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

By Colin Bird  on April 20, 2011

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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

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