Hyundai doesn’t get every bit of a car perfect before introducing it. No auto maker does. But Hyundai does pay attention to feedback from reviewers and owners, and often upgrades its cars in response to criticism. Only in its fourth model year, the Genesis Coupe already has had its interior upgraded twice.
My least favorite part of the 2012 Accent SE was the cheap, sloppy feel of its manual shifter. In the past, Hyundai included B&M-supplied short throw shifters in driver-oriented versions of both the Accent and the Elantra Touring. Why not with the current cars? Well, towards the end of 2012 a B&M shifter will become optional in the Accent. Later one will also be offered in the Veloster. No plans have been announced to also offer a short-throw shifter in the new Elantra GT, but one seems a natural fit for an upcoming more powerful engine option.
Michael Karesh operates TrueDelta, an online source of automotive pricing and reliability data.