2020 Hyundai Accent vs. 2019 Toyota Prius c

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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 Prius c doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Prius c 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 Prius c 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 Prius c 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, available crash mitigating brakes and 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 Prius c:

Accent

Prius c

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

208

349

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

67 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

1 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.88/.55

.89/.54

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

The Accent’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Prius c’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 Prius c 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 21 more horsepower (120 vs. 99) than the Prius c’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Accent has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius c (11.9 vs. 9.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Accent’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius c:

Accent

Prius c

Front Rotors

11 inches

10 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 Prius c. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Accent stops shorter than the Prius c:

Accent

Prius c

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

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 Prius c’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accent Limited has standard 17-inch wheels. The Prius c’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accent’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Prius c (101.6 inches vs. 100.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accent is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Prius c.

The Accent SE handles at .81 G’s, while the Prius c 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 1.5 seconds quicker than the Prius c (28 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 29.5 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Accent has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius c (90.2 vs. 87.4).

The Accent has .3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius c.

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

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Accent to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Prius c.

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 Prius c doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Accent and the Prius c 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 Prius c prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Prius c’s power 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 Prius c’s standard 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 Prius c doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 Prius c doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Accent’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Prius c’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 Prius c.

The Accent offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Prius c 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 Prius c is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accent is less expensive to operate than the Prius c because typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Prius c, including $496 less for a water pump, $13 less for front brake pads, $159 less for fuel injection, $95 less for a fuel pump, $28 less for front struts, $749 less for a timing belt/chain and $812 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 Prius c isn’t in the top three.

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