If you’re looking at subcompact cars, chances are you’re looking for good fuel economy, an affordable price, and a reliable commuter or second car. What if we told you you can get all that plus an attractive, tech-loaded sedan? In this comparison guide, we’ll be looking at the new 2020 Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris. Which is the better small four-door sedan? We’ll give you the skinny, and you can be the judge.
The 2020 Hyundai Accent starts at the low price of $15,195. Not bad for a starter car. And for that price, you’d expect to get less than the cloth upholstery, rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB port, four-speaker audio system, and 5-inch touch screen, wouldn’t you? Well, you get all that anyway. And if you’re willing to pay about $2,500 more, you can grab the Accent SEL and add two more USB ports, six-speaker audio system, 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Yaris starts at $15,650, just a bit more than the Accent. The standard features are similar, except the Yaris throws in satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. So, the Yaris costs a little more, but you get a few more standard features, so we’re calling this one a tie.
Warranty: 2020 Hyundai Accent
One nice thing about the Hyundai Accent, if you plan on driving it for more than a few years, is the above-average warranty. Hyundai covers the Accent for five years or 60,000 miles with their limited warranty and 10 years or 100,000 miles with their powertrain warranty. That’s well above the industry average. Meanwhile, Toyota offers the industry average three-year or 36,000-mile limited warranty and five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That’s by no means bad, but it’s not nearly as good as the Hyundai’s.
Power: 2020 Hyundai Accent
The 2020 Hyundai Accent has a 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and while that doesn’t sound like much, it does an admirable job on a sedan this size. And it puts out more horsepower than the 2020 Yaris’s 106-horsepower 1.5-liter engine. Both do fine moving through downtown traffic, but the Hyundai Accent is the one who can merge onto the highway and pass cars without breaking a sweat while the Yaris might not want to go in the passing lane. The Accent does better even while getting virtually the same fuel economy as the Yaris: 29 or 30 city miles per gallon and 39 highway miles per gallon.
In this lightweight bout, the 2020 Hyundai Accent outperforms the Yaris while offering a longer warranty for about the same price. When you’re in Chicago's fast lane, remember to check out the Accent at Gregory Hyundai.