2012 Hyundai Accent

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28 CITY / 37 HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- Complete exterior redesign
- New engine adds power and fuel efficiency
- More interior features and options

Exterior Features
The Hyundai Accent is a sub-compact car in 4-door sedan or hatchback design that differs considerably from previous model years. The 2012 Accent features a longer wheelbase, among other changes. Three trims are available: the base GLS sedan, the GS hatchback, and the SE hatchback. The sedan has 14-inch wheels; the hatchbacks upgrade to 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, and body-color mirrors and door handles.

Interior Features
The GLS includes power door locks and 4 speakers, to which a more complete sound system may be added. Manual transmission is standard; automatic transmission is optional and includes the Comfort package of options (air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, and a sound system that includes satellite radio and a CD player). The Premium option package is also available with automatic transmission and includes 16-inch wheels, upgraded upholstery, interior trim, audio controls, and Bluetooth capability. The Comfort package also offers manual transmission. The GS hatchback incorporates the Comfort package; the SE adds the Premium package, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, rear spoiler, and alloy wheels. The GLS sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. The hatchbacks provide 21.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 47.5 cubic feet with rear seats down.

Optional Features
Two option packages are available on the 2012 Hyundai Accent--Comfort and Premium--and offer a variety of comfort, convenience and technology features. Also, hatchback models offer a choice of manual or automatic transmission.

Under the Hood
The Accent's new 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine employs a direct-injection system and delivers 138 horsepower--a 25% increase from the previous model. Both the manual and automatic transmissions have 6 speeds; the automatic offers an Eco mode to improve fuel efficiency. All Accent models have front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Hyundai Accent are:
- Accent with manual transmission: 30/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Accent with automatic transmission: 30/40/33 mpg

Standard safety features on the Hyundai Accent include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, active front head restraints, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

In government crash tests, the 2012 Hyundai Accent received 3 (out of 5) stars in front-impact tests, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); 5 stars for side impact; 4 stars for rollover protection; and 4 stars overall.

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  • Name GLS (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 12545.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 28/37
  • Name GLS (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 15295.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 28/37
  • Name GS (5dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 14695.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 28/37
  • Name GS (5dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 15895.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 28/37
  • Name SE (5dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 15895.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 28/37
  • Name SE (5dr HB Auto) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 16895.00 Engine 1.6L/97 City/Hwy MPG 28/37
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Reclining front bucket seats -inc: 6-way manual adjustable driver seat w/height adjust, active/adjustable front head restraints, driver armrest
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat -inc: adjustable head restraints
  • Front center console w/dual cupholders
  • Trip computer -inc: distance to empty, average fuel consumption, average vehicle speed, elapsed time, instant fuel consumption
  • Tilt steering column
  • Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, water temp, odometer, trip odometer
  • Indicators -inc: turn signal/hazard, high beam, eco-shift indicator
  • Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, TPMS, low fuel, brake, check engine, ABS, MDPS, ESC, fuel cap, trunk open
  • Warning chimes -inc: key-in-ignition, door ajar, seatbelt
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote trunk/hood/fuel door release
  • Air conditioning prep
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Front map pockets
  • Front passenger seat back pocket
  • Metal paint interior door handles
  • Cabin air filter
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • (4) assist grips
  • Lighting -inc: dome light, cargo area light, map light
  • Urethane shift knob
  • Rear coat hook
  • Indicators -inc: PRND, turn signal/hazard, high beam, "OD" position, active eco
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver side auto-down
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth door inserts
  • Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, fuel level, water temp, odometer, trip odometer, digital clock
  • Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, TPMS, low fuel, brake, check engine, ABS, MDPS, ESC, fuel cap, tailgate open
  • Pwr door locks -inc: pwr tailgate lock
  • Remote keyless entry w/panic alert
  • Remote hood/fuel door release
  • Lighting -inc: dome light, cargo area light, delayed off interior lights, map light
  • Sunglass holder
  • Rear cargo cover
  • Cruise control
  • Sliding armrest storage box
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel -inc: audio controls
  • Indicators -inc: turn signal/hazard, high beam, eco-shift indicator, cruise control, fog lights
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Piano black accents
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Indicators -inc: PRND, turn signal/hazard, high beam, "OD" position, cruise control, fog lights, active eco
  • 14 x 5.0" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • P175/70R14 tires
  • Tire mobility kit
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Chrome accent grille
  • Black side mirrors
  • Black window belt moldings
  • Tinted glass w/sunshade band
  • 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black door handles
  • Body-color pwr side mirrors
  • Rear window wiper w/washer
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16 x 6.0" alloy wheels
  • P195/50R16 tires
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • Front fog lights
  • 1.6L DOHC GDI CVVT 16-valve I4 engine
  • Engine cover
  • Hood insulator
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • 90-amp alternator
  • 36-amp/hr battery
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, gas shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Torsion axle rear suspension -inc: gas shock absorbers, coil springs
  • Motor driven pwr steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 6-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: active eco system, hill start assist, ignition interlock
  • Sport tuned motor driven pwr steering
    • Vehicle stability management system -inc: electronic stability control (ESC) & traction control system (TCS)
    • 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) -inc: brake assist, electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Shift interlock system
    • Front & rear crumple zones
    • Bodyside reinforcements
    • Driver & front passenger airbags -inc: occupant classification system
    • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear outboard roof mounted head curtain airbags
    • Front seatbelts -inc: pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable shoulder belts
    • Lower anchors & upper tether anchors, outboard (LATCH)
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Audio prep w/(4) speakers
    • Roof mounted antenna
    • 172-watt AM/FM/XM audio system w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, iPod/USB aux input jacks
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone system

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