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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#632 of 657 Re: 2011 elantra poor gas mileage [hyundaidame]
Jun 24, 2012 (9:46 am)
You know, one quick way to tell if your car has a defect and get supporting evidence is to rent an Elantra for a day or two (Enterprise has them, and maybe other rental companies). Be sure the tank is topped off and drive it the way you normally do and see what the FE is (both computer and at-the-pump measurements). Then drive your car for the same length of time and on the same routes, and compare. And be sure to document everything. If you see a big difference in FE, take that info to Hyundai. If you do NOT see a big difference... that greatly reduces (but doesn't eliminate) the odds of a defect with your car.
There's some other things you can do, also, e.g. take a run of at least 10 miles (longer is better) on a level highway at a steady 65 mph, resetting the FE meter when you hit 65 mph. Best to do the run in both directions to negate wind and hills effects. Be sure the tire pressure is at spec. Based on published tests, you should be able to get 40 mpg or very close to it under those conditions. If you get considerably below 40 mpg on that test, take those results to Hyundai.
#633 of 657 Re: 2011 elantra poor gas mileage [backy]
Jun 25, 2012 (2:06 pm)
Thank you for the suggestions. My dealership test drove it and got poor mileage too, but Hyundai refuses to do anything about it. The district manager came up and just shrugged, saying the engine checks out fine. Its false advertising.
#634 of 657 Re: Another un-happy and frustrated 2011 Elantra owner [camaroman2012]
Jul 30, 2012 (10:26 am)
Any new news with the dealer? --I am headed toward arbitration over the mileage.so frustarting; I had an independent garage drive it for three days--they got 18.3 mpg, I guess I am driving it conseratively getting 22 mpg.. sigh.
#635 of 657 Another un-happy and frustrated 2011 Elantra owner [camaroman2012]
Sep 10, 2012 (10:44 am)
My frustration is a mirror image of yours. When I saw the new 2011 Elantra advertised online I thought it was beautiful! Then, I saw the 29/40 MPG and had to see this car. I drove the car and loved it! Perfect fit. Turned on a dime. Beautiful styling, roomy interior and I loved it! The first few tanks were a dissappointment. After speaking with a few dealerships, they ALL assured me that the mileage would improve after 7,500 miles which is the “break in” period. REALLY? Then, I called Hyundai Corporate offices and talked with a customer service rep. He had no idea of the “problem.” REALLY? I have averaged 24 MPG since I bought the car...a little less for the first few tanks. AND, I can only drive 250 miles on a tank!!! Yuck! Seems like I’m always stopping to buy gas. So, how does a major car manufacturer get away with advertising ”70%” lower MPG. The average should be about 34 MPG if you drive 50% city and 50% freeway. I don’t care what the EPA comes up with in their tests. The car manufacturer needs to do their own tests and not rely on the government test results. How can we be compensated for this great deception?
#636 of 657 Re: Another un-happy and frustrated 2011 Elantra owner [sandiegolinda]
Sep 10, 2012 (4:21 pm)
I just brought this case to lemon Law but Hyundai says mileage is not covered under their warranty. Some states (CA for one) is going the class action lawsuit route. Check out Consumer Watchdog's site. I live in Maine but bought my car in MA so I am going to be asking around for a MA attorney who might take it on. We got totally ripped off with no recourse. No other major manufacturer could get away with such deception. If you have facebook, post your comments on Hyundai's facebook page. Tell everyone you know. They are so condescending and their customer service lies to everyone.
#637 of 657 Re: Another un-happy and frustrated 2011 Elantra owner [camaroman2012]
Sep 18, 2012 (2:46 pm)
I just returned from a 5000 mile trip (mostly highway) that went from Austin, Tx to Maine and returned. 2 people plus luggage and camping gear. From Austin to Niagara Falls I was getting 42-44 mpg driving 60-70 with AC on, with tires at 30-32 using regular gas in my 2011 Elantra GLS with 16" tires ( the tires still look new). I never use cruise control. I now have 20,000 miles on the car. When I pull 2 kayaks and a small trailer I get around 34 mpg. If you are not getting at least 35, there is either something wrong with the engine or you have a heavy foot.
#638 of 657 Re: Just curious [eweiner]
Sep 21, 2012 (7:08 am)
I agree I own a 2011 Elantra and in city limits with a speed limit of 30-35 I usually range about 25-28 mpg.... now on the highway at a speed limit of 65-70 I've gotten up to 47.6 mpg. So i take the good with the bad and it is what it is. BUT I also have the rattle that most talk about on this forum, I just havent made it into the shop yet.
#639 of 657 22 mpg for 2011 Hyundai Elantra
Oct 10, 2012 (7:47 pm)
I have driven my 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS for 11,100 miles over 18 months and the car has consistently averaged 21 to 22 mpg on each full tank of gas. I drive 10 miles a day round trip to and from work in stop and go traffic and a few times a month, I travel about an hour each way on a parkway to and from a major city. I had the car serviced at my Hyundai dealership yesterday and complained that I have been averaging only about 22 mpg but the car is rated at 29 to 40 mpg. I was told that they checked the car and it is functioning normally. I asked does that mean that 22 mpg is normal and I was told yes. I then asked does that mean the car should be rated at 22 mpg and not 29 to 40 mpg and I was told yes.
#640 of 657 Re: 22 mpg for 2011 Hyundai Elantra [bkoopers]
Oct 12, 2012 (7:46 am)
Your problem is your short commute and stop & go traffic. The car is just getting warmed up when you are at your destination. If your stop & go traffic is extreme recognise that you are constantly accelerating with little cruising. Your occassional hour drive on a parkway will not make a big difference in a tank of gas which otherwise consists of your daily short haul stop & go.
#641 of 657 Re: 22 mpg for 2011 Hyundai Elantra [bhmr59]
Oct 12, 2012 (2:47 pm)
Is not the definition of the "city" rating "stop & go traffic" (i.e., traffic lights and stop signs)? The City rating is 29 mpg and I get only 22 mpg.
My previous car was a 2007 Nissan Sentra 2.0S. It was rated at 25 to 33 mpg. With the same driving patterns as with 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS, at 11,000 miles, I was averaging 25 mpg. I guess that means that Nissan's mpg ratings are accurate and Hyundai's are inflated. I wish I would have known that before I bought the car.