2020 Hyundai Accent vs. 2019 Ford Fiesta

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Safety

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The Accent has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Accent Limited has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Fiesta doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Hyundai Accent Limited has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Fiesta doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Accent and the Fiesta 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Fiesta Sedan:

Accent

Fiesta

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

208

509

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

77 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.4/0 kN

2.7/1.8 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

.86%/.57%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia forces R/L

4.4/1.1 kN

5.7/3.4 kN

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 Fiesta 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 Fiesta’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 Ford covers the Fiesta. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Fiesta ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Accent’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Fiesta’s camshafts. If the Fiesta’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Accent has a standard 640-amp battery. The Fiesta’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Accent’s reliability 40 points higher than the Fiesta.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accent second among small cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Fiesta 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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fourth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Accent

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/39 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

Fiesta

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/37 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 Fiesta.

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 Fiesta 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 Fiesta:

Accent

Fiesta

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.2 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches

7.9 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

The Accent SEL/Limited has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Fiesta. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Accent stops much shorter than the Fiesta:

Accent

Fiesta

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Accent Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fiesta (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 Fiesta’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accent Limited has standard 17-inch wheels. The Fiesta’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 3.6 inches longer than on the Fiesta (101.6 inches vs. 98 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accent is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Fiesta.

For better maneuverability, the Accent’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Fiesta’s (33.5 feet vs. 34.4 feet).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accent a Compact car, while the Fiesta Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The Accent has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fiesta (90.2 vs. 85.1).

The Accent has 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fiesta Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Accent has a larger trunk than the Fiesta Sedan (13.7 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

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 Fiesta doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Accent’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Fiesta SE/ST-Line.

The Accent has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Accent has standard extendable sun visors. The Fiesta doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

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 Fiesta 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 Fiesta because typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Fiesta, including $40 less for a water pump, $95 less for a muffler, $16 less for front brake pads, $33 less for front struts and $344 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accent third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Fiesta isn’t in the top three.

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