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The 2012 Hyundai Accent is setting out to prove that more room and better gas mileage are what America really wants in a small car. The theory’s the opposite of the one being worked on by the diminutive Fiat 500, or even the small and sporty Ford Fiesta, but to us it’s more easily proven. The Accent nets out with more space than almost anything in its price class, and tops cars much smaller than it in fuel economy.
It’s the same formula that’s worked exceptionally well with the company’s Sonata and Elantra sedans, and it makes the new Accent an especially formidable new price leader in a way its predecessor was not.
The Accent competes with cars ranging from the Fiesta to the Honda Fit, with the Nissan Versa, Chevy Sonic and Toyota Yaris all joining the fray with revamped versions this year. The Accent has a couple of advantages here, other than timing–and one of them is styling. The four-door is fine, but it’s the five-door that nails it, mixing the usual hatchback profile with the cues and details that have become Hyundai’s first real design statement. The cabin? Even better, with the plastics muted to a low gloss and the controls streamlined to give the Accent real nuance even at its very low base price.