2012 Hyundai Accent
With its recent unveiling at the New York International Auto Show, the all-new, 4th generation 2012 Accent brings to four, the number of new and near term Hyundai cars with highway fuel economy ratings of 40 miles per gallon. Designed to battle efficient rivals like the Ford Fiesta, the subcompact Accent delivers a full-size level of equipment and technology.
All transmissions are six speeds. Both the standard manual, and the optional manual mode automatic, come attached to Hyundai's all-new 1.6-liter Gamma I4. Over 40-pounds lighter than previous Accent engines, with direct-injection, it pumps out a class-leading 138 horsepower.
Helping the new Accent achieve its 40 MPG status is the drivetrain's ActiveECO function, which smooths out throttle response, along with low-rolling resistance silica tires. There's also a slippery new shape. Like the Sonata and Elantra, Accent uses Hyundai's easy-on-the-eye Fluidic Sculpture design language.
The crisp, aerodynamic lines are available in both 4-door sedan and new 5-door hatchback. The base 3-door will not be sold here. The sharp new interior takes a big step in passenger and cargo volume, thanks to a longer wheelbase. The 5-door boasts an SUV-like 47.5 cubic-feet of cargo space with the split rear seats folded.
And every model includes a long list of top notch standards starting with power windows and locks, height adjustable driver's seat, six airbags, 6-speaker MP3/XM stereo with iPod and USB jacks, plus ABS all-disc brakes with stability and traction control.
But despite all the new style and content, the Accent will sell for the same old price, starting just under $13,000 for the 4-door, and under $15,500 for the 5-door. The all-new, higher-mileage, higher-value Hyundai Accent is a must see for all subcompact car buyers and is available now.
Engine: 1.6-liter Gamma I4
Price: Starting just under $13,000