A lot of the focus for Hyundai has been on its utility vehicle lineup lately, but that doesn’t make its sedans any less exciting. There is still a heavy presence of small cars on the roads today despite the surge in crossover popularity, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the subcompact segment. We thought we’d see how our entry into the class fares against one of its biggest competitors, so we decided to pit the 2020 Hyundai Accent against the 2020 Honda Fit in a side-by-side comparison.
As you can see from the table above, these two vehicles are quite comparable to one another. Even still, each has its own advantages that set it apart. In the first half of the table, we look at fuel economy, which is very clearly where the Hyundai Accent has a leg up on the Honda Fit. The first row looks specifically at city fuel efficiency, with the Accent achieving an extra four miles per gallon more than the Fit. Highway fuel efficiency then is in the second row, where that advantage bumps up one to an advantage of five mpg.
We shifted gears to performance in the third row, which is where things turn in the Honda model’s favor. The Fit is capable of generating 10 horsepower more than the Accent, though that’s not a huge advantage – especially considering the difference in fuel economy. Finally, the fourth row looks at space, which is the hatchback Honda Fit’s big claim to fame. For that reason, it’s a bit surprising that it only offers 2.9 cubic feet of extra space behind the rear seats.
If you can overlook the slightly horsepower and space deficits, the Hyundai Accent offers a stylish and fuel-efficient option in the subcompact sedan segment.