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.

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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

2012 Chevy Sonic

The all-new 2012 Chevy Sonic is the first vehicle built on GM”s new global small-vehicle architecture. This four-door sedan and five-door hatch replaces the Daewoo built Aveo and Aveo5 as Chevy’s subcompact model when it debuts fall 2011. Chevy says the vehicle is designed to be the most fun to drive 40-mpg model sold in the U.S.

The Sonic is certainly a big step up from the Aveo and Aveo5. It has a vastly improved interior and all trims get standard allow wheels. Even rear seat passenger room is relatively spacious with room for six-foot tall adults. North American sold Sonics will be built in Michigan.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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The Sonic utilizes the engines found in Chevy’s compact model, the Cruze, which debuted in 2011. Buyers can choose from the base 1.8-liter, 138 horsepower engine or an optional turbocharged 1.4-liter 138 horsepower four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged engine produces 23 more pound feet of torque than the normally aspirated four (148 vs. 125).

40-mpg highway fuel economy is expected from both engines. The Sonic comes standard with a five or six-speed manual transmission depending on the trim line. A six-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Sonic’s 0-60 time is expected to be between 8 and 9 seconds.

New models such as the 2012 Hyundai Accent and Sonic are really upping the power buyers can expect from the subcompact class. While most engines previously were in the 100-120 horsepower range, these two models both have more than 135 horsepower from fuel-efficient engines.

The Sonic made its debut in January at the 2011 North American International Auto Show. It is an important model for Chevy as it attempts to take a bigger chunk out of the growing subcompact market. The 2011 Cruze compact has been a big hit for Chevy already and in recent months has been the top selling compact model in the U.S.

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One added selling point for the Sonic is that it is the only subcompact model assembled in the U.S. Its key competitors, the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit, are assembled in Mexico and Japan respectively.

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Originally posted 2011-07-03 11:37:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2011 Ford Fiesta

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is an all-new subcompact car. It comes to North American markets after success in other parts of the world. Ford has already sold more than 500,00 Fiestas to customers in Europe and Asia. Due to its success and increasing U.S. demand for affordable, fuel-efficient cars, Ford has increased production of the Fiesta lineup.

The Fiesta is offered in five trim lines with either four door sedan or five door hatchback versions. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 119 horsepower powers the Fiesta. Standard features include power locks, air-conditioning, ABS brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and driver, passenger, and side airbags

The Fiesta comes standard with a five speed manual or there is an optional six-speed automatic transmission. With the automatic transmission and Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), the Fiesta is rated at 29-mpg city and 40-mpg highway. It is currently one of only a few gas-engine vehicles on the road that reaches the 40-mpg highway plateau.

The Fiesta S Sedan has a starting suggested retail price of $13,320 while its top trim line the SES Hatchback has an MSRP of $17,120. The SES comes standard with power windows with a leather seat option. The Fiesta received a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, one of only two subcompacts to earn the award, the other being the Mini Cooper.

The Fiesta shares some parts with the Mazda2, which is a new subcompact hatchback from Mazda. Ford owns a small percentage of Mazda and the two companies have a strategic partnership through joint ventures and exchanges of technological information. However, there are many differences in these models. They have separate styling and separate engines. Also, the Fiesta is assembled in Mexico while the Mazda2 is assembled in Japan.

Early sales of the Fiesta in North America have been favorable. Gas prices have risen considerably in recent months and Fiesta sales have been strong, especially in California, the nation’s largest state. California typically sees some of the country’s highest gas prices. The Fiesta has also received mostly good reviews from the automotive press.

Originally posted 2011-03-22 15:53:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Cheapest New Pickups of 2012

We normally talk about compact and subcompact cars on this blog but if you are looking for cargo carrying capacity, pickup trucks can be a necessity. Today, buyers have fewer small pickups to choose from than in years past. The demand for compact and mid-size trucks has dwindles over the years and now the Ford Ranger is not even being sold in the U.S.

However, many of the current compact and mid-size 2012 model pickup trucks are quite affordable, carry an adequate payload, and have a good resale value. Below we look at the 3 cheapest new pickups of 2012 and their starting prices.

2012 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma

Ever since it was introduced, Toyota’s Tacoma model has been a solid seller in the U.S.. Starting at under $17,000, this pick-up is one of the most affordable on the market and carries with Toyota’s reputation for reliability. The regular cab trim has a surprising number of standard features, with options available that begin to increase the price to some degree.

The exterior of this model includes such standard equipment as halogen headlamps, sheet-molded composite inner bed, a full deck rail system, fixed cargo bed tie-downs, and rear mud flaps. For a few extra dollars consumers will receive dual rear-hinged access doors and power outside mirrors. The base model comes with 15-inch steel wheels, with the up-level trims equipped with 16-inch or 17-inch alloy wheels.

Air conditioning is standard on the base model. The interior of the cab includes a nice AM/FM audio system with CD player. The front bench seat is 4-way adjustable, and the analog instrumentation panel has a LCD display with a clock and trip meter.

The Tacoma comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21-mpg city and 25-mpg highway. Step up to a more powerful V6 trim with front-wheel drive and fuel economy drops to 17-mpg city and 21-mpg highway.

Tacoma is equipped advanced stability control, brake assist and smart stop technology. The cab has side-impact door beams, 3-point seatbelts, and front airbags. All in all, Tacoma offers buyers a lot for the money.

2012 Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet Colorado

The Colorado starts at under $18,000 and is loaded with standard features. The Colorado ranks high among the cheap new pickups, with advanced safety equipment, good payload capacity, and rather good fuel economy.

Colorado is available with a 2.9L, 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 185 horsepower. The 4-wheel drive is supported by torsion bar front suspension and multi-leaf rear suspension. Traction control and the Stabilitrak® electronic stability system is standard on both the 1WT and 1LT trims.

The cab is nicely appointed. Cruise control, 60/40 bench seats, and single zone climate control are all standard. The steering wheel is adjustable and has a nice leather wrap.

Head curtain side airbags are located in both front and rear. The 2012 Chevrolet Colorado has a standard anti-theft protection system and an advanced tire pressure-monitoring sensor. This is one of the most fully stocked pickups for the price paid.

2012 GMC Canyon Work Truck

GMC Canyon Work Truck

GMC Canyon with a Fancy Grille

The Canyon is the sister model to the Colorado. GMC offers buyers the choice of a modestly priced pickup truck capable of hauling heavy loads. The Canyon Work Truck is the base trim, with the SLE-1 and SLE-2 models costing a bit more. The 2.9L engine delivers 185 horsepower, and the 5-speed manual transmission is standard.

The truck has a maximum payload of 1,429 pounds and can tow well over twice this weight. Cruise control is standard on all trims, and the OnStar® subscription includes the Directions and Connections® plan. Canyon is one of the best cheap new pickups available when all the convenience features of the base model are taken into account.

Making the Decision

The cheapest new pickup trucks do not all perform equally well, nor do they have the highest resale value. The models mentioned above have received favorable customer reviews, but none of them have an extraordinary amount of horsepower. They do get reasonably good gas mileage, have excellent safety features, and are built tough enough to get the job done.

One word of caution with this vehicle category is that prices can bet quickly more expensive as you add features such as all-wheel drive, four-doors, and more options.
Other compact and mid-size pickup trucks to consider include the Nissan Frontier and the Suzuki Equator (built on the Frontier platform). Both of these models start at under $20,00.

If you have a larger budget, the Honda Ridgeline is a good choice. The models starts at a price near $30,000 but does come standard with four-doors and a powerful V6 engine.

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Originally posted 2012-03-23 10:09:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Compact Car Sales For May 2011

Compact car sales for May 2011 show the strength of the segment. The class sold more than 130,000 units combined with the Chevrolet Cruze (22,711), Ford Focus (22,303), Hyundai Elantra (20,006), and Volkswagen Jetta (16,671) being among the leaders. Despite being the class sales leader, the Cruze’s sales were actually down nearly 10% from April 2011 when Chevy sold 25,160 units, when it finished behind the Honda Civic.

The sales figures show that Americans are being increasingly drawn to fuel- efficient cars. The Jetta TDI with its fuel-efficient turbo-charged diesel engine accounted for 22.5% of the model’s monthly sales. Overall, the redesigned Jetta is on pace to sell more than 150,000 units in 2011, an impressive total.

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2011 Chevy Cruze

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2012 Ford Focus

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March had a significantly negative impact on sales for Japanese automakers. The Honda Civic sold just 18,341 units compared to 26,777 units in April. Honda has announced that supply shortages of key electronic parts and raw materials from Japan have reduced production of the 2012 Civic to 50% of capacity till the fall. For the first time in years, only one Japanese model was in the top 10 in sales for the month, with the Nissan Altima selling 25,525 units, good for 4th place.

The Toyota Corolla/Matrix sold just 16,985 units in May after selling 24,214 in April. The Matrix’s sales have taken a dip as the model ages and an increasing number of hatchbacks are on the market. According to Ward’s Auto, Toyota sold just 14,592 Matrix in the U.S. last year. However, the model is still a decent seller in Canada.

Toyota is determining whether or not to offer the Matrix when the redesigned 2013 Corolla is launched. However, hatchback sales are up overall. Ward’s Auto has reported that 43% of the 2012 Ford Focus’ sales have been hatchbacks. The Focus is one of the Corolla’s key competitors.

In terms of overall May 2011 auto sales, the Japanese production problems made it a big win for American manufacturers as GM, Ford, and Chrysler finished 1-2-3, respectively. Jeep posted a 55% gain in sales compared to May 2010. Jeep sold 35,573 units. Toyota finished fourth with 108, 387 units sold for the month. Its Lexus luxury division had one of the largest dips of any brand with sales falling to 12,305, down 44.6% from May 2010.

Korean manufacturer Hyundai/Kia finished fifth, a huge step for the company, as it sold 107,426 units, just behind Toyota. Kia posted a large gain with a 53.4% increase in sales to 48,212, compared to 31,431 in May 2010. Hyundia/Kia pushed Honda to sixth place in the overall rankings. American Honda/Acura sold just 90,773 units combined. Acura performed poorly selling 9,000 units, down 23.5% from last year.

Originally posted 2011-06-02 15:47:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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