THE 2012 HYUNDAI ACCENT HATCHBACK REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Expanding Its Horizons
With added interior room and a more powerful engine for the new model year, the 2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback has improved on an already superior formula. Hyundai has also updated the interior with new soft-touch materials and an expanded back seat. These changes have officially moved the Accent from the subcompact vehicle segment to the larger compact automotive class. Added room and a more comfortable interior will expand its appeal for buyers looking for an affordable family vehicle.
Under the hood
The 2012 Hyundai Accent features an all-new 1.6-liter engine. This efficient four-cylinder delivers 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque and allows the Accent to go from 0 to 60 mph in just under ten seconds, which is not unusual in this segment. Front-wheel drive is standard on all versions of the Accent; buyers can choose between a six-speed manual and a fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy remains excellent for the new model year at 30 miles to the gallon in the city and 40 on the highway for models equipped with the automatic transmission. Safety features include brake assistance, anti-lock brakes, and active head restraints for front-seat passengers.
Inside the cabin
The 2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback is available in GS and SE trim levels and offers room for five inside its newly expanded passenger cabin. The base model Hyundai Accent hatchback offers a solid assortment of standard features including power locks, mirrors and windows, air conditioning, basic four-speaker sound system, keyless entry, and rear window wiper. Options include premium cloth seating, cruise control, fog lights, a rear spoiler, interior trim options, and Bluetooth capability.
On the road
The direct injection engine of the 2012 Hyundai Accent delivers enough power for most driving conditions. A finely tuned suspension ensures that the Accent hatchback manages the bumps and jolts of the road with aplomb. Both the manual and the automatic transmissions provide smooth shifts on the highway and in stop-and-go city driving. Overall, the Accent provides unremarkable but reliable performance for most family transportation and commuting needs.
With room for five, the 2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback is setting its sights directly on the family transportation segment of the marketplace. High fuel efficiency and solid performance ensure that the Accent will be a popular choice among budget-minded families and commuters alike.
Engine: 1.6-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 138 hp/123 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Fuel Economy: 30/40
0 to 60: 9.8 seconds
Base MSRP: $14,695
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