The 2012 Hyundai Accent earns a below average Total Car Score in the economy cars segment.
When reviewing the new 2012 Accent, publications have been impressed with the new direct injection engine and smooth six-speed transmissions. The powertrain is responsive, and it delivers strong fuel economy numbers. The Accent's cabin is also known for being spacious — one of the roomiest in its price category.
Reviewers are mostly pleased with the Accent, but it has historically taken its share of hits for being rather bland and unexciting — it has earned a bargain bin reputation in a segment with some very tough competition. Many who have driven the Accent complain about its disappointing clutch (manual transmission) and the lackluster power delivery, even given the economy-oriented engine.
The Hyundai Accent, now in its fourth-generation (it was first introduced as a replacement to the Excel in 1995) was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year. The all-new model is larger, more powerful, more fuel efficient and more stylish than its predecessor.
The 2012 Hyundai Accent is a compact four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. It is sold in three trim levels: GLS, GS and SE — the last being the sportiest of the lineup.
Like all vehicles in this class, the Accent is equipped with a low-displacement four-cylinder powerplant. The naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter inline-4, with direct injection, is rated at 137 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. All Accents are fitted with front-wheel drive, with a six-speed manual gearbox standard and a six-speed automatic on the options list.
Base models, designated as GLS trim, arrive with power locks, tilt steering wheel and a trip computer. However, they are not fitted with air conditioning or an audio system (opt for the Comfort Package to add both). The higher grade GS trim is distinguished by its body-color exterior mirrors and door handles. It adds a rear wiper, driver's armrest and keyless entry.
The SE trim boasts 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, leather wrapped steering wheel and more. Major options include the aforementioned Comfort Package and the Premium Package (alloy wheels, fog lights, premium cloth, etc…). Most of the options can be added to all trim levels.
The EPA estimates the 2012 Hyundai Accent with the manual transmission will earn 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined. With the automatic transmission, the mileage drops slightly to 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined.
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