TodayApril 16, 2022

2012 Hyundai Accent and Genesis sedan and coupe on Driving the Nation

Information from Hyundai:

2012 Hyundai Accent highlights

All-new fourth generation Accent subcompact
First vehicle to receive the all-new 1.6-liter GDI “Gamma” engine, paired with proprietary six-speed automatic or manual transmissions
– First subcompact car to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
– Best-in-class fuel economy of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway
– Best-in-class 138 horsepower
– Improved fuel efficiency by 18 percent for manual transmission and 11 percent for automatic transmission over it’s predecessor
– More fuel efficient than Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris
Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
Six standard airbags, active front head restraints and four-wheel disc brakes
Offered in three trim levels – four-door GLS, well equipped five-door GS and sporty five-door SE
The entry level Accent three-door has been discontinued for the 2012 model year

2012 Genesis Highlights

New 5.0-liter R-Spec Direct Injection V8 performance flagship model added
Most powerful Hyundai engine ever with 429 horsepower
Unique 19-inch alloy wheel design with premium machined finish
Dark chrome headlamp inserts
Unique R-Spec sport transmission, suspension and steering calibrations
Direct injection technology added to Lambda 3.8-liter V6 engine for 15 percent improved output (333 HP), improved fuel economy and emissions
In-house-developed eight-speed automatic transmissions for all engines
More aggressive grille and front fascia design
New headlight design with LED accents and daytime running lights
Sportier rocker panel design
Folding mirrors with integrated puddle lamps
New, brushed aluminum finish window surround
Redesigned rear taillights
Redesigned rear fascia with integrated dual asymmetrical exhaust tips
New 17-inch alloy wheel design (3.8 model)
New interior woodgrain colors for Black, Beige and Saddle leather interiors
New Twilight Blue Pearl exterior color (replaces Sapphire Blue Pearl)


306-horsepower from enhanced 3.8-liter V6 from Genesis sedan
210-horsepower turbocharged, intercooled inline four cylinder achieving 30 mpg highway
Platform-mate and sinister sibling of Car of the Year-winning Genesis sedan

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.