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2012 Hyundai Accent - Road Test Specs

2012 Hyundai Accent Sedan

(1.6L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2012
StyleGLS 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$15,295
Options on test vehiclePremium Package ($1,300 -- includes 16-inch wheels with 195/50R16 tires, foglamps, audio controls on steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth, premium seat upholstery, chrome interior accents, center console storage box); Floor Mats ($95); iPod Cable ($35)
As-tested MSRP$16,625 (plus $775 destination)


Drive typeFront-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,591/97
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Redline (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)138 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)123 @ 4,850
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.769; II = 2.045; III = 1.286; IV = 1.036; V = 0.893; VI = 0.774


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSemi-independent twist beam-axle, coil springs, monotube dampers
Steering typeElectric-assist, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.9
Tire brandKumho
Tire modelSolus KH
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP195/50R16 83H
Tire size, rearP195/50R16 83H
Wheel size16-by-6 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front10.1-inch ventilated steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.3-inch solid steel discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.4
0-45 mph (sec.)6.1
0-60 mph (sec.)9.8
0-75 mph (sec.)14.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.1 @ 81.2
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.3
@ Full throttle (dB)75.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)65.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsExtremely lazy off the starting line; doesn't feel like 138 hp. If you power-brake the snot out of it, you can get a smidgen of wheelspin for a nanosecond. Agonizingly slow upshifts, yet super smooth. Upshifts at 6,250 rpm every time, whether in automatic or manual mode. Manual shoifting via console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not hold revs to redline; does not blip throttle for downshifts.
Braking commentsNice, short pedal travel with firm effort feel. Plenty of tire squeal and ABS commotion, but the Accent tracks straight and true.
Handling commentsSkid pad: ESC very controlled while cutting throttle, actually better at keeping car balanced than driver because the throttle cut is abrupt and hard to modulate. Dropping throttle had some handling impact but basically front tires just get punished. Steering effort nicely weighted. Slalom: Much more planted on the ground than the Nissan Versa. Suspension has enough roll control and tires are grippy enough so you can throw the car around. It definitely steers from the front, meaning understeer becomes the limiting factor all the time. Accent doesn't have much punch as it leaves the gates either. Bottom cushion for driver seat is extremely flat, so basically you slide around all the time.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)2,518
Temperature (°F)68.3
Relative humidity (%)69
Wind (mph, direction)2.3, headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)30 city/40 highway/33 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)28.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)11.4

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,463
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,563
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62.2/38.8
Length (in.)172.0
Width (in.)66.9
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)101.2
Track, front (in.)59.3
Track, rear (in.)59.5
Turning circle (ft.)34.1
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)33.3
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.7


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/Unlimited miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested
IIHS offsetGood

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