2012 Hyundai Accent
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2nd Accent - 1st New One

by from Maryland on February 9, 2014

We've been very pleased with our 2008 Hyundai Accent. My husband puts about 100 miles a day on it, and it has held up very well since we acquired it in 2009. So when we decided to get another car, we ...
We've been very pleased with our 2008 Hyundai Accent. My husband puts about 100 miles a day on it, and it has held up very well since we acquired it in 2009. So when we decided to get another car, we decided on another Accent. It's definitely a compact car (my 6' 3" father doesn't fit comfortably in it if there are 4 people), but otherwise, it's actually quite roomy inside. Very attractive. Turns on a dime. Just another good, solid car.
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Great Car

by from Tampa, Fl. on March 14, 2014

I bought the 2012 Hyundai Accent with 34,000 .miles on it , have drove it approx. 1,000 miles so far. Gas mileage is always around 36 mpg highway and city combined, the car is surprisingly quick for a...
I bought the 2012 Hyundai Accent with 34,000 .miles on it , have drove it approx. 1,000 miles so far. Gas mileage is always around 36 mpg highway and city combined, the car is surprisingly quick for a 1.6 liter with a 6 speed automatic transmission. The car is fully loaded with the premium package. Interior is comfortable and well designed, the exterior is an excellent designed, looks much larger than it is. The 16 inch wheels and tire make the car handle excellent, stereo is great. For a small gas saver this car is great, best bang for the buck.
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Terrible

by from South Australia on April 9, 2013

I have had my 2012 Hyundai Accent for 6 months now and it has already gone in for an engine rebuild, well it needed a short motor and new drive shaft, but they pretty much replaced the whole front end...
I have had my 2012 Hyundai Accent for 6 months now and it has already gone in for an engine rebuild, well it needed a short motor and new drive shaft, but they pretty much replaced the whole front end. Not only that, but it now has an oil leak, which i took it back to hyundai who said nothing wrong with it and it's normal. My partner works with cars and he had a look a week later and noticed it still dripping oil! took it back to hyundai only to be told it is a problem with the head gasket! In a brand new car these things should not happen!! not happy at all!
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Does not recommend this car

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Very Disappointed

by from Dartmouth Nova Scotia on November 27, 2012

Purchased my 2012 Accent hatchback in May and have had nothing but problems. Gas mileage is about half of what Hyundai rated it for. I have had it back once for a minor electrical problem and had to c...
Purchased my 2012 Accent hatchback in May and have had nothing but problems. Gas mileage is about half of what Hyundai rated it for. I have had it back once for a minor electrical problem and had to call RoadSide Assistance for a major problem. As of today the odometer has gone crazy. Today I drove 6 km while the car was running, sitting in my driveway and the 2 km drive to my local grocery store was clocked at 12 km. This will be my first and last Hyundai product.
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Needs That Warranty

by from Jacksonville, FL on July 8, 2014

From the outset, the car made a popping sound, which seemed to be in the steering or suspension. I took it to the dealer I bought it from, and they claimed they did not hear it. On a trip, I took it t...
From the outset, the car made a popping sound, which seemed to be in the steering or suspension. I took it to the dealer I bought it from, and they claimed they did not hear it. On a trip, I took it to a dealer in another city because I was afraid to take it on the long drive home. Same response. (Hyundai seems to have a different class of dealer.) Finally I took it to a dealer who found bad tie-rod ends. The sound was better, but some of it continued. Ultimately, the headliner had to be pulled down and defective welds fixed. A few thousand miles later, there was a problem with the engine racing almost to redline, when the clutch peddle was pushed in. That required two trips to a dealer. All this within the first 30,000 miles. Will it leave me stranded?
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CAVEAT: Locks/unlocks from driver's door ONLY

by from Pittsburgh, PA on July 14, 2014

Have had this car less than a week, so can't assess much but have been very unpleasantly surprised to find it can only be unlocked -- AND LOCKED! -- from driver's door. Extremely inconvenient. Wish I...
Have had this car less than a week, so can't assess much but have been very unpleasantly surprised to find it can only be unlocked -- AND LOCKED! -- from driver's door. Extremely inconvenient. Wish I'd known that before, as the main reason I must have a car is to ferry elderly relatives to doctor's appointments, grocery trips, etc. "Hang on to your walker, mom, while I run around to lock the car….." After plunking down a down-payment, taxes, registration, etc., I am now going to have to spend a few hundred bucks to get a keyless entry, which I don't need. Why couldn't Hyundai spend another 30 cents and install a passenger-side keyhole and lock?
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BEST CAR I EVER OWNED

by from OHIOP on May 4, 2013

WHAT A CAR FOR THE MONEY EXCELLANT GAS MILEAGE AND PLENTY OF POWER VERY STYLISH THIS IS MY THIRD HYUNDAI NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY
WHAT A CAR FOR THE MONEY EXCELLANT GAS MILEAGE AND PLENTY OF POWER VERY STYLISH THIS IS MY THIRD HYUNDAI NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY
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Finally a Nice Small Car!

by from MN on July 25, 2011

I have noticed most car companies are coming out with new and/or improved cars for the subcompact and compact segments. This 2012 Accent (and the new Elantra according to many reviews) seems to illust...
I have noticed most car companies are coming out with new and/or improved cars for the subcompact and compact segments. This 2012 Accent (and the new Elantra according to many reviews) seems to illustrate how Hyundai has excelled in improving their small car lineup. My wife and I were actually looking at Elantra (new and used) initially and came across this car by accident thinking it was an Elantra. Upon finding out it was an Accent (sedan), we test drove it anyway, loved it, and purchased it. This car is much improved over the previous generation Accent. Instead of a small, cheap, bland appearance, it now has a very nice interior and exterior look and feel to it. It has improved power, gas mileage, and safety features (to name a few) as well. But how does it perform in real world driving? The ride we have experienced so far is better than any other compact (and even some newer midsized cars) we rode or drove. You certainly still feel bumps and encounter engine noise when the engine is pushed, but for a small car with a short wheelbase, it seems to do well enough that it does not bother anyone who has rode in it thus far (even with the thin profile tires). On the highway it seems to ride very smooth and feels controlled. Steering is taught and this also helps us feel the car is well controlled on the road. Breaks are sharp and help us feel confident in hard breaking situations. Acceleration has been adequate for us, but it is obviously not a breakneck car. It actually feels rather spunky in in-town driving and we have found no problems passing on the highway, even in heavy traffic where quick maneuvering is required. The front two seats are very comfortable for us (6'0 and 5'8"). Driving position is comfortable, even on longer trips. Visibility is good all around, even with the sloped back window and 3 rear head restraints. The back seats seem adequate for 2 people of average height and weight, with knee room to spare. Three people is a bit tight, but is doable (especially with the lack of a large bump in the middle of the floor seem in many cars). No cup holders in the back, but this has not been an issue for us. Controls in the car are intuitive and easy learn and use. The colors of the interior lighting is also very nice (soft blues, not reds or yellows). Trunk space is surprisingly adequate for multiple suitcases, groceries, whatever we have tried fitting in it thus far. Rear seats folding down helps if more space is needed. Things we are still unsure of at this point: Reliability (though Hyundai has improved in this regard and previous generation had sound reliability); ability to safely fit child seats in back; Winter weather driving; Gas mileage (usually with Eco mode on): As low as 26mpg in aggressive stop and go city driving. Generally 28-33 in mostly to all city driving. 38 to 42 in mostly to all highway driving. Pretty nice! Overall: This car is way better than I expected so far. Many features and creature comforts for a small car. Time will tell with reliability and winter driving.
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Great car for the money.

by from Los Angeles, CA on February 23, 2012

I purchased my 2012 Hyundai Accent two months ago. I opted for the SE because of the Bluetooth and the center arm rest. They make a huge difference to my driving comfort. When deciding which car to bu...
I purchased my 2012 Hyundai Accent two months ago. I opted for the SE because of the Bluetooth and the center arm rest. They make a huge difference to my driving comfort. When deciding which car to buy I researched (and test drove) the Mazda 3 (and 2), Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta (and Focus), Chevy Sonic and Kia Rio 5. I insisted on a car with 30city/40hwy mpg, high horsepower & torque, low price, and hatchback styling. The Accent was the only car at the intersection of those requirements. The ride is very comfortable and quiet. Spacious on the inside, with a back seat big enough to be comfortable to adults. Yet the car is small enough overall that it’s easy to park in tight spots. The 138 horsepower with 123 ft-lb of torque gives it good pick up on the highway, when I need to punch it to make a quick pass. Steering is fine. The gas mileage helps my wallet a lot. The Bluetooth is very helpful when I need to be on conference calls for my work. It even recognizes my iPhone, so I can play my music wirelessly. It’s a lot more elegant on the inside than I expected (I got the black interior, with a gray exterior). The trunk space comes with a cover, which keeps the contents of the trunk private. One down side is the lack of a spare tire. But it seems to have the available storage space for one, so I plan on purchasing a spare tire soon. Another downside was tight rear visibility, which I resolved by removing the central headrest for the back seat. Overall I’m very happy with the car so far. It feels right and drives well.
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Great Car!!!

by from milliken CO on October 2, 2011

All I have to say is take it for a test drive and you will understand! We test drove all the other subcompacts and the others all fell short some were compared to the 2012 accent.
All I have to say is take it for a test drive and you will understand! We test drove all the other subcompacts and the others all fell short some were compared to the 2012 accent.
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