The fifth-generation Hyundai Accent arrived in 2018 with an all-new look, but it was behind the eightball a bit in fuel economy. Hyundai looks to rectify this issue with a brand-new, more-efficient powerplant in the 2020 Accent, but it comes at the expense of power.
The 2020 Hyundai Accent will roll in with a new Smartstream G1.6 Dual Port Injection engine and an optional Smartstream continuously variable transmission. This combination will deliver up to 33 mpg city, 41 highway, and 36 combined. These are huge upgrades to the 2019 Accent’s 28 mpg city, 38 highway, and 32 combined ratings. With the standard six-speed manual transmission, the 2020 Hyundai Accent will deliver 29 mpg city, 39 highway, and 33 mpg combined — boosts of 1 mpg city, 2 mpg highway, and 2 mpg combined.
While the bump in fuel economy is great, there is a tradeoff in power. This updated 1.6-liter four-cylinder will produce just 120 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. These are decreases of 10 horsepower and 6 pound-feet of torque relative to the 2019 Accent’s engine. Plus, the switch to a CVT from a traditional six-speed automatic may not appeal to some buyers — not that the Accent’s six-speed unit was a gift from the automotive gods.
The 2020 Hyundai Accent’s pricing will start from $15,195 for the base SE trim with the manual transmission and rise to $16,295 with the CVT. The SEL and Limited trims will come with only the CVT and will start from $17,550 and $19,300, respectively.
The 2020 Accent will hit showrooms later in the summer of 2019. Stay tuned for updates.