Last post on Nov 08, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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Hyundai Accent, Hatchback
#175 of 223 Re: 2012 Accent [backy]
Aug 06, 2011 (1:07 pm)
yes, I wear 36 inch long pants. I was shocked that I could sit so comfortably in the driver's seat and not feel like I needed to jam my foot through the gas pedal. There was no way I could even sit down in the back. My knees were crammed into the seat and had to put them sideways. Moreover, the head room made me feel entombed in the back. That is why I love wagons so much: easy to get in/out of the back seat and normally have great leg room. I also noticed that there was an eco button on the left side of the steering wheel. I guess they offer the same type of thing Ford does, except Hyundai gives it to you for free. According to the salesman, H can't jack up the EPA ratings on the sticker, even though the eco button comes on every Accent. I say that because the model I was in did not even have a center console, only an arm rest, so I'm guessing it was a base model. Nice of Ford to charge many hundreds of dollars more for the same feature.
#176 of 223 Re: 2012 Accent [maxx4me]
Aug 06, 2011 (6:55 pm)
You have a 36" inseam, and you were surprised that you could adjust the driver's seat for comfort but not also sit comfortably behind yourself... in a subcompact? Do you know ANY subcompacts where you can "sit behind yourself in comfort?" The only subcompact I can think of where you might have a chance of doing it is the Versa, as its interior is rated as a mid-sized car although length-wise it's a subcompact.
Aug 07, 2011 (4:32 am)
dirtbag is it the auto or man?Let us know about the mileage after you get it broken in some.
#178 of 223 Re: Which tranny? [nucarshopr]
Aug 07, 2011 (12:43 pm)
I got the automatic. First automatic I've ever had, in about 10 cars. Shifting is very smooth and hardly noticeable unless you stomp the pedal to accelerate quickly.
Positives are always better than negatives and my impressions of the car are very positive! But, I'll mention just a few "gotchas."
Agreed, the legroom in the back is lousy, but I think very few people are buying this car to seat four adults. I doubt I'll ever have more than two passengers in this car.
Rear visibility isn't great, but is improved some by removing the center back headrest.
The cruise control doesn't like steep grades and disengages unexpectedly when climbing steep hills. I contacted the dealer to say I think this is dangerous, suddenly losing power on the freeway, and was told it was completely normal. "Don't use cruise on steep grades" I was told.
There are very few cubbyholes for storage. There's only the glove box, front door pockets, center console (SE only?) and under the "floor" in the back, where there should be a spare tire. Surely Hyundai could put a few pockets here and there (in the sides in the rear end, for instance.)
I'm not a smoker but there isn't even an ashtray for storing coins or small bits of trash.
These minor issues aside, I'd say I'm impressed with the overall quality of the car, the look and feel of the dash, the quiet ride, fun handling, and I hope to be impressed with gas mileage!
#179 of 223 Re: Which tranny? [dirtbag]
Aug 08, 2011 (5:27 am)
I`m really surprised that there has not been much of a (push-back) of Hyundai removing the Spare Emergency Tire & Jack leaving you a "dandy" extra storage area that now contains a $5.00 mini- air compressor and a $5.00 Can of Tire Sealant. Funny, in most other Markets (outside of USA) including Canada, they still include the tire and jack. Talk about cutting corners to save a few extra dollars at the expense of being potentially stranded in the event of a major tire failure. Maybe the US NHTSA should mandate that (all) vehicle manufacturers must include an emergency spare tire and jack as a safety requirement. Damn, I almost forgot that the Tea Party would object to that. That would be (more) Federal Government intervention. Better to cut the deficit by eliminating the agency (NHTSA) instead.
#180 of 223 Re: Which tranny? [phill1]
Aug 08, 2011 (11:01 am)
I agree, there should be a spare tire and jack. When I asked the dealer about it and bitched a little, I was told it's a fuel saving measure...one mile per gallon. I don't think I really believe that but it was said with a straight face.
#181 of 223 Re: Which tranny? [dirtbag]
Aug 08, 2011 (11:37 am)
What a tired "lame" excuse. Maybe if you did`nt haul a second passenger or a Golden Retriever or perhaps a bag of groceries you might save another "1 mpg". Maybe if you dropped a extra 20 pounds of one`s beer gut, you might gain another "1 mpg". When the tire eventually fails and won`t respond to the can of Tire Sealant a a few puffs of air from that (toy mini-air compressor) and you call for Hyundai Roadside Assistance or AAA and the Operator who takes the call or the Tow Truck Driver asks if you have a Emergency Spare Tire, just tell them, "nope" but the Good News is....I`m supposed to gain an extra "1 mpg". That will be some consolation as your vehicle gets Towed away when if you had a (spare tire) you could have driven away instead. You should have asked the Dealer why the vehicle had the cut-out in the Trunk for the Tire and Jack? Why? Because in Canada and other Countries outside the USA, they get an Emergency Spare Tire and Jack. I`m surprised he did`nt send you to the "Parts Department where they could have (ordered) you the missing Tire and Jack at a cost of..what you think, $100. or more retail? I`m probably guessing way too low! PS: If the Dealer or Salesperson gave you that "BS" with a (straight face), If his/her Lips were moving, they were Lying!
#182 of 223 Re: Which tranny? [phill1]
Aug 08, 2011 (1:10 pm)
I simply refuse to give up my beer gut to save 1 mpg
As for the tire and jack, the tools for my Elantra Touring are very lame. Don't even think about being on a surface other than pavement. Also, the lug wrench will barely budge my lug nuts even when they are torqued to proper tension. Moreover, the crank is pathetic. You get exhausted just trying to raise the tire an inch or two. While it is unthinkable that they did away with the tools and spare tire, the tools H are giving out are worthless. I went and bought a floor jack just to rotate the tires myself. I also had to use my heavy duty lug wrench (X) to get the nuts off. I'm hoping this same lame tool set doesn't come with the Sonata since i plan on the i40 being my next car.
#183 of 223 Re: Which tranny? [maxx4me]
Aug 08, 2011 (1:25 pm)
Hyundai Motors America after an exhausting Consumer Market Research Study have determined that the, "Mass`s are Ass`s" and accordingly have decided to equipped their USA vehicles, as such. So sad! I just went out to check my 2011 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback and sure enough, in the trunk where it belonged was an emergency spare tire and jack assembly. Still can`t figure out why I get 34 mpg city and 41 mpg highway with all that "extra weight"?
#184 of 223 Re: spare tire [phill1]
Aug 08, 2011 (3:09 pm)
"I`m surprised he did`nt send you to the "Parts Department where they could have (ordered) you the missing Tire and Jack at a cost of..what you think, $100. or more retail? I`m probably guessing way too low!"
I asked about buying a spare tire and jack "kit" from Hyundai for the new Accent and was told none was available yet. The car salesman suggested Discount Tire, saying it would be a lot cheaper anyway.
The new Elantra doesn't come with a spare either but there is a spare tire "kit" available for it at extra cost.
The extra weight of a spare is not likely to decrease gas mileage very much but that's the line the salesmen have been fed. Since there is hardly anyplace in the car to stash stuff, I'm not sure I'll buy a spare, although I'd feel better if I had one.