The 2 Most Common Accent Problems

We've pulled together a list of the problems Accent owners.

  1. Rodents Chew Hyundai's Soy Wiring

    The wiring in cars used to be coated in a petroleum-based plastic, but recently automakers, including Hyundai, have switched to a soy-based material. The soy is biodegradable and helps keep plastic out of the landfill (yay!). Unfortunately …

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  2. Blue Link Standard Feature?

    Messages that self-destruct and dastardly extortion – it all sounds like the plot to Mission Impossible, right? But it’s actually the story of Hyundai’s Blue Link systems. Pay up, or it’ll blow up ... or at least shut off.

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What Accent Owners Complain About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

What Breaks

Years to Avoid

Accent Generations

The Accent has 5 generations, each with their own issues. Using the same PainRank™ system we've determined that you're better off avoiding the 4th generation (2011–2017).

  1. 5th Generation Accent

    Years
    2018–2020
    Reliability
    4th of 50
    PainRank
    0.31
    Complaints
    2
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  2. 4th Generation Accent

    Years
    2011–2017
    Reliability
    34th of 50
    PainRank
    5.78
    Complaints
    119
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  3. 3rd Generation Accent

    Years
    2006–2010
    Reliability
    24th of 50
    PainRank
    2.9
    Complaints
    56
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  4. 2nd Generation Accent

    Years
    1999–2005
    Reliability
    25th of 50
    PainRank
    3.65
    Complaints
    49
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  5. 1st Generation Accent

    Years
    1995–1998
    Reliability
    6th of 50
    PainRank
    0.34
    Complaints
    7
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Accent Key Numbers

  1. 233 complaints

    Running tally of owner grievances filed to CarComplaints.com.

  2. 217 service bulletins

    Documenting the process of troubleshooting common problems.

  3. 17 recall campaigns

    Time-sensitive, free repairs for widespread safety problems.

Recent Relevant Lawsuits

The Accent has been named as a class vehicle in the following lawsuits.

  • Guy Coss v. Hyundai Motor America.

    A Hyundai Blue Link lawsuit alleges the automaker failed to inform owners the telematics system will be disabled if inactive for more than one year, and to reactivate the system an owner will allegedly be forced to change hardware at a minimum cost of $500.

Recent Accent News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. Hyundai, along with 19 other manufacturers, has agreed to a voluntary program to equip all new passenger vehicles with automated emergency braking (AEB) technology by September 1, 2020.

    AEB was found to reduce rear-end crashes by 39% during research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    Automatic emergency braking uses a combination of radar, lidar (reflected laser light) and cameras for a forward collision warning system that gives a driver audio or visual warnings that a forward collision is near.

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  2. Hyundai is being sued for using soy-based wire insulation that attracts rabbits, mice, squirrels and other creatures.

    The Hyundai lawsuit alleges the automaker denies there is a problem by using the soy-based wiring and since no defect exists, any replacement parts will also consist of soy products.

    The soy-based materials are more biodegradable and generally cost less than their plastic counterparts.…

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  3. After more than 100 complaints submitted to safety regulators, a proposed class-action has been filed saying Hyundai steering wheels can lock up while driving.

    The plaintiffs say the cars lose power steering without warning and make it impossible to safely drive, an allegedly similar problem that caused Hyundai to recall 173,000 Sonata mid-size cars in 2016. The lawsuit alleges the automaker has long known about the steering problems but has neglected to warn consumers or take actions to fix the loss of power steering.

    The lawsuit covers the 2013-2016 Hyundai Accent and Elantra.

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  4. Hyundai is being sued for permanently disabling Blue Link systems if a subscription has been inactive for more than one year.

    The plaintiff claims on or about January 7, 2015, Hyundai notified owners of its Blue Link vehicles whose Blue Link subscriptions had been inactive for more than one year. Hyundai told owners, “If you do not reactivate your Blue Link services by January 28, 2015, your current Blue Link system in your vehicle will be permanently disabled.

    Except, permanent didn’t mean forever if you’re willing to pony up the cash. The Blue Link handbook mentioned that disconnected services could be easily restored for a “nominal reconnection fee.” They just didn’t say what it was.…

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  5. Hyundai and Kia are being forced to update their fuel economy estimate labels for unsold cars on dealer lots by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    The EPA said Hyundai and Kia will lower their fuel economy (mpg) estimates for the majority of their model year 2012 and 2013 models after EPA testing found discrepancies between agency results and data submitted by the company.

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