Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, the leading provider of new- and used-vehicle information, named the 2012 Hyundai Accent to its list of 2011 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars. Changing up this annual list for 2011, the kbb.com editors chose five new cars and five used cars for the Top 10 list, and ranked their top choices from five to one in each category. Accent took the number one spot on the new cars list, ranking above Honda Fit, Ford Focus, Fiat 500 and Chevrolet Cruze.

“Like its bigger brothers the Sonata and Elantra, the 2012 Hyundai Accent appeals to a finely-tuned sense of value, putting a lot of equipment into a stylish, roomy package that competes more than favorably with competitors like the Ford Fiesta, Mazda2 and Honda Fit,” said the kbb.com experts. “While not pavement-ripping, the 138-horsepower engine will deliver 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the open road. And at a price that’s a bargain, the 2012 Accent demands to be on your back-to-school shopping list.”

Vehicles on kbb.com’s 2011 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars list were chosen with the following criteria in mind: safety, affordability, versatility, reliability, cost of ownership and fuel efficiency, along with the ever-subjective ‘fun-to-drive’ and ‘good-looking’ factors. Each new car on the list is available for $18,000 or less, using Kelley Blue Book’s exclusive Fair Purchase Price as the yardstick.

“The 2012 Hyundai Accent is tapping into the consumer demand for high-content, fuel efficient cars,” said Brandon Ramirez, product planning manager, Hyundai Motor America. “Like the Elantra and Sonata Hybrid, Accent achieves 40 mpg highway without any additional cost for a high fuel economy package, making it a very attractive car to both students and their parents.”

Accent reinvigorates the subcompact segment, offering the company’s distinctive and upscale “Fluidic Sculpture” design, best-in-class standard fuel economy, exceptional roominess and a full complement of standard safety features. Accent’s class-leading standard fuel economy is yet another example of Hyundai’s dedication to improving fuel efficiency and is the fourth nameplate in Hyundai’s lineup delivering 40 mpg on the highway.

For the entire Top 10 list, including full editorial commentary and reasoning behind each of the editors’ picks, visit the Top 10 Back-to-School Cars story in kbb.com’s Latest News section.

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