2012 Hyundai Accent Review

Considering how much of a wretched piece of junk the old Hyundai Accent was, improving on the car (once known for being offered at a sub-$10,000 sticker price) was an easy task. With such a strong current line-up, the previous Accent was an embarrassing blight on the companys product range, and competition from the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris meant that Hyundai would have to make sure the next Accent was a winner right from the start.

FAST FACTS 1. The 2012 Accent gets a best-in-class 30/40-mpg fuel economy rating.

2. Making 138-hp and 123 lb-ft of torque its well-ahead of its rivals in power.

3. Starting at just $12,445 for a base GLS 4-door sedan, hatchback models retail from $14,595.

From our first drive impressions in the Nevada desert, were happy to report that the Korean auto giant has succeeded, producing a car that is more than a match for the Ford Fiesta, one of the subcompact segment benchmarks. We decided to take a spin in a GLS hatchback, which Hyundai is positioning as the top dog, with a sportier look and feel as well as favorable levels of equipment.

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SPEEDOMETER
Your Hyundai's speedometer is calibrated in miles per hour (on the outer scale) and kilometers per hour (on the inner scale). ...

Automatic climate control system
1. Front windshield defrost button 2. Rear window defrost button 3. AUTO (automatic control) button 4. OFF button 5. Drivers temperature control button 6. Mode indicator 7. Mode selection but ...

SAFETY
Hyundai doesn't believe consumers should have to pay a premium for safety, so a long list of safety features is included as standard equipment on all 2012 Accent models. A total of six airbags pro ...