2013 Hyundai Accent Changes

Car buyers have new choices in the subcompact automobile segment for the 2013 model year. The 2013 Hyundai Accent changes include a long list of standard features normally unavailable on an economically priced import. Even though the new generation Accent was just launched in 2012, the model is already altering its design.

Both the sedan and 5-door hatchback Accent have undergone a design change that alters the outward appearance. A bit sleeker, the 2013 Accent has graceful side contours and a swept-style front end. The color choices range from electrolyte green to ultra black, with two different shades of blue and a darker Boston red.

The Accent 5-door SE trim has a new, aerodynamic rear spoiler and a longer wheelbase. The rear hatch door is taller and allows for easy stowing of cargo. The sedan has a new rear bumper design, and both models are available with 8-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels.

2012 Hyundai Accent 5

Dropping The Base Trim

A new GLS model has replaced the ultra affordable base trim offered in years past, and the price of the entry-level trim has risen by approximately $2,000. Apparently, competing for the lowest priced subcompact is no longer a priority for Hyundai. What comes with the increased sticker price is a GLS trim that contains more standard features than any other vehicle in its class.

The in-line 1.6L, 4-cylinder engine is now standard across the board. The advanced direct-injected engine produces 138 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,850 rpm, resulting in smooth acceleration and superior handling at any speed. The transmission is now 6-speed on all trims, with the buyer’s choice of manual or automatic.

Interior and Exterior Features

The base trim GLS now has standard air conditioning, cloth door accents, and AM/FM SiriusXM satellite radio with CD player and MP3 playback. The audio system features an iPod auxiliary input jack and six speakers. The power sunroof is a new feature for 2013 and is available on the SE model.

The 2013 Hyundai Accent also introduces a new design of the instrument cluster. There is a remote keyless entry system now available, and the interior of the vehicle now contains a sunglass holder, front map pockets and bottle holders. The rear seats are 60/40 split fold-down, allowing for the storage of items larger than can be carried in most competing models.

The base trim now has a few convenience amenities never before available on a car of this price. The body-colored side mirrors are now heated, the door handles are now body-colored as well, and the up level SE trim now has turn signal indicators located on the exterior mirrors.

Superior Fuel Economy

The new engine design with its GDI technology is a first in the subcompact automobile segment. Several automobile critics have chosen the engine as a Top 10 power system, and the all-aluminum construction helps to significantly reduce weight. The result is a very impressive 40 mpg highway, and the 86 horsepower per liter of displacement is tops in this auto segment.

Safety And Security

The 2013 Hyundai Accent comes with a total of six airbags, the advanced Vehicle Stability Management system links together the Electronic Stability Control and Motor-Driven Power Steering, and the electronic brake force distribution works to balance the braking power between all four wheels.

The 2013 Accent is designed with both front and rear crumple zones and includes 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions. The front seatbelts have pretensioners, and all trims come with active front seat head restraints.

Considering the increase in the base model price, buyers are paying more for these changes but getting a lot in return. No other 2013 model year subcompact offers such a list of convenience features combined with overall performance and fuel efficiency. Hyundai is offering a compelling value without offering a cut rate base model to attract buyers solely on price.

Originally posted 2012-08-08 13:39:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Compact Car Insurance

With the present condition of the US economy, most people are trying their best to manage their budgets in such a way that helps them save money and utilize it in paying off other obligations. As they keep an eye on their household expenses, they also take a watchful decision when buying their new vehicle so that they could lower the costs of their auto insurance policy. When it comes to buying a vehicle, a buyer is often considering getting a compact car and getting auto insurance quotes with the thought of saving his hard-earned dollars on the monthly premiums.

There have been many debates about whether or not driving compact cars can help you lower your auto insurance costs. The plain and simple speculation is that if you meet with an accident with your compact car, the car will more likely endure a larger amount of damage and the persons inside the vehicle are even more likely to put up with physical injuries when compared to larger vehicles like sports utility vehicle or truck. According to the IRC or the Insurance Research Council, the cost of auto insurance claims on the smaller vehicles is higher than their large counterparts. Have a look at some warnings that you must consider while insuring your compact car.

Small car injury claims have been surging recently

As mentioned earlier, the Insurance Research Council has studied that the auto injury claim payment in accidents that are caused by light-weight vehicles was 14.5% greater than the payment in accidents caused by heavy vehicles. Since most consumers in the US are looking for ways to boost their savings, they’re buying small compact cars in response to the expensive gas prices; this is directly affecting the number of injury claims. Thus, you must consider the actual auto insurance rates before going for compact auto insurance quotes.

Small car medical claims have increased lately

Another warning that you must consider while getting your compact car insured is the higher number of small car medical claims. As per the Insurance Research Council, the medical or PIP (personal injury protection) claims were 9,250 in the year 2009 and thus this rising amount of medical claims that are associated with the compact cars must be taken into account by the car owners.

While many people tend to think that with a smaller car, the cost of car insurance will be cheaper. But the actual fact is far from being true as the compact car insurance costs will be more than that of the larger vehicles. Though compact cars can run at a greater speed than the trucks and heavy vehicles, but you need to consider the safety issue when it comes to the accidents caused by the compacts. Due to the high accident probability of the compacts, you may come across a high rate when you go in search of auto insurance quotes. So, if you want to go for cheap auto insurance quotes, make sure you go with a sedan rather than a compact car.

Originally posted 2011-04-27 12:14:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2012 Safest Small Cars

Many people buy smaller cars for their lower price and higher fuel economy. But the historic perception of small cars is that they are not safe. New crash test data supports that small car safety continues to improve. We look at some of the 2012 safest small cars based on these tests.

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, a non-profit organization funded by auto insurers, conducts annual safety tests on new car models. The IIHS puts cars through frontal off-center, side impact, rear impact, and rollover resistance tests. The rear collision tests also evaluate how the seat/head restraints protect against injuries.

Small Car Crash Results

Already more than 115 car models have been tested, many of which are compact cars. Below are the safest small cars of 2012 in the compact class based on IIHS crash data reports:

Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Sonic
Ford Focus (4-door)
Honda Civic (4-door)
Honda CR-Z

2012 Ford Focus SEL
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Hyundai Elantra
Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Lexus CT200h
Mazda Mazda3

Mitsubishi Lancer (except Ralliart and Evolution),
Nissan Cube
Scion tC
Scion xB
Scion xD

Subaru Impreza (except WRX)
Toyota Corolla
Volkswagen Golf (4-door)
Volkswagen GTI (4-door)

2011 VW Golf GTI
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All of the above models scored “Good” in all crash tests and were named “Top Safety Picks 2012”. The Volkswagen Jetta and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen were also top picks, but grouped into the “midsize moderately priced cars” category. The all-new Buick Verona is a compact model that was a top pick but was placed into the “moderately priced midsize” segment.

Other Safe Small Cars

In the “minicars” segment, the “Top Safety Picks” were:

Fiat 500 (built after July 2011)
Ford Fiesta (sedan & hatchback)
Honda Fit
Toyota Yaris hatchback (only 4-door models)

The good news for drivers is that more models than ever before made the “Top Safety Picks” list in 2012. If you purchase one of these 2012 safest small cars, you will likely have better protection for yourself and your passengers in the event of a vehicle collision. This is an important factor for many drivers.

For more information on this topic, see our Safest 2011 Small Cars article.

Originally posted 2012-02-24 20:58:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2012 Ford Focus ST

The 2012 Ford Focus ST is a new high performance hatchback that takes aim at other sporty powerful compact hatches such as the Subaru Impreza WRX, Mazda MazdaSpeed3, and Volkswagen GTI.

The Focus ST has not previously been available in North America but the Focus SVT was a higher performance version of the model that was last offered in the U.S. for the 2004 model. The Focus SVT had a 2.0-liter 170 horsepower engine.

Engine and Power

The Focus was all-new for 2011 so there are otherwise few changes for the 2012 model year. The Focus ST features Ford’s lightweight, all-aluminum 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost® engine, which is also seen in the 2012 Ford Explorer.

In the Focus ST, the engine produces an estimated 247 horsepower and 250 pound feet of torque. In comparison, the Impreza WRX has 265 horsepower, the MazdaSpeed3 has 263 horsepower, and the VW GTI has 200 horsepower. Expect a Focus ST 0-60 time of under 6 seconds.

Features and Options

The Focus ST has a sporty design, distinctive from other Focus trim lines. The model has unique 18” Y-shaped alloy wheels and front and rear upsized disc brakes for quicker stops. Optional features include partial leather Recaro® seats, heated seats, eight-way adjustable seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and bi-xenon headlights.

The model has uprated shock absorbers and springs that lower its chassis by one centimeter. This gives the car a lower center of gravity and better handling than other Focus trim.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy has not yet been announced but the Focus ST comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The model uses high-pressure direct injection, twin-independent variable cam timing, and a low-inertia turbocharger to conserve fuel. The Focus ST is front-wheel drive but has a torque steer compensation system that counteracts the effects of torque steer feel for the driver.

Coming in 2012

The Focus ST its global debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. It goes on sale in the U.S. in calendar year 2012. The model brings back more competition in the sport hatchback market as the Chevrolet Cobalt SS and Dodge Caliber SRT-4 were both discontinued.

The Focus ST will be available in more than 40 markets and an ST Wagon will be sold in Europe. Buyers in six continents can enjoy the performance, agility, sound quality, and driving dynamics of this car.

Pricing has not been announced but expect a starting MSRP of about $25,000 making the Focus ST one of the cheapest performance cars you can buy.

Originally posted 2011-09-24 19:24:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Originally posted 2012-03-29 09:59:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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