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#1015 of 1450 Re: Ditto on Tucson MPG [japheart]
Jan 23, 2006 (6:39 am)
How exactly did you expect Hyundai to magically fix your fuel economy?? What do you think quality has to do with fuel economy? How and where do you drive? All stop and go city? Do you consistanty speed in excess of 75 mph? Drive up and down Pikes peak every day? You people kill me... "badmouthing" Hyundai Hah what a joke. Your probable poor driving habits combined with who knows what else could have contributed to lower than expected mileage. In order to get your alleged 12mpg you have to be doing something critically wrong. A 2005 car almost assuredly cannot be that far out of tune or screwed up enough to give that kind of mileage on its own, and if it were it probably wouldn't run well enough to rely on. I turn my A.C. on in late march and turn it off in late Oct and never generated poor economy because of it so forget the A.C. as a cause. I am well familiar with the 2.7 V-6 having had one in a Santa Fe and again in a Tucson and under no circumstances did either get less than 16mpg in "urban only" driving even with winters excessive idling warm-up thrown in. So..dump the car and move on to the next SUV and be sure to check back when your Liberty...Escape...Grand Vitera...Equinox...whatever, fails to meet your expectations. Bye!
#1016 of 1450 Re: Ditto on Tucson MPG [japheart]
Jan 23, 2006 (8:00 am)
I really find it hard to believe you are getting mileage that poor unless there are some really glaring problems that would stand out like a sore thumb to the dealer's service dept. or some very questionable driving habits involved here. I own a 2005 Tucson V6 AWD and the worst I have gotten in the cold northeastern winters was between 14 and 16 mpg, and that was last year right after I bought my Tucson before it was broken in. Now, after nearly 12000 miles on the odometer, I get 16-18 mpg in the winter and 18-21 in the summer in my daily commute to work up and down hills on mostly 2 lane, hilly roads. I think you really need to look at your driving habits as a major contributing factor here. Remember, this is an SUV vehicle and it was never designed to be an economy car, so either live with it or buy yourself a little hatchback like the Accent.
#1017 of 1450 Static electricity shock....Ouch!
Jan 24, 2006 (3:16 am)
I have a 2005 Sportage (Tucson's twin sister) and when I get out of my car and go to shut the door.....Yeow!!! I get a nasty static shock (It doesn't happen in my wife's Mazda SUV). Does this happen to anybody else?
#1018 of 1450 Re: Static electricity shock....Ouch! [kcrnmale]
Jan 24, 2006 (8:52 am)
Its just a matter of the type of upholstry...cloth...leather or even the actual type of fabric used on cloth or fabric upholstry. All cars are different and all have the potential to shock depending on the relative humidity (low humidity = more potential for a static shock). On some cars that I had with high potential for shock due to seat material I learned to ground myself to the car body/door frame before leaving the seat.
#1019 of 1450 Re: Ditto on Tucson MPG [tenpin288]
Jan 24, 2006 (1:18 pm)
Well, I disagree with you tenpin288. I have exactly the same problem ,and if you read this forum regularly you will see that a lot of people has a problem with the fuel efficiency of the Tucson. I own a 2005 AWD V6, 8,000 miles, and still getting 12-13 mpg. Toyota has just come up with a new Rav4 model that they claim can do 30 mpg. Don't get me wrong, I love my tucson, but the gas mileage is a huge problem for them.
#1020 of 1450 Re: Static electricity shock....Ouch! [kcrnmale]
Jan 24, 2006 (7:02 pm)
Just spray the seats with static guard once in awhile and your problem will be solved.
#1021 of 1450 Hyundai Tucson Limited/Power Seats& HP
Jan 24, 2006 (7:29 pm)
Can anyone tell me if the tucson limited will be coming out with power drivers seat (as I have bad back & knees) and it is the only thing holding me back.Also if there is any increase in HP and if so WHEN ?? Maybe a mid year change
#1022 of 1450 Re: Ditto on Tucson MPG [suzihere]
Jan 24, 2006 (10:25 pm)
With all respect, you are being very unrealistic. So Toyota claims the new RAV-4 does 30mpg. WHY WHY would you believe it (you don't believe the TUCSON's numbers)? It is obvious to a casual reader that the Tucson does not make the EPA estimates claimed for it. Do you really believe the RAV-4 will be any more accurate. Do you know that the EPA highway test is run for 10 miles on a dynamometer at an average speed of 48mph (approx. 12 min)? When was the last time you drove 48mph on the interstate in 12min stretches? If you do then you probably get the mileage claimed for your vehicle. When you bought the TUCSON you bought a truck. More attractive and possible more flexible than some, but it is a truck, not an economy car. The EPA numbers are not realistic and are based on assumptions from the 1980s. Don't blame the TUCSON for not making the mileage you expect. Blame the EPA for requiring an outdated test (to be replaced in 2008), blame yourself for being disappointed that a truck driven at 65mph does not get the economy claimed for it, and blame the politicians that have allowed the EPA to continue to use an outdated test that pre-dates SUVs. Ultimately we have met the enemy and it IS us.
#1023 of 1450 Re: Ditto on Tucson MPG [rxcapt]
Jan 25, 2006 (5:50 am)
rxcapt is correct. I'd like to weigh in with some additional information on the subject of fuel economy. As rxcapt mentioned previously the fuel economy estimates are official U.S. Government EPA numbers and are not from the manufacturers.
As to some of the extremely low mileage(9 mpg?)claims this seems very doubtful considering the size, vehicle weight ratio of this vehicle. Miles-per-gallon in the low teens is more likely. Also consider that other factors such as brand of fuel used i.e. Shell, Chevron, Exxon, etc. can make a difference, whether the vehicle is equipped with 4 or 6 cyl, two-wheel vs. 4WD/AWD or driving with A/C on all times, percentage of city/highway driving.
When these factors are considered MPG is not as open and shut on the Tucson as some who've posted about low mileage would like to believe. Check the Honda CR-V Owner MPG Real World Numbers and you'll see this is also a far from settled topic of discussion for this make as well.
#1024 of 1450 Re: Ditto on Tucson MPG [suzihere]
Jan 25, 2006 (7:42 am)
Yes, they have but there are some things in the fine print. First, the 30 mpg is, once again, the EPA estimate.
Second, the claimed mileage is for a 4 cylinder front wheel drive car.
So, add the new huge 3.5 liter 270 hp V-6 and AWD automatic and see what the EPA ESTIMATES are..actually I just checked and they are: 2WD...22/29....4WD...21/28. Does anyone really think a 270 hp SUV will get those numbers??
Frankly I still don't see how a V-6 Tucson can possibly get 12 mpg. There may be some extreme set of circumstances or conditions i.e. stuck in terrible traffic each and every day spending 1hr setting still and idling for every mile of forward progress. I have never..never experienced anything remotely bad enough to drag mileage below 15 mpg and this in a 3.5 liter Santa Fe, in winter, warming the car sufficiently to melt the frost off the glass, driving in small city urban conditions in Pa. at 30 degrees or less outside. The 2.7 liter Santa Fe previous to the 3.5 liter was about 1 mpg or so better under the same conditions as is the current Tucson. I acknowledge that many of the current Hyundai engines are not of the latest and greatest architecture i.e. VVT.but 12 mpg is BIG S.U.V. territory..."yeah, its a HEMI".