2012 Hyundai Accent vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Accent
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Though it's officially compact in size, the 2012 Hyundai Accent is priced more like the smaller subcompacts you know and love, or maybe are waiting anxiously on.

The Accent's space is like that of the Honda Fit, but the Accent lacks the Fit's flexible rear seat, and some of its Honda price premium.

The Ford Fiesta pitches itself as a more sporty small car, and even if it's not quite all that, it still has the techtastic Sync system in its win column.

The Nissan Versa is new for 2012, and it's still big, and still fairly plain--virtues in this class, we think.

The Yaris is renewed this year, with a bit more flair.

The most intriguing competition might be the Chevrolet Sonic, which wedges a turbo four from the bigger Cruze into a robo-chunky body for the kind of fun we remember fondly from the old Suzuki Swift GT.

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Quick Specs
Do Americans want small cars with more room and great gas mileage? The 2012 Hyundai Accent is betting they do--and so are we.
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is.
The 2012 Toyota Yaris is fuel-efficient in the city without hybrid hardware, and it has an nicely appointed interior that feels cheerful but not cheapskate; but its weak performance and highway refinement aren't up to current class standards.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompactSubcompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan LS 1LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S3-Door Liftback Manual L (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanSedan5 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback
Detailed Spec Comparison
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