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Hyundai Accent Real World MPG



  • besmithbesmith Posts: 13
    I've had my 07 accent hatch back 5 speed since nov. Right now I just turned 11k. I usually get 260-280 a tank, and can get 300 if i drive better and drive longer with the gas light on haha. My previous car (95 maxima auto) would go 320 on a tank doing the same drive but it had an 18.5 gallon tank) For the most part I like my accent, I do with it was faster, and had an extra gear. Its quiet on the freeway unless your going like 75+ because its spinning at 4k :( . the only problem i've had so far was my air bag lights came on and i took it to the dealer and they reset it and its been fine since.
  • We have had our 2007 GLS 4 Dour Auto w./ 15" Alloys since Novemeber and my commentary on MPG is....

    The vehicle is primarily used 5 days a week city driving 8 Miles Each way and we are averaging between 15 & 16 MPG CITY.

    The car has 5,000 miles. We have had 3 Oil Changes and will be getting the fourth next month. The tires have been maintained with 30 PSI.

    We have taken a few long trips with all HWY miles. 1 500 RT. 1 300 Mi RT and several 125 Mile Round Trips. This was done a various monthly intervals where each HWY trip averaged between 30 and 32 miles per Gallon.

    The car seems to be idling normally on a day to day basis and I see no reason for CTY MPG rating 50% below the estimated MPG.

    if after 7,500 CTY does not improve I will pay the $100 diagnostic but i speculate after 11 months of drivign thsi vehicle is a wolf in ecenomi clothing.

    I Suggest
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    For a point of reference, CR averaged 19 mpg city in their tests. But there's no way to tell if their "city" driving was like yours. Does your 8 mile trip involve any stops and idling time? How long do you let the car warm up? If your trip involves many stops and idling, it is the proverbial "worse case scenario" for fuel economy. :(

    32 mpg seems a little on the low side for a highway trip. (FWIW, CR got 37 mpg on their "highway" trips.) Were these trips purely highway miles (e.g. no stops), and what were your speeds on those trips?

    What fuel economy did you get on the car you drove (on the same daily trips) before getting the Accent?
  • The point of reference was Hyundai reporting 32 CTY & 36 HWY which now a year later has been changed to 28 CTY & 37's not that I ever expected to get 100% of the published estimates but 50 % below the published estimates for CTY millage from September 2006 is ridiculous.

    As I had stated on real HWY millage while I should complain I won't for being in the 80% range of what had been published is not bad now is it. Wait I think I will change my mind I want to complain about 80%. Do I pay 100& of the total cost of ownership or 80% of it.

    To be fair I was not traveling at 48 MPH I was traveling between 60 & 65. What the hell is this 48MPH testing. Who drives 48 MPH. Give us ratings based on 55 MPH so I am complaining. Hey 55 seems to be the median.

    Even by what information I am seeing today the 15/16 MPG is only 55% of the estimate as currently published.

    The 8 mile trip does involve stop idling time where the overall trip is done in 20 to 25 minutes averaging 30 MPH when not Stop Idling. I would estimate that there is 10 minutes of stop idling per trip.

    Where you said is the car warmed up seems like rediculous 1970s hogwash. cars today idle at normal RPM within a minute during average temperatires in the spring, summer & fall so I do not see by what RPMs the engien is runnign at at idle time in some so called immaginary warm up operiod is the problem.

    The HWY tests were all HWY miles at 65MPH so I am not complaining one bit on Real HWY MPG.

    The car before this was a 1993 Nissan Altima where it optimally performed 22 MPG doing the same exact trip as this work trip is now going on for 20 plus years.

    If our 10 minutes of Idle Time each way is some worst case scenario and this is where the real MPG is lost I view this as a Hyundai problem with Idling Fuel Millage.

    Plain and simple there are 6 cylinder cars over the last 20 years that have performed better in the same scenario.

    My 1990 MX6 Mazda that I owned for 10 years was better.
    The 1993 Nissan Altima that my wife drove on this same daily CTY trip for 14 years was better.

    The Hyundai is a good sticker value but the Real MPG may be one of not the least realistic I have ever owned.

    Even the CR test at 19MPG CTY is less than 68 % of the estimated mileage. That within itself is a 32% error in published documentation. Manufacturers should be held accountable and be held liable for financially compensating each and every customer. Some strict formal US Government test should sternly regulate this but any half educated individual should generally know the US government shows little concern for it's own people.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    First, realize these aren't Hyundai's numbers you are comparing to--they are from the U.S Government--the EPA. Hyundai is required by law to report them on the car's window sticker.

    Second, let's suppose that while you are driving on your daily commute, you get 30 mpg while you are moving. That wouldn't be too bad, would it? But your trip takes 25 minutes, and 10 of that is stop/idle time. During those times, your mpg is zero. So your overall mpg for the entire trip is only 18 mpg, assuming you could get 30 mpg while the car is moving--including accelerating from the stops, during which your mpg will be far less than 30 mpg. Your actual numbers aren't too far from this estimate.

    The odd part of this to me is the 32 mpg while driving 60-65 mph on the highway. That seems too low. For example, I can easily get mid 30s, even upper 30s, with a much larger Hyundai engine (2.0L, 138 hp Beta II) in a heavier car, when driving 60-65 mph without stops on the highway. That is with tire pressure between 32-35 psi (varies some with temperature), a light foot on the gas, and no other strange stuff e.g. bad weather, strong headwinds.

    Here is something to try if you are so inclined. Some rental car companies have Accents (Hertz for one). You could rent one for a day or two and take it on a highway trip, and see what you get. That could tell you if the FE is typical of the Accent, or if there's something wrong with your car.

    P.S. The revised EPA FE estimates for the Accent AT are 24/33. So at 32 mpg you are very close to the EPA rating for the car. But with careful driving, I've found it's possible to exceed the EPA ratings, especially the re-formulated 2008 ratings.
  • The revised EPA FE estimates for the Accent AT are 24/33.

    Yeah I guess this is all governmental stuff already which juts further. Plain and simple you can't trust Big Business or Goverment.

    Yes my wife's trip has some idle time but whose CTY trip does not have idle time. As far as I know every CTY I have ever visited has lights and stop signs where vehicles stop. Maybe the EPA have some imaginary city where cars can travel at 25 MPH without ever stopping.

    The funny thing is the 1993 Nissan Altima making the same trip with the same general traffic situation over the last 20 years obtained 22 MPG CTY during optimal performance. My wife drives Off Peak Hours with less traffic than most in the NYC area. The last year where a tuneup was necessary the Altima dropped to 17 MPG so I am not too happy that 14 year old car that needed a tune up had better gas millage than the new Accent.

    It is my opinion that all these escalated estimates over the last few years is nothing more than BS to sell more cars. Governments lie to their people. We garage our vehicles. Funny thing is that 1993 Nissan Altima may very well have lasted another 10 years with the way we maintained it. We let the necessary tuneup go because we thought why spend the money when we planned on buying that Accent that should have performed close to 50% better than the old Nissan. So what did we get a new car taht gets less than a 19934 Nissan that needed a tune up. Another thing about the Hyundai Accent. At the 2005 Auto Show they had an Accent with HYBRID. We were eager to purchase that but Hyundai has failed to deliver a HYBRID. My guess is they don't want to warantee a HYBRID fro 5 Years so they scrapped as being cost prohibitive for their current consumer market. He they fooled me into beleiving 32 MPG CTY. You better believe I am not happy with 15 and 1/2 MPG CTY regardless of the 10 minute idle

    Fortunately we keep our cars a long time and maintain them where they have depreciated to Zero by the time the next new car purchase comes along
  • Here is adding some more data regarding what I call EPA Santa Clause Syndrome.

    The city test is approximately 11 miles long and simulates a stop and go trip with an average speed of about 20 miles per hour (mph). The trip lasts 31 minutes and has 23 stops. About 18 percent of the time is spent idling (as in waiting for traffic lights). A short freeway driving segment is included in the test. The engine is initially started after being parked overnight.

    So 18% of the driving is idle time. Sounds close enough to what my wifes idle time is not to get a 50% differential between EPA and between our Real World EPA.

    My wife drives at most 20 to 25 minutes driving 8 miles where typically 8 to 10 minutes is idle time. She similarly has a short HWY stretch where for her it is 1 mile. She is not Mario Andretti in a Hyundai Tuscon. One day soon I will get exact numbers of idle time and start/stops and compare to this EPA.

    With my wifes driving numbers being fairly close to EPA I wonder why she is 50& below last years EPA 42& below this years EPA for the same vehicle with similar driving conditions.

    So in a general observation the EPA supposedly takes in account for 18% idle time. Even if my wife has a 25 % Idle Time would that make for a 50% or 42% difference in EPA and Real CTY MPG for this car.

    As I said the car is maintained 100% to Hyundai recommendations. WE are getting oil/filter changes every 3 months. The RPM seems normal. There does not seem to be brake drag. Tire pressure is at the suggested 30PSI cold.

    The only problem I see is government and auto manufacturers lying to the public. Wake up people Big Business and Governments lie to the people all the time.
  • I was surprised reading so many complaints about MPG. Although, I whine about mine but that's because my '94 Hyundai Excel got 42 IN TOWN, and that's just hard to beat. I bought my Accent with 25K on it & right off the bat I was getting 37 MPG in town - and I live in the mountains & have a brutal hill to climb going home. I have had trouble with the car - finally found out the speed sensors had gone out - and even then it never dipped lower than 30 MPG in town despite having all kinds of trouble shifting & sometimes not being able to get in top gears. I haven't had a chance to take a trip in it except for when it was having it's problems - and even then on the highway it got 39 MPG, despite winding through the Smokie Mtns with it's troubles. I imagine it'll crack 40 on the hwy now that it's fixed.
  • Same here...But I guess you're a better driver. My best was 35mpg. I got mine last March 07, I have 25,000 now! I do my change oil month. Using Mobil 1 fully synthetic on walmart, $22, Supertech Filter $3.If I got to Pepboys, just regular penzoil is about $30. I got 280 /35mpg on full tank. I usually do 85-87 mph on freeway. Yes, its 4,000 +rpm yet still get 280. Sorry to hear about your airbag. Mine has knocking sound every cold start. Dealer says, it was normal. Hmm..Do you have them? I got some e-news from my insurance about this model has rough idling on cold start. It just need ECU - reset.
    and its not what I have.
  • I took a trip up to the canadian border to find out how much gas I use on the freeway. I also found some interesting information as I went up:

    According to mapquest the drive should take 268.35 miles, however my odometer told me 259.8. I used 8.182 gallons of gas. If I use the mapquest mileage I get 32.79 MPG, but if I calculate it with my odo mileage I get 31.8 MPG.

    Those conditions were mostly driving 65-75 MPH and for a good portion of that journey I got to sit behind a ford F-150 with a camper on the back so that did help my mileage. That was fair weather, no rain.

    On the trip back mapquest says 267.62 miles, where my odo said 257.9. I used 9.655 gallons of gas, and my miles to the gallon calculated by mapquest was 27.71, and my odo calculated 26.71.

    Those conditions were bad, considering I was averaging 80 MPH and it was pooring down rain, windshield wipers on full blast. Lots of times when I just had to floor it and pass semi's and trucks.

    So I found out that if I average 70 MPH instead of 80, I can achieve 5 MPG better, as well as my odometer is off by about 10 miles every tank of gas (which is 1 MPG better then calculated if filling up with 10 gallons of gas).
  • radar1radar1 Posts: 25
    Mine is an 05 hatchback, stick shift.
    I consistently get between 34-38 US MPG. I don't count the first tank which was only 29 because the dealer filled that one and probably not to the top. My daily commute used to be 5 miles each way in rural 45 MPH zones in OK, but now is 24 miles each way in high speed traffic in GA (normally cruise with traffic at 75-80 MPH).
    Car runs great and I have had no quality issues at all in 30,000 miles.
  • Three tanks have turned in 32, 32 & 30.7 MPG in mixed backroad, highway & city driving for my wife's 2 door 5 speed Accent.
  • Further gas tanks following my 1/6/2008 post are 30.2, 30.9, & 29.7MPG.
    Sure hope these lowering gas MPG numbers are due to no trips other than work & temperatures getting colder. Also hopefully, ALL these low MPG numbers are due to lower energy winter mix gasoline. The MPG better not get any lower.
  • I encourage every Accent owner to compile their MPG data with the gov'ts fuel economy website. Few Accent owners do compile data with

    When you gather your data at that website, you get a line graph that easily compares differences in MPG that you get. With the notes you can add, you can see WHY the diffrences in your MPG are occurring, whether it be differences from cold or hot weather, low energy winter mix gasoline as opposed to high energy summer mix gasoline, A/C or no A/C, styles of driving, car mods or running changes, or gasolines. If you let your data be compared to other owners, you can see how your car is compared with similar Accents.

    It really is an excellent website. Honda drivers seem to be the most users of the website. If more Accent drivers used the website, it would answer so many questions asked on this website about fuel economy.
  • Another excellent website for keep tracking of your fuel mileage is

    There is a Fuel Log on that site that you can use.
  • litesong1litesong1 Posts: 39
    My wife's Accent has a v.consistent 30 to 32MPG since Dec.2007 on low energy winter mix gasoline going to work with a mix of city, country & highway driving. The last tank was 35 MPG! I think it probably was the higher energy summer mix gasoline...possibly a bit of warmer weather too. We'll see if future tanks stay close to 35MPG or return to 32 MPG.
  • litesong1litesong1 Posts: 39
    After posting the 35MPG tank, I was sure that it was higher energy summer mix gasoline & low energy winter mix gasoline was over. But since then, the Accent tanks have returned to the same MPG as all the other winter tanks of gas, around 30 to 31MPG. Well! :confuse: My own Dodge Caliber is not rising in MPG either, but staying roughly about where the winter tanks have been. I wonder if winter mix gas has been extended into the spring since winter weather seems to be hanging on. Or they are adding an extra dose of bio-fuel ethanol in the gas.
  • misternomisterno Posts: 11
    I have a 2002 Hyundai Accent Hatchback and it has 61K miles on it. I just changed the spark plugs but wires did not have to be changed. Air filter is changed every 6 months and yet I am only getting 21mpg in the city and 33 on the highway.

    I use my car in the city 99% of the time and I think 21mpg is very low considering how small and light the car is. I drive very slow and rarely have sudden accelerations, basically I am trying to hypermile.

    I always took good care of my car and change the fluids and oil at the right time so why is this happening? Any suggestions?
  • radar1radar1 Posts: 25
    Trendmonger you make it sound like a government conspiracy and they lied to you about your Hyundai's gas mileage. Keep in mind all the EPA does is test the vehicles in a similar manner on the same test conditions. The results should be relative to each vehicle so if vehicle one gets 20 and vehicle two gets 30, then some drivers might get 10 on vehicle one and 15 on vehicle two whereas other more conservative drivers might get 25 on vehicle one and get 37 on vehicle two.
    The EPA sticker for your car based on the more accurate test reports this year show a 28 MPG average for a 2007 Hyundai and only 21 for your 93 Altima (assuming both are automatics). If you were consistently getting 21 on your Altima, and less than that on your Hyundai, then it appears there is something wrong with your individual car. Actual drivers are reporting a 27.7 average on their 2007 Accents on the EPA website, so that's pretty darn close to what the EPA is reporting.
    I'd be curious to know where you drive that the traffic has remained the same over a 20 year period, I know every road I take grows an extra stop sign every few months, or an extra traffic light that wasn't there 20 years ago, and with 3 cars per household now compared to 1 or 2 twenty years ago, there are a lot more cars on my daily drive too, all of which combine for worse fuel mileage. Fortunately, my 2005 stick shift accent still gets 37 MPG each tank, so I'm happy.
  • hdvideohdvideo Posts: 1
    I have no clue what all these other drivers have loaded in there hyundai accent hatchbacks? But I have a 2007 SE that I drive like an old lady on downers. I get 35 and sometimes 37 mpg. Yes you heard me correctly. I have to drive mostly up hill for 105 miles before getting on flat land when I drive back and forth to LA. I also must drive 40 miles up hill coming back and trust me that is not easy in this car.

    I drive the speed limit here in CA. on hwy 5 and I drive from one house to the next with 1 luggage of video equipment of 2 FX1 video cameras and 1 tripod. I have another bag of Nikon D100 camera, 3 lens, another tripod, steadi cam (which weights 3 pounds) 6 boxes of mini dvd tapes. A 15” macbook pro with 2 ex drives and another big bag of pants, shoes etc. All of this weighing about 100 lbs. I weight 145 lbs. These bags are placed in the back seat left and right side and the other bag in the middle of the hatchback area. The laptop on the front seat. People are driving 80, 90 and way over 100 mpg on hwy 5 and they pass me up like I am standing still, but guess what, I get there at the most 5 minutes later and I don't waste gas and I get zero tickets.

    I get amazing mpg becauae I do not drive 80 or 90 mph. I drive 65-70 mph period. People get a grip, this is not a benz, it is a small little city car that if driven under 70 mph you can get really good mpg. I have done this dozens of times and yes gas is much higher then it was last summer but still I get 35 and sometimes 37 mpg.

    If you start to push this car over the limit by driving faster you will get 28-31 mpg. You have to drive this car how it was designed, s-l-o-w and do not push it to drive faster than it was designed. I used to own a E320 2001 and yes it had amazing power, but it was only getting 17/22 so if you drive like I do then you should get amazing mpg.

    I also have the same car in Europe and get even better mpg because it is not gas it is Diesel.
  • misternomisterno Posts: 11
    I don't know why I am getting 21mpg mine is automatic shift maybe that is why.
    Or maybe that little override button is always pressed on??

    What do you think?
  • fastrunnerfastrunner Posts: 38
    I really like the look of the Hyundai Accent Hatchback, and the price, and the warranty, etc. My biggest problem is the low mpg owners are getting.
    I currently own a 2007 Yaris Hatchback, and I am please with the mpg. I am considering another new car, but the Accent mpg should be better than it is.
  • The Accent is a great car and I have no idea why people are getting such low mileage. I've had mine (an automatic) for just about two weeks now and I have been getting a solid 30+ on my first two fill-ups.
  • kuripotkuripot Posts: 2
    I don't understand the poor mileage some Accent owners are getting either. Mine is a 3 door manual 2008. My first tank netted 33 mpg and the second got 34 mpg. Thats with about 70% highway driving around 65 mph. I expect even better results after break-in and synthetic lubricants.

  • misternomisterno Posts: 11
    well I don't know why I am getting 21mpg in the city. Next thing I will do, is to change my fuel filter. Then I will post the results here.

    I think my car has a problem, this all happened after I used the tank all the way till it was empty last year. Then, it started to have startup problems so I used Gumout and the problem went away but low MPG stayed. I don't know the MPG before this incident.
  • wanteconwantecon Posts: 11
    I have a 2007 Accent. The Sticker which is based on the UNREALISTIC EPA criteria for the 2007 model year states 32 CITY and 35 HGWY.
    Until now, I have NEVER after 21,000 miles gotten anywhere near the EPA estimates. First of all let me state that I ACCURATELY check my MPG's by totally filling the tank and resetting the trip odometer to 0 then driving on the tank and then refilling to the top and then divide miles driven by gallons filled to the top.

    OK, here's what I have found works in my case to improve milage. I am not advocating it's use for anybody but myself, but I can tell you it works for me. My Accent is a 5speed manual tranny and I'm sure that most of you others that have the same model year with a manual gearbox can attest to the fact that 5th gear is geared WAY TOO LOW for the 65 mph speed limit on the highway. Sometimes it almost seems that it feels as if I am still in 3rd when on the highway, ...but I'm not. My wife suggested when going down hills in what would normally be 5th gear, to drift down the hill in NEUTRAL instead.....with the engine ON , of course. As a result of her suggestion, this tank got me the highest MPG ever posted since we owned the car. 37.61 MPG!!!

    My other car is a VW Passat TDI at 296,000 miles and I always get 45 + on that car which even with diesel being $1.00 + per gallon still is more economical than this little pod of a car and might I add a whole lot safer for my kids to be in the back seat as well. Man, I remember when I had my 92 GEO Metro and CONSISTENTLY GOT 45 + and now we try desperately to eek out over 30mpg. And car manufacturers brag about highway milage at 30!!?? WTF? :mad: :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    Might want to be careful with that technique.. not only is it unsafe (since you lose control of the car with it in neutral), but at least in some states it's illegal to coast downhill in neutral.
  • radar1radar1 Posts: 25
    You didn't mention what year or trans you had in the Passat TDI, but the 98 manual trans was rated at 50 MPG Hwy, so at 45 MPG even that gets less than the EPA rating for you (if that's what you have). Although coasting will improve MPG slightly, I doubt if the coasting would actually add very much to your MPG. One of my cars has an instant MPG readout, and although that one gets about 27MPG overall, it will exceed 99MPG going downhill without coasting so the downhill sections do not hurt your MPG even if the revs remain the same, because you're not pushing the gas pedal down.

  • wanteconwantecon Posts: 11
    I'm sorry, yes the 98 Passat TDI manual tranny was rated at 50 MPG, but I have a 1997 manual rated at 38 and 47. I get a combined 45 with AC. I use the SCANGUAGE II to calculate exact instant, current and tank milage as well as many other engine functions. Just having that guage has improved my fuel economy and I recommend it to everyone because it encourages good driving habits and is NOT the same as the OEM driving computers that come with many cars. Well worth the $159 pricetag. Additionally, I use the "pulse and glide" method to maximize economy. Pulse and glide is not possible on the 2007 manual ACCENT simply beacuse of the low 5th gear ratio.
    I will be going on trip to DC this weekend in the VW and will be getting 50 + on the HGWY using alternative fuel as I have done for the last 8 tanks which costs me about $.50/ gallon to make. I am not a shill for any company, so if anyboby is interested please look it up on the internet. Sorry about mentioning Scanguage by name.
    Regarding the coasting, like I said... It works for me and I do not suggest it for everyone. However, I must disagree with you in that you must not be familiar with the 2007 tranny. IT IS JUST SIMPLY GEARED TOO LOW! YOU MUST ACCELERATE DOWN A HILL ON THE INTERSTATE to keep it from slowing down. Coasting does improve speed DRAMATICALLY....PERIOD. Check out some others' post on this thread from those who have the 2007 with manual trannies. I have literally taken it out of gear and re-shifted into 5th thinking that I put it in 3rd by mistake. I understand the engine is not under load going down hills in gear, but the low 5th gear ratio simply acts as a brake which in turn causes the driver to HAVE TO accelerate to keep up to hghwy speeds, which in turn DRAMATICALLY decreases fuel efficiency because the engine must be PUSHED to go DOWN a hill. Once again, you MUST PUSH THE GAS PEDAL DOWN, unlike you posted. Yes, it is that bad because it is geared THAT low in 5th. I hope I'm making my point, it geared that low my friend.

    As for the safety issue, I'm not sure if I buy that either. If evasive action is needed the driver needs to shift into gear. Let me add this caveat to my previous statements... I do not recommend this coasting technique in and inclement weather such as rain, snow or sleet.

    As for legality, I guess if I'm ever driving with a policman in my car I won't use the technique either. LOL

    In summary , with kids and wife in the car I never got over 31 mpg with the tires inflated to 95% of maximum allowed pressure. Now, with this coasting method with wifey and kids in car for most trips, I got 37.61 on this tank.
  • misternomisterno Posts: 11
    Back to my MPG problem

    2002 Accent Auto Transmission, hatchback 1.6 Engine

    I think I need to have the following done; spark plugs, wires, air filter, fuel filter, cleaning the throttle, check the o2 sensor..

    Anythingelse I should do? 21mpg in city 33 mpg in hwy

    somebody on a different folder said he cleaned the carberator. This car does not have carberator does it?
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