2020 Hyundai Accent Improves Fuel Economy

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  • EPA estimated combined City/Hwy fuel economy improves by 4 MPG on most models

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 22, 2019 – The 2020 Hyundai Accent has a new Smartstream G1.6 Dual Port Injection (DPI) engine and a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). These changes increase Accent’s EPA estimated fuel economy to 33 mpg city, 41 highway, 36 combined, up considerably from the 28 city, 38 highway, 32 combined mpg rating with last year’s 1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Pricing of 2020 Accent SE starts at $15,195 and all of the upgraded models will arrive in dealer showrooms this summer.

Smartstream G1.6 DPI powertrain highlights

  • Dual Port Injection
    • Injection timing: Fuel injection at the intake stroke decreases wall wetting for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions
    • The amount of fuel injection is controlled by driving conditions
    • High compression is reduced at initial engine start
  • Thermal Management Module
    • Replaces traditional thermostat increasing cooling efficiency through temperature control of each port:
      • Radiator
      • Transmission fluid cooler
      • Heater
    • Mid-phase Continuously Variable Valve Timing
      • Reduces pumping loss and improves fuel efficiency
    • Narrow water jacket core
      • Improves thermal/cooling efficiency
    • High energy ignition coil
      • Improves fuel economy and combustion stability
    • External Exhaust Gas Recovery (EGR) system
      • Improves fuel economy and combustion stability


Engine Performance

The eco-efficient Smartstream G1.6 DPI 4-cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) engine is mated to a standard 6-speed manual or optional IVT transmission. These drivetrains produce an estimated 120 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm and 113 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm.


Fuel Economy Improvement


Combined Estimated MPG


Combined Estimated MPG

SESmartstream G1.6 DPI6-Speed Manual3331

G1.6 DPI

Smartstream IVT3632
SELSmartstream G1.6 DPISmartstream IVT3632
LimitedSmartstream G1.6 DPISmartstream IVT3632


2020 Accent Pricing

SESmartstream G1.6 DPI6-Speed Manual$15,195
SESmartstream G1.6 DPISmartstream IVT$16,295
SELSmartstream G1.6 DPISmartstream IVT$17,550
LimitedSmartstream G1.6 DPISmartstream IVT$19,300

Pricing in the chart excludes a $930 freight charge.


Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)

Hyundai’s new IVT provides superior efficiency and simulates gear shifts from an automatic transmission that customers like. This transmission performs continuous shifts by modulating pressure of the transmission’s pulley, depending on driving conditions and driver inputs. It utilizes a wide ratio pulley system, which provides a broader ratio of operation when compared with its competitors. This allows for improved fuel economy at higher gear ratios and improved performance at lower ratios.

As opposed to a more common push belt, the IVT takes advantage of a chain belt, a world’s first in the compact car segment. A chain improves fuel efficiency by an additional 1.2% when compared with conventional belt systems.

Hyundai’s new Shift Control Strategy used by the IVT improves linearity between driver inputs, vehicle behavior and acceleration. Shift response is enhanced, allowing it to closely replicate automatic transmission step shifts.


The 2020 Accent offers an array of advanced safety technologies. Features include:

  • Standard Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) (Limited trim only)
  • 6 Airbags
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution


Interior Features

  • Standard 5-inch color touch screen
  • Available 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay™
  • Available Blue Link® Connected Services 3-years with Standard complimentary service including Remote Start
  • Available Segment 1st Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release
  • Available Heated front seats
  • Available Proximity Push Button start and Automatic Temperature Control


Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide, with the majority sold in the U.S. built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

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