Last post on Dec 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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Toyota ECHO, Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio, Nissan Sentra, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Kia Spectra, Suzuki Forenza, Sedan
#3870 of 3871 Re: backy... [backy]
Dec 29, 2011 (4:34 pm)
I want to thank you for your research on the Accent. I was ready to sign the paperwork on a 2012 Accent SE hatchback. Luckily I stayed up most of the night before researching the heck out of it. The poor IIHS crash scores ended up meaning higher insurance rates for the Accent. I gave my insurance agent 2 cars to run, the Accent SE Hatch and a Fiesta SE Hatch. The fiesta was $380 a year and the Accent was $680 a year. my agent was even shocked. I told him the only real difference was the Fiesta is a top IIHS safety pick but the Accent did not do well in the side impact test. I am picking my Fiesta up tomorrow. I love this site.
#3871 of 3871 Re: backy... [hackattack5]
Dec 30, 2011 (9:54 am)
Congrats on your new car to start the new year! I like a lot about the Fiesta but the rear seat is too tight for my needs. I am disappointed about the Accent's relatively poor showing in the IIHS tests. I was leaning to the Accent SE hatch with 6MT as the top choice for my next car, as it has everything I need for a reasonable price. But now I'll be focusing (no pun intended) on cars with better crash protection such as the Focus SE hatch, Mazda3 Skyactiv hatch, and Impreza Premium hatch. Maybe the Elantra GLS 6MT also, but I prefer a hatch. Another route I might take is get a low-mileage used car with a certified warranty, which would cost even less than a new Accent SE... something like a Golf 5MT 4-door perhaps.
But I am hoping Hyundai improves the crash safety of the Accent before I buy in mid-2013. I have seen them make running changes to cars for better crash safety before, e.g. the mods they did on the 2010 Elantra in late 2009 to improve side crash safety. Hopefully Hyundai won't wait that long (3+ years into the model run) to improve the Accent.