2019 Hyundai Accent Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Structure, steering and suspension issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

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Shoppers looking to get behind the wheel of a 2019 Hyundai Accent were hoping for a low-cost yet reliable car. The automaker claims that the new models are “compact, yet so complete,” but there seems to be several systems that are incomplete. The structure, steering and suspension seem to need more attention.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2019 Hyundai Accent

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Air Bags
Unknown Or Other

Problems with the Structure

Underneath every car is the structure that holds it all together. No one wants to head down the street with their car falling apart, but that appears to be what’s happening.

One Cars.com review states, “The bumper kept wanting to come unsnapped in the front from the clips. The heat shield tore within a month and I live in the country there is nothing to run over.”

It turns out that Hyundai is fully aware of defects and even discusses some issues with the lighting. Service Bulletin #20-BD-014H talks about condensation building up in just about every lighting system on the car, including the fog lamps, daytime running lamp, rear combination lamp and headlamp. In fact, looking at this car from afar makes one wonder why the structure is so filled with fog. An Accent weather report would read – mostly cloudly.

Problems with the Steering

Another issue seems to be related to the steering system. Because the Accent is so small, many customers thought it would be easy to control, but that’s not the case.

Read this Cars.com review. “This car is ALL over the highway. Way too hard to control if there’s even a little wind. I hate this car but I’m stuck.”

Hyundai has chosen not to discuss the steering issues of the 2019 Hyundai Accent. After all, it wouldn’t be very “complete” if the car couldn’t perform basic functions such as steering while driving. If anyone wants a solid arm workout, they might prefer driving the Accent in the wind.

Problems with the Suspension

Along with the steering is the suspension system, which also affects how a car rides. However, the 2019 Hyundai Accent is one model that gets a big fat F for this system.

One NHTSA complaint says, “When you make a closed turn to the right, make a strong strike on the left side of the suspension. It sounded like a loose nut in an aluminum tray. One month later in my husband driving the vehicle, made the right turning to hear the sound and made the appointment to discover that was the joint shaft bolt loose.”

Again, Hyundai is eerily quiet about any problems. What is it that Hyundai is hoping to avoid by pretending that the 2019 Hyundai Accent is in top-notch shape? It’s easy to agree that this car is compact, but everyone needs to disagree that it is “complete.” Many systems require attention to run properly, but Hyundai is nowhere to be found.

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Complaint Data

DateMar 02, 2023
The 2019 accent runs amazingly well, oil changes on point and no light have gone on since purchase date. 2 weeks ago on a thursday, it started knocking and took to have checked and was told to take to hyundai of inland empire/tow it/do not drive. Mr. Bushey at hyudai verifed I need a new motor/engine and it will cost from 6k-8k . I now have a case number and the dealer is communicating with hyundai of america/not sure what department. The car has 84k miles and the motor should not be faulty. I have been renting a car for 2 weeks, have no vehicle as a loaner and very concerned about why this original engine would just stop? The dealer did verify it is the motor and I am still pending feedback ***** I have provided all service records to hyundai of inland empire ******
DateFeb 11, 2023
The engine has been consuming excessive amounts of oil since the vehicle was purchased used in aug 2022. Eventually during normal highway driving the engine made a loud knock, lost all power, and all of the oil began spilling out of the engine creating a large oil slick on the highway. The sudden lose of engine power led to difficulty steering and braking to move the vehicle to the shoulder of the road.
CategoryAir Bags
DateJan 15, 2023
My air bad light has been displayed for several days and won't go away. Another friends 2017 accent is doing the same thing. I am concerned for others who own these vehicles and their safety.
DateJan 10, 2022
My 2019 hyundai accent engine failed at 65,004 miles. I've taken my car to a local hyundai dealership from december 2020 up until it failing in december 2021, I've had an appointment at least once a month for my check engine light being on. They scheduled me my first appointment december 2020 and later told me they fixed the issue only for it to come back on a couple days later. I call them again letting them know and the schedule me again, same thing happens and the light comes back on a week later. This was an ongoing issue, the dealership kept telling me they fixed it and to make sure the gas cap was tightened but they could never stop my check engine light from coming back on. They told me back in september of 2021 that I had a large evap leak. When it came to finding this leak they were never successful. Fast forward to december 2021 my car started making these weird noises and I immediately brought it up to the same local hyundai that I've been taking it to since day one. They tell me there is nothing they can do for me since they are booked up until feb. 2022 and so were all the other dealerships near me. I understood and left then a week or two after this my car completely stops in the middle of the expressway. I had to get my car towed to hyundai for them to tell e my engine seized, coincidental right? After an entire year of hyundai not being able to find the issue and fix it my engine magically seizes, a 2019 hyundai at that meaning the car is still fairly new. The entire time I was taking it there I was under warranty up until 5,004 miles ago. The powertrain warranty for a used car ends at 60,000 miles and now hyundai expects me to pay for something I had no fault in. I have emailed, complained and spoke to almost everyone I can about this issue. I just want justice to be rightfully served and for hyundai to cover all expenses towards my new engine replacement.
DateOct 13, 2021
The contact owns a 2019 hyundai accent. The contact received a recall notification for nhtsa campaign number: 21v619000 (latches/locks/linkages). The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The part was not available for the repair. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.
CategoryAir Bags
DateSep 02, 2021
The contact owns a 2019 hyundai accent. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, the electronic stability control and airbag warning lights remained illuminated. Additionally, while driving 53 mph, the cruise control would not deactivate while depressing the brake pedal. The cruise control feature eventually became inoperable. In addition, while operating the vehicle the braking system was slightly activated causing the vehicle to drive rough. The cause of the failure was not determined. The local dealer and manufacturer were not yet notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,000.
DateJul 12, 2021
My connecting rod blew out of my engine I have a hyundai accent 2019, I have 65000 miles in the vehicle and have done some research as well and have seen that hyundai vehicles for at least almost 10 years have had similar problems with their engines at around the same mileage. Maybe it's possible that it was the same problem with my vehicle.
CategoryUnknown Or Other
DateOct 18, 2019
Pulling to the left, and on the freeway at freeway speeds, I have to maintain constant pressure to keep the car tracking straight. Les schwab checked the alignment and said it was in factory specifications. They swapped the right and left front tires, and it still pulls to the left. This is a safety issue. My car has 19, 000 miles on it and is still under factory warranty. This is an ongoing problem.
DateNov 27, 2018
When you made a closed turn to the right, made a strong strike on the left side of the suspension. It sounded like a loose nut in an aluminum tray. One month later in my husband driving the vehicle made the right turning to heard the sound and made the appointment to discover that was the joint shaft bolt loose.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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