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2012 Hyundai Accent Replacement "Verna"?

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    John Krafcik has confirmed there will be a 5-door Accent for the USA, in his posting on Hyundai Think Tank on Jan. 20:

    I have a funny story. At the Detroit Auto Show last week, the folks at Jalopnik.com asked me to do a live chat with their readers. Having done a few of these with you guys, and loving that experience, I readily agreed. One of their readers asked if the new Accent was going to have a 5-door. I answered in the manner you’d expect me to…by saying: “Yes, and it’s going to kick the Fiesta’s butt.” Well, that sure got a lot of attention in Detroit, and in the blogosphere. And I can thank the Think Tank folks for honing my live chat responses in that way! And of course, I think when you see the new Accent, particularly the 5-door SE model, you’re going to agree.

    I am reading into this, but I don't think he would have made the blanket "Yes" response in Detroit if the 5-door were going to be Canada-only.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    OK, so it's for the Saudi Arabian version with a different powertrain than what the US should get, but still useful and has some nice pics... something to whet your appetite until the "official" unveiling on Wednesday (guess the Montreal unveiling earlier this year was "unofficial"??).

    http://www.drivearabia.com/news/2011/03/01/first-drive-hyundai-accent-2012-dubai- -uae-fujairah-gcc/
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Here's a link to the Hyundai press release with specs and pricing already available! (No pics yet, should be up soon I would guess).

    2012 Accent Press Release

    ;)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Only 30/40 mpg for the new 1.6L GDI engine. I was hoping for a bit more, since the new Elantra with a conventional engine and more weight gets 29/40.

    And since one has to spring for the fully-optioned GLS to get a sedan with cruise and remote locking, there's only a few hundred bucks difference with the Elantra GLS with cruise, remote locking, and 16" wheels. The GS hatch might be the best deal.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Thanks for all your posts. As a 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring owner, I am sad that H will not be making it any longer. I am hoping H will bring the Sonata wagon to the US, and that will be my second H vehicle in the driveway. In case they don't, does anyone have any figures on interior legroom, headroom, etc on the 2012 Accent 5 door so I can compare it to my current ET? They look very much alike, but wasn't sure about the dimensions. Thanks in advance.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Here's some specs:

    http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/2011/04/2012-hyundai-accent-price-fuel-economy.html-

    You might find this review useful:

    http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2011/04/2012-hyundai-accent-up-close.html

    If you like the interior room of the Elantra Touring, I think you'll be disappointed in the Accent hatch. It will have much less rear legroom (the rear leg room of the Touring is limo-like) and less cargo space.
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Great post backy; thanks very much. Yes, you appear to be correct: the Accent is almost 3 inches shorter, narrower, and 3 less in rear leg room. I found it odd that the article tells us what the rear leg room is but not the front. You are also correct about the HET. The adult passenger room is wonderful. It always happens that I find a car I like and fits me perfectly, only for the manufacturer to stop making it (Malibu Maxx, HET, Pontiac Vibe). Well, I guess it is back to stuffing envelopes begging H management to send the Sonata wagon to the US.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    edited May 2011
    Well after deliberating for sometime now about what vehicle will soon replace my aging 2006 Kia Rio5 SX Hatchback, my decision has been made. I`m going to pass on the new Accent and continue with the new Rio5 Hatchback. Sure they share probably over 95% of the mechanical content down to the nuts and bolts but after seeing the massive styling improvement that Kia`s genius Peter Schreyer has done, the Kia Rio IMO wins hands down. Not only is the exterior more interesting and not Ford Fiesta like in Hatchback form but the interior as well. The new Kia Rio will be available in (3) different trim levels, ( LX,EX, and SX) compared to the Hyundai Accent`s (2) PLUS huge amount of comfort and convenience options that are (not) available either. The Rio offers ISG Technology (idle,stop/go) engine start and restart for better fuel economy, much improved quality interior fabric AND Leather option, Power Moonroof, Rearview Camera Monitor incorporated in Radio display, 17`` Alloy Wheels, directional signal indicators in exterior mirrors, need I go on? I know the Accent will be here in a few weeks and the Rio will arrive this Fall, the wait is killing me but I know it is well worth it. Hyundai, I love you and my Sonata but you dropped the ball with your new 2012 Accent. Too bad! And, what about those awesome Projector headlights that the new 2012 Kia Rio has along with high end LED DRL`s and Tail Lights? Where have you see those lately in a vehicle for selling under 20K?
  • maxx4memaxx4me Posts: 1,340
    Will the rio 5 be the same dimentions as posted earlier for the new Accent? I'm trying to guage whether I will fit in it.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    I wonder what a Rio5 with all that equipment will cost? I wouldn't be surprised if it's close to $20k, if not over, given a loaded Accent w/o leather, moonroof, rearview camera, 17" alloys, projector headlamps, LEDs etc. is over $17k.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Backy, Kia has not yet released prices of its new 2012 Rio or Rio5 with option packages yet. Probably will do so closer to Launch. Kia usually prices the Rio a bit lower then the Hyundai Accent and with (3) different trim levels and lots of different configuration choices, I`m sure they will start from the low 12K range to just under 20K. The Hyundai Accent GLS Sedan (loaded) if you want to call it that with 16`` alloy wheels, fog lights,a/c, auto transmission, cruise control and radio upgrade is 17.5K! The top of the line Accent Hatchback (LE/SE?) is around the same. Too little content at too high a price compared to what will be available on the Kia Rio. The "base" model in both Accent Sedan and Hatchback comes standard with 14`` steel wheels-tires & covers with "black" painted exterior mirrors and door handles and manual crank-up windows. A modern day Yugo! I`m definitely going to pass on it.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    I`m sure the new 2012 Hyundai Accent and 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchbacks will share very close dimensions in regards to interior room and within a few inches in exterior length. Both will have the same interior room to be classified as Compact segment vehicles instead of B-segment Sub-Compact, meaning the same as Civic, Corolla, Sentra, Focus, etc.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Sentra has mid-sized interior volume, FWIW. Not sure if the new 2012 Civic crosses that line or not--it is definitely much roomier than the old one.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Maybe, that means Sentra which is Nissan`s smallest entry above its B-segment Sub-compact vehicle the Versa , is a Mid Size car? That would make its Altima a Full Size car. Then what is its Maxima classified as?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    You were talking about interior volume. Sentra (and Elantra also) have mid-sized interior volume per EPA specs. I think the Versa does too, barely. Not sure if Altima is full-sized inside. But Sonata is. The Maxima isn't all that big inside, from what I've seen.
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    That was my point, if the new 2011 Elantra as well as the Sentra have interior volume thats declared "mid-size", the Altima being the next category up in size would be considered Full Size. The Maxima, which is marketed in the next tier up, would be considered even larger I would imagine. We are not even talking about Nissan`s Infinity group. I have no issue with my 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback and its interior volume and I think the new Accent and Rio will be considerable larger. I don`t think the earlier Poster has to worry about those vehicles being too small compared to her 2010 Elantra Touring Hatchback.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    It doesn't work that way. Interior size is one thing. Exterior size is another. For example, the Versa has a sub-compact exterior but a "mid-sized" interior, per how the EPA rates cars by interior volume.

    Maybe we should get back to the Accent?
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    Backy, your right. I`m out of here. I`ll go back to the Kia Rio forum where I started. I just got dragged into this chat due to a Posting I was sent concerning the 2012 Hyundai Accent "Verna" which I had months earlier contributed to. Needless to say, I feel HMA Hyundai Motors America really dropped the ball with its cheap overpriced 2012 Accent. For whatever reason Hyundai decided to makes its Kia division the darling for the B-Segment class and I`m sure you will soon see that both Kia`s Optima and Rio sales will meet and exceed those of both the Sonata and Accent, just saying.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Maybe so. Kia has a dealer deficit vs. Hyundai and some baggage even greater than Hyundai's to overcome, but the Optima is a very nice car and the Rio looks great too (although I prefer the interior styling of the Accent, from what I've seen in photos--the Rio reminds me too much of an old Civic inside). I'll look at both the Rio and Accent (among others) when it's time to get my next car.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    I sure like the new 2012 Kia Rio hatchback coming out in the fall. Sharp car in white or cream color and I'd opt for the 6-speed, though it wouldn't be imperative to get the 6-speed stick for this rig. I'm more than a little interested in one in a couple years. Maybe.

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