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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#620 of 657 Re: Another un-happy and frustrated 2011 Elantra owner [camaroman2012]
Jun 04, 2012 (2:04 pm)
You're obviously not alone with this experience. As I've said before, I see some serious litigation over this issue in Hyundai's future. I get the feeling that the government is looking the other way, perhaps in order to establish a trade deal with S. Korea who is moving some auto manufacturing plants to the U.S. Or maybe they're in cahoots with the oil companies, as a stealth way to keep demand/prices for oil high while selling it as a fuel saver. Who knows what wheeling and dealing goes on, but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...you've probably been *ucked. The advertising about fuel savings is pure hype and a downright lie.
I'm in agreement with you that other than this poor mileage issue, the car is a good value for the money. That said, the fuel savings was the BIG seller for me as I have a long highway commute. You'd think highway miles, with few inner city miles, would be the perfect scenario for the promises of a fuel efficient car like this. What a disappointment. I'm lucky to hit 31mpg on the highway. I too have never experienced so much discrepancy between the stated city/highway sticker rating and the reality on the road.
This I know for certain - this is my first and last Hyundai car. They've lost my trust.
#621 of 657 2012 accent se vs 2010 elantra blue
Jun 06, 2012 (9:34 pm)
We bought and 2012 Hyundai Accent se hoping to get good gas mileage. We are averaging about 30 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city. IT'S suppose to get 29-40. We also have a 2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue. I'm averaging about 32-34 mpg overall. I don't drive like grandpa. What's up with that.
#622 of 657 Re: Another un-happy and frustrated 2011 Elantra owner [roadscholar3]
Jun 06, 2012 (9:46 pm)
This is my second Hyundai. My first one was an 2005 Sonata and the second is a 2010 Elantra Blue. I have found on average the manual transaxle get the best fuel mileage. on my 2005 Sonata I was getting 30mpg. The epa said it was getting 23-26. My cousin had the same car just an automatic and he was getting 24mpg. My Elantra Blue is a manual and i'm averaging 32mpg. If I drive like grandpa I get up to 36mpg with the a/c on max. Sometimes its how you specs a car. Generally most of the cars ar not made in the usa, they are just assembled here. Between me and my wife we have had 5 hyundai's.
#623 of 657 Why no data? Re: Another un-happy and frustrated owner [camaroman2012]
Jun 07, 2012 (8:45 am)
While it is interesting to share the info about the Pontiac and Ford, why not share more relevant info about how you are currently driving your Elantra? When you filled up that day and got 23 mpg, how many miles had you driven and how many gals of fuel did you pump?
You say you use the A/C. But...
- Are you using ethanol?
- How much stop-and-go traffic are you doing?
- How long are your average trips one way?
- How fast are you driving on interstate?
- Are you carrying passengers?
- How many miles does your Elantra have?
- What are some specific results for actual tanks of gas you recently pumped? How many miles did you drive and how many gals of fuel used? What is your average MPH for a tank?
- Are you the only person driving it?
I do hope you've taken care of all the little things like proper tire inflation, etc.
With a name like "camaroman", how come I don't have any difficulty seeing you driving your Elantra really hard and fast? Not the sort of name that screams economy-minded driving.
#624 of 657 Re: Why no data? Re: Another un-happy and frustrated owner [g2iowa]
Jun 07, 2012 (10:26 am)
Read an interesting article about automakers and their quest to trim weight out of cars and how difficult it is... Car Obesity
The one sentence that caught my eye and reflects back on drivers and car contents is this "The industry’s general rule of thumb is that 100 pounds equals a mile a gallon."
I think a lot of people forget or deny how much passengers and the contents they haul in their cars can adversely affect their mileage!
#625 of 657 Re: Why no data? Re: Another un-happy and frustrated owner [tenpin288]
Jun 08, 2012 (10:16 am)
Good article. Reminds me of the cars from the 80s and early 90s that routinely got 40-50MPG. They were all lightweights. My father drove a Renault Alliance 2-door 4-speed MT and routinely got 50MPG at 50MPH out of it. When he gave it to me I drove it like the teenager I was and still got 40MPG. And today's Sonic, Yaris, etc. still don't come close to matching the Geo Metro.
But those old cars weighed little more than a bag of bagels. Thin sheet metal, probably disastrous crash results, etc. And a distinct lack of features compares to today's cars. Features that add weight like airbags, power windows, sunroofs, and so on.
It's literally food for thought for the overweight among us that if we lost, say, 50 pounds we could get an extra 1/2 mpg benefit. So when people diss a car's economy, among the ethanol & driving factors we can counter with "your Taco Bell habit".
#626 of 657 2011 elantra poor gas mileage
Jun 10, 2012 (11:33 am)
I agree with all of you who have poor gas mileage with the Elantra. Hyundai's response has been that of total indifference. My local TV station (Maine) is doing a segment on this and how people are getting ripped off with no recourse for this false advertising. If some cars are getting the mileage and some aren't, it is not necessarily the driver's fault. Hyundai would be better served trying to find the part that is causing this discrepncy. I am pursuing lemon law arbitration for this.This is false advertising. When you buy a car or other product there is an implied warranty that the car will do what it is supposed to do, this is not right. Call your attorney general. Also, see Graham Jefferson from USA today's article on his bad experience with this car. Conumer Watchdog also has written to Hyundai about the problem. Never again will I buy a Hyundai.
#627 of 657 Re: 2011 elantra poor gas mileage [hyundaidame]
Jun 10, 2012 (1:30 pm)
Can you make it easier to followup on these stories by providing links to the station in Maine's coverage and to the USA Today article? Much appreciated!
#629 of 657 Re: 2011 Elantra after reaching 12000 miles in 10 Months [pbhatt]
Jun 23, 2012 (4:01 am)
Your driving too fast to get the mpg it says it will get mpg is rated at 55 mph roughly fill the tires to 41 psi switch to synthetic oil use cruise control you will get the 40 mpg at 55/60 mph I have an 08 elantra getting 38mpg 60mph I use nothing but amsoil oils and top quality fuels the dealer is useless they don't much about the technical parts of mechanics thats why not many people can truthfully answer real world mpg questions try to use fuel treatments 3-4000 miles keep the air filter clean the engine is an air pump the more freely the air moves the more efficient the engine will be