With An Accent On Fuel Economy, Hyundai Updates The Subcompact

April 20, 2011
2012 Hyundai Accent

2012 Hyundai Accent

It's no secret that Hyundai's 2011 Sonata and Elantra models are out-of-the-park home runs for the Korean automaker. Now Hyundai is looking to bring the same sales success to the subcompact car market with the introduction of their all-new Accent. Available as a four-door sedan or a five-door wagon, the new Accent continues the automaker's "fluidic sculpture" design theme while giving a series of best-in-class features. Want fuel economy? The new Accent delivers a class-leading 30 miles per gallon city and 40 miles per gallon highway. Want horsepower? The Accent's 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine delivers a best in class 138 horsepower, and a range topping 86 horsepower per liter. Need cargo room? The new Accent is also best in both the subcompact and the compact class for cargo volume, with 21.2 cubic feet.

Compared to the previous generation Accent, the new models have a longer wheelbase and a slightly wider track. That helps with interior room, and the Accent has a passenger space normally associated with compact cars, not subcompacts. The new Accent benefits from the latest safety advancements as well, and all Accent models come equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Management (which blends ESC and the motor driven power steering to enhance cornering in slippery conditions), Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution.

The Accent is the first Hyundai model to come with the 1.6-liter Gamma engine (which will later appear in the new Veloster). The Gamma engine uses Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), variable intake and exhaust cam timing and electronic throttle control to maximize both power and fuel economy while reducing emissions. To ensure durability, the engine uses a timing chain instead of the more conventional (and less expensive) timing belt.

The new Accent will be offered in three trim levels, including the entry-level GLS sedan, the mid-range five-door GS and the range-topping five-door SE. The 2012 Accent will be in Hyundai showroom's this summer, priced the same as the outgoing 2011 model.

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