The Hyundai Elantra vs Accent

When it comes to getting a Hyundai, it’s hard to go wrong. With a car for every price point, we at Thornton Road Hyundai know that making a final decision is difficult. If you’re looking for a smaller sedan that delivers great gas mileage, consider the Hyundai Accent or the Hyundai Elantra for excellent performance, dependability, and fun features.


Hyundai Accent The Hyundai Accent

Starting off the sub-compact category for Hyundai, the Accent comes in at a surprisingly affordable $14,545 starting MSRP. All models offer a 1.6L inline four cylinder engine that offers enough pep to get 138 hp and 123 ft-lb of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, but every model gives you the choice to upgrade to a 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC.

The standard GLS is a 4-door body style sedan, but moving up to the GS or the SE bumps you in to the 5-door hatchback style. 14-inch steel wheels are standard in the GLS and GS while the SE steps up the 16-inch alloy.

For such an affordable price point, the level of standard features is truly surprising. Enjoy 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, adjustable head restraints, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, a 172-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with 6 speakers, AC, rear window defroster, tilt steering wheel and power windows and doors. If you’re looking for a little more, the SE brings in premium cloth seats, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, steering wheel mounted cruise control and a sliding armrest storage box.


Hyundai ElantraThe Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra also manages to easily fall into the under 20K category, with a starting MSRP of only $16,965. The engine comes in slightly larger than the Accent at 1.8L, with a similar horsepower and torque rating, 148 hp and 131 ft-lbs, respectively. As in the Accent, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the base level GLS, though when you move up to the Limited Edition you can enjoy the 6-speed automatic with both SHIFTRONIC and Active ECO system.

16-inch alloy wheels are standard on the GLS, with 17-inch Euroflange alloy wheels serving as the upgrade on the Limited.

You can’t help but be impressed with the line of standard and available features on the Elantra. Other car manufacturers can’t compete with Hyundai’s offerings which include: AC, power windows, a 172-watt, 6 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio, iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks, premium cloth seating, a 6-way driver seat, a 60/40 split fold down rear seat, steering wheel mounted cruise control and a multi-function trip computer all are standard offerings on the GLS.

The Limited Edition Elantra is slightly over the 20K mark, but for good reason. Leather seats, a leatherette door insert, sliding center armrest, heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, dual illuminated vanity mirrors with extensions, and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard, enhancing the already comfortable ride.

Still can’t make a decision? Don’t worry, at Thornton Road Hyundai, we always have experts ready to answer any questions and set you up for a test drive. Come on in today and get one step closer to your next Hyundai!