The 2018 Accent brings sophisticated exterior styling that's rare in the bargain-bin subcompact class. The design borrows many cues from the recently refreshed Sonata, shrunk down to subcompact proportions. The Accent grows a bit for this generation; it's nominally longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase. Inside, this means more room: Hyundai says it has more cargo and passenger room than Toyota's Yaris iA and Ford's Fiesta.
The Accent's upscale bent is reinforced by features inside and out. On the exterior, options include LED daytime running lights and taillights and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside there's a standard 5-inch touchscreen with backup camera (a 7-inch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is optional) and options like heated front seats, hands-free trunk release and pre-collision braking.
The Accent's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine carried over but is down a bit in power. It now makes 130 hp and 119 pounds-feet of torque; that's down from 137 hp and 123 pounds-feet.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a six-speed automatic will be optional.
Fuel economy scoots up a bit for both powertrain options; the 2018 manual gets 28 city, 37 highway and 31 combined, up by one mpg for city driving. The automatic gets 28/38/32, up from 26/36/30.
Pricing will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date this fall; the current sedan starts at $14,745 before destination.