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2019 Hyundai Accent Introduction

The 2019 Hyundai Accent carries over into the new model year as the automaker’s value leader.

For the new model year, the Accent sedan gets several new standard features. SE models gain a chrome grille, while the SEL adds fog lights and chrome beltline molding. LED headlights are now standard with Limited trim.

Accents come in three trim levels: SE, SEL, or Limited. Only one engine goes into Accents, with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. (Only the base SE model offers a manual shifter.)

Hyundai’s 1.6-‑liter 4-cylinder engine makes a modest 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Accents are not offered with the turbocharged version that’s optional in sporty Velosters, as well as Elantra and Sonata sedans.

Hyundai’s subcompact sedan performed reasonably well in crash-testing by the IIHS, which named Accent a Top Safety Pick. The NHTSA has not released crash-test results. Hyundai limits the best safety features, including automatic emergency braking, to the top Accent.

Drivers can expect good outward vision, thanks to the Accent’s light and airy roofline. SEL and Limited sedans include a tilt/telescope steering column, allowing nearly any driver to establish a good view of the road ahead and see the controls clearly.

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