2020 Hyundai Accent vs. 2020 Subaru Impreza

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Safety

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Both the Accent and the Impreza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 daytime running lights.

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

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

There are over 33 percent more Hyundai dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Accent’s warranty.

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 Impreza’s 530-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 Impreza 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Accent

Manual

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/39 hwy

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

Impreza Sedan

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/36 hwy

Sport 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/36 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 Impreza.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Accent stops shorter than the Impreza:

Accent

Impreza

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Accent’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Impreza’s (33.5 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Accent may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Subaru Impreza.

The Accent is 10.1 inches shorter than the Impreza Sedan, making the Accent easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The Accent has a much larger trunk than the Impreza Sedan (13.7 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Accent and the Impreza 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 Impreza prevents the driver from operating the rear 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 Impreza’s power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accent is less expensive to operate than the Impreza because it costs $145 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Impreza, including $138 less for a water pump, $25 less for a muffler, $28 less for front brake pads, $195 less for a starter, $12 less for a fuel pump, $261 less for front struts, $116 less for a timing belt/chain and $127 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 Impreza isn’t in the top three.

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