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2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan

2012 Hyundai Accent Review

(0 Stars)  From so-so to top of the heap.

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Hyundai is on quite a roll of late, and the brand-new 2012 Accent is perhaps the most impressive model revision yet from the Korean automaker. The entry-level Accent stacks up incredibly well in a segment that has recently been revolutionized by products such as the Ford Fiesta, the Chevrolet Sonic, and the Mazda 2. Like its predecessor, the new Accent is an inexpensive car, but it no longer feels cheap. It features a 1.6-liter direct-injected four-cylinder that produces 138 hp and paces the class in fuel mileage, achieving EPA ratings of 30/40 mpg city/highway. The exterior styling might not appeal to folks with a phobia of melted things, but it helps the car stand out boldly from its competitors as well as its predecessors. The quirky-cool two-door coupe body style didn't return for this season, but it has been replaced by a more usable four-door hatchback (available in GS and SE trim), which carries a premium over the base four-door sedan (which comes only as the GLS). The Accent's cabin is surprisingly spacious -- its interior volume earns it a spot in the EPA's Compact class even though it is, by general definition, a subcompact car. Air-conditioning, a radio, and power windows and door locks are not standard equipment on the most miserly GLS models, but all Accents come with four-wheel disc brakes and six air bags. Few subcompacts are penalty boxes these days, and the Accent proudly stands at the top of its segment alongside the likes of the Ford Fiesta.

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2012 Accent GLS Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L Gamma in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 28 MPG city, 37 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 365 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
11.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 123 ft lb of torque @ 4,850 rpm

'12 Hyundai GLS Sedan Reviews

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'12 Hyundai GLS Sedan Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Power Locks
Power Outlet(s)
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Tilt
Trip Computer
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Airbag
Rear Curtain Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
iPod Connector
Satellite Radio
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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