2012 Hyundai Accent a 40 MPG Value at $12,445

2012 Hyundai Accent

Just in case you had any inkling that the new 2012 Hyundai Accent could keep its sub-$10,000 starting price, you can give up those hopes now. The subcompact will start at $12,445, excluding $760 for destination, when it goes on sale later this summer. However, it will be the least expensive 40 mpg car on the market.

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The base price is for the sedan body style, which gets you the new, punchier 138-horsepower engine capable of 30/40 mpg city/highway, a six-speed manual transmission, power door locks and cabin air filter. Standard safety features include active headrests, electronic stability control and six airbags. A six-speed automatic is optional, and it’s paired with cruise control, an Eco mode to optimize fuel economy, air conditioning, six-speaker stereo and power windows and locks for an extra $2,750 ($15,195).

The new five-door hatchback body style starts at $14,595 and includes the same features as the base sedan, plus power mirrors and windows, air conditioning, six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB integration. An automatic transmission is a $1,200 option, and it gets you cruise control.

The Accent starts significantly higher than the just-announced Nissan Versa, a clear indication of two divergent approaches to the subcompact class. The Accent is shaping up to be a more premium product over the Versa.

Still, it’s not like the new Accent is expensive for the class: the Ford Fiesta ($13,320), Honda Fit ($15,100) and Toyota Yaris ($12,955) all have higher starting prices. It's also significantly less than the aging model it replaces. The 2012 hatchback starts $750 less than the new 2011 version, but now the base model doesn't include air conditioning standard, that comes as part of a $1,750 option package evaporating the savings for a majority of buyers.

Standard and Optional Features:

GLS Four-Door M/T

The Accent GLS M/T MSRP is priced at $12,445 and includes the following standard features:

  • 1.6-liter GDI DOHC I4 with Dual-CVVT 
  • Engine cover 
  • Hood insulator 
  • Trip computer 
  • Six-speed manual transmission 
  • Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) 
  • 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers 
  • 175/70R14 low rolling resistance tires and TPMS 
  • Front, side and head curtain airbags 
  • Vehicle Stability Management, ESC with TCS 
  • ABS, EBD, and brake assist with four-wheel disc brakes 
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner 
  • Active front head restraints 
  • Adjustable head restraints for all seating positions 
  • Tachometer 
  • Cabin air filter 
  • Power door locks 
  • Audio prep package with 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 
  • Six-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment 
  • Front two-speed intermittent wiper 
  • Tinted glass with windshield shade band 
  • Rear defroster with timer 
  • Roof-mounted antenna 

GLS M/T Options: Comfort Package ($1,750 MSRP):

  • Air conditioning • AM/FM/XM® Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with tweeters, iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks 
  • Power windows & mirrors 
  • Cloth door inserts 

GLS A/T The Accent GLS A/T MSRP is priced at $15,195 and includes the following GLS M/T features plus:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® 
  • Active Eco System 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Cloth door inserts 
  • AM/FM/XM® Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with tweeters, iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks 
  • Power windows & mirrors 

GLS A/T Options: Premium Package ($1,300 MSRP):

  • Remote keyless entry with panic 
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls 
  • Cruise control 
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition 
  • Premium cloth seats 
  • Chrome inside door handles 
  • Piano black accents 
  • Sunglasses holder 
  • Sliding armrest storage box 
  • Fog lights 
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires 
  • Bodycolor door handles 

GS Five-Door The Accent GS M/T is priced at $14,595 and includes the following standard features:

  • 1.6-liter GDI DOHC I4 with Dual-CVVT 
  • Engine cover  
  • Hood insulator 
  • Trip computer 
  • Six-speed manual transmission 
  • Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) 
  • 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers 
  • 175/70R14 low rolling resistance tires & TPMS 
  • Front, side and head curtain airbags 
  • Vehicle Stability Management, ESC with TCS 
  • ABS, EBD, and brake assist with four-wheel disc brakes 
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner 
  • Active front head restraints 
  • Adjustable head restraints for all seating positions 
  • Tachometer 
  • Air conditioning 
  • AM/FM/XM® Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, and iPod®/USB auxiliary input jacks 
  • Driver seat armrest 
  • Power windows, mirrors and door locks with remote keyless entry with panic 
  • Cloth door insert 
  • Tilt steering wheel 
  • Front door map pockets 
  • Front passenger seatback pocket 
  • 60/40 split folding rear seatback 
  • Dual vanity mirrors 
  • Map, dome and cargo lights 
  • Six-way adjustable driver seat including height adjustment 
  • Front two-speed intermittent wiper 
  • Tinted glass with windshield shade band 
  • Sunglasses holder 
  • Bodycolor mirrors and door handles  
  • Rear defroster with timer 
  • Roof-mounted antenna 
  • Rear wiper 

GS Options: Automatic transmission ($1,200 MSRP) includes:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®, and Active Eco System 
  • Cruise control 

SE Five-Door The Accent SE M/T MSRP is priced at $15,795 and includes all the GS equipment plus the following:

  • Sport-tuned steering 
  • Cruise control 
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls 
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob 
  • Premium cloth seats 
  • Chrome inside door handle 
  • Piano black accents 
  • Sliding armrest storage box 
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with 195/50R16 tires 
  • Fog lights 
  • Rear spoiler

Comments 

FlanKitty

I find the mention of an engine cover as a feature amusing, but palmhead at the lack of upscale options like the rio counterpart has.

Mike

Ahaha! I agree. When a car is THAT stripped down, I guess they need to mention an engine cover to make it look like the car has features.

Troy S.

At least you don't have to buy a special model Accent to get the rated 40 MPG.

Score one for Hyundai.

If you want to higher rated MPG from a Ford or GM, you have to ante up and get the special Eco model. Not all trim levels of their cars get the MPG of the Eco models....Funny how they advertise the Fiesta and Cruze on TV as getting"up to 40 MPG"....

Hyundai doesn't follow the same "smoke and mirrors" advertising.

Score another one for Hyundai.

The Accent also has a lower starting price.

Score yet another one for Hyundai.

GM and Ford zero. Where's Chrysler?

qdp

Guess Honda pursues fuel-economy by desiging an aero-dynamic exterior at the expense of good-looking styling.

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