaker audio system and an infotainment system with a five-inch display.

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  • Able

    Such an American headline! It’s an econobox that’s going to be run as cheaply as possible – people won’t care that it has 10 less hp but they WILL care it does 4mpg more on a combined cycle.

    • Socarboy

      That’s exactly what appeals to this demographic

    • bd0007

      What matters more is the 2.0T being replaced by a 2.5T and the 3.3T V6 being replaced by a 3.5T = so not only an increase in efficiency, but more power.

  • Dennis Scipio
    • :/ Yurr

      OH GOD NO…welp they hit it with an ugly stick. Just like the Elantra.🤦🏽‍♂️

    • C172fccc

      Hyundai and Kia seems to modify their design for the chinese market. I would be surprised to see this version in the US.

    • OdysseyTag

      Prius vibes from the rear, man this is the type of stuff I only expect from Toyota.

  • Paul

    I hope it doesn’t lose power. They better fix that before it goes on sale because I don’t want to be stuck in traffic because it lost power.

  • ThatGuy

    Decent car, purpose built for a to b commutes. No thrill basic comfort, basically an Uber car.
    Hyundai is growing and cornering many markets.
    VW should have done an econo box uber vehicle.

    • OdysseyTag

      Funny enough they do in the form of the VW Virtus (Polo Sedan) – just not available in the US.
      Used for Ubers where I’m from.

      • ThatGuy

        Yes we the Polo Sedan here too O.T. But they dont use it as an uber as it is smaller than the Accent, Corrola Quest, Nissan Almera. If they used the Jetta 6 1st gen base version they could pull it off.

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