2020 Hyundai Accent vs. 2020 Chevrolet Spark

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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 Spark doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Spark 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 Spark doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Accent and the Spark 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 and available daytime running lights.

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 Spark has not been fully tested, yet.

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

The Accent’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Spark’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Accent has a standard 640-amp battery. The Spark’s 375-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (120 vs. 98) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (113 vs. 94) than the Spark’s 1.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Accent

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/39 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

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

The Accent has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Spark (11.9 vs. 9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Spark.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Accent

Spark

Front Rotors

11 inches

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

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Accent Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Spark (205/45R17 vs. 185/55R15).

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 Spark’s 55 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Accent has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Accent flat and controlled during cornering. The Spark’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accent’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the Spark (101.6 inches vs. 93.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accent is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 5 inches wider in the rear than on the Spark.

Passenger Space

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The Accent has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Spark can only carry 4.

The Accent has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Spark (90.2 vs. 83).

The Accent has .4 inches more front legroom, 3.5 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Spark.

Cargo Capacity

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The Accent has a much larger trunk than the Spark with its rear seat up (13.7 vs. 11.1 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 Spark 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 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 Spark doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Spark doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

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 Spark LT/ACTIV.

The Accent’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. The Spark LS doesn’t offer power locks.

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 Chevrolet Spark’s available Passive Entry with Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 Spark 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 Spark 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 Spark doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Accent has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Spark doesn’t offer rear vents.

With standard voice command, the Accent SEL/Limited offers the driver hands free control of the radio by simply speaking. The Spark doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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 Spark 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 Spark because typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Spark, including $199 less for a water pump, $90 less for a muffler, $58 less for front brake pads, $2 less for a fuel pump, $60 less for front struts, $409 less for a timing belt/chain and $539 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 Spark isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Hyundai Accent outsold the Chevrolet Spark by 23% during 2018.

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