There once was a time when the most noteworthy thing about Hyundai's entry-level hatchback was that its $9,970 price tag made it quite literally. However, the 2012 Hyundai Accent SE that showed up in the Car Tech garage last week was anything but cheap.
Weighing in at an as-tested MSRP of $16,590, the Accent has grown quite a bit in price, but it has also grown in nearly every other metric. The new hatchback is larger, more comfortable, and of much higher quality than its predecessor. It's also much more fun to drive, as we learned on one of our favorite mountain roads one foggy afternoon.
Yes, the new Accent is firing on all cylinders and is able to go toe-to-toe with even the mighty
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