Now that fuel economy has become a pocketbook issue as well as a political one, high-mileage gas-powered cars matter more than ever. Hyundai is tackling new gas mileage targets with a trio of new cars, and as it's done with the new Sonata and Elantra sedans, it's also hitting a 40-mpg bogey with the new Accent, its subcompact-class sedan and hatchback.
We're giving the Accent duo an 8 on the GreenCarReports scale. No matter which transmission you choose, the Accent earns an EPA-rated 30/40 mpg. To do any better, you'll have to upgrade and spend your way into a larger diesel or hybrid vehicle.
The fact that Hyundai hits those numbers with a compact car, and not a subcompact, makes the Accent a competitor for the Ford Focus and Chevy Cruze sedans as well as for subcompacts like the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. But unlike the Ford and the Chevy, Hyundai doesn't force buyers to opt for an add-on gas-mileage package. Every Accent is rated at 40 mpg highway, thanks to a body that's more...
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