2012 Hyundai Accent

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Is Hyundai as hot as Vegas in June? Based on recent sales numbers, you'd have to say yes. Deliveries are up 29 percent through May, and that's compared to the record levels of 2010. May was also when the Sonata became the bestselling car in America (retail sales-wise). Clearly, the tsunami-related supply disruptions for the Japanese automakers could not have come at a better time for the Koreans, who were already seeing sales of their impressively redesigned new models zooming to new heights. Is the new Accent up to Hyundai's heady recent standards?
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As is typical of new Hyundais, the Accent has got the numbers down. Its new, direct-injected engine has more horsepower (136 hp) and torque (128 pound-feet) than any competitor. At the same time, it's rated at 40 mpg highway and 30 mpg city -- for all versions -- and both of those figures are best in class.
On the road
The 1.6-liter four is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic -- and the Accent is the only car in the segment to offer two six-speeds. Shift action for the manual isn't exactly positive but it's light and easy -- very much in the Volkswagen idiom. It would be more pleasant to use if the clutch take-up weren't so close to the floor. In our brief time with the automatic, we found it to shift smoothly. With either gearbox, acceleration is only adequate -- nothing in this class is genuinely quick. The direct-injected four is fairly happy in its work, but don't expect a lot of oomph off the line.
What surprised us was how quiet the Accent is on the highway, with very little wind noise. The gearing isn't super-tall, so the engine is turning about 2750 rpm at 70 mph (with the manual transmission). That means the car can climb modest Interstate grades or gather a bit more speed without the need to downshift.
In contrast with previous Korean practice, the chassis is quite tied-down: the ride is firm, and bumps can be fairly sharp. It's not Ford Fiesta-fun, but it is more solid than we expected. Importantly, stability control and ABS are standard here (that's not a given in this bargain-basement price class), and the Accent is the only car in the segment to be fitted with disc brakes at all four wheels.
New styling, new body style
The sedan has grown in length (3.5 inches) and wheelbase (2.8 inches). Its 101.2-inch wheelbase is shared with the new four-door hatchback, which replaces the previous two-door hatch. The Accent's handsome new exterior owes nothing to its dumpling-like predecessor. The sedan isn't too far off from the Elantra; the four-door hatch, however, is a dead ringer for the Fiesta.
Interior space and quality
The interior is very attractive; on the SE there's shiny black finish around the center stack and trim that mimics brushed metal and chrome (it's also optional on the GLS). Too bad Hyundai didn't spend the extra nickels for padded door armrests; these are rock-hard plastic. Switchgear, though, is of high quality and controls are dead easy to use. Outward visibility in the sedan is not too bad but the hatchback has large rear blind spots; you will rely heavily on the side mirrors.
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Rear-seat space in either body style is sufficient to put an adult back there behind a six-foot driver. The seat cushion is low, but headroom and legroom are okay. The Versa remains the best small car in rear-seat space, but the Accent's overall interior roominess is sufficient to garner it "compact" rather than "subcompact" status, per EPA measurements.
Cargo-wise, the sedan's trunk is pretty good at 13.7 cubic feet but of course the hatch is the better hauler of stuff. Its 21.2 cubic feet, with the rear seats in place, bests all comers. With the seatbacks folded, there's 47.5 cubic feet, which is also good but falls considerably short of the commodious Honda Fit.
Lacking luxuries
One recent trend among the newest small cars is increased availability of luxury amenities. Hyundai proved hip to that trend with the new Elantra, but not here. You won't find a sunroof (available on the Nissan Versa and the Fiesta), navigation (Versa, Fiesta, and Fit), heated seats (Versa and Fiesta), or leather (Fiesta).
Money matters
What is perhaps more surprising is that the Accent is not the least-expensive car in the segment. The starting price is $13,202, and that's for the stripper sedan with no air-conditioning (an unimaginable configuration in Vegas in June). Option it up with the bare-necessities package -- Hyundai's Comfort Package, with A/C, power windows, power mirrors, and a stereo -- and you're an all-you-can-eat buffet shy of $15,000 (actually, $14,955).
As it turns out, despite the low-ball come-on prices you see advertised, $15,000 is pretty much the price of entry even in this class, for a car with today's minimum level of equipment. Typically, hatchback models are a bit more, and that's the case with the Accent too. A base GS hatchback starts in the mid-$15,000 range, but the far preferable SE (nicer interior, Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise) is in the mid $16s. The same holds true for a Fiesta or a Versa, with a Fit not far behind.
To its credit, though, Accent doesn't need to be the very cheapest car in the segment. The 2012 version can compete on real-car virtues of power, fuel economy, interior quality, roominess, and general pleasantness. In that respect, it very much follows in the tire tracks of its freshly redesigned siblings, and will likely play a significant role in further heating up Hyundai sales.
2012 Hyundai Accent
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Base price range: $13,205-$17,555
On sale: Now
Powertrain: 1.6-liter, 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 138 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 123 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front-wheel
L x W x H:
162.0/172.0 x 66.9 x 57.1 in (hatchback/sedan)
Wheelbase: 101.2 in
Cargo capacity (sedan; hatchback, seats up/down): 13.7; 21.2/47.5 cu ft
Curb weight (sedan, hatchback): 2396-2630, 2430-2654 lbs
EPA rating (city/highway): 30/40 mpg
2012 Hyundai Accent
2012 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai is on quite a roll of late, and the brand-new 2012 Accent is perhaps the most impressive model revision yet from the Korean automaker. The entry-level Accent stacks up incredibly well in a segment that has recently been revolutionized by products such as the Ford Fiesta, the Chevrolet Sonic, and the Mazda 2. Like its predecessor, the new Accent is an inexpensive car, but it no longer feels cheap. It features a 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder that produces 138 hp and paces the class in fuel mileage, achieving EPA ratings of 30/40 mpg city/highway. The exterior styling might not appeal to folks with a phobia of melted things, but it helps the car stand out boldly from its competitors as well as its predecessors. The quirky-cool two-door coupe body style didn't return for this season, but it has been replaced by a more usable four-door hatchback (available in GS and SE trim), which carries a premium over the base four-door sedan (which comes only as the GLS). The Accent's cabin is surprisingly spacious -- its interior volume earns it a spot in the EPA's Compact class even though it is, by general definition, a subcompact car. Air-conditioning, a radio, and power windows and door locks are not standard equipment on the most miserly GLS models, but all Accents come with four-wheel disc brakes and six air bags. Few subcompacts are penalty boxes these days, and the Accent proudly stands at the top of its segment alongside the likes of the Ford Fiesta.
2013 Hyundai Accent Hatch Front Three Quarter
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is on its way to Hyundai dealers across the country with more content before--and an understandably larger price tag. Fresh on its heels, however, is the Hyundai Elantra GT five-door hatchback, which will start at $19,170.
Hyundai I20 Rear
It seems Hyundai's bringing something other than the i-oniq concept and i30/ Elantra Wagon to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The automaker's also using the Swiss auto show to show off the latest iteration of the subcompact i20 model.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Profile
The Koreans continue their upward trend for August, with the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sonata being each brand's hot commodities. Kia sales are up 26.9 percent compared to last August, while Hyundai sales are up 9 percent compared to the same period last year.
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At the press event, every journalist in attendance kept commending the Accent's size. While it's true that the interior is quite spacious for a subcompact (the EPA rates it as a compact), the Accent still drives like a small car. The short wheelbase -- and relatively stiff suspension of our SE model -- makes the car crash over highway irregularities and skip like a stone on a lake over expansion joints. In the city, the Hyundai performs much better.
2012 Hyundai Accent Rear Right Side View
I cannot believe I'm writing this, but driving the Accent reminds me of driving a 1980s Mercedes-Benz 190E. Okay, I may be hungry and suffering from low blood sugar, but I'm not totally insane. Let me first explain that, being the most ludicrously overengineered small sedan in the history, wrapped in a stunning body with the best proportions of any four-door car ever, the W201-chassis Mercedes 190E has earned a permanent spot in the Jason Cammisa Automotive Hall of Fame.
2012 Hyundai Accent Left Side View
The new Hyundai Accent is an inexpensive car, but it doesn't feel cheap. Now, I do wish the door armrests had more padding (OK, any padding), and I definitely agree with Evan about the fluorescent radio display. Also, the six-speed manual's shift action is too lifeless for my liking, and its gearing feels quite tall and is clearly set up for maximum fuel economy (as Greg alluded to). Other than that, though, the Accent is inoffensive and actually quite pleasant.
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2012 Hyundai Accent
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2011 Ford Fiesta Hatch Right Profile
Enthusiasts mourning the decline of the station wagon, don’t fret: if Ford has anything to say about it, the hatchback is back. Ford announced today that buyers shopping the Fiesta and Focus models are buying the hatchback models at increasing rates, a trend that could be extending to the rest of the industry.

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2012 Hyundai Accent Specifications

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1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
28 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
138 hp @ 6300rpm
123 ft lb of torque @ 4850rpm
  • Air Conditioning (optional)
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
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