The Hyundai Accent used share the claim as the cheapest car in the U.S.
market with the Nissan Versa, give or take a few hundred bucks, but Hyundai has raised prices on the Accent significantly for 2012 with the discontinuation of its basic two-door hatch.
The 2012 Versa S, with manual transmission, A/C, and CD sound, is priced $3,205 below the Accent.
That said, the Accent feels like a more upscale car than the Versa, especially in its base form, and its interior materials and switchgear feel a step above.
Both the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta cost significantly more than the Versa yet are more fun to drive; the Fit stands out especially for its very low cargo floor and a seat-folding arrangement that's better than all others in this class.
Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Sonic is an all-new model for 2012, replacing the lackluster Chevrolet Aveo; unlike the Aveo, the Sonic is a serious rival to all the vehicles mentioned here, with a sophisticated, refined driving feel, great interior comfort, top-notch safety, and better interior materials than the Versa.
The Toyota Yaris has also been redesigned for 2012, although our editors had still not driven it at the time of this review's posting.
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|2012 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet SonicBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai AccentBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota YarisBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Subcompact Car||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Compact Cars||Subcompact|
|4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S||4-Door Sedan LS 1LS||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS||3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||3 Door Hatchback|