- The Hyundai Veloster N will not return for the 2023 model year, the company announced today.
- Hyundai said the decision is due to the introduction of the Elantra N and Kona N.
- The Accent subcompact sedan is also getting the axe after the 2022 model year.
It’s a sad day for driving enthusiasts everywhere as we all learn of the passing of the Hyundai Veloster N. Well, after the 2022 model year, that is. Hyundai today announced that the fun and funky three-door hot hatchback will not return for 2023.
The decision to kill off the Veloster N is due to the introduction of the new Elantra N and Kona N, says Hyundai. Despite our fondness for those new N models, the Veloster version will always have a special place in our hearts, especially after we spent an unforgettable 40,000 miles with a 2019 model. And remember that time we pitted it against the Honda Civic Type R? The Veloster N didn’t pull off the upset, but it proved Hyundai could build a legit performance car, and it set the stage for its replacements.
While we hate to see one of our favorite hot hatches head to the graveyard, the writing was on the wall after the non-N Veloster was discontinued last year. That’s not the only casualty, either, as Hyundai is also dropping the Accent subcompact sedan after the 2022 model year. The Korean automaker says that decision is to make way for its subcompact SUV, the Venue, which takes over as its least expensive model.
The Accent didn’t leave the same mark as the Veloster N, but it has been a staple on our annual Editors’ Choice lists thanks to its handsome looks, solid driving dynamics, and excellent fuel economy. It’s also always been incredibly affordable. The 2022 model starts at $17,740, which is about $2500 less than the 2022 Venue. Alas, we bid adieu to one of Hyundai’s best values and one of its greatest hits.