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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 Yaris 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 Yaris scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”
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 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 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Accent and the Yaris 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 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Yaris was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.
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’ 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. 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 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Accent’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Yaris’ (7 vs. 5 years).
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Accent has a standard 640-amp battery. The Yaris’ 356-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 Yaris 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.
The Accent’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 14 more horsepower (120 vs. 106) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (113 vs. 103) than the Yaris’ 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.
On the EPA test cycle the Accent Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Yaris Auto (33 city/41 hwy vs. 32 city/40 hwy).
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 doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better stopping power the Accent’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Yaris:
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 Yaris. 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 Yaris:
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For better traction, the Accent Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Yaris (205/45R17 vs. 185/60R16).
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 LE/XLE’s 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accent Limited has standard 17-inch wheels. The Yaris’ largest wheels are only 16-inches.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accent is .5 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the Yaris.
The Accent Limited handles at .81 G’s, while the Yaris Sedan pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accent a Compact car, while the Yaris is rated a Subcompact.
The Accent has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris (90.2 vs. 85.9).
The Accent has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Yaris.
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 Yaris doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The power windows standard on both the Accent and the Yaris 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 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 Yaris’ power window (except driver window) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
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 Yaris doesn’t offer extendable visors.
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.
The Accent offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Yaris doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Accent has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Yaris doesn’t offer rear vents.
A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Accent’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Yaris doesn’t offer a filtration system.
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 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 Yaris because typical repairs cost much less on the Accent than the Yaris, including $5 less for a water pump, $48 less for a starter, $165 less for front struts, $52 less for a timing belt/chain and $352 less for a power steering pump.
The Hyundai Accent outsold the Toyota Yaris by 17% during the 2019 model year.
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