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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
Aug 20, 2011 (12:14 pm)
Wow !!!! I cant agree with you more..I have a 2008 Hyundai Elantra....25/33 MPG as advertised and I also bought it because of the alleged mileage......
I have struggled to just get to 31 mpg highway..now look i do drive fast but i also feel like i cant idle in traffic and can't drive locally where i get stuck at multiple red lights...because then i only get 27 or 28 mpg's....very disappointed in the MPG also...
Of course also my radio broke to the poitn where it works..but the digital display on it that tells you what station is on just says "Loading" constantly...so i have to figure out which station I am on based on memorization..( which i am good at thank God).
I brought it to the dealer and wouldnt u know..the warranty for the radio was only 36,000 miles of which i was over already, yet they put on the invoice that the radio is defective..i complained to the headquarters, since they call me every day after i go to the dealer for service and i told them that that was BS...
dont listen to their diatribe about the 10 yr, 100,000 warranty....it is all BS...they look for a reason to say it isnt covered under warranty..and there are little things that are not 10 yr, 100,000....some things are 3 yrs, 36,000 ( liek my radio) , others are 5 yrs, 50,000 miles, etc....
next car will probably be a honda or toyota....done with hyundai....i was very disappointed...
#361 of 657 Re: elantra [spock072]
Aug 20, 2011 (12:35 pm)
...now look i do drive fast but i also feel like i cant idle in traffic and can't drive locally where i get stuck at multiple red lights...because then i only get 27 or 28 mpg's...
So you drive fast, idle in traffic and stop at multiple red lights... and expect to get 33 mpg?? The EPA highway rating is just that... what you should be able to get DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY, at around the speed limit (EPA tests aren't done at high speeds). If you are idling, the mpg then is ZERO. When you are stopped at a red light, the mpg is ZERO. And the mpg suffers when accelerating... as when you are starting up from a red light. Under those conditions, upper 20s isn't bad for a car with an EPA rating like yours.
If you want to see what your car can do on the highway, try this: find a stretch of relatively flat highway a few miles long, one that you can drive on without slowing or stopping. Get on the highway, get up to the speed limit, reset the mpg meter, turn on the cruise control, and drive that several miles at a constant speed. Then turn around and drive in the other direction (evens out effects of hills and headwinds). And see what your fuel economy is. I'll bet it will meet or even beat the EPA highway rating.
#362 of 657 Re: elantra [backy]
Aug 20, 2011 (2:07 pm)
It's amazing how some people think they can "mash" the gas pedal and still get EPA estimated milage. Going 5 or 10 over the speed limit on a highway doesn't hurt MPG as much as rapid acceleration. I try to keep my 05 Sonata, 6 cyl, 4 speed no higher than 2K RPM while accelerating unless merging into traffic. I routinely get within .5 MPG of the EPA city rating (regardless of time of year) on my typical tankful with amost trips under 5 miles.
#363 of 657 2012 elantra gls highway mpg
Aug 20, 2011 (4:12 pm)
hi folks,just returned from a over 400 mile roundtrip between hallandale,fla to orlando and back.i averaged according to the trip computer 43.4 mpg on the highway.not bad for the second tank of gas.
#364 of 657 2010 Elantra Blue MPG
Aug 22, 2011 (3:26 am)
I've got an 2010 Elantra Blue with the manual trans and about 15K miles now. With manual calcs of odometer / gallons, I'm averaging just about 36mpg on the highway. That's based on long trips, winter/summer, running with cruise on at posted speed +7%, air on when required, and AC inverter charging PC/GPS/phone. I like it.
#365 of 657 2012 Elantra GLS mpg
Aug 23, 2011 (5:14 pm)
Just filled the tank for the 1st time. I calculated 30.1/mpg, which matched the car's computer exactly. That was about 2/3 city and 1/3 highway driving. It's already beat my former car - 2000 Nissan Sentra, which generally got 28/34, or so. Happy camper!
#366 of 657 Want elantra, but the pretty dark blue Accent color
Aug 26, 2011 (4:46 pm)
My last 4 cars AVERAGED 10 to 15% over the EPA highway estimate. You got to drive easy. Race drivers get 3MPG, ya got to be gentle. & if you shut off & cool your engine 15 times each gas tank filling...... well, there goes lots of MPG, too. On longer drives, I expect to get at least 45MPG. While at a gas station, one lady told me she got 51MPG roundtrip between Portland, Oregon & north of Seattle.
Here's what you lose during a lifetime of driving, if you won't peddle your car slowly. In 600,000 miles of driving at 30 MPG, you'll use 20,000 gallons. If you get 20% less MPG or 24MPG if you are a leadfoot, you'll use gallons or use 5000 gallons more. At $3.50 per gallon, you'll pay $17,500.
Please..... throw $17,500 on the floor right now & I will pick it up & put it in my bank to use for my pleasure. Leadfooters are sinners against themselves AND against their families.
#367 of 657 Ethanol & EPA Numbers
Aug 27, 2011 (9:06 am)
I've done comparisons between ethanol blends and pure before WA mandated it's use and I saw little difference unlike the claims that many people make. I'm a chemist by background and while there is less potential energy in the ethanol blends it isn't the whole story. I think if there is a difference it is in the <1% range and difficult to measure in real-world driving because of all the other variables. I base that upon my records of when it's use was mandated in WA. I have records of all my fuel economy before/after and I saw no differences in my averages. In terms of the new Elantra not hitting the EPA numbers I also have not found that to be true. I'm averaging 35.7 mpg based upon my manual fuel economy records (reported on the fueleconomy.gov site). This is all 10% ethanol as mandated by WA state and there isn't anything special about my driving or circumstances. It is a mix of highway, traffic (Seattle) and A/C use in Aug. I drive reasonably but not like a grandma. My high was 45mpg in I-5 driving from Vancouver, WA --- north of Seattle. My low... around 30 mpg in city/neighborhood driving. I have the 6-spd automatic transmission.
#368 of 657 mpg for my 2012 elantra gls
Sep 13, 2011 (8:44 am)
hi folks,purchased a 2012 elantra gls auto base model about a month ago.when i first got the car i was averaging about 26 mpg in the city according to the trip computer.now it's gone down to about 21.8 mpg..thought the mpg's was supposed to get better as time goes by.i have around 850 miles on the car so far...
#369 of 657 Re: mpg for my 2012 elantra gls [steven39]
Sep 14, 2011 (5:49 pm)
Okay, if you are only getting 21 MPG it is not the car, it's the driver.