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2012 Hyundai Accent GLS

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  • Stock#:
    9299
  • VIN#:
    KMHCU4AE5CU250359
  • Engine:
    1.6L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Marathon Blue
  • Body:
    Sedan
  • Transmission:
    Unknown -Call
  • City MPG:
    28
  • Highway MPG:
    37
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2012 hyundai accent

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.1
58 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (47%)
4 Star - (33%)
3 Star - (12%)
2 Star - (7%)
1 Star - (2%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
3.8
COMFORT
4
INTERIOR
4.1
RELIABILITY
4.2
VALUE
2

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Larger, sharper and more fuel-efficient, the redesigned 2012 Hyundai Accent deserves buyer consideration as an affordable, stylish new car.

What's New

Fully redesigned, the 2012 Hyundai Accent features a more powerful and efficient engine, a new four-door hatchback body style and upgraded interior.

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PROS

Strong engine; plenty of standard and optional features; feels bigger than it is; engaging style inside and out; long warranty.

Introduction

With Hyundai gripped by a frenzy of redesigns and new product launches, it was only a matter of time before the automaker sent its subcompact Accent to get fit. The 2012 Hyundai Accent is so thoroughly awakened from a life of invisibility that its transformation reads like a classic Hans Christian Andersen fable.

Before, the Accent perfectly represented the bland aesthetics and underwhelming excitement that most subcompact buyers settled for. This all-new version of the entry-level Hyundai now shares the sharp styling of the similarly reimagined Sonata and Elantra, making it more an object of pride than embarrassment for a new owner.

Offered as either a sedan or hatchback, the fourth-generation Accent's wheelbase has grown 3 inches, yielding a more accommodating interior that, like other new Hyundai models, features an attractive finish and a long list of standard conveniences. Equally noteworthy is the new 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that boasts strong power and fuel economy for the segment. A pair of new six-speed transmissions rounds out the powertrain upgrades.

The Accent's redesign now enables it to run with stiff competition. The Honda Fit offers a more versatile interior, the Ford Fiesta packs more technology, the Mazda 2 handles better, and the redesigned Kia Rio shares similar underpinnings but with bolder styling. Then there's the new Chevrolet Sonic, which is perhaps the most well-rounded of them all. Still, the Hyundai Accent is invisible no more and definitely deserves a look.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Hyundai Accent is a compact four-door sedan or four-door hatchback. The sedan is offered only in base GLS trim, while the hatchback comes in GS and the top-line SE trims.

The GLS sedan comes equipped with 14-inch steel wheels, power door locks, a tilt steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, a trip computer and an audio prep package with four speakers. Options include a Comfort package with air-conditioning, power windows and mirrors, cloth door inserts and the rest of the sound system (including a CD player, satellite radio and iPod and auxiliary audio input jacks). All of these features are included on a GLS with automatic transmission.

The Premium package offered on automatic-equipped GLS models bundles together foglights, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, premium cloth upholstery, upgraded interior trim, a center storage console with sliding armrest, cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth.

The GS hatchback adds body-color mirrors and door handles, a rear window wiper, keyless entry and a driver seat armrest to the features included with the GLS Comfort package. Stepping up to the SE hatchback adds 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the equipment from the Premium package.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Hyundai Accent's sole engine is a new 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. The front-wheel-drive Accent is available with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic with a fuel-economy-boosting Eco mode. In Edmunds performance testing, an Accent GLS with the automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds -- a fairly quick time for the class.

EPA fuel economy estimates with the automatic transmission are 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined with the automatic transmission and 28/37/32 with the manual.

Safety

All 2012 Hyundai Accents come with a long list of standard safety features including antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.

In Edmunds brake testing, the Accent came to a stop from 60 mph in 123 feet, an average distance for this class of car.

In government crash testing, the Accent received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, overall frontal protection and overall side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Accent the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset and roof strength tests, but the second-best rating of "Acceptable" in the side impact test.

Interior Design and Special Features

Along with extending its footprint, the 2012 Hyundai Accent's new interior dimensions graduate it from the subcompact segment into the EPA's official "compact" class. Much of the Accent's additional space comes from the rear seat, with more headroom and legroom making the backseat ride comfortable for even 6-foot passengers. The sloping roof line does eat into some available headroom, however, and fifth passengers will find the rear seat's raised center section useful only when walking is the remaining option.

Although the front seats are suitably roomy, taller drivers may bemoan the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. The hatchback also features some compromised rearward visibility. But overall, the Accent's patterned upholstery fabric and updated dash, consoles, trim and storage nooks contribute to an upscale feel for a car of this class.

The Accent sedan offers relatively large trunk space at 13.7 cubic feet. The four-door hatchback, meanwhile, provides 21.2 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats up and 47.5 cubic feet when folded.

Driving Impressions

In the times of 500-plus-horsepower supercars, the 2012 Hyundai Accent's 138-hp output might sound paltry. Yet this sophisticated direct-injection four-cylinder pulls significantly stronger than the power plants of its major competitors (with the exception of the turbocharged Chevy Sonic). Both the six-speed manual and the six-speed automatic transmissions make good use of that output, too. Under hard acceleration, the engine remains smooth but can get rather noisy.

On the road, the Accent provides both a comfortable ride and decent handling. What it lacks in sporty steering and suspension settings, it compensates for with balance and composure -- criteria likely more important to buyers shopping this segment.

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
Safety
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
Tires & Wheels
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Wheel Covers

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • (4) assist grips
  • 1.6L DOHC GDI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • 172-watt AM/FM/XM audio system w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, iPod/USB aux input jacks
  • 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • 36-amp/hr battery
  • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) -inc: brake assist, electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: active eco system, hill start assist, ignition interlock
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: adjustable head restraints
  • 90-amp alternator
  • Air conditioning
  • Black door handles
  • Black window belt moldings
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color pwr side mirrors
  • Bodyside reinforcements
  • Cabin air filter
  • Chrome accent grille
  • Cloth door inserts
  • Driver & front passenger airbags -inc: occupant classification system
  • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • Emergency trunk release
  • Engine cover
  • Front & rear crumple zones
  • Front center console w/dual cupholders
  • Front map pockets
  • Front passenger seat back pocket
  • Front seatbelts -inc: pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable shoulder belts
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front/rear outboard roof mounted head curtain airbags
  • Hood insulator
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Indicators -inc: PRND, turn signal/hazard, high beam, "OD" position, active eco
  • Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, water temp, odometer, trip odometer
  • Lighting -inc: dome light, cargo area light, map light
  • Lower anchors & upper tether anchors, outboard (LATCH)
  • Metal paint interior door handles
  • Motor driven pwr steering
  • P175/70R14 tires
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver side auto-down
  • Rear coat hook
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Reclining front bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual adjustable driver seat w/height adjust, active/adjustable front head restraints, driver armrest
  • Remote trunk/hood/fuel door release
  • Roof mounted antenna
  • Shift interlock system
  • Tilt steering column
  • Tinted glass w/sunshade band
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Torsion axle rear suspension -inc: gas shock absorbers, coil springs
  • Trip computer -inc: distance to empty, average fuel consumption, average vehicle speed, elapsed time, instant fuel consumption
  • Urethane shift knob
  • Vehicle stability management system -inc: electronic stability control (ESC) & traction control system (TCS)
  • Warning chimes -inc: key-in-ignition, door ajar, seatbelt
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