Hyundai Accent vs. Competitors for Sale in Springfield, MA

Overview

The 2020 Hyundai Accent may be small, but it’s also safe, practical, and a pleasure to drive. It returned for this model year with improved fuel economy and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) to replace its less-efficient automatic transmission. Overall, it proves to be an exceptional value – especially now that Hyundai includes 3 years/36,000 miles of free scheduled maintenance with all new vehicles. But it still runs up against some tough competition in the subcompact sedan class. Some of its most noteworthy rivals are the Chevrolet Sonic Sedan, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris Sedan, and Kia Rio Sedan. We’ll compare the 2020 versions of these cars in detail below.

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The 2020 Hyundai Accent is the least expensive car out of all the ones listed here. It has a starting MSRP of $14,295, while the Versa starts at $14,730, the Yaris starts at $15,650, the Rio starts at $15,850, and the Sonic starts at $17,595. The low sticker price alone makes the 2020 Hyundai Accent a great buy, and its warranties add even more value. Only Kia comes close to matching Hyundai’s coverage terms, as both manufacturers provide a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. However, Hyundai gives its buyers a 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty, beating Kia’s 5-year/100,000-mile coverage, plus 5 years/unlimited miles of 24/7 roadside assistance, which is better than all of these listed competitors’ roadside assistance plans. As mentioned, every new Hyundai gets 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance (oil and filter changes and tire rotations), which none of these rivals can match.


Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy

All 2020 Hyundai Accent models have under their hood a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). This powertrain puts out 120 horsepower, which is more horsepower than the Versa (114 hp) and Yaris (106) and the same output as the Rio. The 2020 Accent is also more fuel efficient than most of its competitors, achieving up to an EPA-estimated 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway (for a combined 36 mpg). The Rio gets the same fuel economy, but the Yaris and Versa both fall slightly short with a combined mpg rating of 35, while the Sonic trails further with a combined 34 mpg.

Safety

Once again, the Korean automotive manufacturers have a slight edge over these competitors. Both the 2020 Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio received a 2019 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for their outstanding crashworthiness and overall collision protection. The other competitors did not achieve this accolade. The 2020 Hyundai Accent also features some high-tech driver-assist features (on its higher trim levels) that you won’t find on some competitors. For instance, the Limited trim comes standard with a forward collision avoidance assist system, but this feature is still only optional on even the highest trim s for the Sonic and Rio. The safety-factor edge clearly goes to the 2020 Hyundai Accent, further proving its unbeatable value.

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