ID: 29175

Advanced Technology, Modern Design, Roominess and 40 MPG

NEW YORK, April 20, 2011 – Hyundai Motor America introduced the all-new 2012 Accent with best-in-class standard fuel economy and power at the New York International Auto Show today. This marks the U.S. debut of the latest version of the popular subcompact sedan and the new top-of-the line, more functional Accent five-door. The 2012 Accent is slated to hit dealerships this summer.

Accent redefines expectations in the subcompact category by offering the company’s distinctive and upscale “Fluidic Sculpture” design, best-in-class standard fuel economy, exceptional roominess and a full complement of standard safety features.

“The 2012 Hyundai Accent reinvigorates the subcompact segment, similar to what the game-changing Sonata and Elantra have done in their categories,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Accent’s class-leading standard fuel economy is another showcase of Hyundai’s dedication to improving fuel efficiency with advancements to traditional gasoline powered vehicles and is the fourth nameplate in Hyundai’s lineup delivering 40 mpg on the highway.”


  • All-new fourth generation Accent subcompact
  • “Fluidic Sculpture” design
  • First vehicle to receive the all-new 1.6-liter GDI “Gamma” engine, paired with proprietary six-speed automatic or manual transmissions
    - First subcompact car to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
    - Best-in-class fuel economy of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway
    - Best-in-class 138 horsepower
    - Improved fuel efficiency by 18 percent for M/T and 11 percent for A/T over its predecessor
    - More fuel efficient than Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris
  • Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
  • Six standard airbags, active front head restraints and four-wheel disc brakes
  • Class-above total interior volume - a subcompact car with the roominess of a compact
  • Best-in-class five-door cargo volume
  • Strong value – more safety features and best-in-class fuel economy
  • Offered in three trim levels - four-door GLS, well equipped five-door GS and sporty five-door SE
  • The entry level Accent three-door has been discontinued for the 2012 model year

Accent SE Five-Door

Specifications Comparison– Best in Class Horsepower and Fuel Economy

2012 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011
Accent Fit Fiesta Yaris Versa Aveo Mazda 2
Engine 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4
GDI Yes No No No No No No
HP @ RPM 138 @ 6,300 117 @ 6,600 120 @ 6,350 106 @ 6,000 107 @ 6,000 108 @ 6,400 100 @ 6,000
Specific output (HP/Liter) 86 78 75 71 67 68 67
Torque @ RPM 123 @ 4,850 106 @ 4,800 112 @ 5,000 103 @ 4,200 111 @ 4,600 105 @ 4,000 98 @ 4,000
Trans. 6MT or 6AT 5MT or 5AT 5MT or 6AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT
MPG (M/T) 30/40 27/33 28/37 29/36 26/34 27/35 29/35
MPG (A/T) 30/40 28/35 29/38 29/35 25/33 25/34 27/33


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