Since the Hyundai Accent and the Honda Civic first hit the market, they have been amazing Canadians everywhere with their exceptional fuel-economy and impressive driving features. While the Accent and the Civic have several similarities that make them both appealing, they also have some very distinct differences that will ultimately make one the better choice when you start to weigh your budget and driving needs. The 2017 Hyundai Accent starts at a very affordable $13,999 while the 2017 Honda Civic starts at $16,390.
While both the Accent and the Civic boast capable power, the Civic has a more powerful engine. It boasts a standard 158 horsepower 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, or an available 174 horsepower 1.5L 4-cylinder engine. The Accent, on the other hand, is equipped with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that produces 137 horsepower. Both vehicles offer the option of automatic transmission or manual, as well as an Eco system to help improve the fuel economy.
While both vehicles are well equipped with plenty of safety technology for your peace of mind, the Civic has a few extra safety systems that the Accent doesn’t have. Both vehicles include six standard airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, and Electronic Stability Control. The Civic includes Hill Start Assist to stop the car from rolling backwards on an incline, as well as the available HondaLink Assist Automatic Emergency Response System which will put you on call with a operator who will get in touch with first responders should your airbags deploy.
The Accent and the Civic have many similarities in style. Both vehicles are offered as a 4-door sedan model, or as a 5-door hatchback model, depending on your preferences. They both include standard LED daytime running lights, and available LED headlights. The Accent boasts an available power tilt-and- slide, one-touch glass sunroof, while the Civic is equipped with an available power moonroof with tilt feature.
Both the Civic and the Accent are equipped with plenty of cabin technology for your drive. You'll find available heated front seats to keep you warm on cold winter days as well as available steering wheel controls so you can keep your eyes on the road while you're driving. They both include dual-zone automatic climate control, bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and usb/auxiliary inputs to support all of your media. While the Accent might be a little smaller it makes efficient use of space with smart storage options and a 60/40 split rear seat-back.
Drivers looking for a little more power and some extra amenities might lean towards the Civic if their budget allows it but there's no doubt that the 2017 Hyundai Accent offers shoppers an incredible value with substantial standard features, superior five year basic warranty, and unbeatable fuel savings. If you're still comparing models for your next new car purchase be sure to visit Pathway Hyundai and take the Accent for a drive to see for yourself!