In some ways it’s pretty hard to compare the 2017 Hyundai Veloster with any other car. After all, if you are going to try and find another model with one door on the driver’s side and two on the passenger side, you’re pretty much wasting your time. But if we ignore the unique door configuration for a moment, the Mazda 3 5-door is a sporty car of a similar size, so let’s see how these two will measure up against each other.
2017 Hyundai Veloster vs Mazda 3 5-door
It’s hard to properly categorize the 2017 Hyundai Veloster, but it’s probably fair to think of it as a compact sports coupe, albeit one with a quite unique door arrangement. The roofline, profile, and innovative layout are enough on their own without having to resort to additional exterior trim and adornments, so Hyundai has stayed away from bling and produced a very attractive car.
The 5-door probably isn’t the most attractive version of the Mazda 3, but that’s not necessarily a criticism since all versions of the little Mazda are really great-looking cars. It’s hard to side with any small car’s styling over the Mazda 3, but there’s just something about the three-door format and coupe styling that does give the Veloster a slight edge here.
The Veloster is a four-seat model, but cars of this size are rarely used for carrying a full complement of passengers on a regular basis so the way the rear seats can be folded for more cargo space is really useful. Access through that extra passenger door also makes life easier. There are lots of bins, cubbies, and nooks for stowing away smaller items too, and the overall quality is excellent for a car at this price.
Noise used to be an issue inside the Mazda 3, but the latest models have taken care of this. Even though it’s a little bigger than the Hyundai, it’s not exactly cavernous and there’s obviously been some cost-cutting with a mix of materials and plastics. The better quality of the Veloster gives Hyundai a win here then.
You get a lot of standard features for your money with the Veloster. Even entry models come standard with features that include power features, an AM/FM/XM/CD audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB port, a rearview camera, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control, air conditioning and 17-inch wheels.
The Mazda isn’t exactly sparse either when it comes to standard kit. All models include: air conditioning, power doors and windows, Bluetooth connectivity, a keyless ignition, a rearview camera, steering-wheel mounted stereo controls, internet radio streaming, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen for its infotainment controls. However, smaller 16-inch wheels hand another win to the Veloster.
You’d probably expect good fuel economy from a car the size of the Veloster, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Non-turbo models with the dual-clutch transmission get EPA ratings of 28 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.
With its 2.0-liter inline-four and automatic transmission combination, the Mazda 3 5-door manages numbers as good as 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined, and that’s enough to give the victory to the Mazda.
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The Mazda 3 looks great on the outside, but it’s a bit of a letdown when you get inside. There’s less room than you might expect, the materials are a real mix of quality, the infotainment system is a little dated, and the price can get a little steep. In contrast, the 2017 Hyundai Veloster offers sports car design and fun in a cohesive and unique design, with a good dose of practicality to make the driving experience as good as possible. The impressive Blue Link system is now standard, and the R-Spec Turbo really is a lot of fun to drive. The Mazda is good, but the Hyundai is better.
Beyond the usual suspects of the midsize sedan segment, a rich vein of outstanding models are too often overlooked. Two examples of these, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the Mazda 6, offer quality and style along with a pricetag that buyers will love. Let’s take a look at how they compare.
2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Mazda 6
Styling: Mazda 6
Today’s Sonata is a long way from even the previous generation–it’s now a lot more modest, serious, and de-chromed than ever. If it wasn’t for the badge on the hood, the Sonata could easily be taken for a luxury model from the outside.
Everything is just right about the exterior styling of the Mazda 6. Muscular front fenders, a sloping roofline that’s not too extreme, and a reshaped grille all adds up to one of the best-looking sedans in this or any other segment. The Hyundai is an attractive sedan, but the Mazda 6 has the edge on the Hyundai and just about everyone else.
Interior Comfort: Hyundai Sonata
The Sonata offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo because although it’s marketed as a midsize, it’s actually classified as a large sedan. You’ll find plenty of room in the front and the back, lots of cubbies and storage spaces, and the trunk is large at more than 16 cu.-ft. An abundance of sound deadening also adds to the luxurious feel of the rejuvenated Hyundai.
The interior of the Mazda 6 has been improved over the years, and offers a decent amount of space inside. The sloping roofline does restrict rear head room for those of six foot and above. The quality of the materials and fit is on a par with the Hyundai, but the Sonata steals the victory with more leg room and a bigger trunk.
Engines and Performance: Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai offers three different four-cylinder engines for the Sonata: a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, a turbocharged 2.0-liter, and an economical 1.6-liter turbo. The standard engine develops 185 horsepower, while the 2.0T ups the power ante with an impressive 245 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. All units come mated to a six-speed transmission with Shiftronic manual controls, and all versions of the Sonata are strictly front-wheel drive.
The Mazda 6 drives and handles extremely well, and car lovers will embrace the fact that a stick shift is available beyond just the base model. However, with just one engine option rated as modestly as 184 horsepower, this round is a clear win for the Sonata.
Fuel Economy: Hyundai Sonata
Despite being a relatively large car, the Hyundai is pretty impressive when it comes to fuel economy. The best ratings come from the 1.6-liter turbo, which gets 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.
With the six-speed manual transmission, the Mazda 6 is capable of delivering fuel economy as good as 26 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined. However, since most people will opt for the automatic, which gets a combined rating of 30mpg. It’s a slight edge, but that edge belongs to the Hyundai Sonata.
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The choice here basically comes down to which style of sedan you prefer. If you like sleek and sporty, then the Mazda is the way to go, but if you want presence, gravitas and a luxury feel without a luxury price ticket, the Sonata is what you need. As the prices are almost identical we could easily declare this contest a tie, but the extra power offered by the 2017 Hyundai Sonata just gives it the advantage over the Mazda 6.
It would be easy to go for a crossover instead if you’re looking at buying a midsize sedan these days–but only because the choice of midsize sedans is just so good right now that it’s genuinely difficult to choose one. It’s harder to find a bad sedan than a superb one right now, so let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the Honda Accord to see which is most deserving of your attention.
2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Honda Accord
When it was redesigned in 2015, the Hyundai Sonata took on a look that was probably a little more organic and sober than it had been in the past. A good deal of chrome was eliminated and the Sonata now has a more elegant, sophisticated, and handsome style all round. There’s a definite German influence in there, and that’s almost always a very good thing.
The Honda Accord got a mild refresh just last year, and there’s enough flair and style to keep it relevant for the time being. The Accord now well into its ninth-generation, and unless you opt for the coupe it is starting to look a little dull. The Sonata has a small edge in the styling department.
Features and Equipment
Hyundai shook off its bargain-basement persona a few years ago, but the amount of standard equipment it offers still makes its vehicles a great value. Standard equipment includes: a rearview camera, power features, 16-inch alloys, automatic headlights, and an infotainment system with AM/FM/XM/HD/CD audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and a USB port.
Honda could be accused of skimping on equipment and features in base models in previous years, but not anymore. Even the base LX model includes: dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a multi-angle rearview camera, and LED taillights. A few extra options, including streaming and entertainment options, give the Sonata the slight edge.
Although the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is marketed as a midsize, the EPA has it technically defined as a large sedan. The result is plenty of room inside for the driver and passengers, such as 45.5 inches of front legroom and an overall passenger volume of an impressive 106.1 cu.-ft., while there’s also a generous 16.3 cu.-ft. for cargo too. There are also loads of storage bins and cubbies for bits and pieces, so this really is a superb interior for families.
The latest Accord is smaller than its predecessor, but clever use has been made of the available interior space so it actually feels roomier. It’s still not as spacious as the Sonata though, with just 103.2 cu.-ft. of passenger room and 15.8 cu.-ft. of trunk space. The cabin is extremely quiet and comfortable, but the additional space in the Hyundai Sonata just gives it the win this time.
There are two engine options for the Sonata, which are a 2.4-liter inline-four and a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo. The standard engine develops a useful 185 horsepower, while the turbo ups the performance ante to 245 horsepower. The base engine is more than adequate for most buyers even though it isn’t hugely quick, but the 2.0-liter is smooth, powerful and very enjoyable.
The standard engine is the Accord is very similar to the Sonata’s as it’s also a 2.4-liter inline-four producing 185 horsepower. However, the optional engine for the Honda is a powerful 3.5-liter V-6 putting 278 horsepower at your disposal, which can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission and also features cylinder deactivation. This has to be a relatively easy win for the Honda Accord.
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Nobody looking at buying a midsize sedan right now will dismiss the Honda Accord out of hand, and rightly so. But if you don’t want to follow the crowd, want something a little more interesting and with more space than the Accord, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is definitely a great choice. The Hyundai is also a bit more affordable than the Honda at the entry level, so that tips the balance in its favor for us.
You’ll find some incredibly strong contenders in the mid-size sedan segment, especially among the non-luxury models. The Ford Fusion is undoubtedly one of the strongest of those contenders, but competition like the Hyundai Sonata has been closing in for some time. Its current seventh-generation is now a genuine rival to the Fusion, so let’s see how they compare.
2017 Hyundai Sonata vs Ford Fusion
Styling: Hyundai Sonata
Today’s Hyundai Sonata is a much more serious, straightforward, and premium-looking car than some of its chrome-trimmed predecessors, with an even more prestigious aura about it than the Fusion. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice an undeniable German influence in its design, which it’s hard to see anyone complaining about these days.
The Ford Fusion has always been a design to beat in this segment, and this generation looks as good now as it did when it was launched. It’s probably fair to say it’s a more sporty and frivolous design than the more serious Sonata, which may appeal to some buyers.
Interior Space: Hyundai Sonata
Buyers wanting a good amount of passenger and cargo space are well served by the Sonata. Tall passengers will find lots of leg room and no head room problems in the back, since the Hyundai doesn’t have one of those sloping rooflines that can limit room in the back. Storage spaces and cubbies are everywhere, and the trunk offers a generous 16.3 cu.-ft.
With a total passenger volume of 102.8 cu.-ft., the Ford Fusion falls short of the Hyundai by 4.3 cu.-ft. and, although there is more rear leg room in the Fusion, it doesn’t offer as much head room or as much front seat leg room as the Sonata. The trunk volume is almost the same, but the Hyundai still has the edge.
Fuel Economy: Hyundai Sonata
Lots of midsize sedans are offering four-cylinder engines these days, but when it comes to fuel efficiency, the Sonata really does impress. The Sonata Eco is powered by a highly efficient 1.6-liter turbo-four mated to a dual-clutch transmission, and rated at 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.
The Fusion is one of the more economical cars in its class, but the fact the best EPA figures it can manage are now 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined shows how impressive the Sonata is.
Power and Performance: Ford Fusion
All Sonata models are front-wheel drive, and the engine lineup is exclusively four-cylinder. The base engine is a 2.4-liter unit producing 185 horsepower, while the Sonata Sport has a 2.0-liter turbo developing a lively 245 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all cases, and there’s currently no option for all-wheel drive.
The base engine in the Fusion is a little lower on power, compared to the entry level unit in the Hyundai, but there’s also a 1.5-liter turbo-four and a 2.7-liter V-6 turbo. The Hyundai has the power advantage with its four-cylinder engines, but the 325 horsepower of its V-6 and available all-wheel drive definitely gives a win here to the Fusion.
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It’s hard to criticize the Ford Fusion since it has set the standard in the segment for years. But the fact that the 2017 Hyundai Sonata gives it such a run for its money tells you how much Hyundai has changed. You’d likely be happy with either one of these fine cars, but the Sonata costs less and offers a few extras that the Fusion doesn’t–which gives it an edge.
While the Hyundai Ioniq is one of the newest hybrids on the market, the Toyota Prius one of the oldest. Hybrids are now becoming increasingly mainstream with more and more models coming to market all the time. But should you err on the side of history or the newest model? Let’s see how these two compare by putting them head-to-head.
From day one, hybrids have had a look all their own. When they first came out, they weren’t stylish, but they stood out. The Ioniq probably looks less like a hybrid from the outside than some, but its silhouette still has remnants of the traditional hybrid look. It’s not unattractive, by any means, but it looks like a hybrid.
The Prius has never been a good-looking car, but that didn’t matter when it was the only hybrid around. Buyers used to drive the Prius a a badge of honor to show how they were singlehandedly saving the environment. Times have changed though. The latest model looks like nothing else on the road, which isn’t a good thing for the Prius. This round is an easy win for the Hyundai.
Power & Performance
Until every model has a hybrid option, hybrids will largely be judged by their powertrains first and everything else second. The Ioniq Hybrid is far better and smoother than most of its hybrid competitors, and its electric and plug-in versions are even better. The hybrid pairs a single electric motor with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for a combined power rating of 139 horsepower.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder and the 53 kW motor power the Prius to a maximum of 121 horsepower, which is much lower than the previous generation’s 134 horsepower. The ride is now smooth and much better than it used to be, but when you look at these engines and take into account fuel efficiency, the Ioniq is triumphant again.
The Ioniq Hybrid has 96.2 cu.-ft. of passenger volume. If you go purely by the numbers, the interior of the Ioniq actually seems pretty spacious. While the comfort and quality is good, rear seat passengers shouldn’t be too tall or they won’t be enjoying that same comfort. A combination of the gradually sloping roofline and the battery positioned under the rear seat compromises the rear head room.
The outside of the Prius might be “unique” but the interior has gone far more conventional these days–a very good thing. The seats are more supportive and comfortable than ever. You’ll find more soft touch materials and even some of the cheaper plastics have some nice graining for the look you want.
Since most hybrids are so close when it comes to mileage, manufacturer focus should be on performance. Since EPA ratings are still all-important for cars like these, though, the Ioniq Hybrid is rated at 57 mpg in the city, 59 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg combined, which is impressive by anyone’s standard.
The Prius has always been first and foremost about fuel-economy, and the Two Eco version of the current model certainly keeps that going with figures of 58 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway and 56 mpg combined. That’s good, but the better combined rating of the Hyundai puts it out in front.
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The Toyota Prius used to sweep the board when it came to hybrid cars, but, despite a recent redesign, the competition has caught up and passed the Toyota. The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is proof, beating the Prius on its home ground of fuel economy as well as in several other key areas.
If you’re not a fan yet or you’ve no interest in electric or hybrid vehicles, it’s time to get with the program. Whether its high-performance or fuel-efficiency that rings your bell, this is the way the future’s shaping up. While some manufacturers are falling firmly on the hybrid or the all-electric side of the fence, Hyundai and Ford are keeping their options open by offering both with their 2017 Hyundai Ioniq and Ford C-Max models. So, let’s take a closer look to see which is best.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs Ford C-Max
Hyundai has done something really neat here by offering the Ioniq as hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric formats. The hybrid will be the biggest-seller which is why it’s been launched first with the other two following later, and the EV’s availability is being limited mostly to California at first. These are not performance models by any means, but they are livelier than the heavier Kia Niro hybrid.
There’s no all-electric version of the C-Max right now, so choice is limited to a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the way either performs, but these are hybrids that have been around a while and it’s a technology that’s rapidly changing and improving. The more contemporary systems in the Hyundai Ioniq have the edge here then.
It must have been tempting for Hyundai to come up with a design for the Ioniq that screams “look at me, I’m different.” Thankfully, the Korean automaker resisted that temptation and the Ioniq is ultimately conventional. It certainly doesn’t shout about being a hybrid or an EV, so it will definitely appeal to a wider audience than a couple of well-known rivals.
The Ford C-Max was originally designed as an upright MPV for the European market, and although it’s no sports car it’s a lot more likeable than some of its less conventional rivals. It’s part-hatchback, part-tall wagon and even part-small minivan–it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. The Hyundai takes the honors here again for being more definitive and decisive.
If fuel economy is your thing, the Ioniq comes in three flavors of green, greener, and greenest. The base Ioniq Blue model is expected to deliver EPA ratings of 57 mpg in the city, 59 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg combined, while the rest of the range comes in at 55 mpg combined. The plug-in ratings have yet to be released, while the Ioniq Electric is rated by the EPA as having a range of 124 miles on a single charge.
Despite being downgraded twice during its five-year lifespan, the C-Max is still the Blue Oval’s most efficient model. The conventional C-Max Hybrid is rated by the EPA at 42 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined, while the plug-in has an all-electric range of 20 miles and a mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) of 88. This is another easy victory for the Hyundai then.
The styling of the Ioniq’s interior is fairly straightforward with plenty of places to put things, but the rear seats can be a little cramped for two taller passengers on a long journey. Some of the materials may look and feel a little odd, but that’s not through corner-cutting as they’re intentionally recycled or sustainable materials to fit with the car’s image and profile.
Thanks to its origins as a European MPV, the C-Max is very spacious and practical for such a compact car. If you want plenty of room but you don’t need a third-row seat, the C-Max is a good choice. The Ford just misses out on the 100 cu.-ft. of interior volume at 99.7 cu.-ft., which just keeps it in the compact segment instead of being classified as a midsize. This has to be a win for the Ford C-Max then.
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The Ford C-Max is a decent enough family car for those wanting lots of space and decent fuel economy without a third-row seat. However, the Ford is now starting to show its age and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is all-new and offered in more formats,giving buyers additional options. The Ioniq is clearly the better option.
Take modern creature comforts and hands-free infotainment options with you wherever you go in modern compact sedans like the 2017 Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic. Which model is right for you? That depends. Check out our comparison guide to learn more.
2017 Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra smokes the competition with its fresh new cabin. Fully redesigned for 2017, its new look includes a sleek black dash and cozy comforts like heated front seats. With so much style at your command, you’ll feel like you spent big bucks on a full-size luxury sedan. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is also big on space, giving passengers the necessary head- and legroom for a comfy trip.
Similarly, the Civic is much bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside. It even offers slightly more cargo space, with 15.1 cubic feet in the trunk (compared to the Elantra’s 14.4 cubes). The Civic hauls family-friendly grocery or game day hauls without issue. In terms of refinement, however, the Elantra has the edge. The Civic might deliver a smooth, comfortable ride, but it’s the Elantra that makes you feel like you’ve spent big on a new ride.
Tech & Infotainment Gear
The Elantra’s tech lineup does more than get you through road trips (with turn-by-turn navigation) and keep you connected with hands-free calling and texting (via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). With the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, finding the app you need is easy, thanks to the sharp, responsive touchscreen. Sophisticated voice controls come in handy when you want to change the music but can’t look away from a busy road.
The newly redesigned Honda Civic is also big on modern technology. Add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the infotainment system displays smartphone apps directly on the cabin’s central touchscreen. If there’s one downside, it’s the system’s touchscreen, which can be slow to respond to your touch. There’s also a learning curve for the menu system, which can feel counterintuitive at first.
Here, the 2017 Honda Civic has the edge. It saves you the most money on fuel, earning up to 32 city/42 highway mpg. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=noform&path=1&year1=2017&year2=2017&make=Honda&baseModel=Civic&srchtyp=ymm) That’s pretty incredible, especially when you consider how much fun the Civic is to drive. It delivers speed when you need it, and merging into jam-packed highways like cutting through butter.
The Elantra is also all about fuel economy. It comes in just behind the Civic, earning up to 32/40 mpg. This year, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra introduces three new engines, so you can actually tailor your experience to be as thrifty or as sporty as you like.
When you’re concentrating on heavy traffic or rainy road conditions, the last thing you want to worry about is safety. Choose the 2017 Hyundai Elantra for peace of mind in a pinch. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2017/HYUNDAI/ELANTRA%252520GT/5%252520HB/FWD) The Elantra’s advanced driver aids do a lot of heavy lifting, too, by constantly monitoring your surroundings for danger. The forward collision mitigation system even automatically applies the brakes to bring you up short of a crash.
The Honda Civic also earned the government’s top score for overall crash protection. Like the Elantra, it’s one of the few vehicles in this class to offer high-tech driver aids like lane departure warning. (https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2017/HONDA/CIVIC/5%252520HB/FWD) However, in traffic, the adaptive cruise control system can be too quick to react, crying wolf about potential collisions.
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There’s a lot to like about both of these models, but the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is our pick. This compact is perfect for around-town cruising and cross-country adventures alike, thanks to its world-class fuel economy and peppy new powertrains. Inside, the compact Elantra is more than just surprisingly spacious – it’s stylish and refined, with high-quality materials and a new modern design.
Just because you don’t have a luxury vehicle budget doesn’t mean you should settle for something less than awesome. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly vehicle that is brand new, rather than opting for a used model, focus your attention on two impressive models: the 2017 Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio. Let’s see how they shape up against each other.
2017 Hyundai Accent vs Kia Rio
You can opt for sedan and hatch versions of the 2017 Hyundai Accent and they’re both nice looking, but the hatch definitely has the edge over the sedan. It’s been around for a few years now but it still looks handsome, fresh, and youthful. The Accent hatch even borders on the sporty at times.
Unsurprisingly for cars that are so closely related to each other, the Kia Rio follows very similar lines to the 2017 Hyundai Accent. It’s also available as a hatch and a sedan and the hatch is definitely the more attractive car. The sedan is a little more attractive than many of its four-door subcompact rivals.
Features and Equipment
You have to be realistic with cars at this price point about what you should expect in terms of features and equipment, but the Accent does cover most of the essentials. Standard kit includes the likes of: power windows, locks, and mirrors; air conditioning; satellite radio; heated mirrors; an AM/FM/XM/CD player with a USB port; and keyless entry.
It might surprise some people in this day and age, but the Rio is like a car from Kia’s past when it comes to the specification of its base model. Although you do thankfully get air conditioning and satellite radio, you will also have to put up with hand-crank windows, locks and a pretty unremarkable six-speed manual transmission. This is definitely the Accent’s round.
Whether you go for the manual or the automatic transmission, you won’t be disappointed with the 2017 Hyundai Accent when it comes to fuel economy. With the manual transmission the EPA rates the Hyundai at 27 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined. If you want automatic, those numbers change slightly to 26/36/30 mpg.
The Rio is pretty close to the Accent for fuel efficiency, as you’d probably expect. With an automatic transmission expect ratings of 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined. An “Eco” version is available, but the marginal improvement still leaves the Rio a little short of the Hyundai so this is another win for the Accent.
There’s just one engine available in the 2017 Hyundai Accent, which is a 1.6-liter inline-four developing 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque, which isn’t terrible in a car of this size at all. Both transmissions are pretty good too, so the overall package is more than likeable even if it’s not a white knuckle ride.
Guess what the Kia Rio has under the hood? That’s right, a suspiciously similar 1.6-liter inline four producing the same horsepower as the Hyundai. Base models are only available with the manual, and the “Active Eco” button has more of an adverse effect on performance that it has a positive effect on fuel economy.
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If you’re realistic about what to expect from a brand new car starting from somewhere between $16k and $17k, there’s a lot to like about both of these two. What sets both of these cars apart from rivals in the segment is the five-year, 60,000-mile warranty they both come with, which really should make you think twice about buying something else pre-owned. However, the Hyundai is just a little better than the Kia in a number of ways so, the Accent gets our nod.
Subcompacts, like the 2017 Hyundai Accent and Honda Fit, reward buyers with their peppy performance and smart tech features. And, although they may be small on the outside, you’ll find impressive head and leg room in both models. Which of these thrifty subcompacts is right for you, you ask? Our comparison guide is here to help.
2017 Hyundai Accent vs Honda Fit
The Accent is where you want to be when a traffic jam strikes. Its roomy seats and supportive cushioning keep you comfy, even in stop-and-go traffic. And, once you get going, the Accent delivers the smoothest ride in this segment. On top of all that, the cabin stays nice and quiet on the highway, blocking out road and wind noise for a peaceful road trip.
The Honda Fit delivers exceptional rear passenger space, making it a great pick for drivers who travel in tall circles. The cabin is a bit sparse, but it’s got all the basics – including supportive seating and abundant head room. Taller drivers might wish for a bit more leg room, however. The Fit is also home to the innovative Magic Seat, which provides a number of different configurations, expanding cargo space or creating a backseat lounger.
Stay plugged into the outside world with the Accent’s tech gear. Use the USB jack to play music or keep your smartphone fully charged. With satellite radio, there’s always something to listen to on long trips.
In the Honda Fit, you can choose the optional HondaLink infotainment system, which is meant to keep you connected on the go. However, the touchscreen menus aren’t always intuitive, and the touch-operated volume controls can be especially frustrating. The Accent, on the other hand, has old-school knobs and buttons, which make life simpler – especially in heavy traffic.
The 2017 Honda Fit earned a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests, which will give you a sense of security on quick-moving, crowded streets. This subcompact also features Honda’s unique LaneWatch blind-spot system. When you flip your right turn signal on, the system displays the passenger-side blind spot, so you can switch lanes with increased confidence.
In government crash tests, the 2017 Hyundai Accent earned four out of five stars overall, which is pretty impressive. With the optional blind-spot viewer, your side mirrors will display an icon to indicate a vehicle in your blind spot. The Accent also offers hill start assist, which keeps you from rolling back when you’re stopped on a steep incline.
As an everyday driver, the 2017 Hyundai Accent is outstanding. Unlike a lot of competitors, it inspires confidence with its braking performance and sharp handling. Steering is precise, so you can maneuver tight spaces with impressive accuracy. This subcompact is also fuel-efficient, earning up to 27 city/37 highway mpg.
In the Honda Fit, you’ll also see thrifty fuel economy. It’s EPA-rated for up to 33/40 mpg. Around town, the Fit is composed and capable. However, when it’s time to get moving – say, when you’re merging onto the highway – the continuously variable transmission tends to emit a loud drone.
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The Honda Fit is a pretty great deal, but the 2017 Hyundai Accent comes out on top. You’ll love its cushy seating and generous passenger space. Tech features provide a wide range of entertainment options and keep your devices charged and ready for action. Safety gear offers security and aims to keep you protected in a collision. On the road, the Accent is smooth and composed – and, best of all, it’s fuel-efficient.