2020 Hyundai Accent for Sale in Springfield, MA
Hyundai’s subcompact sedan, the Accent, is back for the 2020 model year with noteworthy powertrain upgrades, including an all-new Smartstream continuously variable transmission (CVT), which contributes to the car’s improved gas mileage. Aside from these nice changes, this slightly refreshed Accent boasts a fairly spacious interior for its size and offers excellent fuel economy (33 mpg city/41 mpg highway), a comfortable ride quality, an industry-leading 5-year/60,000 basic warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a very accessible starting MSRP. It’s a truly great car for drivers on a budget who still want to get from point A to point B with a degree of style and comfort.
What’s the New Powertrain?
The 2020 Accent gets improved fuel economy over last year’s model thanks to its revised powertrain, which is led by a Smartstream engine: a 120 horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder. It’s paired to either a six-speed manual or CVT on the base (SE) trim, with the CVT as the sole option for the other two trims (SEL and Limited). Hyundai’s proprietary Smartstream technology is all about fuel economy, and this new Accent gets about 4 mpg (combined rating) more than the 2019 version thanks to better heat management and improved fuel injection attributes and the addition of an exhaust gas recovery system. While the horsepower dips a bit on paper, it’s hardly noticeable, especially in this type of vehicle. The Smartstream CVT contributes to better fuel efficiency with its lighter weight and better control of engine speed range. It’s also friendlier to the environment, as it produces lower emissions.
Safety and Technology
The Accent has always pleased the thrifty-minded set, but never has this meant that this nice-looking four-door is dull or underequipped. The base SE gets all of the essential equipment and more, such as a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, cloth trim, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, a 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth phone capability, and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and USB input. The SEL adds a few more amenities in the form of alloy wheels, a telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment/audio system, center storage console with sliding armrest and dual USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The most loaded trim is the Limited, which gets a power sunroof along with heated front seats. It also receives active safety technology in the form of forward collision avoidance assist. The Accent has been recognized as a safe vehicle that protects its occupants. While crash-test data has yet to be released for the latest model, this past year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2019 Accent (when equipped with LED headlights and forward collision avoidance assist) a Top Safety Pick award.