Driven: 2012 Hyundai Accent

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Hyundai is on a roll these days, having just launched the wildly successful Sonata midsize sedan and the Elantra compact. Both cars are selling at record volumes, and Hyundai has ramped up production at their Montgomery, Alabama plant (where both cars are built) to meet demand. The line is running three shifts per day, but that’s still not enough to meet demand, so Hyundai is importing additional cars from Korea.

For any automaker, such success would be a tough act to follow. For Hyundai, it’s just business as usual, and their newly-launched Accent subcompact is about to change the market in the same way its bigger brothers did. Forget everything you may know about the outgoing Hyundai Accent, which was inexpensive and designed to compete on price alone. The new car is better styled (carrying on Hyunda’s “fluidic sculpture” exterior design theme), roomier, more comfortable, and much safer, thanks to the addition of electronic stability control, traction control, and even electronic brakeforce distribution. You can read our full review of the 2012 Hyundai Accent here.

Just as the 2011 Hyundai Elantra set the bar for compact cars, the 2011 Hyundai Accent will cause consumers to rethink what’s possible from an entry-level subcompact. All Accents come powered by Hyundai’s 1.6-liter Gamma engine, which somehow manages to produce both class-leading horsepower and highway fuel economy of 40 mpg. With 138 horsepower, driving a car that weighs just 2,400 pounds, acceleration is surprisingly brisk. The Accent pulls away from a stop noticeably harder than the competition, and it never manages to feel like an economy car.

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Steering is well-weighted, and the car feels very “tossable” in corners, thanks largely to its light weight. There’s enough body roll in corners to remind you that the Accent isn’t a sports car, and gentle understeer is the order of the day when the car is pushed hard. If the Accent GLS or GS is too soft for your liking, Hyundai does include a “sport suspension” on range-topping SE models, but I still wouldn’t plan on taking home any autocross trophies in the Accent.

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The ride quality is good, even over broken pavement, which is somewhat surprising given the Accents diminutive size. The brakes provide decent pedal feel and short-enough stopping distances, and the Accent is the only subcompact car to include four-wheel disc brakes as standard equipment. From an entertainment perspective, the 2012 Hyundai Accent is more fun behind the wheel than any subcompact competitor I can think of, and only the upcoming 2012 Chevy Sonic has a chance of unseating the Accent in that category.

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The days of the Hyundai Accent being the cheapest car in America are over, and Hyundai is betting that the new car will win buyers based on content, fuel economy, styling, and performance. We’re inclined to believe they’re right, and recommend you drive the 2012 Hyundai Accent if you’re in the market for an alternative to boring subcompacts.

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  (762) posted on 01.4.2012

I must agreed with them that it is really no doubt why Hyundai Accent was in a record volume. This car will really impress you a lot from its interior features to its awesome exterior design. Even without lots of design, it is already looks great.

  (619) posted on 09.26.2011

Hyundai known to be a successful car brand creating trendiest and coolest car ever since. As with its package down from elegant exterior and interior everything looked simply the best.

  (647) posted on 09.9.2011

hmm. So what’s happen to the over weight of the car? I really don’t think that this is a economical vehicle. However, I was impressed with the awesome speed performance of the car. let’s just see on how this car will sell in the market.

  (474) posted on 09.9.2011

Hyundai has come up with a remarkable production vehicle of a midsize sedan. The performance of the vehicle is quite awesome. The deliver power output for almost 138hp is kind of great! I think I’m already falling in love with this newer Accent!

  (797) posted on 09.7.2011

Its a good thing that there’s a increase in the figure performance of the car! I love tp see a high speed performing vehicle in the lined up of Hyundai.

  (466) posted on 09.7.2011

Well, I have to say that I’m impressed with the styling of the vehicle. Its a good thin as well that they have modified the version of the car. This is seems to be a powerful car.

  (530) posted on 08.19.2011

Well’ If I were to buy a car maybe I wouldn’t include this Hyundai on my list for consideration.. It’s mainly because of its low speed performance.. It just have the looks but it doesn’t have the guts..

  (384) posted on 08.16.2011

I must agreed with LiveLongCoolCar that it is really no doubt why Hyundai Accent was in a record volume. This car will really impress you a lot from its interior features to its awesome exterior design. Even without lots of design, it is already looks great.

  (595) posted on 08.16.2011

The luxuriousness it shows is one big factor for Accent. You will barely notice that it is an economy car. I also like the few changes in the interior of the car. The pedals and the handle. Well, since it is light-weighted, it will be a better handling for sure.

  (372) posted on 08.16.2011

Well, I have to agree that this vehicle would be an awesome production since the older version car performs great. I wonder why they haven’t offer an aftermarket version instead.

  (231) posted on 08.16.2011

Wow! I really love the decent styling of the car! The figure performance is kind of great as well. I have to say that the vehicle is awesome and it will surely spice up the competition in the market.

  (441) posted on 08.15.2011

No doubt that this Hyundai Accent was in a record volume at selling. Accent is a really awesome car that anyone would love to have because it is so practical to use everyday and very reliable for the road.

  (320) posted on 08.15.2011

The latest production sale of Hyundai is rarely big. Well, every automaker will have a hard time if the demand is so high. I hope that this new Hyundai Accent can reach what his brothers achieve. This new compact car must also be a big hit in the market.

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