If you’re looking for a cheap car with a handsome design and more efficient fuel consumption, the 2020 Hyundai Accent might be suitable for you. This is certainly not promo words, considering we’re not Hyundai sales. The South Korean-based manufacturer Hyundai has now brought the facelifted Accent compact car to the U.S. market with several changes, design revisions, and most importantly improvements in fuel efficiency.
Thanks to the use of a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), the 2020 Hyundai Accent is now getting considerable improvements in its class in terms of EPA ratings, MPG and fuel efficiency. But the new CVT is only offered as optional equipment on the base model. The new Accent is still powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood with a standard 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox, which is claimed to be capable of producing 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque.
It’s Now Powered by a New CVT Gearbox
Hyundai claims that the current generation Accent with a 6-speed manual transmission can sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds. However, when the 1.6L Gamma engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds, which means it’s about 1.4 seconds slower than the model powered by manual transmission.
However, it’s possible that Hyundai will also offer a new engine in the 2020 Accent which will be based on the new Gamma II powertrain, derived from the new Venue SUV. As we know that the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue crossover has been equipped with a new 1.6-liter “Gamma II” inline-four engine that can produce 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. However, the performance figures for the new engine may not exceed the current engine, either with a 6-speed manual or automatic 6-speed transmission.
Gets Big Improvement in Fuel Efficiency and EPA Ratings
As for the EPA fuel economy rating, the 2020 Hyundai Accent sedan with a new CVT gearbox can return 33 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 36 mpg combined. That means the Accent’s EPA ratings up 4 mpg in the city, 3 mpg on the highway, and 5 mpg combined. While the new Accent with a manual transmission can return 29 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. For additional information, this MPG rating was officially released on the EPA official website.
It’s clearly much better in terms of fuel consumption and also more efficient than the previous model. For comparison, the current 2019 Hyundai Accent with a 6-speed automatic transmission can only return 28 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. While the models powered by manual transmission are rated at 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined.
Pricing and Release Date
The automaker hasn’t yet announced its official release date, but the 2020 Hyundai Accent is expected to arrive at North American dealers later this year with production due to begin this May at the Hyundai assembly plant. Meanwhile, price tag for the 2020 Hyundai Accent is likely to not rise much from the current model price, which starts at $15,915 for the base model and $20,000 for the top trim levels. This Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) includes destination fees.
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