2011 Honda
Insight
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Accent GLS

2011 Honda Insight

9.2

starting from

$18,970

Reasons to buy the Honda Insight

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Is a hybrid
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Front air conditioning
Standard
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CD player
Standard
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS

9.0

Runner-up

Hyundai Accent GLS

starting from

$13,205
"Standard safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners and six airbags (front, seat-mounted side-impact, and side-curtain) on all models."
autos.aol.com | talking about the Accent's build-quality
"One of the things we like best about the Accent is its interior."
autos.aol.com | talking about the Accent's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Accent GLS

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Average number of gears
6
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OK brakes
Disc
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda Insight Winner: Insight
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Insight ; not available on the Accent GLS
Performance 6.4 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Winner: Accent GLS
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  • The Accent GLS has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Accent GLS's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.4 lb/hp vs 27.7 lb/hp
  • The Accent GLS needs around 10% less space to turn, 34.1 ft vs 36.1 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Honda Insight Winner: Insight
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  • On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Accent GLS, but the Insight will get you around in comfort
  • The Insight has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • Room for around 20% more stuff, 15.9 ft3 vs 13.7 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Honda Insight Winner: Insight
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  • Rock on in the Insight ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Accent GLS
  • The Insight 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Winner: Accent GLS
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $5,765 cheaper (more than 30% less), $13,205 vs $18,970
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Winner: Accent GLS
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  • Disc brakes on the Accent GLS can provide better stopping action
  • The Accent GLS has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.2 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Honda
Insight
2011 Honda Insight
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Hyundai
Accent GLS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Insight ; not available on the Accent GLS
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

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Insight
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Horsepower 98 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 138 HP @ 6,300 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Accent GLS has an OK number of gears, while the Insight has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Insight 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 27.7 lb/hp vs 17.4 lb/hp The Accent GLS has OK performance while the Insight gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 34.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Honda
Insight
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 456 miles vs 456 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 15.9 ft3 vs 13.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 49.5 ft3 vs 51.8 ft3 The Accent GLS has average-sized front seats, while the Insight is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Insight has an absurd number of cupholders, 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Accent GLS, but the Insight will get you around in comfort

Entertainment System

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Insight
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Number of speakers 2 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Insight 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Accent GLS does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Insight ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Accent GLS
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Honda
Insight
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2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Hyundai
Accent GLS
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MSRP $18,970 vs $13,205 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 40 mpg vs 30 mpg Both get great city mileage, however the Insight in particular gets exceptional mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Accent GLS's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Insight 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Accent GLS's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Insight 's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

Honda
Insight
2011 Honda Insight
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Hyundai
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 5 The Accent GLS has an OK number of airbags while the Insight has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Accent GLS has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Insight
2011 Honda Insight
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Hyundai
Accent GLS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Honda
Insight
2011 Honda Insight
2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Hyundai
Accent GLS
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0-60 mph 11.8 seconds vs 9.2 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 153 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 18.8 s @ 75 mph vs 16.9 s @ 82 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.79 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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