I rented one a few weeks ago for a 1000 mile trip to south Texas.
It was a hatchback. It averaged 36 mpg at 80 mph.
The only power was steering and brakes. Manual windows,
seats, no cruise, no power doorlocks, no remote,
no auto lights. Auto trans. A/C worked well.
Comfortable, ergonomic, very good stereo.
It had an annoying vibration at 105 mph though and I
was afraid to go faster.
It probably would have topped out at 108-110.
It was a great little car but probably more suited for
around town instead of the south Texas wide open spaces.
The mpg were great at 80 mph. Was it a 2012 having the 6 speed auto
trans ? Do u remember the rpms at 80 mph in 6th ? Was there alot
of engine noise at 80 mph ? How about wind noise ? Have you driven
a 2012 compact car that you liked FAR better ? Thanks.
I've been renting a vehicle about every three weeks for several
days at a time. I can't say that I liked any of the small
cars any better or worse than the Accent. I did not much
care for the Versa though.
_ALL_ require ear plugs when going over 30 mph due to road noise.
Those cars don't have the insulation that a larger car does.
Wind noise was acceptable. It was tire noise going through
the structure of the car that is terrible. IMO, the
Accent is for around town not for highway use.
It did have an auto trans with lots of speeds.
I don't remember how many speeds or rpm, sorry.
Last week I rented a 2012 Ford Focus hatchback.
It was comfortable and got 42.9 mpg average, avg speed about 70 mph.
However, it was underpowered and the trans was terrible.
I won't rent one of those again. Terrible car.
I had a 2006 Corvette which i substantially quieted down on the road
noise by adding matted insulation behind the plastic wheel well
covers. There was about 3/4" space behind each so i packed the cavity
full of this insulation and it made a big diffrerence. Maybe it is
possible to do on some of these cheaper compact cars too., providing
they have wheel well covers. I think alot of it has to do with the
tires as well --- I find a huge difference between standard factory
tires they put on and Michelins highway tire .
So far ive found the 2012 Accent to be the best all round buy out of
all the compact cars , and of course the 10/100,000 warranty is a big
consideration . One thing i found with the 2012 Accent was its superb
acceleration with the new direct fired engine technology . That, plus
the enormous leg room for people over 6'2" .
I really like my 2006 Kia Spectra.
I do all my own work on it and it is by far the easiest car to
work on that I have ever worked on.
Nothing has gone wrong so far. It has only required the
usual maintenance. I wish it got better mileage though.
It averages 26 mpg. Four speed auto.
My next car will most likely be a Kia / Hyundai.
On 4/17/2012 4:56 PM, Paul in Houston TX wrote:
Jeesh. I know what you mean. I hate cars that vibrate every time
I drive more than 105 MPH. I can't stand this vibration on the
California freeways any more than I'd hate it when going 105 mph
on New York City streets. If this were my car, I couldn't wait to
get rid of it.
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