US: Hyundai introduces updated 2016 Accent image

While not a regular among the top of the sales charts in the United States, Hyundai places value on its Accent subcompact car, which has just been updated for the 2016 model year.

Already hitting dealerships in the refreshed form, the Accent is a great way to have an affordable yet sporty compact car. The changes for the 2016 model year could be called minor and include an updated trim-level naming scheme and certain package updates. The MSRP starting price for the 2016 Accent is of $14,745. There are two separate models in the Accent lineup – the sedan and hatchback. To be more consistent, starting with the 2016 model year the GLS and GS models have been renamed to Accent SE Sedan and SE Hatchback, respectively. The hatchback version also has a Sport trim, which adds some visual flair thanks to added visuals and enhanced driving dynamics. The Accent has been the second time winner of the JD Power 2015 US Initial Quality Study in the small-car segment.

Under the hood the Accent has the all aluminum 1.6­liter Gamma four­cylinder engine that delivers 137 horsepower and 123 lb­ft of torque and up to 27 mpg city and up to 38 mpg highway EPA­estimated fuel economy, being mated to a six speed manual transmission. The engine can also be had with a six-speed automatic gearbox equipped with the company’s Shiftronic system. Safety systems include an ESP system and handling is enhanced by the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) that integrates the ESP, traction control and the power steering to enhance reactions.