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#157 of 223 Accent SE hatch first impressions
Jul 22, 2011 (9:35 am)
I finally got to check out the new Accent hatch while at my local dealership for a (free) oil change on my 2004 Elantra GT. It was a grey SE with AT, mats, cargo mat. Overall a nice package: good-looking alloys, enough room in back for me to sit behind myself in some comfort (5'10"), very nice dash with piano black trim. However, I think Hyundai messed up in some small things that could affect the overall ownership experience:
* While the interior is nicely trimmed overall, the armrests on the doors are HARD PLASTIC! No padding whatsoever. And this is a $17,500 car. Really needs a little padding to protect the elbows.
* The cargo area is roomy, but there's a step-up at the back of the seats--like on the Versa, although not as high. I can see that being a pain when trying to slide big boxes and other long cargo in back.
* The cargo floor is not flat. That's not uncommon these days, except Hyundai knows how to fix it: my 2004 Elantra has seat bottoms that fold forward to create a flat load floor when needed. (My 2010 Sentra has that feature too, fwiw.) It would add a few bucks and maybe a few pounds for the mechanism, but why not make cargo hauling as easy as possible in a hatchback?
* There's no center armrest in back. Which is odd because the previous-gen Accent had one, at least the sedan does. Again, maybe a few bucks to add that, but this is a $17,500 car now, not a $13,000 car.
* Vanity mirrors are not illuminated. OK for the base car, but this is a $17,500... ok, I already said that, didn't I.
I'll have to drive the car (probably shoot for the GS stick) before I make a final judgement, but it's little things like that which would have me gravitating to something else for that much money.
#158 of 223 Re: Accent SE hatch first impressions [backy]
Jul 22, 2011 (12:27 pm)
backy, Glad to read about (your) favorable first impression of the new 2012 Hyundai Accent SE Hatchback, despite the considerable list of shortcomings that followed even though the vehicle tips over the $17.500. mark. Did you really thing that those desirable & missing features would have been included when Hyundai , that is (HMA) decided to also eliminate the emergency spare tire and jack from the truck and replaced it with a mini air-compressor and a $3.00 can of Tire Sealant instead to cut cost. As I posted earlier, since Canadian Hyundai`s have different trim level, options, and prices, they felt (compelled) to include the emergency spare tire and jack in their cars. Maybe Canadian law required it along with the Daytime Running Lights which the Accent (DID NOT) get while the Elantra and Sonata did. I few more pennies saved I guess. Launch date in Canada for the upcoming 2012 Kia Rio5 Hatchback is set for Sept 25, 2011.
#159 of 223 Re: Accent SE hatch first impressions [phill1]
Jul 22, 2011 (1:36 pm)
I've had one flat tire in nearly 40 years of driving, and it was my own stupid fault for hitting an island in a parking lot. I'd have roadside assistance for 5 years from Hyundai, and the family's AAA membership after that if I do have a flat tire. So the lack of a spare isn't a deal breaker--I can always add one if I want.
It's harder to redesign the rear seats and cargo area. I am wondering if the Rio5 will have the same problem, since I expect it will share the platform with the Accent hatch. Does the current Rio5 have a flat load floor? It's been nearly 6 years since I drove one, so I forgot.
Jul 23, 2011 (3:26 am)
A Ford dealer called yesterday to let me know they finally got a Fiesta sedan in I can drive.I'm heading there in a few minutes.
#161 of 223 Re: Test drive [nucarshopr]
Jul 23, 2011 (7:23 am)
#163 of 223 Re: Accent SE hatch first impressions [backy]
Jul 23, 2011 (10:06 am)
backy, If you have gone 40 years without experiencing a flat tire from picking up a nail or screw, I would suggest you submit that feat to the Guinness Book of World Records! I don`t doubt you, but even driving (brand new) tires one can experience a flat tire without a major incident like blowing a tires sidewall on a curb or pot hole. Don`t loose that "lucky penny" you probably don`t even know you have in your pocket. I too have always had AAA as well as both Ford, Hyundai and Kia Roadside assistance, but please explain to me how they can change a (flat tire) when you don`t have a emergency tire to put on? Perhaps even the new 2012 Kia Rio5 will also eliminate the spare tire and jack to save a few dollars which again, although not a necessary deal breaker, would require me to immediately purchase an emergency tire & jack that would work if needed. What brand of Tires have you owned that gave you such good fortune? If your willing to part with that lucky penny or Rabbits Foot, I`d love to acquire it from you.
Jul 23, 2011 (11:46 am)
I agree with you about backy's good tire fortune, it's unbelievable. If I were to get started listing all of my flat tires throughout the years, Edmunds' bandwidth would suffer severely!
#165 of 223 Re: Accent SE hatch first impressions [phill1]
Jul 23, 2011 (12:48 pm)
I've had a nail in a tire. That hasn't prevented me from getting home or to a tire shop--a slow leak. I was speaking of the kind of tire problem that stops you cold and you have to fix it on the road. In other words--the kind of problem you'd need a spare tire for. So I guess I have been lucky that I've only had one, self-inflicted, incident like that.
But as I've said before here, I would go out and buy a spare for a car that didn't have one, e.g. Elantra or Accent, or order the optional spare with a Cruze. It's just something I'm used to having.
#166 of 223 Re: Accent SE hatch first impressions [backy]
Jul 23, 2011 (2:02 pm)
I understand, but sometimes even with a slow leak and the advent of (tubeless tires) one can find their car flat to the tire rim either in their driveway or in the parking lot after going to the movies. Not all (slow) leaks give you the opportunity to get to an air pump or tire repair center to get air or a repair, (patch or plug). You Sir, at far as your experiences with not finding your vehicle with its tire flat to the ground have been very blessed, at least when it comes to tires. I myself would not leave a Dealership with my new vehicle without an emergency spare tire (donut) and jack. It would be secured (before) I took delivery of my new car, again, thats just me.