Just a few little tweaks and it would be perf Overall it's a great car! The Accent's about 162 inches long as a five-door, and 172 inches long as a four-door, which makes it about 3. It's tough to draw good-looking four-door compacts, but the Accent nearly succeeds at being truly handsome. That's sure to take a bite off gas mileage. On both the sedan and hatchback, the Accent has standard split-folding back seats--not a given in the class--and that helps make the most of the available space. The Accent nets out with more space than almost anything in its price class, and tops cars much smaller than it in fuel economy. The Accent doesn't offer a rearview camera, however.
The theory's the opposite of the one being worked on by the diminutive Fiat 500, or even the small and sporty Ford Fiesta, but to us it's more easily proven. The Chevrolet Cruze tops out at 40 mpg highway, if you order the special high-economy version. It comes into a little more force at around 3500 rpm, feels a bit taxed when more than two people are riding along, and according to Hyundai, can hit 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. The tallest passengers will find rear head room a little short. The 2012 Hyundai Accent is setting out to prove that more room and better gas mileage are what America really wants in a small car. It's far off the mark at 33 mpg highway. With 123 pound-feet of torque to twist out, too, the Accent still has what we consider average acceleration.
The four-door is fine, but it's the five-door that nails it, mixing the usual hatchback profile with the cues and details that have become Hyundai's first real design statement. Visibility is an issue in the Accent hatchback, much more so than in the four-door sedan. Hyundai's turned its styling signatures on a dime. The Accent earns respect with standard stability control mandatory in all cars for 2012 and curtain airbags. The important measurement is in wheelbase: it's almost three inches longer, which makes the cabin considerably more roomy than before.
The Accent competes with cars ranging from the Fiesta to the Honda Fit, with the Nissan Versa, Chevy Sonic and Toyota Yaris all joining the fray with revamped versions this year. The back seat's also fine for adults. Though it competes on price in the subcompact arena, the 2012 Hyundai Accent is by all measures a compact car--strikingly close to the Honda Fit in carrying capacity. Thought it would be better. The glovebox is huge for the class.
Hyundai claims a best-in-class 138 horsepower, though that's also the same output penciled in for the turbocharged version of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Even better, with the plastics muted to a low gloss and the controls streamlined to give the Accent real nuance even at its very low base price. Thought it would be better. Much of the sliver of rear glass is blocked by big D-pillars and the rear seat headrests. The Accent tackles the road with more finesse than it did in the past, and some of the credit for its more capable road manners goes to its stiffer, lightweight new body.
It is sluggish starting out at 0, but after it picks up past 3000 rpm and starts shifting, it picks up nice. Fill up the tank and the Accent could go about 400 miles without another stop. A vast interior, by subcompact standards, elevates the Accent into the compact class. The hatchback bests the sedan by almost 8 cubic feet of storage space, but both Accents have big gloveboxes and bins and trays for everything from Acqua Panna to Apple iPods. In all, the Accent sedan outspans the Ford Fiesta by 15 cubic feet; the Accent five-door is within a fraction here and there of the spacey Honda Fit. The few things i would fix are: - door buttons windows, locks, etc.
Adults won't have any problem finding enough space in the Accent's front seats. The steering wheel tilts, but there isn't a telescoping feature, but the Accent's overall dimensions make that a non-issue. The six-speed automatic has an ActiveEco function to complement its sport-shift mode; choose the first and those upshifts come quickly, or flick the lever to the right and get more control over those gears. Crash-test scores weren't a strong point for the outgoing Accent. The design includes twin-tube shocks and a stabilizer bar for the front struts, while the rear suspension sticks with the classic torsion-beam setup. The Accent aims for par with its four-cylinder engine's acceleration, and in ride and handling.
To get better fuel economy, you'll almost have to shop a diesel or a hybrid. Six airbags in all are standard on the new Accent including side and side-curtain bags; so are anti-lock brakes and stability control. Other than that, very pleased with the car. The doors on both versions have been cut fairly widely, so loading in car seats shouldn't be an issue. We'll take the upsized 16-inch wheels and tires--but we'll leave our cornering hopes and dreams for the Accent-based Veloster coupe. The dash cap is dimpled in a matte finish that evokes the feel of carbon fiber, and that feel is amplified by big boomerang lines molded into it.
However, the 2012 model has much more in the way of standard safety equipment--and it also has Hyundai's strong track record of turning in top safety results with its most recent products, the Elantra, Sonata and Equus. It's no longer the least-expensive new car you can buy--the 2012 Hyundai Accent is a much bigger, better story than that. It bests the subcompact class in fuel economy, and takes out most of the compact class as well, while it dials up better straight-line performance and handling than it had before. . The six-speed transmissions, manual or automatic, do a fine job of extracting all the value from the small-displacement engine. Exceptional head room and good leg room are far above par in the class, and the knee space isn't tight, either--the center console isn't hourglass-shaped as it is in the Elantra, but the Accent still gives a smooth surface for legs to rest against. Some passages of hard, shiny black plastic live on the low reaches of the doors and the center console, but it's remarkable how finely finished this entry-level car feels--especially if you've been inside the outgoing Nissan Versa or a Chevy Aveo--and how dramatically it points out Hyundai's rapid progress.