The New York Auto Show is fast becoming a busy event with automakers left and right introducing their new 2012 model line up of vehicles.

In the middle of all the chaos, Korean automaker Hyundai presented the all-new 2012 Accent, a car that promises to take the popularity of its predecessors to a whole new level. Thanks in large part to the car’s new and upscale "Fluidic Sculpture" design, the new Accent sure looks like it doesn’t belong in the subcompact market anymore.

At the very least, it’s changing the game in the market. “The 2012 Hyundai Accent reinvigorates the subcompact segment, similar to what the game-changing Sonata and Elantra have done in their categories,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America.

On top of the Accent’s new design, Hyundai made no bones about the car’s performance and capabilities, promoting the car as a class-leader across the board.

“The Accent’s class-leading standard fuel economy is another showcase of Hyundai’s dedication to improving fuel efficiency with advancements to traditional gasoline powered vehicles and is the fourth nameplate in Hyundai’s lineup delivering 40 mpg on the highway,” O’Brien said.

While it’s easy to promote the car given the drastic changes done to it, we’ll reserve all our judgments until we get to experience the new Accent first-hand. But for now, we do have to give props to Hyundai for a design well-done. Who knew that their "Fluidic Sculpture" language would translate well to the Accent too?

Details on the Hyundai Accent after the jump.

  • 2012 - 2015 Hyundai Accent
  • Year:
    2012- 2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    all-aluminum Gamma four-cylinder
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    137 @ 6300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    123 @ 4850
  • Displacement:
    1600 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    121 mph
  • Price:
    14745
  • body style:

Exterior

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It came a little later than we anticipated, but the 2012 Accent has finally arrived to join Hyundai’s new sporting line. Featuring the same "Fluidic Sculpture" design that has made this generation’s line of Hyundai vehicles popular, the 2012 Accent’s overall is all loads of dynamic. The new Accent makes use of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights, giving it a compact athletic face to go along with the impressive powertrain. To provide some variety, the five-door SE variant of the Accent was given a sporty roof-mounted spoiler and vertical taillights.

The Accent is available in a number of exterior colors, including Century White, Ironman Silver, Cyclone Gray, Ultra Black, Boston Red, Mocha Bronze, Marathon Blue, Clearwater Blue, and Electrolyte Green. These colors complement the gray or beige two-tone interior that the Accent comes in.

For the 2012 model, Hyundai decided to drop the three-door model, opting instead to have three different trim levels for which customers can choose from: the four-door GLS model, the five-door GS model, and the top-of-the-line SE model.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 101.2 Inches
Overall length 162.0 Inches
Overall width 66.9 Inches
Overall height 57.1 Inches
Tread width (front/rear) 14” 59.3 / 59.5 Inches
Tread width (front/rear) 16” 58.6 / 58.8 Inches

New For 2013

  • Standard GLS MT model gets heated body-colored side mirrors, body-colored door handles
  • Heated side mirrors are standard on all trims
  • Side mirrors with turn signal indicators offered as standard for the SE trim
  • Power sunroof offered as an option for the SE trim

New for 2014

  • New standard equipment : one-touch triple turn signal, sliding sun visors and driver’s blind spot mirror
  • 5-door SE and 4-door Premium Package models get new stylish projector headlights with LED accents, headlamp welcome/escort function

New for 2015

  • Newly styled grille, headlights and taillights
  • New 16-inch alloy and 14-inch steel wheel covers
  • New exterior colors: Vitamin C, Pacific Blue and Misty Beige
  • New Popular Equipment Package delivers customer-favorite features to Accent GLS
  • Accent SE becomes Accent Sport

Interior

The four-door Accent GLS model has plenty of standard features added to it. They include: Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS), front, side and head curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, ABS, EBD, and brake assist with four-wheel disc brakes, front seatbelt pretensioner, active front head restraints, adjustable head restraints for all seating positions, a tachometer, cabin air filter, power door locks, four speakers, tilt steering wheel, driver seat armrest, front door map pockets, front passenger seatback pocket, 60/40 split folding rear seatback, dual vanity mirrors, map, dome and cargo lights, a six-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment, front two-speed intermittent wiper, tinted glass, a rear defroster with timer, air conditioning, an AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with tweeters, iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks, and a roof-mounted antenna.

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The GLS A/T version can also be given a premium package, one that includes remote keyless entry with panic, a steering wheel mounted audio controls, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, premium cloth seats, chrome inside door handle, piano black accents, sunglasses holder, sliding armrest storage box, front fog lights, body-color handles, and a set of 16" alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires.

Meanwhile, the five-door GS model is decked to the brim with its own set of features, including ABS, EBD, and brake assist with four-wheel disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Management, front, side and head curtain airbags, front seatbelt pretensioner, active front head restraints, adjustable head restraints for all seating positions, a tachometer, air conditioning, driver seat armrest, power windows, mirrors & door locks with remote keyless entry with panic system, cloth door insert, tilt steering wheel, front door map pockets, front passenger seatback pocket, 60/40 split rear seatback, dual vanity mirrors, map, dome and cargo lights, six-way adjustable driver seat with height adjustment, front two-speed intermittent wiper, tinted glass, bodycolor mirrors and door handles, rear defroster with timer, roof-mounted antenna, rear wiper, an • AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks, and roof antenna, and a set of 14" steel wheels wrapped in 175/70R14 low rolling resistance tires.

The five-door SE model comes with the same standard equipment from the GS model with some notable additions, including cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, premium cloth seats, chrome inside door handles, Piano black accents, a sliding armrest storage box, front fog lights, a rear spoiler, and a set of 16" alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires.

New For 2013

  • GLS MT gets standard air conditioning, AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers, iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks and sunglass holder

New For 2014

  • Standard audio system gets updated for improved voice recognition and button layout
  • 5-door SE and 4-door Premium Package models get driver’s side auto-up window and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • B&M Racing Sport Shifter now available on 5-door SE model

New for 2015

  • New interior fabric patterns
  • Reversed LCD audio display for greater readability
  • Addition of standard exterior temperature display

Drivetrain

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The 2012 Accent comes with an all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine that delivers 138 horsepower and 123 lb/ft of torque, the best of its class in both departments. The Accent makes use of GDI, which allows for better fuel economy, increased power, and reduced emissions all by controlling the injection of fuel into the engine.

The Accent comes with the application of Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) on both the intake and exhaust camshafts while also featuring an Alternator Management System, an offset crankshaft design, variable induction system, and electronic throttle control.

Drivetrain Prices

Type DOHC 16-valve transverse-mounted inline with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Materials Aluminum block and head
Bore & stroke 77.0 mm x 85.44 mm
Compression ratio 11.0:1
Displacement 1.6 liters / 1,591 cc
Horsepower 137 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Torque 123 LB-FT @ 4,850 RPM
Valves per cylinder 4

Pricing

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Pricing for the 2012 Accent begins with the GLS four-door fetching a sticker of $12,445 whereas the GS five-door comes in at $14,595.

2015 Hyundai Accent - Prices

Model Engine Transmission MSRP
Accent GLS Sedan 1.6L GDI 6-Speed Manual Transmission $14,745
Accent GLS Sedan 1.6L GDI 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC® $15,745
Accent GS Hatchback 1.6L GDI 6-Speed Manual Transmission $14,995
Accent GS Hatchback 1.6L GDI 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC® $16,195
Accent Sport Hatchback 1.6L GDI 6-Speed Manual Transmission $16,495
Accent Sport Hatchback 1.6L GDI 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with SHIFTRONIC® $17,495

Competition

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To give you a better understanding of just how far ahead of its class the Hyundai Accent is over its rivals, check out the table below and you’ll immediately notice that this new Korean sub-compact has the leg up in just about every important category.

2012 Accent 2011 Honda Fit 2011 Ford Fiesta 2011 Toyota Yaris 2011 Nissan Versa 2011 Chevrolet Aveo 2011 Mazda2
Engine 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4
HP @ RPM 138 @ 6,300 117 @ 6,600 120 @ 6,350 106 @ 6,000 107 @ 6,000 108 @ 6,400 100 @ 6,000
Specific output (HP/Liter) 86 78 75 71 67 68 67
Torque @ RPM 123 @ 4,850 106 @ 4,800 112 @ 5,000 103 @ 4,200 111 @ 4,600 105 @ 4,000 98 @ 4,000
Transmission 6MT or 6AT 5MT or 5AT 5MT or 6AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT
MPG (M/T) (C/H) 30/40 27/33 28/37 29/36 26/34 27/35 29/35
MPG (A/T) (C/H) 30/40 28/35 29/38 29/35 25/33 25/34 27/33
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  • Leave it
    • No more three-door trim?
    • Competition is still tough
    • Would you rather get a Genesis?
What do you think?
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33 comments:

  (382) posted on 04.25.2012

This Hyundai Accent is really stunning because of its external design and color.

  (532) posted on 01.25.2012

This Hyundai Accent vehicle really impressed me. Nothing has gone wrong with this car. It looks perfect and stylish for me. It is worth buying for. I would recommend this to my friends.

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

They say that Hyundai cars are really impressive. Well, now I know that rumors is true. Seeing Hyundai Accent with its pretty color and aggressive body look, I can say that this one will stand out in the market.

  (559) posted on 01.2.2012

I really love the fluidic sculpture of Accent, and I must say that I am really impressed with the improvement of the fuel efficiency of this car with still have an advancement to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. It’s really a good car.

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

Hyundai Accent is really a good car, from the system and technologies of it is truly impressive at all. I love the color also it gives the aggressive look of Accent.

  (777) posted on 12.21.2011

Considering that the price for this car is rather low, I wouldn’t be surprised why a lot of people are opting for it. Good thing it has great quality to boot.

  (498) posted on 12.19.2011

I like how the lines flow smoothly on this one, it’s really fluid, as they say. And the interior also looks quite good, especially the way they did the console.

  (504) posted on 10.20.2011

Accent is really a good-looking car, and I can say that I also want to have it for myself, and I love it in the color of blue, and the decent interior of this one was really so striking.

  (484) posted on 10.12.2011

Accent, is one of the most popular cars nowadays! Furthermore, I can’t blame them if why they are so in love with this Accent because it really had an awesome exterior and interior features.

  (429) posted on 09.23.2011

Accent is really an impressive car, and I must say that this is my favorite car here in a Hyundai. I could drive this one in any occasions and place.

  (683) posted on 09.2.2011

What I really love about this Accent is the fact that it is so practical to use in my everyday transportation and so reliable on a road trip and they are right that the interior of it is really quite impressive and I can say that it is a very satisfying car.

  (600) posted on 08.26.2011

Accent will still stand out in any color! This car is really had an impressive interior features that everyone would love to have with their car.

  (317) posted on 08.8.2011

I love Accent for it has several available exterior colors but I think color blue is really stunning for an Accent car.

  (429) posted on 08.5.2011

I love the sufficient technologies of Accent, it is really impressive. I’m also glad to know that finally Hyundai is arriving for a new sporting line and this Accent is really a successful one.

  (463) posted on 08.4.2011

Hyundai Accent is really good car, from the system and technologies of it is really impressive at all. I love the color also it gives the aggressive look of Accent.

  (428) posted on 08.3.2011

It seems that you can always drive this Hyundai Accent in any occasion. The delivering of 40 mpg on the highway is really impressive at all. Hyundai Accent is a complete packaged for a car.

  (559) posted on 08.2.2011

I really love the fluidic sculpture of Accent and I must say that I am really impressed with the improvement of the fuel efficiency of this car with still have an advancement to traditional gasoline powered vehicles. It’s really a good car.

  (302) posted on 08.1.2011

Accent is really an awesome car for me, well it is already a total packaged for a car, from its appearance inside and out to its engine is really impressive. I can’t say anything wrong about this Accent.

  (429) posted on 07.29.2011

I like the styling of the car which is stunning. It is like a flowing water. I would say that it is going to be a tough competition between this Hyundai Accent and the Genesis. They almost have the same boost.

  (559) posted on 07.20.2011

I’ve seen this one too on the road, actually accent is not really an "eye catcher" car. The reason that really caught my eyes is its pretty paint that they used on it. I must agree that the engine performance is quite impressive.

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