Sitting at the bottom of its model lineup, Hyundai's subcompact Accent bases at a price of $12,445. But the 2012 model, debuted at the New York auto show, looks more expensive. Hyundai updated the design to conform to the Fluidic Sculpture language used by the Sonata and Elantra, and fitted it with a new engine and cabin appointments.
Hyundai fits the Accent with one of its line of direct-injection engines, a 1.6-liter four cylinder making 138 horsepower. That engine gets the Accent 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. Buyers will have the choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, which uses torque converter lock-up to maximize efficiency.
Along with the sedan, the Accent will also be available as a five-door hatchback, replacing the previous-generation three-door hatchback. This car gets the same engine and transmission choices as the sedan.