Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Gloucester, Ma.
2012 Accent GLS
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Swapped 2012 Sedan for 2013 Sedan
Same Boston Red. The 2013 has the "Premium Package", however. Fogs, remote locks, upgraded seat cloth, 16" wheels, etc.. The trade also got me an automatic vs. the 6-speed manual in the 2012.
Driving observations 1200 miles in? The car handles 100% better with the upgraded wheels. I can really hustle through the twisty part of the entrance ramps up here in the Boston region, which is important because the straight part of the ramps leave very little distance to merge onto Interstates. I notice a falloff in the city driving gas mileage, a slight increase in highway driving mileage. I'm not sure what to think of Eco Mode, however. I get that it runs a less aggressive shift map, but if lugging the engine is the intent, it doesn't seem to help my 15-30MPH MPG, if the instant average is to be believed.
I do like the automatic and the sound of the engine when you put your boot in it and it seems to build RPM and speed faster to 85-90MPH than rowing through the manual transmission. I tend to "shift" an automatic during 1/4-1/2 acceleration paces by lifting the toe off the throttle and allowing it to shift instead of allowing the gradual transition between the gears--a more positive shift in the automatic.
Love the fog lights, cruise control, upgraded cloth on the seats, slider armrest and look of the wheels, completely indifferent toward the Bluetooth (simply sucks as regards what the far end hears even when sitting still, forget when moving) and chrome door handles (what was the point again?).
The Dealer here did a rotten job of prep, delivering the car with a trouble light for the vehicle stability system that took a week to get the part for and the car has an under pressure condition in the AC leading to a freeze up of the evaporator core, which led to a reduction of airflow through the cabin on a fairly hot and humid day Saturday with three steamed passengers.
I particularly despise being hocked to provide a favorable service and delivery experience survey and report to the factory by salesmen and service advisers who deliver anything but commendable delivery and service quality at the dealer level. When they deny there's a problem on top of it, it's especially maddening. MUST we be bombarded by crappy dealer service? MUST every experience with the dealer be punctuated with BS reasons and outright lies in their attempt to dodge fixing things? They stand there and BS the chicks and little old ladies, but when these idiots try to BS me when I'm correctly quoting the nomenclature of the faulty component at check-in, I can't stand it. At least they have the decency to clam up and go away when they're busted.
Standard story, enjoy the car, hate the dealer. But guys, try to get the Premium Package where you can find it. No brainer. Especially in the Boston Red!