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Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
  • Quality interior
  • Few standard features




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 7.8
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2012 Hyundai Accent Overview

Equipped with a four-cylinder engine, reviewers said the 2012 Hyundai Accent has adequate power for both city and highway driving, but isn’t very quick from a stop. Test drivers say the standard six-speed manual is easy to shift and makes the best use of the engine’s power, while the available six-speed automatic earns praise for its smooth shifts. Equipped with either transmission, the 2012 Accent gets an EPA-estimated 28/37 mpg city/highway, which is great for the class. Some reviewers thought the steering is more responsive than in rival small cars, though others said that it could offer more feedback. While they wrote that the 2012 Accent isn’t particularly sporty or fun to drive, it compensates with a ride that’s composed and quiet.

Auto writers were pleased with the grade of materials used in the 2012 Accent’s cabin and said the design is tasteful. The front seats are spacious, they said, and the rear seats have enough head- and legroom even for tall adults, which is a rare compliment for a subcompact car. The sedan's trunk size is class-competitive, and the hatchback offers substantially more cargo space. The base 2012 Accent sedan comes with power door locks and a tilt steering wheel. Available features include air conditioning, power windows, an AM/FM stereo system, a USB port, Bluetooth, keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and cruise control. Critics agreed that the Accent’s audio and climate controls are logically placed and intuitive to use.

Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers said the 2012 Honda Fit has a peppy engine and is fun to drive. Reviewers noted that the Fit has one of the most spacious back seats in the class, and they praised its versatile seats, which can be folded multiple ways to allow for cargo of different sizes and shapes.

The 2012 Kia Rio was available with features like navigation when it was new, and reviewers praised its high-quality interior. The Rio also gets good fuel economy for the class, and critics appreciated its precise steering.

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