This iteration of the Accent scored near the top of our subcompact rankings in both the sedan and hatchback versions. While there's nothing fancy about this car, it does hit the mark for sensible transportation. It's particularly economical to buy and run -- we got 31 mpg with the GLS sedan with an automatic and 32 mpg for the stick-shift Sport hatchback.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration is slow. I would have preferred something with more power, but then it would possibly limit the gas milage."

KAREN M., CA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Even at 56,000 miles, my hyundai is still surprisingly responsive, even with 4 passengers in the car. It's a tough fit for 4 people, but still the design hasn't really dated much and yes it still has peppy feel to it."

JARED H., OR (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Its a good cheap car."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"6 weeks after dealer worked on the rear brakes a rear caliper FELL OFF the car! No stopping! Dealer fixed this problem. Mechanic's error."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Noisy driving experience. Blind spots, front and back. My wife always hits curbs because she can't see that low over the hood."

DAVID W., AZ (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Fun to drive around town, handles great, acceleration is very good."

Louis V., MA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Pretty fun to drive the manual, quite noisy."

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"The Accent doesn't seem to accelerate well when in the ECO mode. I feel as though I need to be sure there is plenty of room to enter a highway or intersection. The handling seems responsive enough to be safe."

John D., MA (2012 Hyundai Accent)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Road noise is loud. Had two ground wires from the battery corrode and rendered it inoperable. Had to have it towed and repaired."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Needs to be a lot more quieter inside."

Anonymous, MO (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"The tires for this small car are very expensive and limited. They are also noisy. Like everything else with the vehicle. Will look to purchase another Hyundai when I am in the market."

ROBERT M., KS (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"The drivers seat has no lumbar adjustment and the padding on the bottom of seat is too thin for long rides. a bit of road noise"

DAVID K., PA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"The road noise and ride could be better, but other than that it is a great little car and I would definitely buy it again."

ROBERT M., FL (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"A lot of road noise."

Anonymous, KY (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Front driver seat is not very comfortable on long trips, front seats are somewhat Hard and small. Wind noise is noticeable and the ride is a little stiff."

Louis V., MA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Very noisy"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"seats: not a lot of cushioning noise: high level of road noise ride: harsh ride (feel every bump/hole)"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Seats offer good lumbar support and are very comfortable on long rides."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"for long rides the seats lack comfort and support"

David K., PA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"rides like a sports car"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Accent)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"We purchased this as a used car in 2013 (one year old) in like-new condition. At $13K, it was an excellent value for the condition and features. Hyundai vehicles come standard with many features that are considered options with other manufacturers, and the standard warranty is the best in the industry.."

KATHLEEN W., FL (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"For the price of the car and the great reliability it seemed to be a good value,BUT Hyundai lied about the gas mileage,If they were truthful I would have bought a Mazda, although Hyundai did make good with a fuel mileage reimbursement program which has reimbursed me close to $2,000 so far"

DAVID K., PA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"At the time I got my 2012 Hyundai Accent I was in desperate need for a new car. I looked for the vehicle that got the best gas mileage for the cheapest price and I was not disappointed. I love my Hyundai Accent, but in the future since I drive a lot of LA highways, would get an automatic transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"The car is very fragile. Minor bumps lead to significant damage"

CRAIG E., PA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Gets me where I'm going ride. Is fine passenger seat a little lower than driver seat"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"The price is very reasonable and the car in addition to looks nice, gets me where I want to go."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Value of 100,000 mile warranty is great. However, manufacturer misstated MPG and had to pay a class action suit for same. Later, Hyundai di not pay the $500. promised."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"extremely reliable. I did not have to go to service yet."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"I liked the gas mileage and ease of handling of the small car."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"It has been a great vehicle for the price we paid. Very comfortable front seats, plenty of room for front seats occupants, good engine for the size of the vehicle, more than enough power for safe driving (merging into traffic, etc.)."

Anonymous, DE (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"One of the lowest priced cars"

Christophe R., MA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Good quality and acceleration for the price"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"poor gas mileage for small car"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Can't beat the value and has held together well considering the abuse my wife puts it through."

James W., VA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"When I bought the Accent I was looking for a basic car that was reliable and got good gas mileage. I believe I paid very little compared to other cars out there for the Accent."

John D., MA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

"Inexpensive to run"

Anonymous, QC (2012 Hyundai Accent)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The style is sporty, which I like."

KAREN M., CA (2012 Hyundai Accent)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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