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2012 Hyundai Accent

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2012 Hyundai Accent Review

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In recent years, Hyundai has made an impact on the automotive industry by introducing new nameplates and revising existing ones. Long gone is the bland styling that once plagued its lineup and here to stay is a new progressive design, outlook and strategy that could further cement the brand in the minds of consumers. The 2012 Hyundai Accent is no exception. All-new for 2012, the Accent has a new look, a new engine and even a versatile 5-door design that is poised to deliver some formidable competition to such as the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Nissan Versa. While many consumers never would have thought to even look at an Accent, this revised version could have them doing double-takes.

You'll Like This Car If...

With superb fuel economy, ample passenger space and an impressive list of available features, the 2012 Hyundai Accent is arguably the best value in its class.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While it is practical and fuel-efficient, the Accent is lacking in the fun-to-drive factor of its sub-compact rivals; specifically the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Hyundai Accent is completely updated from the model it replaces, boasting a new look, new engine and a host of standard and available features. Also, a new 5-door version joins the line-up.

Driving the Accent

Driving Impressions We were fortunate enough to drive the 2012 Hyundai Accent on an extended driving trip which consisted of over four hours of highway driving with some city driving mixed in....

Over the course of the drive, we were delighted that the on-board fuel mileage readout continuously showed a reading between 40 and 41 mpg. Gas mileage aside, we also couldn't help but notice how quiet and stable the car is at speed. The transmission shifts smoothly and the engine responds quickly, and even after our extensive time behind the wheel we found the seats to be quite comfortable. We must say, though, that the Accent's driving dynamics are rather sedate. And, while this works well for some, it doesn't necessarily put the same kinds of smiles on our faces that the Fiesta and Fit do, because it lacks their sporty driving characteristics.

1.6-liter Gamma Engine
An engine that provides more horsepower and better fuel economy than those found in the Fit and Mazda2? We'll take it!

Fluidic Sculpture styling
While it isn't an exactly a feature, we really like the how the 2012 Hyundai Accent looks. The wavy, futuristic design sets the car apart from its competitors and even further apart from how it used to look.

2012 Hyundai Accent Details
Interior

While it doesn't have the same the funky, futuristic feel as the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta, the 2012 Hyundai Accent does have a decidedly refined interior for a car in its class. Using bold shapes and semi-metallic finishes, the Accent's looks on the inside complement its looks on the outside rather handsomely. We especially like the backlit buttons and knobs.

Exterior
2012 Hyundai Accent photo

Using the same "fluidic sculpture" design language incorporated in other models in Hyundai's lineup, the 2012 Accent wears dynamic and sculptural lines that give the car an upscale look. Wraparound head and taillamps, a high beltline and sculpted hood creases that flank the signature grille up front accentuate the car's aerodynamic look, giving it a sleek profile. Depending on the trim, the Accent has either 14- or 16-inch wheels as standard.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 4-door Accent is available in the GLS trim level and the 5-door is labeled GS for the base trim and SE for the sporty and more highly-equipped version. Regardless of the trim level, all Accents come standard with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and 14-inch wheels with wheel covers. The 5-door, however, has a few more standard features, including power windows, air conditioning and a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite radio audio system with six speakers. The higher-trim SE 5-door adds to this list with more even more equipment, including steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels and a roof spoiler.

Optional Equipment

The only options available for the 2012 Hyundai Accent are for the 4-door version; they are basically the same features that come standard on the 5-door. The more notable of these features are a 172-watt AM/FM/Satellite Radio, power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth and 16-inch wheels and tires.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Hyundai Accent is powered by a new 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and achieves up to 40 mpg on the highway. Hyundai used an aluminum design for this engine, as opposed to its predecessor's cast-iron block, in order to save weight and also incorporated gasoline direct injection (GDI), which is mostly responsible for the bump in power and fuel economy.

1.6-liter in-line 4
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
123 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/37

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2012 Hyundai Accent Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 64 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.2/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

FEELS CHEAP, NOISY, UNCOMFORTABLE RIDE,

By on Thursday, January 07, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "LOOKS GOOD, DEPENDABLE, EASY TO DRIVE, MILEAGE EXC"

Cons: "CHEAPLY MADE, NOICY, UNCOMFORTABE RIDE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"you bump it, rock hits it, it bends, scratches easy, noisy, not a smoothest ride. back cover very cheap and broke 3 times already and 3rd one doesn't fit. DEPRECIATED $9000 IN ONE YEAR."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

GDI engine is amazing, quality issues with body...

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "136 horses, light, 35 -40 MPG, agile & quick!"

Cons: "Trim quality issues, a little on the delicate side"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love the GDI. It's the wave of the future. Instead of trading fuel economy for horsepower, these engines boost both. It's no coincidence that of the 12 production models in the world with GDI engines, nine models are luxury cars or exotics. Light, goes like a bat out of Hades, and I get almost 40 mpg regularly. Only issue is with body and trim quality. The front bumper is held on with these flimsy little clips. The first time you park with the bumper over a curb (you will) or bottom out (you will), it comes loose. I hit a baby deer a week ago. No body damage whatsoever, but now the bumper is falling off. But I suppose that's how they keep the weight down. Rock solid reliable. Agile. Actually a sharp looking car. I would recommend it to anyone!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

We bought this new off the Showroom floor in 2011.

By on Sunday, October 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Reliable, fun to drive on curvy little roads."

Cons: "Clutch has NO feel at all. Small issues listed..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"We bought the SE Hatchback with a 6spd Manual Trans. It is a fun little car on tight curvy roads, but not exactly built for road trips, obviously. We have had minor issues, like a whistling noise at a bad door seal, and I had to pull out the USB port and resolder a connector once, but overall a VERY reliable little car. Overall it has been a great little car and it is now paid off with under 100,000 miles on it. Would definitely recommend it as far as reliability is concerned."

15 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Great car for its worth!!!

By on Monday, October 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "MPG, Stylish design, picks up well"

Cons: "only 2 uneven cup holder, no light up door buttons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car has been great to me, I've owned it a little over 6 months now and its excellent (for what you pay for, around $9000 with less than 50k miles on it) The driving: Very smooth and picks up better than I thought it would. I'm a crazy driver and I'm always flooring it and speeding and it keeps up with my foot well. The steering feels electronic (some may not like, but I don't mind it at all.) The shifting (mines an automatic) is very smooth, you can barely tell when it shifts. It gets great gas mileage, I only drive like 120 miles a week and I only fill up about once every 2 weeks (not quite what the MPG is supposed to be according to the MPG reports, but still pretty good.) The exterior and interior: The exterior looks very sleek and stylish, mine is white and has the 16" alloy wheels and the body colored door handles and dark tinted windows as opposed to the black plastic door handles and 14" plastic rims and clear fishbowl windows. The interior is a beige color and I love it, it looks so classy inside. Some may say its cheap looking, but what can you expect for what you pay? You can't expect to pay $7k-10k for this car and expect to have leather heated seats. The AC cools off very fast for me, and the only issue I have with it is that on setting speed 1 is too little air for me and setting speed 2 is too high for me, so its either i'm hot or cold. I'm 6'0 and have no issue getting in or out of the car and I don't feel cramped inside or feel like I have no leg room (my seat would still go back some if I needed it too.) The sound is great! I love music especially while driving and mine is great ( I have the premium package with 6 speakers and Bluetooth) so I have my iPod connected that I control through the steering wheel buttons. and I love how the bass hits (for stock speakers) and how the overall sound is. A few issues I have with the interior are the door armrests aren't padded, its just plastic, so it isn't always the most comfortable but its not a huge issue for me, and the door buttons don't light up. (E.g. The window buttons and lock buttons) they're just completely dark, so at night its kind of hard to find which button you need. The display screen for the radio is VERY bright blue at night, like the whole car glows blue, and there's no way to turn it down. You can only turn the display off, which will then turn it right back on if you turn up/down the volume or do anything on the radio. And there is only 2 cup holders up front. So if anyone sits in the back with a drink, they don't have cup holders and the ones upfront aren't the same size, so a lot of my drinks that I bring or get in my car don't fit in the forward cup holder. The whole issue with no spare tire doesn't really bug me at all. I have roadside assistance for very little extra a month on my insurance so its not that big of a deal, plus if you wanted to buy one, there's a spot for it under the trunk. Overall, I love this car. I'm very happy considering what I got for what I payed for it."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Interesting vehicle

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,032

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Gas mileage, styling, price."

Cons: "Quality issues, sound system, under-powered."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I bought this car on July 2 of 2015. I must say that the initial vehicle was hard for me to adapt to. I went from an Elantra to the GLS Accent (now known as the SE model.) As with any vehicle in this class, the power is agonizingly slow. I've had several issues with this car. For instance, the cloth seats prematurely ware, the traction control/ESC/ABS comes on for no reason while cornering, lots of road noise, and many weird rattles. All of these things put together make a very cheaply built car. The Accent, with styling package, looks terrific. I would suggest you stay away from black though, because every little scratch you can see. Overall, if you have a choice, I would recommend you do not purchase this vehicle."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

This is second Accent for me

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Economy, comfort, relaibility"

Cons: "None really for me."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought a 2015 GLS after having another Accent for 10 years. The reliability, warranty, and economy are super. It has all the options that Hyundai has available. It also looks nice inside and out, and I love it. I do a lot of highway distance driving and it is comfortable and quiet. The price was super. The old Accent is still going strong after 175000 miles and has been passed down in the family."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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