A sign of this segment's increasingly competitive nature is the relative newness of Accent's rivals - most were redesigned last year. Generally 28-33 in mostly to all city driving. The Accent five-door allows for 21. Driving Impressions In the times of 500-plus-horsepower supercars, the 2012 Hyundai Accent's 138-hp output might sound paltry. Climb in the back and you'll find above average space for a subcompact and good head room. But does it stack up in this hotly-contested class? Just another good, solid car. The second and third gears are spaced a bit too wide for our performance driving tastes.
Even still, I barely got out under sticker price. It's far off the mark at 33 mpg highway. Battery is getting old and needs replaced , other than that my seats are worn and faded, I just put new seat covers on it, if you buy one I would put the seat covers on them right away. This car is much improved over the previous generation Accent. Only one lock keyhole, on the driver's door.
The cabin is fairly noisy, but not offensively so. It actually didn't even come with a stereo, the dealership installed a cheap aftermarket one just so they could get it off the lot! The low cushions leave adult knees without much direct contact with the seat, but for medium-sized adults and everyone smaller, the back seat will be great. It feels right and drives well. Oh, and we can't forget about that pesky Rio, which is just a few months younger than the Accent. While full power comes on fairly high in the rev range, this isn't a vehicle that enjoys a flogging. We started our week with a spirited blast up one of our favorite mountain roads on a foggy San Francisco Bay Area afternoon and found that Hyundai's little hatchback is surprisingly fun to drive up to its modest limits. No cruise control, a must for my long commutes.
The 2012 Hyundai Accent is so thoroughly awakened from a life of invisibility that its transformation reads like a classic Hans Christian Andersen fable. Controls for the stereo, heating and cooling are second-nature and easy to navigate without relying on an overly complicated array of buttons. Position of the seats not very comfortable with limited adjustment ability, glove compartment latch needs some prompting to open and looks like it might bust if you're not gentle. The center-mounted monochrome display provides trip meters, range to empty, average and instant fuel economy data, along with an handy upshift light while in Eco mode. The front end molding clips broke and the whole front of the body was lose.
But how does it perform in real world driving? No spare tire, which I assumed it had. Cute little car with a lot of pep! The ride we have experienced so far is better than any other compact and even some newer midsized cars we rode or drove. Time will tell with reliability and winter driving. The Accent was the only car at the intersection of those requirements. Crash-test scores weren't a strong point for the outgoing Accent.
Sharing a name and a general mission in life with its predecessor, the 2012 Accent is essentially all new from the ground up. Yet this sophisticated direct-injection four-cylinder pulls significantly stronger than the power plants of its major competitors with the exception of the turbocharged Chevy Sonic. Even is getting into the fray with the upcoming after years of trying to pass off the as legitimate transportation. The Accent now runs away from the rest of the segment in terms of value and features. Hyundai hasn't shied away from using hard plastics on the dash and waterfall, though the pieces don't feel cheap or easily-scratched.
Other than that, very pleased with the car. From the rear, the simple tail lamps and concave vertical surface give it a touch of 1-Series hatchback, although that variation isn't sold in North America. Then again, this isn't exactly a performance car. My husband puts about 100 miles a day on it, and it has held up very well since we acquired it in 2009. The steering wheel tilts, but there isn't a telescoping feature, but the Accent's overall dimensions make that a non-issue.
My wife and I were actually looking at Elantra new and used initially and came across this car by accident thinking it was an Elantra. Steering is taught and this also helps us feel the car is well controlled on the road. The Accent offers a good level of tech, but the omission of navigation keeps it from being great. With plenty of power, space and fuel efficiency in a low-cost package, Hyundai has hit all the right notes. Along with direct-injection, the tiny four-pot boasts dual continuous variable valve timing, an offset crankshaft to decrease friction losses, a variable intake system and electronic throttle control. All 2012 Hyundai Accents are fitted with four-wheel-disc brakes 10.