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Hyundai Accent Real World MPG

79customd79customd Posts: 87
edited June 2017 in Hyundai
Here's the place to discuss actual MPG that you( the owners ) have acheived with your Hyundai Accent. The purpose of this thread is for me to see what type of mileage that this brand of car really gets. Its time for me to get my first real car for road use, and this is a real strong candidate. If you have any advice/information/reccomendation that will benefit me in my pursuit of my first car it will be greatly appreciated, thanks!


  • Truthfully, it does pretty well for me. I drive far too much and I'm only spending $50-60 on gas a week which is amazing compared to the $100 or so when I was driving a 95 camry v6. So in terms of actual gas mileage- city- 28-30 mpg and highway- 40-50. Hope that helps.
  • How good does the car accerate? In order to acheive that type of mileage do you have to ride easy on the accerator or can you just drive it normal? I est drove a 2004 Ford Taurus LX with the base 3.0L V6 and I constantly found myself stomping the accelerator to merge into traffic from an intersection. I know that most of that is probably that the car is underpowered so that mite not be the same in a car of the weight of the Accent. Do you feel that the Accent is powerful enough to keep up with traffic, or do you feel the Elantra mite be a better bet, just for safety. Anybody feel free to voice your opinion on this. Thanks for posting!
  • We just bought a 2007 accent hatchback with manual transmission. We were expecting great gas mileage right off the bat but as it turns out, we're getting somewhere between 18 and 20mpg/city. We're almost through our first tank of gas and the odometer is only at 180 miles. I know there's a hidden gallon or so, but still, the range should be much closer to the advertised 380mi. This could be an initial break in period. We're hoping for the best, but you might want to look into this a bit more if you're still considering buying one. Has anyone else had this experience?
  • Oh my gosh, yes on the first tank it always pun intended. My first tank in my car was 24 and the car was not broken in yet. It will get better.
  • That's what my old truck gets. I would hope that the little Accent would do a touch better than my big old truck. If not then I'm taking the truck! I really hope that this is caused by the "break in" factor. Thanks! I will definitly ask around about that before I buy one.
  • Here's an update on our gas mileage for anyone who just drove home from the dealership. They don't check the tire pressure! Ours were at 25psi instead of 30 and filling them up seemed to make a big difference in gas mileage. Also, we've got about 500 miles on it and it now seems to be getting about 30mpg with mixed city and highway driving (mostly city). I'm not sure if this is because of the tires or that the car is now a bit more broken in, but there has been a drastic improvement.
  • Proper PSIs help mileage there is no doubt. I will definitly check that in any car that I buy from a dealer lot. You brought up a good point about the dealer lots not checking the tire PSIs, I had never thought of doing that, but it makes perfect sense, thanks for the input!
  • Just filled my first tank. I was definitely taking it easy driving (automatic) due to the break-in period. My mileage was a dissappointing 26.5 MPG.

    A friend's mother just paid a couple thousand more and got a Yaris. Her average was 38 MPG!

    I'm hoping that the mileage does get better. I will check the PSI also. I hope to report back with some better news.
  • We just purchased the same, (2007 accent hatch SE, manual tran) however its too early to tell as well. 'Minor' issue keeping me from driving it after just 60 miles of ownership. Gear shift was occasionally kicking out of 4th gear and into neutral. Dealer was able to replicate it and now I'm the proud owner of a new tranny that is being expressed ship from Korea. Hopefully I was just 1 of the unlucky ones. Have you had any similar tranny issues? :sick:
  • mib4tmib4t Posts: 5
    I have a 2002 accent L 1500 sohc manual Iused it for 3 1/2 years for messenger work in and around LA driving between 160 and 300 miles per day. I was getting 32mpg average driving it quiet hard on freeways and around town . Using the AC reduced it to about 29 mpg
    Driving at about 55 to 60 mph on the freeway i would get about 45mpg.
    I would have to accelerate quite hard to get up to freeway speed but this was usually done in third gear once the car was moving not in first or second as this was harder on the tyres

    my daily commute is now in town and i am still averageing 30 to 32 mpg. It now has over 218000 miles and is burning oil but still starts and runs every day.
  • I own a 2001 Accent, bought in January of 2002. My mileage on it is 40-42 MPG highway and about 38-40 mixed driving. The car's mileage drops markedly in winter to mid thirties. I like passing dead Mercedes' on the side of the road. Car currently has 90,000 miles on it and I have spent close to nothing on repairs. For value, I just don't think you can beat it. I have no problems with accelerations, but have never driven a car with high-end acceleration so have little to compare it to. I am disappointed new HYundais only brag 35 mpg, although mine only officially boasts 37.
  • I have about 2500 miles on my new 07 Accent stick and am getting similar results about 30mpg average in mixed city and highway (mostly highway).
  • My wife has 89,471 miles. Due to her job she records how much fuel she has put in and how many miles on each tank. The OVERALL average for the LIFE of the vehicle has been 32.231 mpg. Not bad for a car that commutes a minimum of 50 miles per day. This is mostly highway miles but they are on 2 lanes and secondary roads. This Accent is a 2003 base model, with a 1.6 liter and a 5 speed manual.
  • So I see a lot of these messages is from some time ago. I am wondering if anyone has any further updates to share? I have my '07 Accent for about two weeks now. I have filled up twice. I am concerned about the mileage being so low. I figured it on the second fill up at 23MPG. Someone please tell me it gets better since I love it and dont want to change cars.
  • vinnygvinnyg N.Y.Posts: 77
    Hi, I have had my Accent for about 5 weeks now and have about 4600 miles on it and can't seem to get more than 30-31 miles per gallon. My old '99 Accent (which still runs great with 206,000+ miles on it) gets an average of 33-35 miles per gallon. Both have automatic trannys. I hope it increases over time, but my engine is definately broken in at this point, so I won't expect any miracles.
    Hope you do better over time.
    Be kind to the people you meet on the way up, because you're going to meet the same people on the way down.
  • forbesjforbesj Posts: 22
    I have an 01 Accent hatch, base model, no A/C or anything, 5 speed. It has the older 1.5L engine you can't get on an Accent today, however, the EPA ratings are relatively similar.

    At absolute best, I've seen 42MPG on highway only trips with conservative (60-65mph, no stops at all except for gas), 36-38MPG for normal highway driving (70-75mph with occasional bursts to 80/85), 28-31mpg for my normal driving (all short trips, mostly city driving, though on "fast" city roads with a minimal number of stops), and winter mileage as low as 20mpg.

    My roommate has an 03 or 04 Elantra with an auto, and gets slightly worse mileage than me. It's also bigger, actually a little bit peppy, more comfortable, quieter, and in general a much nicer car. Not bad for only 1-3mpg less than what I get (though admittedly I do significantly better, as in 3-5mpg, on strictly highway driving).

    Anecdotally, friends with similar cars of other makes tend to get better mileage than myself, even those with bigger cars (Civics, in particular).

    All in all, it wasn't a bad car for the money, but I'm getting ready to buy something new, and I won't be looking at a new Accent, for sure. The car did it's job, was reliable, but I'll be looking a bit upmarket this time, and will happily pay a bit more for the gas.

    To the one with the performance concerns - an Accent isn't a fast car, and the new model is likely to be a bit slower than any Taurus that wasn't built in the 80s. 0-60 on the new ones is probably around 11 seconds or so. It'll be reasonable in city traffic, but, if my experience with my 1.5l is worth anything, if merging uphill onto highways with 85mph traffic is something you do on a regular basis, I would strongly recommend something with a bit more power. Doing so in the Accent 1.5L has been a generally harrowing experience.

    Frankly, with the prices the way they are, I don't see all that much of an attraction to the Accent at all when placed against a Yaris, Elantra, xA, or Mazda3i, obviously at different price points. The Focus can be had for a particularly good deal now, too, and while the interior won't match an Elantra's, it's more economical, and can be had for a bit less money, too.

    Edmund's "Total cost to own" over 5 years on an Accent sedan is about $29k, which includes interest, depreciation, insuance, and maintenence. Compare this to a Yaris, which is a more expensive car, at $27.9k. Not a huge difference, but most of that difference comes from as and depreciation. A Civic DX clocks in at $27k, Focus at $30k, Elantra at $29.8k, Mazda3i at $28.3k.

    If you can afford a higher monthly payment, I don't see much of a reason in going for the Accent for strictly economy/value reasons. If you have the money, and aren't in love with the Accent, I'd recommend looking at the other cars that are priced slightly above it.

    If you like the Accent, by all means, go for it! I just don't see them as a great value, from a pure money sense, as I see the other cars as nicer options.

    Okay, sorry 'bout the little OT run here.
  • mikeyhdmikeyhd Posts: 1
    2007 Accent SE 3DR 4,000miles

    I drive 270 miles a week of which 240 are highway 65-80mph.

    My average has gone from low 26's to high 27's.

    Whether or not the A/C is on doesn't seem to matter.

    This car desperately needs a 6th gear, 4000rpm at 80mph is way too much.
  • I drive close to 100 miles each day as a commute to work and back, 50 miles each way. I get 34-38 MPG still. Car has over 134K on it now.
  • dymensiondymension Posts: 1
    Thats about what we're doing and my Accent is a 2005. We can usually get to about 220 on one tank. When driving from New York to chicago, we averaged about 34.
  • chastek3chastek3 Posts: 5
    I have 07 Accent 3 door with 3500 miles. I get 30 MPG in mixed city-highway driving. The car is hampered by the 4 speed auto which desperately needs a higher top gear. If MPG is the concern one must consider the manual transmission
  • sgopussgopus Posts: 7
    my first tank of gas I got 42 MPG, then didn't know I had to use at least midgrade gas, so next tank I got 27 MPG, now I'm using Midgrade and got 32MPG, next tank I will use supreme and see what happens.
  • sgopussgopus Posts: 7
    My factory radio is not satellite ready, is anybody aware of any issues if I get a different Radio that is satellite ready, ie will it require any special adapters etc..
    I will be having someone else do the install :confuse:
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    Why do you think you need to use mid-grade gas? The Accent is designed to run on 87 octane.
  • sgopussgopus Posts: 7
    Cause I've tried the 87 and it runs better and gets better MPG on the 89
  • pulgopulgo Posts: 400
    You are wasting money.
  • and to tell you the truth I am pissed. I have never put anything under a full tank of gas and 90% of the time I have seen the gas light come on. I have gone to the same gas station since day one (aside from 3 different gas stations to see if it was my gas station giving me bad gas) I have tried premium, midgrade, and regular. I have tried driving fast, driving slow, driving 8 miles to work mostly freeway and now I am driving 3 miles to work with a mile or so jaunt on the freeway.

    I can tell you now there is no break in period. There is no getting better or worse. I went on a rallycross where you get a packet that tells you "turn here" "go this speed" and there was a lot of leaving it it in 2nd going up a hill trying to keep it at 25mph...that tank which also included 2 laps around Portland international raceway got me 28mpg. That was the best tank I have seen yet.

    For the majority of the time I have owned the car (and I have been keeping my gas reciepts since the beginning of the year) I see anywhere from 240 miles to 260 miles on a tank. I can run through a tank in a week or two depending on the amount of driving, but its always taken 9-10 gallons of gas and has allways got me 240-260 miles.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    On a 3 mile commute that includes accelerating onto a freeway (maybe the worst thing for mpg except for standing still), and only one mile on the freeway and the rest in city (maybe with some stops?), 24-26 mpg is not that bad IMO.

    With 3 miles to/from work, that's 30 miles a week assuming 5 days per week. What kind of driving do you do for the other 100-200 miles per week? Have you tried taking it on a long (over 100 miles) highway trip at a reasonable speed (60-70 mph) to see what mpg you get? If you don't get at least mid-30s under those conditions, I'd say something is wrong with the car.
  • Our 2007 Hyundai Accent gets 40 percent worse mileage than it's supposed to.

    Since purchasing the car in December 2006, we've averaged 16.5 mpg in the city, instead of the rated 28 mpg. I know that mileage ratings are never as promised on the sticker, but our fuel efficiency seems excessively low -- and it's consistently low.

    Our Accent has 2,600 miles on it -- almost all city driving.

    Two other pieces of information and questions: The dealer said that we should drive it on the highway and that would improve our city mileage. Is that correct -- that driving it at highway speeds will also improve city driving mileage? Or does that sound like a dodge, since our mileage is so much lower than it should be?

    The engine's head gasket was replaced in July 2007. I'm wondering if that major repair may also be a factor in our car's low mileage (which has continued after the head gasket was replaced.) The head gasket was replaced because the check engine light came on.

    How low is low when it comes to mileage on a brand new car? What should we do about this?

    Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    One thing that would be helpful to know is, what was your car prior to the Accent, and what fuel economy did you get driving it in the same way? Also is your Accent an AT or stick?

    All city driving can be hard on the engine long-term as it never gets to higher revs for a long period of time, to burn off deposits. But your car isn't that old.
  • forbesjforbesj Posts: 22
    My commute is almost the same as yours. 3 or so miles, about a mile on the highway. I almost always wind through the gears getting on the highway as quickly as reasonably possible, and there are a few traffic lights on the way, too. Now, granted, my Accent is six years older than yours, a 1.5l (not the 1.6), and a manual, but I've typically seen 30-33mpg in commuting to work, and I've always driven my cars pretty hard (I honestly beat the crap out of the Accent for 6 years, and it still runs fine). Given that the new Accent is larger, has the bigger engine, and has an auto, 27-28mpg would seem reasonable for the commute. So, you getting 26 seems to be no real surprise and within reason.

    If you *really* want to see what kind of mileage your car can manage to get, this will take a couple hours but might be worth it:

    drive the car around for 5-8 miles to warm it up. Fill it full with gas at your normal location (preferably same pump you might "normally" use), and then get on the highway at at time there will be no traffic. Cruise at 60mph or so, go 50 miles one way, 50 miles back, give or take a bit, and then refill at the same pump again.

    If you're seeing anything under 30mpg while doing that, you either have a lead foot, or something isn't going right with the car, or you just have bad luck. I've seen 40+ out of my old Accent on a few occasions.

    For comparison's sake, in my new car (Civic Si), also being driven pretty hard, I'm seeing ~27mpg or so, although I did have one tank at 23 (more city, and harder driving including some sustained time over 5k RPM with liberal applications of throttle).
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