2020 Hyundai Accent vs. 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Accent are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Accent as “Superior.” The Yaris Liftback scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The Accent SEL/Limited’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Accent Limited has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Accent and the Yaris Liftback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available daytime running lights.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Hyundai Accent is safer than the Yaris 5dr Liftback:

Accent

Yaris Liftback

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

62 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

17 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.4/0 kN

1.9/0 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1.16%/.59%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.88/.55

1.16/.59

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” to “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accent the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Yaris Liftback was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Accent comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Yaris Liftback’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Accent 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Yaris Liftback. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Yaris Liftback ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Accent’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Yaris Liftback’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accent second among small cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Yaris Liftback isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 14 more horsepower (120 vs. 106) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (113 vs. 103) than the Yaris Liftback’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Accent

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/39 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

Yaris Liftback

Manual

1.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/36 hwy

Auto

1.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/35 hwy

Transmission

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A six-speed manual is standard on the Hyundai Accent, with closer gear ratios for better performance and a lower final drive ratio for quieter highway operation, less engine wear and better fuel mileage. Only a five-speed manual is available for the Yaris Liftback.

The Accent 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 Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Accent’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Yaris Liftback:

Accent

Yaris Liftback L/LE

Yaris SE 5dr Liftback

Front Rotors

11 inches

10 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches

7.87 inches

10.2 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

The Accent stops much shorter than the Yaris Liftback:

Accent

Yaris Liftback

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Accent has larger standard tires than the Yaris Liftback (185/65R15 vs. 175/65R15). The Accent Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Yaris Liftback (205/45R17 vs. 195/50R16).

The Accent Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accent Limited has standard 17-inch wheels. The Yaris Liftback’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accent’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Yaris Liftback (101.6 inches vs. 98.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accent is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Yaris Liftback.

The Accent SE handles at .81 G’s, while the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Accent Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback (28 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Accent has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris 5dr Liftback (90.2 vs. 85.1).

The Accent has 1.5 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom, .7 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Yaris 5dr Liftback.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Accent Limited’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Accent has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The Accent offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Accent Limited automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Yaris Liftback’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Accent SEL/Limited has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The power windows standard on both the Accent and the Yaris Liftback have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Accent is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Yaris Liftback prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Accent SEL/Limited’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control. The Yaris Liftback’s driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Proximity Key with Pushbutton Start standard on the Accent Limited allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Accent’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Yaris Liftback’s power window (except driver window), power lock and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Accent’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Yaris Liftback’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Accent SEL/Limited 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 Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Accent has standard power remote mirrors. The Yaris Liftback L doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Accent SEL/Limited’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Accent’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Yaris Liftback LE/SE’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Accent Limited has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Yaris Liftback.

The Accent offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Accent Limited’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Yaris Liftback doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Accent owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Accent with a number “1” insurance rate while the Yaris Liftback is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accent is less expensive to operate than the Yaris Liftback because typical repairs cost less on the Accent than the Yaris Liftback, including $12 less for a water pump, $29 less for front brake pads, $53 less for a starter, $39 less for a fuel pump, $28 less for front struts, $171 less for a timing belt/chain and $2 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Accent outsold the Toyota Yaris by 7% during 2018.

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