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Hyundai Accent Real World MPG

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,715
    Fuel injection. So you might add injector cleaner to your list. Also be sure your car's tire pressures are at least at the Hyundai-recommended numbers, if not a few pounds higher.
  • litesong1litesong1 Posts: 39
    My January comments in this thread indicated that my wife was getting OK MPG from her hard commute to work. She is a careful driver tho, & I was hoping she might get better with her 2008 Accent. As the weather warmed, her MPG increased a bit but again, nothing outstanding.

    As a feather footer, I always got good MPG out of my cars. Finally, on 3 day trips over 1400, 3000, 4000, & 5500 mountain passes & to Mt. Rainier, the Accent performed spectacularly, giving 41.5, 42.6 & 45.1 MPG.

    Again, these were not flat highway MPG, but excellent mountain driving trips, starting near sea level.

    Agree with others tho, that the Accent has too low a gearing & should be driven slowly to get MPG well over 40MPG. However, the Toyota Yaris & Honda Fit manual gearing is best at lower speeds too.
  • kevperro2kevperro2 Posts: 13
    Looking over the user supplied MPG numbers for the Accent vs. the FIT. If you compare users and their driving habits, which is limited to breaking down the miles driven by city/hwy you can see that the average is higher for the FIT partially because the driving habits of those reporting data have more highway miles than city driving. There is also more data because there are more FIT owners reporting their fuel economy.

    I don't see a problem with Accent numbers. There are WAY too many variables that dictate what a user is getting to draw large sweeping conclusions from one user. From looking at the weight, engine and gearing it is pretty obvious that the two vehicles should be within a 1-3mpg difference of each other. The FIT has the advantage. If there are larger numbers than that, there is something wrong with the vehicle, or you are driving in unusual conditions that don't reflect the average user.

    If you consider that the street price of the FIT is $3000-$6000 higher, depending on configuration, that difference obviously doesn't favor the FIT in terms of cost of transportation. Even if you figure the lower side of the cost differential up-front ($3000) and the Maximum difference in terms of efficiency (3MPG @ $4.00/gal), at 15,000 miles per year you have a $163/year difference in gasoline paid per year (favoring the FIT) and a $696/year extra cost in the vehicle favoring the Accent. I figured the cost of money amortized over five years @ 6% interest. The payment would be $58 per month to pay for the extra cost of the FIT. The fuel savings if it gets 3MPG better than the Accent would only be $14.25 per month @ $4.00/gallon. The FIT cost an extra $44 per month due to the up-front premium cost of the vehicle.

    I think that is a fair comparison both in terms of the market cost of the vehicles (what you can actually buy them for), the cost of money considered on a conservative metric, and the cost of gas (best guess on this one). If you drive a LOT more than 15,000 miles a year the numbers get a little better for the FIT but not enough to overcome the up-front cost difference. If gasoline drops back below $4/gallon that will favor the Accent.

    If you plan to sell the car in a couple years, the resale value favors the Honda but when you consider the up-front cost, the better resale value is largely negated. I can buy the Accent for less than $10,000 out the door, sales tax and all related dealership cost. The cheapest I've been quoted on the Honda is $16,250 out the door. That is a $6250 difference in price that wouldn't be made-up even if the price of gas quadrupled to $16/gallon and if the Accent got 6MPG worse fuel economy. Even under those conditions, the Accent is cheaper.
  • wanteconwantecon Posts: 11
    I agree that logic dictates that the Accent is a better value. However, I don't see where you come up with the cost of $10,000 out the door, unless your talking abot a used vehicle. When I bought my 2007 in July 2006, it was 12,780 and that price was not negotiable at all by the dealer, although they did give me a fair trade on my vehicle I was trading and there was a rebate of 1,000 I think. Even if you factor in all the college grad rebates, etc. ,etc., which most everybody won't qualify for, a new Accent still isn't gonna be $10,000 out the door even with the base model w/o air when all is said and done.

    On a seperate note, while my Accent was a very nice and reliable car without any problems, I just sold it on eBay and went backwards to a 2003 VW Jetta TDI Diesel because I am making my own alternative fuel for both it and my Passat at $0.46/ gallon and getting 45- 50 mpg. Sorry, I'm not bragging but doing the math, it didn't make sense to keep the Accent even with the 100,000 mile warranty, which BTW become 60,000 miles for subsequent owners despite what some sellers on eBay will tell you. All in all, if you don't have access to used french fry oil, an Accent is fine car to drive. Just don't believe the EPA estimate sticker unless you plan to drift down hills in neutral like I did on the interstate ( in clear weather only), in which case you can EXCEED the EPA highway estimates by 2 - 3 mpg's. Bye ,. bye.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,715
    FWIW, Accent is available for under $10k OTD at dealers such as Towne Hyundai. Their latest advertised price is $6,899 for a GS with automatic and A/C, or they offer Internet pricing on any Accent of $1600 under invoice before rebates.
  • wanteconwantecon Posts: 11
    I don't think so. There's got to be a catch somewhere in the fine print. Such as, " includes $xxxx.00 cash, trade equity" or " includes all applicable rebates and incentives" , which unless you are freshly out of college and graduated in the past 6 mos., you don't qualify for the college grad rebate. Besides, there's a big difference between $1,600 below invoice before rebates and $6,899. It doesn't make sense and unless you are a rube, you can't possibly think that in 2008 you are going to be out the door in ANYTHING new for $6,899. Not even a Yugo, if god forbid, they were still available.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,715
    Adding in the college grad rebate would still put the OTD price under $10k.

    Maybe it's what they call in the trade a "loss leader"?

    Anyway, it's clear that even if the $6,899 offer has special conditions, the Internet pricing is available to anyone who asks for it. Example:

    GS invoice: $11,160
    Less $1,600 = $9,560
    Less rebate ($1000 in NJ; it's $1500 in some other states): $8,560

    More than enough room to get OTD for under $10k.
  • wanteconwantecon Posts: 11
    That's funny. I never heard of a loss leader in the new car business. Loss leaders are meant to pull you in to buy something else in ADDITION to the loss leader item. For example, the supermarket offers bananas at .10/ pound, knowing that while you're in their store you'll buy milk, bread, condoms, etc. at the not so loss leader like price. Thus stated, it isn't like you're gonna walk in to buy the loss leader Accent and walk out with an Azerra or Genesis also. LOL Look, a new Accent isn't going to sell that cheap. If it was, then used 2007's would not be going for 9000 plus on eBay with the 100k mile warranty dropping to 60k for the 2nd owner. I just sold my 2007 GS with power package and 21,500 miles for $9,400 and that still was a good deal for the buyer because it was a good $800 below private party book value KBB, NADA. Hyundai is not hurting like GM and Ford, believe me. They don't need a loss leader when this vehicle is in demand. Read the fine print, I'm telling you that you are NOT OTD for under 10k on a new Accent. P-E-R-I-O-D. Or better yet, go to the dealer and report back here when reality sets in.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,715
    A loss leader can also be used to pull someone in to buy a different product than he/she was thinking of. As in, "Oh, sorry, just sold the last of those $6988 Accents. How about a nice GLS for $12,000, or SE for $13k?" Or maybe an Elantra. Who knows, I'm not the Hyundai sales rep.

    You can dispute hard facts all you want. The point is, you are wrong (as in, W-R-O-N-G). It is very possible to buy a new Accent for under $10k. Go to the Towne Hyundai web site, look at their Internet pricing on the Accent, published for all to see, look up the invoice price on the Accent GS (here at Edmunds.com for example), and you can verify this fact for yourself. Reality has set in. You simply refuse to acknowledge it.

    You also may not be aware that used fuel-efficient cars are often selling for more than new models now. I think that's very odd, but I've confirmed it via multiple reports here as well as by checking pricing in my own town. For example, dealers in my area are routinely charging more than current MSRP for used Civics. And I see that even used 2008 Sonata GLSes with 20k miles or more are selling for what I could get a new 2009 (a better car at that) for at dealers like Towne. Go figure. So in today's world, getting $9400 for your Accent isn't all that exceptional, and in fact you said that yourself in that you sold it for well under KBB value. Why, I don't know. Maybe you've heard: gas is $4 a gallon, and small cars are in immense demand. Maybe you should have asked over KBB for your Accent?

    Next topic?
  • wanteconwantecon Posts: 11
    Try to calm down and stay civil, my friend. My car was sold on eBay, on an auction. I believe you are confusing "loss leader" with "bait and switch" which you just described. They are two seperate things. Perhaps you should run to Towne Hyundai and drop down your $6899 or whatever paltry sum you mentioned and hope that you don't get "bait and switched" or as you call it, "loss leadered" into a Sonata. Being that I sold my Accent, I no longer have a need to discuss anything on this forum, which has devolved from "real world mileage" to this. Good luck to you and, "let the buyer beware".
  • lightfootfllightfootfl Posts: 442
    re 67
    Sorry my friend, but in Pensacola, FL they are selling for well under the 10K figure, and even the Elantra is under 10K, so you haven't been doing your homework in shopping around. Along the FL panhandle and into Mobile AL they are doing a booming business selling them under the 10K prices.
    van
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,715
    Hello, I wasn't the one who took a little "fwiw" comment about the fact that Accents can be had for under $10k and blew it up into a huge deal, with the capital letters with hyphens. You took it there, my friend. Maybe next time you want to challenge a point of fact posted by someone, do a little research first before making a big, personal deal out of it.
  • kuripotkuripot Posts: 2
    UPDATE, Here are the mileage results since day 1. 80/20 highway/city

    07/23/2008 37.12
    07/19/2008 40.47
    07/16/2008 36.72
    07/12/2008 35.15
    07/10/2008 35.62
    07/03/2008 40.70
    06/28/2008 39.23
    06/24/2008 36.34
    06/21/2008 40.11
    06/17/2008 36.25
    06/14/2008 34.26
    06/10/2008 35.69
    06/05/2008 34.26
    05/30/2008 34.96
    05/26/2008 34.06
    05/19/2008 38.00
    05/13/2008 34.06
    05/08/2008 33.33
  • kevperro2kevperro2 Posts: 13
    I'm in Washington and don't have any plans to fly to NJ or Florida to buy a car. ;-)

    I have hard numbers. I could walk down to the dealer and buy a new 2008 base model Accent, without the A/C & the radio, for a hair under $10,000 even after paying WA State sales tax and all the dealer fees. So could anyone else for that matter, they have about eight of them in stock. The advertised price is $8995 but after you pay the little dealer nits & picks plus sales tax the final bill (the only one I care about) is $10,000.

    This is in the Seattle area with the current $1500 Hyundai incentive. If I could buy one for $7000 I'd buy it just to have a spare car. :-)

    Those milage numbers look really good. Once again, that really reinforces that Hyundai has the least expensive thing to operate on the road..... bar none.
  • I have the 5-speed manual and on my first two tanks I've gotten 36MPG on both. The first was mostly highway miles with little city driving. I'd say 90% Hwy, 10% city. The second was probably 80% city & 20% Hwy. The second tank was with 10% ethanol.

    I've driven pretty normal, nothing too speedy and not too slow. Just my normal driving style. The tires have the dealer 30 PSI and I plan to max them out up around 42 PSI. After break-in I'm going to run a high fuel efficiency Mobile 1 synthetic and see what impact that has on fuel economy. The Accent only holds 3.5 Qts of oil so a synthetic change is only an extra $6 per oil change compared to using the generic Walmart oil I'm also thinking of indexing the plugs to see if that provides any additional economy.

    I doubt anything but changing my driving habits will have much over 1-2 MPG difference. I'm very happy with 36 MPG though and it seems to do great in my city driving (most of my long term driving will be city). If I can average anything over 35 MPG that will be 5 MPG better than I anticipated based upon the sticker EPA rating.
  • I went on a 500 mile trip yesterday down to Portland. It was mostly driving on I-5 with A/C, one passenger and 70mph the entire way. I managed 37.4 MPG for the trip. I filled the tires to 42PSI before the trip.

    I'm pretty consistent. All three tanks so far have been 36-37 MPG with my 5-speed Accent. That is a good 6-7 MPG better than EPA estimates and I've driven in my normal manner, not slow and not fast and no hyper-mile techniques. The vehicle has just over 1000 miles on it now so it should be past any potential break-in.

    One other note, I drove for about 30 miles past when the fuel light came on. I filled the tank and it only took 9.9 gallons so there is a pretty good buffer once that light comes on.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,715
    Actually I've found Hyundai engines tend to keep improving in FE as they add miles. For example, I owned a 2001 Elantra for 5.5 years and the FE seemed to keep getting better, with pretty significant gains to about 16k miles then slight improvements into 40k miles+. So your Accent may still get better with the gas!
  • Hey... that would be good news. I'm pretty happy with what I'm getting now so I don't want to get greedy.
  • I saw this forum and thought I would add my data. I drive a 2006 Accent 4-speed auto. I put quite a bit of miles on my vehicle for work, sometimes up to 2,000 a month for work. I have kept track of all my fill-ups except the first one. I really like using fueleconomy.gov's site for that purpose.

    My lifetime average is right at 36.1 mpg. I have over 71k miles on the car. The vast majority of that is highway. But I like to keep it slow, going 60mph for the most part on the interstate. I also try to accelerate gently and ease up to red lights. I had an aftermarket cruise control installed but didn't see a difference in mileage. My main reason for the cruise was all the highway driving and I was so tired of keeping a steady speed with my foot. The highest full tank mpg I recorded was 42.7 and the lowest was 28.4. With over two years' of data, there is a definite effect from the hot weather of summer, even using the AC against winter temps.
  • Ok... I've had my car for 3 months and about 2400 miles. I've kept track of every single drop of fuel put in the car with a log on the fueleconomy.gov site. Most of my driving is in-town. I don't even live near an Interstate and our house is 1100 ft above sea level. I drive down to sea level every day for work so my driving is in town and mountain driving in shot trips, the worst possible situation for efficiency.

    To date, I'm averaging 35.5 MPG overall. My break-down is 70% city, 30% HWY overall. My lone highway trip was a 3-4 hour trip to Portland down I-5 with 70mpg & A/C blowing. I averaged 37 MPG on that trip. Most of my 100% city tanks come in at 35-36 MPG.

    My worst tank was 31.2 MPG and my best tank has been 37.3 MPG. Not too shabby.
  • Update: I now have 3500 miles on her. With winter driving and fuel my new "worst tank" is 29 mpg and my overall average since day 1 has dropped to about 34.6 mpg. Still well above my expectations for the car.

    Most of my driving is short trips with very little highway use above 50mph.
  • arturo7709arturo7709 Posts: 1
    my hyundai accent 2002 spends too fast the gasoline, last weekend i fill tank with 2 or 2.5 gal, but i just stayed in the city it last just one day, a week ago the workshop changed the oxygen sensor but it seems the consumtion is still fast,

    any ideas what can i do to stop fast gas spend?
  • I got a 2009 SE and for such a little car even with a auto trans. I should be getting better then 30 mpg but thats the best i have gotten and have tried every thing !!!! . 35 mpg is what it said on the sticker !!!!!!!, but after 12000 miles even going 50 mph on the hwy. the best i gotten is 30mpg and my norm is 28 mpg. If you are thinking about getting one count on around 30 mpg .
    thanks a lot Hyundai :lemon:
  • I've been getting 33 mpg city for quite a while. Some of that is regular driving, some of that is speeding, some is highway, some is suburban roads. Every time I do the math, it's 33-34 mpg. I went on a weekend trip (mostly highway) once and got 40 mpg.

    It's a great car. Don't know why it's never given it's mention in fuel efficient articles/reports. The cars that are mentioned do get better mileage (some not THAT much better), but they cost 3 times as much. My little Accent was $9300 new after taxes, tags, and registration in 2001. Can't beat it!
  • majun1majun1 Posts: 1
    I recently made a trip from Dallas to Eunice, LA, the total mileage is 385 miles and I only used up 8.75 gallon. During the whole trip, whenever I had the air condition on[about 3 hours] I kept my speed limit around 55mph, without the air condition on I drove 65 mph. Of course, I almost killed by several cars trying to pass me. Finally I reached my record of 44 mpg on a 2007 Hyndai Accent, 2 seater. I am happy with it.
  • Agree with you. With careful driving, the Accent will get well past 40 MPG. Going up to 5500 foot Chinook Pass, east of Mt. Rainier & back to sea level, I nailed down 42 MPG in a 2008 manual hatch. Next day, while traveling over 3000 & 4000 foot mountain passes & into a 101 degree day in Eastern Washington, the Accent got 41.8MPG. On the third day, the Accent got 45.1 mpg while ascending & dropping from a 1400 foot pass. :D
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  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    I just bought this car for my daughter over a week ago and she complained that the USB port does not work properly. I called the dealership to book a date to get it checked and was advised that I need to purchase a $40 connector to make it work as part of the design. I was truly surprised on this and did not expect it. I spoke to the salesperson that sold me the car and he seemed unaware of it. I'm truly dissapointed!
  • I've had my 2012 Accent hatchback SE for 7500 miles now, and haven't posted more that 33 mpg yet, even in ECO mode, cruise control, 70 mph on straight, flat highway. I've been averaging about 31 on highway commutes under ideal conditions. I bought the car based on the advertised 40 mpg highway figure and boy am I feeling like I got fleeced.
  • radar1radar1 Posts: 25
    The highway portion of the EPA rating averages only 48.3 MPH, and never exceeds 60 MPH, so if you're hoping to see the highway rating at 70 MPH you probably won't see it. The faster you go the quicker your fuel gets consumed due to additional drag.
    If your fuel has ethanol in it, then it also hurts your mileage.
    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/fe_test_schedules.shtml
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