Incredible compared to other 1.8 litre engines in a sub compact car.
Incredible handling and quietness too. The 2012 Accent is a totally
re-engineered car versus 2011 and prior and so far, i find it the
best buy for the money. Have you found something better for $15 k
I would never purchase one since its unlikely it would last more
than a couple of years without having major engine and trans damage.
Its tempting to rent one though to see how the accel and noise
compare to other cars.
I left out the word "me" in my previous post. I don't think
a small car would last me long.
Its how I drive, Houston traffic, and Texas temperatures.
A/C takes a lot of power out of a small 4 with the result
that it ends up underpowered. Makes it hard to keep up with
traffic and leads to flooring the pedal and down shifting a lot
to keep the revs up.
Several of my 4 cylinder cars ended up with thrown rods
or wiped auto trans.
Still, I prefer Hyundia / Kia over almost any other brand.
They are easy to work on and ergonomic.
My Kia 2.0 has been a good car so far although it is very
noisy and I wear ear plugs for trips over 50 miles.
The 2012 Hyundai Accent has been changed to accomodate the highway
driver much more...a 6 speed auto. trans with direct injected engine
allows it to go 70 mph with little effort and with the a/c on.,
per my personal test drive of it. The acceleration would satisfy
all but the lead foot Guy whos got to go from zero to 60 mph in
under 7 seconds. It squashes all previous stigmas on subcompact
cars that are gutless . If i did buy a new one, I would however,
swap out the tires for wider ones ...just for my own personal
preference for greater stability although the factory tires handle
Im 6'4" and 275 lbs....with the seat moved all the way back in the
2012 Accent, i had loads of spare room with my legs totally stretched
out. Head room is no problem either. I felt just as comfy in it
as my 2002 SantaFe . Storage might be an issue with many people
though which would make the Elantra a bit more favorable. But for
my basic needs in a car, the new Accent fits my bill nicely .
I will second your observation about being easy to work on. We went
from a 4 Honda family to a 4 Hyundai family at one point. If you
replace timing belts and oil yourself you quickly find that Hyundai
designs their cars to be worked on. The epiphany came when first
replacing the timing belt on my wife's '03 Santa Fe. I was moving the
wrench just waiting for the familiar knuckle crunch telling me to move
the wrench when my hand kept going another 4 inches ... past the frame
member. I was shocked.... looked under the car, and saw that they had
designed an indentation right when your hand goes when using a wrench on
the front of an engine for the repair I was doing. My knuckles had
eventually touched metal, but it was a rounded surface. Don't get me
started about oil changes on a Honda Civic vs a Hyundai Accent or
Elentra! World of difference.
Hyundai automobiles may not be as high tech, fuel efficient, or rugged
as a Honda but they are designed for inexpensive and easy maintenance
On 10/28/2011 12:42 AM, Paul in Houston TX wrote:
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