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2012 Hyundai Accent Review

Efficient 5-Door Hatchback

A three-quarter front view of a blue 2012 Hyundai Accent

In short: A well-priced, fuel-efficient 5-door hatchback.

arning a class-leading 34 mpg combined and offering up to 47.5 cubic feet of storage space, this economical 5-door hatchback is all about utilizing space efficiently. The addition of decent acceleration, a low starting price and a surprising amount of standard equipment make the Hyundai Accent a day tripper's dream.

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile limited new vehicle warranty; 10-year/100,000 powertrain limited warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $14,595 / As Tested: $15,795

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door hatchback

Engine: 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing and direct injection
Horsepower: 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque: 123 lb-ft @ 4,850 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,430 lbs
Wheelbase: 101.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 162/66.9/57.1 in

front ventilated disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution
Suspension: independent strut front with coil springs, hydraulic twin-tube gas shock absorber and stabilizer bar; rear torsion axle with coil springs and gas-filled monotube shock absorber

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

Top Speed: 115 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 11.1 seconds

EPA City:
30 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags; roof-mounted front and rear side curtain airbags

Likes: value; mpg

Dislikes: TBD


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