2020 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2019 Hyundai Accent

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Spark LT Auto’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Accent doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Spark and the Accent have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Spark’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Spark gets better fuel mileage than the Accent:

MPG

Spark

Manual

1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/38 hwy

ACTIV 1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

Auto

1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

ACTIV 1.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/37 hwy

Accent

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Spark higher (5 out of 10) than the Hyundai Accent (3). This means the Spark produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Accent every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Spark offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Accent doesn’t offer a CVT.

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the Spark has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The Accent doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

A standard “hill holder” feature keeps the Chevrolet Spark from rolling backwards on a steep slope. The Accent doesn’t offer a hill holder feature.

Tires and Wheels

The Spark’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accent’s standard 65 series tires.

Chassis

The Chevrolet Spark may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Hyundai Accent.

The Spark is 2 feet, 5.5 inches shorter than the Accent, making the Spark easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Spark is 5.3 inches narrower than the Accent, making the Spark easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Spark’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Accent’s useful trunk space.

Ergonomics

The Spark LT/ACTIV’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Accent’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Spark has a standard rear wiper. The Accent doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Spark has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Accent has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/Limited.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Spark is less expensive to operate than the Accent because it costs $328 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Spark than the Accent, including $96 less for a starter and $187 less for fuel injection.

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