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Hyundai Accent Gas Mileage

Since its introduction to America in the 1995 model year, the popular Hyundai Accent has consistently delivered a high mile per gallon (MPG) to purchase price ratio. The Accent’s highway gas mileage figures have hovered in the mid-thirties on the highway throughout the sub-compact’s run. Although the Accent’s gas mileage ratings took a bit of a hit with the reworking of the mileage formula for the 2008 model year, the least expensive Accent’s sticker price is still under $11,000.

Both the three-door hatchback and four-door Hyundai Accent sedan are fitted with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine, producing 110 horsepower and 106 foot pounds of torque. All models are available with a five-speed manual as standard issue; a four-speed automatic with overdrive is optional.

The SE hatchback, designed for the entry-level boy (and girl) racer at heart, is equipped with a B&M Racing sport shifter, sport tuned suspension, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Does Hyundai fit a common rail turbo-diesel in the Accent abroad? Sure thing, but not here in the States … yet …



Hyundai Accent Gas Mileage – 1995-2010

Year Manf. Model Engine Disp. Fuel Trans. City Hwy
2010 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (A4) Auto 27 36
2010 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 28 34
2010 HYUNDAI ACCENT BLUE 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 36
2009 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 33
2009 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 35
2008 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 24 33
2008 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 32
2007 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 37
2007 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 32 35
2006 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 28 36
2006 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 32 35
2005 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 35
2005 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2005 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 35
2005 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 33
2004 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 33
2004 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 35
2004 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2004 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 35
2003 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2003 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 29 33
2003 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 26 35
2003 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 35
2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 37
2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 25 35
2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 25 35
2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2001 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 25 35
2001 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (M5) Manual 27 37
2001 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.6 liter R (L4) Auto 25 35
2001 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2000 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
2000 HYUNDAI ACCENT/BRIO 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 26 34
1999 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 37
1999 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 26 36
1998 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 35
1998 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 36
1997 HYUNDAI ACCENT(SOHC) 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 37
1997 HYUNDAI ACCENT(SOHC) 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 36
1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 28 37
1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 26 34
1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 27 36
1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT(SPORTY) 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 27 35
1996 HYUNDAI ACCENT(SPORTY) 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 25 33
1995 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (M5) Manual 29 38
1995 HYUNDAI ACCENT 4 cylinder 1.5 liter R (L4) Auto 28 36

Note: the EPA tweaked their testing procedure, starting with the 2008 model year, with the end result being that the 2008 MPG estimates are now lower than previous years. As always, YMMV.

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#1 30 MPG Cars on 01.24.08 at 5:33 pm

[...] Hyundai [...]

#2 Paul on 05.17.08 at 8:38 pm

I own a 2004 accent 2 dr with a 5 speed stick. I frequently drive 180 miles at a time and have enjoyed as much as 38.6 mpg highway depending on conditions and even with a steady 15 -20 mph head wind I have gotten 35 mpg on the same trip. Now lets hope the rest of the car holds up as well.

#3 Derek on 06.04.08 at 8:02 pm

I have a 2002 hyundai accent gsi…i think its 1.5 litre…i get horrible gas mileage, i dont know what the mpg is exactly, but for 35 litres i only get like 300 kilometers

i had a 99 ford escort and it got easily over 400ks

#4 Dave on 06.09.08 at 8:04 am

I have a 99 Accent GSI 2-door with over 144,000 miles on it. I have never gotten gas mileage under 30 mpg no matter the driving, city or highway. Generally about 35 mpg on the highway, if I run it around 55mph, it will push out about 38mpg. I would buy another one in a second.

#5 litesong on 07.24.08 at 12:46 am

My wife’s base 1.6 liter 2008 Hyundai Accent averaged 32+MPG thru a long cold winter & hard commute. Recently, she let me feather foot Accent on 3 daytrips over 1400, 3000, 4000, & 5500 foot mountain passes nailing 41.5, 42.6, & 45MPG! I no longer worry whether Honda Fit could have gotten better MPG. If Fit can beat the Accent, it won’t be by much. Besides, base Accent had a few things not on Fit.

#6 lee on 11.07.08 at 8:04 am

Wanted a 2007 accent hatch stanard~got the auto.Had a 2002 that did not need gas at least 40 mpgs highway~Can’t get near that with 2007.Figure to much green

#7 monty on 01.07.09 at 4:13 pm

I have Hyundai Accent 2001 GL. Previously it was giving a good mileage of near to 32 MPG. But suddenly since last few weeks, it has gone down to about 18-20 MPG. Can any body please let me know about the possible cause and remedy of the problem?

#8 mpg-o-editor on 01.07.09 at 8:10 pm

@Monty – Cold weather can negatively affect gas mileage. The practice of “warming up” a car in the morning can burn a good bit of fuel.

That having been said, a drop of 12-14 miles per gallon is quite dramatic.

Other then the drop in mileage, how is the car running? Have you changed your daily routine in any way? Have you noticed any unusual puddles underneath the car or gasoline fumes?

#9 Karen on 01.12.09 at 6:17 pm

HELP! I am so sick of my 2005 5spd Hyundai Accent. I used to get 580+ kms per fuel tank (45ltr, but you never really run empty) and now I barely get over 300kms. This started in August 2008 and has persisted despite changing the filter, spark plugs and putting new tires on it. I’ve had it ‘diagnosed’ (at Hyundai via computer system) but nothing appears to be wrong with it. It drives fine, and the only explanation I’m given is that the defrost is on with the a/c. (naturally, we live in Canada) I’ve been driving this car since new, and had many cold stormy trips up north and I’ve never been under 560kms/tank. Any insight? I’ve received a lot of advice, but nothing has worked yet. Next step is fuel line flush. C’mon, this is a loss of 250kms per tank, it is NOT the bloody a/c! Thanks for any insight.

#10 Derek on 01.24.09 at 6:09 pm

REPLY TO KAREN

Hey I have an 02 accent 114k, same prob as urs. Mine is auto tho. How many litres can u put in from empty? Im supposed to be able to put 45 but i can only get 35 litres. Anyways I get horrible gas mileage to. Car is top knotch. New spark plugs fuel filter and fuel system cleaned. I get anywhere from 280-320km per full tank. I have SEEN THE TOP HALF OF THE TANK GO DOWN IN 109 KM. Its BS! It started happening I believe Summer of 08. Purchased car April 08 ya so around same time as u in August. I hate it. Its annoying. 1.6 litre engine should sip the gas. i have tried diff gas stations and diff driving habits, nothing seems to make a difference.

#11 Ryan on 02.06.09 at 10:39 pm

I have a 1995 accent 4 door that gets 11.3MPG. Whats wrong with my car if it should get 36MPG.

#12 Stu on 03.01.09 at 1:13 pm

I have an ’00 Accent auto with 200,000Kms on it now and on the highway it regularly gets me 600kms per 40litres IF i stay at 110kph or lower. Highest i got was 643kms last month. Only prob i’ve had with the car is that the check engine light likes to come on from time to time before mysteriously going out again, and the rear right shock/strut sounds like it’s about to break through the body of the car in cold weather!

#13 art on 05.10.09 at 3:36 pm

hello i have a accent 02 the mileage is awful, i ve changed the oxygen sensor but the effect is the same does anyone knows any idea to change the gas consumption

#14 Mark Franzen on 07.15.09 at 9:57 pm

I have a 2004 Hyundai Accent 1.6 automatic and I drive about 90 miles a day and I drive 5 days week and I have
to fill up every 3 days which is not good. What is going on with the car? It has a recent tuneup. Please help I am very disappointed.

#15 Lexi M on 08.07.09 at 10:07 pm

I just bought a 2009 Accent and I am so disappointed. I’m only getting 300 km a tank and I drive 100km to work one way which puts me at the gas station every other day. I had a chev. cavalier and now I want it back.

#16 Dave on 10.05.09 at 3:06 pm

I just bought a 2009 Accent and I’m getting just a hair over 200 miles per 11 gallon fill up. This is not right! I’m taking it back because that is BS.

#17 applejuice on 10.25.09 at 1:48 am

I have a 2006 accent gls i just bought it and it works wonders i get prob 42mpg which is good to go.

#18 filberet on 11.04.09 at 5:25 pm

i have a 1999 four door accent with 81.000 miles and have no complaints, i am thinking of getting one for my wife

#19 John on 01.03.10 at 7:20 am

I have a 2002 Hyundai Accent that I bought in fall of 2007 and I have only been getting 300 km/ tank fill up since then. I don’t drive aggressivelly so I have no idea why it’s so horrible on gas. Any idea’s?

#20 Tugger5000 on 04.10.10 at 10:47 pm

Love my Hyundai…

2000 Accent purchased in 2001. 258,000 miles on the original clutch. I am averaging 37-40 mpg on the highway…
(Startron does wonders to combat ethanol issues… )

Don’t understand why this car won’t quit…

#21 word yo on 07.20.10 at 5:11 pm

i recently bought a 99 accent gsi on kijiji and it get’s 400+ k on a full tank which is only +/- $25 CDN to fill. the check engine light is on but i pay it no mind. so far so good! it had 142 k when i got it.

#22 colleen on 01.09.11 at 1:13 pm

I have a 2002 auto accent.
I get bad mileage as well.
I typically get 400 km max out of a tank, which is supposed to be a 45L tank.
I did the calculations and I get 100 km out of 11.25 L of gas, which is equivalent to 8.8 km/L, or 5.52 mi/gallon.

I have around 165,000 km on it.
Since I bought it, 2 yrs ago, I have put the following new things on it:
-battery
-alternator
-spark plugs
-gets regular oil/filter changes
- and other things as well

I have a friend who has a 2002 echo and she said she can get 800 km out of a tank of gas..which is crazy.

I have been disappointed by the car…even if it is an older one.

#23 colleen on 01.09.11 at 1:15 pm

oops..i mean 21 mi/gal.
haha

#24 samara on 01.13.11 at 6:51 am

i have accent 97
9 km /L —- 22.5 MPG
but another car get mileage as well 12 km / L–30mpg
what can i do
iam change battery and do it every thing
the o2 sensor number 39210-26010 but i did not founded
iam found 39210-23710
what can i do
thanx

#25 Aaron on 01.29.11 at 9:47 pm

I have a 4 dr 2008 accent and I get 29 MPG in the city! If you are getting less than that it is ur fault.

#26 mark on 02.03.11 at 10:33 pm

just bought a 2009 accent. Filled the tank and only got 260 miles when the gas warning light came. I drove most of the miles on the highway. Why am I getting 26 mpg? Took it to the dealer were I bought it to have it checked out. All they did was show me a internet print out of 25 city and 33 hwy. Can anyone help me improve or fix this problem?

#27 burned on 02.17.11 at 2:27 am

I bought a 2004 Hyundai accent 4 door. Only 62 000,klms on it. In perfect condition. But I only get 300 klms to a tank. So I went to Hyundai and they checked it out and said the front oxygen sensor wasn’t working and that would be why. That freaked when I told them the gas mileage I was getting saying quote ” you should be getting at least 700 klms to a tank even 800.,change the oygen sensor and that will clear to ur problem” so I did and got a new battery and now its getting less than 200 klms to a tank! I’m sooo angry. I got burned. Now they say they don’t know what to tell me! Arghhhhh. I’m broke so this is brutal.

#28 Richard on 03.07.11 at 6:50 pm

FOR THOSE GETTING BAD GAS MILEAGE…Change the Fuel Filter….its located under the back seat…my room mate just did it and it fixed the problem.

#29 Michelle on 05.01.11 at 9:03 am

We have a 2008 Accent and very pleased with the mileage it gets, hwy. we can get 36 mpg, city 30 mpg. We have gotten almost 400 miles out of 11 gal. tank. Can’t complain.

#30 Megan on 09.12.11 at 2:47 pm

I love my Accent(:

#31 Steven on 10.07.11 at 12:27 am

I have a 2011, brand new Accent i bought in May, i used to get easily 600KM on it, its a standard too, so i dont get why im using so much fuel. i had to get rid of my 2002 Nissan Xterra for something more fuel efficient, but now i dont see any difference, my Xterra got 500KM on it usually. I am regretting getting rid of my xtrerra for this car, i might have well as gone for a 2012 Civic like i was supposed to, but cancelled that deal they offered for a Hyandai.

#32 Steven on 10.07.11 at 12:28 am

^ i am averaging between 350-400KM on a full tank
which isnt very good

#33 Jay on 12.13.12 at 7:01 pm

How many miles on average do the 1999 model year accents engines die?

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