CleanMPG Reviews the 2012 Hyundai Accent

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    This is James result on the afternoon of day 1 with the Accent loaded with 4 and our gear while using just the basics and the 7% underreport.

    2012 Hyundai Accent Review

    50.1 mpg displayed – 53.6 mpgUS actual with loaded Accent and low 20 degree temps.​

    The pic taken in the afternoon when we got back to the car after Day 1 of the show.

    Nice job James!

  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    And why a sub can be so much more useful than a C-segment or larger vehicle…

    2012 Hyundai Accent Review

    Parking in a tight spot in Chicago’s downtown. Small on the outside, big on the inside :)

    There was a car in front just out of the pic as the second pic showing the SUV up front was blurry. In either case, anything much larger on the outside and we would not have been able to shoe horn the little girl in there forcing us to walk at least another two blocks and driving around more trying to find a place to park.

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    If you are in downtown Chicago, you do not pass up the chance for your ride to achieve immortality ;)

    2012 Hyundai Accent Review

    2012 Hyundai Accent with Marilyn Monroe in downtown Chicago.​

  4. Kinder

    Kinder Well-Known Member

    I'm a bit late here, but I checked my '12 Accent GS 6MT--rated payload is 850 lbs. I remember the 2004-07 Scion xB had a similar or slightly larger payload while the larger and heavier Honda Element was down around 600, so payloads can be surprisingly varied and non-intuitive.

    I'm really curious to know how the Accent compares to the Elantra head to head mpg-wise... I got it due to the extra leg + head room in the back that it has over Elantra & other C-segment, plus the extra cargo space in the hatch; the GDI engine was appealing too. The Elantra GT would have made the choice harder, but I'm guessing there will be a significant price difference that would have kept me in the Accent. And I prefer the more understated looks of the Accent. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I can't help but think Hyundai is downplaying the Korean-made Accent in advertising and the numbers on the lots because they make higher profits off of made-in-the-US Elantras. Pure speculation on my part though.
  5. Thanks for checking that. I bet we were over that. Haha. Oops. Sorry Hyundai.

    Edit- I paused from drooling over the pics Jud sent of me in the Nissan van long enough to peek at the others. I look like I may be the shortest of the 4 of us and I know what I weigh, so yea. Probably a lot to to with the complains of bad ride too.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012
  6. FSUspectra

    FSUspectra Practicing true conservatism!

    Not the first time CleanMPG has been prone to exceed a vehicle's payload capacity, and spank the EPA doing it! ;)
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Here are the 2012 Hyundai Accent's Steady State results.

    Temps from 23 to 25 degrees F with strong winds out of the south - southwest at between 15 and 20 mph. The route was a NB leg and SB leg on I-94 just over the IL/ WI border headed to Milwaukee and back again. CC was set to 50 mph, 60 mph, and 70 mph with the elevation differences between the start with a reset aFCD and the finish over a minimum of 15-miles no more than 10’. I then averaged the two legs and multiplied the steady state aFCD under report by 1.068 for the actuals.

    Because of the strong winds, the steady states may include more error than a calm steady state results drive.

    2012 Hyundai Accent - Steady State (CC set) Speed vs. FE

    mphaFCD mpg displayed (mpgUS)Actual (mpgUS)
    70 mph39.8542.6
    60 mph45.1548.2
    50 mph52.7556.3

    Speedometer Accuracy

    The speedometer displays dead on from actual with 60 mph displayed on the speedometer and GPS at 60 mph.

    Odometer Offset

    Odometer offset calibration was completed above: I reset Trip A/B at the fill and traveled a RT loop covering 64.5 miles. Trip A/B showed just 63.1 miles covered leaving a 2.2% under report of miles traveled as reported above.

  8. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Nice results.. plus 70.1mpg if you throw the book at it
  9. joesgot4

    joesgot4 Well-Known Member

    nice review wayne, one of these days i will go for a short road trip with you to watch you throw the book at the car and maybe i can learn something
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Joesgot4:

    The next time I get down to MS, we'll go for a ride ;)

    All, I just saw that the 2013 NHTSA crash test results are up and as expected, with an average IIHS test score, the NHTSA came in at 4 stars due to that side crash test result as well. Oh if only it arrived with 10-airbags instead of 6, it would have been a slam dunk!

    In any case, I included the NHTSA warning comments on its side impact crash test performance in the results as displayed directly below.

    2012 Hyundai Accent Review

    NHTSA Crash Test Results​

    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  11. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member


    Or maybe a shoo-in?
  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi RedylC94:

    It is whatever you make of it.

    "Dem Der Dam Whippersnappers Tryin Too Korect My Spellish nad Gramur agen" ;)

  13. Reviewing the Accent. Got the wife looking, comparing to the Elantra.
  14. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Good luck. I think there's a lot to like in this little car.
  15. Her motozooma 30 days hits May 1. We'll be out testdriving the 29 th I think. Then a couple days to decide what she wants.
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Since its introduction in April 2011, the Accent has delivered value by blending utility, style, performance and class-above features. Now in its third year of production, the 2014 model-year Accent includes more standard equipment and adds new style and convenience features.

    Inside, the 2014 Accent sees a new one-touch triple turn signal, sliding sun visors and a driver’s blind spot mirror standard on all 2014 Accent trims. A driver’s auto-up power window and tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel on 5-door SE and 4-door Premium Package models.

    2014 Hyundai Accent Upgrades

    Wheel controls.​

    The 2014 Accent’s standard 6-speaker, 172-watt audio system features SiriusXM, a CD/MP3 player and iPod/USB auxiliary jacks for ultimate flexibility while available Bluetooth technology lets driver’s stream music, make calls, access contacts and call logs using audio system controls or the available steering wheel audio controls. Voice recognition and button layout have been improved from last year based on customer feedback.

    [fimg=right][/fimg]New Projector Headlights and LED accents on upper trims.

    Outside, the 14 Accent five-door SE and four-door GLS Premium Package receive new projector headlights with LED accents. Five-door SE model adds a sporty roof-mounted spoiler and vertical taillights. New 16-inch alloy wheels are available on GLS with Premium Package and standard on SE.

  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Today Hyundai released information on the 2016 Accent. Accent provides shoppers with extraordinary value by blending utility, style and performance together in a compact car that’s both attractive and affordable. For the 2016 model year, Accent gets minor changes, including more consistent trim-level naming and some packaging updates. 2016 Accent arrives in dealerships this month at a starting price of $14,745.

    2016 Hyundai Accent Sport Hatch


    Accent Sedan and Accent Hatchback are the vehicle’s two distinct models. For naming consistency, Accent GLS and Accent GS have been renamed to Accent SE Sedan and Accent SE Hatchback, respectively, for the 2016 model year. Accent Hatchback continues to offer a Sport trim, with sportier visual cues and driving dynamics over the SE trim.

    Last month, for the second year in a row, Accent earned the highest honor in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) for the small-car segment.

    SE Sedan1.6L GDI6-Speed MT$14,745
    SE Sedan1.6L GDI6-Speed AT$15,745
    SE Hatch1.6L GDI6-Speed MT$14,995
    SE Hatch1.6L GDI6-Speed AT$16,195
    Sport Hatch1.6L GDI6-Speed MT$16,495
    Sport Hatch1.6L GDI6-Speed AT$17,495

    Add D&H of $825 to the above.

    The 2016 Accent Sedan is available with gray or beige two-tone interior. The Accent Hatchback is available with a gray interior or a monotone black interior. Every model benefits from the new fabric patterns added in the 2015 model year. All Accents have cloth-like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look and feel.

  18. RichXKU

    RichXKU Well-Known Member

    One of few cars available where the MT actually gets better mileage than the AT. I suspect that's because they haven't moved to a CVT yet.
  19. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    That's also because the Accent manual has a taller top-gear ratio than some of its most prominent competitors.
  20. Kinder

    Kinder Well-Known Member

    I wanted to give an update on my 2012 Accent GS with the 6MT. We bought the Accent in Aug. 2011 so were early adopters; we bought exactly because of what RedylC94 said above--it is a rare manual that is geared properly. After 4 years and about 65k miles, we have had zero trips to the mechanic beyond routine maintenance.

    It's had a hard life, too. In those 4 years, two children arrived so it has had car seats and been loaded up regularly. A couple extra inches larger than most subcompacts, we have needed every cubic foot/inch of the car. It's been on a lot of rough dirt roads (Vermont, mud season...). We recently moved to rural MN, so the salt and nasty winters will continue...

    Issues mostly revolve around flimsy plastic exterior bits on the front and the car's low clearance. I've had to rivet and glue things back together after driving on snow-covered roads. The rear hatch is starting to rust--I have a hunch that this panel was not rust-proofed properly on my car so might need to exercise my warranty yet.

    MPG's have been good, with tanks in the mid-30s during the winter and approaching--sometimes breaking--40 on trips or in nice weather.

    It's getting a little tight for the family--I'm about 6' tall, thankfully the car seat behind the driver is forward-facing--but has been so trouble-free, we just can't imagine trading it in.

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