The subcompact Accent has been a mainstay of Hyundai’s lineup since 1995, but its popularity has been in steep decline since 2016 — the model’s best year ever, at 79,766 units sold. Last year, Accent sales totaled just 29,090, and the numbers look to be about the same in 2019. Most likely, the Kona, a subcompact crossover, and the fuel-sipping Ioniq hybrid hatchback have taken a bite out of Accent sales.
Yet Hyundai soldiers on with the Accent — a model that’s too big to qualify as a true urban runabout, and too small to dent a market dominated by crossovers and sport-utility vehicles. Hyundai’s approach has been to make the Accent increasingly smooth, quiet, nimble and fuel-efficient, while offering near-luxury trim levels like the Limited.