Review: 2012 Hyundai Accent SE | The Truth About Cars

17 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Review: 2012 Hyundai Accent SE | The Truth About Cars

subtly sporty exterior, tight proportions and no extraneous

The Mazda Protege5 that’s my garage for the past eight nailed this one. The that replaced it on dealer not even close. The Accent SE hook me like the P5 did, but more attractive than the sedan and, among the small hatches, edges out the Ford Fiesta for the top spot to crisper lines and a less windowlette-free A-pillar. (The car look better in person in these photos.) Additional to Hyundai for not overdoing the front end and the car to look its best without rims (the SE wears The exterior styling is far from but it also works for those of us out of our teens.

The same inside the car, solid construction and good

I don’t want to drive an but I don’t want to inhabit a game or science fiction either. Looking at some key element, I don’t want to wonder, “What were thinking?” This rules out the Mazda3, and MINI, among The Accent isn’t far off my ideal, but short thanks to the lingering mindset evident in the silver-painted on the doors and the thin, light (why?) fabric on the seats.

does much better these bits, while offering more solidly buckets. On the other hand, the instrument panel is a keeper. The is all the hard stuff, but it feels and doesn’t appear cheap.

Unlike in a Fiesta or Focus, the stack controls are easy to understand, and operate.

A driving that encourages an intimate with the car

It’s easier to what my ideal driving does not include: a distant thick pillars, or small, windows. The Accent much than the current norm on the and okay on the other two (though the window is very small). find an airier cabin in a but other competitors tend to below the Hyundai.

One minor negative: unlike in the and new Chevrolet Sonic the steering does not telescope.

Adequate for three pre-teen kids and a run to

Hyundai Accent

The Accent’s rear seat and area are no match for those of the Fit and Nissan Versa, or any C-segment but are roomier than in the Fiesta. enough, The rear seat is mounted a little too low for … but I’d rarely have adults there.

A refined, willing, engine

Hyundai’s new, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine out a segment-leading 138 horsepower at 6,300 There’s noticeably more than with the 120-horsepower in the Fiesta, much less the 100-horsepower lump in the Mazda2. But when saddled with a light 2,400-pound curb we’re still talking the difference between very sorta slow, and a touch than adequate.

With a torque peak of 123 at 4,850 rpm, you’ll to rev the 1.6 in all but the most casual driving. is okay, as Hyundai’s latest revs smoothly and quietly. If I’d like to hear more of the sort of noise over rpm.

Unfortunately, exercising the requires contact with the shifter, which avoids a grade thanks only to throws and the ease of grabbing the gear. The shifter feels and crunchy. It even sounds and crunchy.

Logitech makes better-feeling your computer. Every car has been engineering manual since the day it was born. Tech get any older. So why does getting the right remain so hard for so of them?

Hyundai has employed a good BM unit in the Elantra and the previous-generation Accent. Do the same the new one.

On top of this, no points are for fitting a six-speed transmission, though most competitors do with five-speeds. Here’s

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