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Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Accent

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Hyundai Elantra

$442
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Hyundai Accent

$436
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Elantra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Elantra is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
5
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Accent Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 4th out of 21 for subcompact cars. The average annual repair cost is $436 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Accent is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$442
inexpensive
expensive
$436
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.22
not often
very often
0.17
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(11)
4 star
(36)
3 star
(21)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(2)
The Hyundai Elantra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“While I have only 30,000 miles on it in 6 years, (purchased in October 2012), it has the original tires. Just replaced the battery last month, and have had no unusual repairs on this great little r...”
“While I have only 30,000 miles on it in 6 years, (purchased in October 2012), it has the original...”
5 star
(1)
4 star
(16)
3 star
(14)
2 star
(6)
1 star
(4)
The Hyundai Accent ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in body.
“Caveat Emptor...I say 'Buyer Beware' only because the Window Sticker said $19,004 with the Fabric and Paint Protection Add On. 5 months later I started shopping for a Hybrid due to the very lousy ...”
“Caveat Emptor...I say 'Buyer Beware' only because the Window Sticker said $19,004 with the Fabric...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Hyundai Accent and the Hyundai Elantra are two different small cars made by the same manufacturer. The Accent is a subcompact sedan and the Elantra is a larger compact sedan. Both come with front-wheel drive. 

Engine power in these cars is proportional to their different sizes and weights. The Hyundai Accent has a single engine with 130 horsepower. The larger Hyundai Elantra has 147 horsepower standard, with a 201-horsepower engine optional.  

The difference in size between the two cars also shows up in the amount of interior space they have. The Accent has 90.2 cubic feet of passenger space and 13.7 in the trunk, while the Elantra offers 95.8 cubic feet of room inside and 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The Elantra has a bit more interior space, while the trunk space in each is fairly close.

Except for overall size and interior space, the Hyundai Accent and the Hyundai Elantra are pretty similar. The Accent leads on overall value due to its lower price, but the Elantra excels for its more spacious interior and abundant optional power. Both come with Hyundai’s excellent 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Drive both and see which one makes more sense for you and your needs.

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