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Hyundai Accent: 28/37 mpg
it gets class-leading EPA-estimated mileage of 30/40 mpg city/highway when teamed with either the standard six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Fiesta is closest, with ratings of 28/37 mpg. You can choose a Fiesta SE hatchback with an automatic and optional SFE Package to get 29/40 mpg, but that will cost $16,990. The Accent's highest configuration price is $16,795. The Honda Fit is far behind at 27/33 mpg, and the Toyota Yaris resides somewhere in the middle at 29/36 mpg.
Hyundai has pulled no engineering punches when it came to fuel economy on the Accent
Cars with either transmission get an “eco” mode, which alters the shift points in the automatic; manual drivers get an arrow in the IP that prompts them to upshift entirely too early.
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You can opt for either the manual gearbox or the automatic transmission, with a standard or a sporty suspension, and in either case the 2014 Accent is rated at 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway.
With the manual gearbox, you get an "eco" shift light to help train you to use less fuel, though, while the automatic has an ActiveEco button that triggers early upshifts to improve gas mileage.
Compared to other vehicles in its size and price class, these numbers are competitive, but definitely not the best. We've seen close to the EPA numbers, provided we can keep the revs relatively low.
That leaves a pretty long driving range. Fill up the tank and the Accent could go as far as 400 miles without another stop. Wring it out, or leave in Sport, and you're sure to land at the lower end of that scale however
With EPA ratings ranging up to 37 mpg highway, the Accent is fuel-efficient but by no means best in class.