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If you’re still wondering why you see so many Hyundai’s on the road, please quit it. Not only does Hyundai compete successfully at this, the lower end of the market, but also in the lofty heights of Veracruz and Santa Fe. You want the very, very best subcompact money can buy. Part V of The Good 12 is a great place to start. After visiting the Hyundai dealership, you’ll discover that the Hyundai Accent hatchback is truly worthy of your attention. Plus, and it’s a big plus, the Hyundai manufacturing plant and your salesperson will give you more stuff for less money.

In my region, I could have an Accent hatch with sunroof, power locks & keyless entry, a sport-tuned suspension, air-con, four speakers, power windows – for less money than Honda would charge for a Fit without all that stuff. Would the Accent feel as good as the Fit? Put it this way: you would feel plenty pampered, indeed.


Engines: 110 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque from a 1.6L inline-four cylinder.

Mileage: City high = 27mpg. City low = 24mpg.

Base USD Price: $10,775

Anything else? Hyundai’s 3-door hatchback, the winner here in part for its good looks, weighs more than the 4-door Accent sedan.