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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#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
#630 of 657 Re:poor MPG in Elantra
Jun 23, 2012 (6:16 pm)
My problem is the car is not getting the gas mileage or anywhere near what I bought it to do. The problem is NOT my driving with the heat/air conditioner on/poor inflated tires, wrong oil, wrong gas, wrong gas station/driving too fast/driving too slow/driving in rain/driving in snow/having the radio on, cd playing, windows rolled down or talking to my kids in the car. The car has a defect. The 08 Elantra is a completely different vehicle aerodynamically. Hyundai owes it to its customers to find out WHY some of these cars are not functioning and some are. I am getting 40 percent less gas mileage than expected. I could drive 15 mph on cruise control and maybe hit 27 mpg. Thanks
#631 of 657 Re: 2011 elantra poor gas mileage [backy]
Jun 23, 2012 (6:26 pm)
Thanks. will do. I think some people are getting the mileage but clearly a good percentage of people aren't. Hyundai should look at the reason why instead of trying to blame the drivers. There may be a part that is manufactured differently in some of these cars. 40% less is a lot of gas mileage not be getting. shame on Hyundai. If i went to a grocery store and bought a gallon of milk and when I got home it was only a half gallon, the store would take it back. that is good customer service. there is an implied warranty when you buy a product (gallon of milk/or a 23,000 car) that it will do/be what you bought it to do/be. I am spreading the word that Hyundai does not stand by their product. My daughters each of a hyundai (which are fine cars) but they will never buy another one again.Saab had awful customer service and look what happened to them.