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First Drive: 2012 Hyundai Accent

Getting in the game.

by on Jul.06, 2011

Hyundai hopes the 2012 Accent will make it a competitive player in the subcompact segment.

Let’s face it, when someone mentions Hyundai you’re more likely than not to associate the brand with low-priced econoboxes, rather than high-end products.

Sure, that’s begun to change as the Korean carmaker launches more sophisticated offerings, like the Genesis and Equus.  But the Accent has been the classic cost-leader, a subcompact traditionally appealing to those on a budget, with a starting price tag of just under $10,000.

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If you’re one of those motorists who ignored the Hyundai Accent, you may have to think twice when the 2012 model rolls into showrooms, however.  On the downside, you’ll have to pay a fair bit more, the all-new model starting at $13,205 including destination charges.  But what you’ll get for the money is a car you no longer have to apologize for, bragging only about the bargain you got.

And, if nothing else matters, you’ll be able to crow about the latest Hyundai Accent’s new Gamma engine, an all-aluminum I-4 that delivers impressive fuel economy – it’s the Korean maker’s latest offering to deliver better than 40 mpg on the highway. (more…)