CARS.COM — Hyundai will reveal the redesigned 2018 Accent subcompact sedan (goodbye, hatchback) on Thursday at the 2017 Orange County International Auto Show ... which is a real event that exists. The model first debuted in February at the Canadian International AutoShow.
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The Accent has been on sale in the U.S. for more than 20 years, and despite Hyundai's concern that the market is shifting too far toward SUVs to make a subcompact car viable anymore, the Accent will return for 2018.
While our Canadian neighbors likely asked politely for a hatchback version as well as a sedan, shoppers in the U.S. will only be able to purchase a sedan version. Nearly all the cars the Accent will compete with — Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Versa Note — are offered as hatchbacks.
Will the Accent's updates be enough to make it a contender? An informal poll of two of our editors rated previous versions as "fine" and "better than expected," so this latest incarnation might have a bit of a hill to climb.
We'll be covering the reveal live and providing you with all the details on Thursday, so stay tuned.