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2012 HYUNDAI ACCENT
Hyundai introduces the all-new 2012 Accent with best-in-class standard fuel economy. Accent redefines expectations in the subcompact category by offering exceptional roominess and a full complement of standard safety features.
The 2012 Accent's all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine utilizes the latest engine technology to deliver a class-leading 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2012 Accent can be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transaxle with Shiftronice manual control, delivering smooth and efficient power delivery.
In a small-car segment typically associated with staid designs, Accent stands out from the crowd. While the styling provides an attractive form, it's also functional, featuring a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag for Accent sedan and 0.31 for Accent five-door. Hyundai's signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Accent a compact athletic face. Five-door SE models include a sporty roof-mounted spoiler and vertical taillights. For an assertive stance, 16-inch alloy wheels are available on GLS and standard on SE.
Choosing a subcompact vehicle no longer means foregoing comfort and convenience features. The 2012 Accent will be offered in three trim levels. The affordable four-door GLS, the versatile, well equipped five-door GS and the sporty five-door SE. The entry level Accent three-door has been discontinued for the 2012 model year.