2012 Hyundai Accent GLS sedan

By ALAN GELL, Automotive Journalist Published: July 30, 2011
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t appears that Hyundai as well as many other manufacturers have decided that a tilt seat is not necessary for comfort. Consequently, I had to take many more stretch breaks during any lengthy drives of an hour or more.

The looks are nice, with smooth flowing lines. In fact, the overall appearance is quite attractive for a sub-compact. With a small body, there is not much to work with unless it is a sports car. Our test model was a bright blue that definitely drew attention to the vehicle. It was called Marathon Blue. The interior was gray. There was just enough chrome trim to make the cabin area a bit more appealing than the typical hard plastic in most sub-compact, low-priced vehicles. There was a laundry list of standard equipment, much of which was surprising for a low-priced car, such as a rear-window defroster.

The beginning base price for the entry level model has been bumped up to $12,445 plus delivery charges. The test-model GLS with automatic transmission, fog lights, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a few more package items bumped the price up to slightly over $16.625. It was interesting to note that an iPod connecting cable was included, but at an additional cost of $35. I used my own connecting cable, which costs a lot less.

Some of the competitors are priced slightly less or offer a few more standard features, but they also may offer less for the money or be priced higher. Either way, the new 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan is solidly in the middle of the mix for those wanting a small sedan. Many of my fellow journalists say the Accent offers great value and looks and leads the class of sub-compacts in many areas.

Obviously the Hyundai folks think that there is enough increased value in size and packaging that will make this more in demand for those wanting a small sedan. With a 40 mpg EPA rating, it certainly gets your attention. Check it out yourself at a Hyundai dealership and see if the 2012 Hyundai Accent sedan might be a good choice for you.