The Hyundai Accent has been gobbling up subcompact sales since it replaced the Excel in 1995. Since its debut, the small hatchback has seen four complete redesigns, with the latest coming in the 2012 model year. As we roll into the 2015 model year, Hyundai has decided to give its tiny hatch a mild refresh.
On the outside, Hyundai made a few changes, but they require a careful eye to spot. Up front, the grille is slightly revised, as it’s center bar is straight instead of curved downward near the “H” emblem. Additionally, the GS and GLS trims now feature the same premium headlights as the 2014 SE model, which include an underlining LED daytime driving light, projector beams and a repositioned turn-signal light. Around back, Hyundai claims to have redesigned the taillights on the GLS trim too, but the automaker failed to release any images showing these restyled lights.
Other changes on the outside include newly styled, 16-inch alloy wheels and revised hubcaps for the 14-inch steel wheels. The 2015 Accent also receives three new exterior color choices: Vitamin C, Pacific Blue and Misty Beige.
Inside the cabin, the 2015 Accent gains new fabric patterns, a reversed LCD audio system on the GLS and GL trims for easier visibility, and a standard exterior temperature gauge.
Also new for 2015 is the Popular Equipment Package for the GLS trim, which adds in steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a tilt and telescoping wheel, and a sliding armrest for as little as $600.
The final change for 2015 is the introduction of the Sport trim level in the place if last year’s SE trim.
Pricing for the 2015 Accent starts at $14,745 for the GLS Sedan with a manual transmission, which accounts for a $100 increase over the 2014 model. Prices rise to $17,495 for the newly introduced Sport Hatchback trim with the six-speed automatic, which is a $100 jump over 2014. The 2015 Accent is available in dealers now.