I would recommend the 2012 Hyundai Accent to anyone who is looking for a highly economical small car. The model I got has all the options: cruise control, Bluetooth phone dialing, satellite radio (even though I don't use it), setting this model on par with the higher end Elantra. In fact the only discernible difference with the Elantra (which I also test drove) is perhaps the size and of course price.
I regularly get 45 mpg on the highway with this car, which is the same as a new Prius hybrid. City mileage varies widely depending on use but I would say rarely goes below 30 mpg. Performance-wise, this is not a big engine so don't expect much in the way of acceleration, but with the manual version I have found really nothing to complain about and it handles very well on freeways.
I was also concerned before buying this car about space. The Honda Fit gets great reviews for packing things in, and my dad swears by it, so I was comparing this car to the Fit. Although the Accent's trunk space does have a bit of an annoying lip around the edge that limits what you can fit through, the space inside is incredible. My girlfriend and I managed to pack our entire apartment in the back with the seats down (no furniture of course). On a different occasion, however, I did have problem maneuvering larger furniture like a dresser through the mouth because of that lip. I would say that the Fit's design is easier to load, but space-wise the Accent does a great job.
Overall I am very happy with the Accent, although I knew from the beginning I was willing to sacrifice performance for efficiency. This car turns a lot of heads and it has a very cool sporty look.
One word of warning: the Hyundai 10-year Powertrain coverage does not carry over to second owners, only the 5-year comprehensive warranty.
Does not have a remote is the only downfall
2012 Hyundai AccentSherita Scott - Chicago, IL07/11/2016
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