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#421 of 506 2009 Santa Fe Limited AWD (3.3 liter V6) - questionable highway mileage
Jul 13, 2010 (8:20 pm)
I own a 2005 Hyundai Elantra that gets 30 miles/gal in the city and it's been a great car. Really impressed with Hyundai's build quality. That good experience, and some thorough research is what led me to purchase a new 2009 Sante Fe Limited AWD to replace our aging Chrysler minivan. The only thing I'm dissapointed with so far is the highway mileage. It's rated at 17 city and 24 highway which I would be satisfied with if I could average that kind of highway mpg. It had 5000 miles on it when we purchased it 2 weeks ago. We took it on a long trip last week to Big Sky Montana from Minneapolis (2200 miles round trip). We had 4 people in the vehicle and the back was loaded with gear and we drove 75 mph the whole way out and back. We had the air on most of the trip and we were bucking a pretty strong head wind about half the way on the trip out. The elevation was climbing the whole way out (Minneapolis - 900 ft, Big Sky - 7500 ft). We averaged 19 mpg on the trip out. I wasn't too concerned about that given the elevation climb and the head wind. However, on the way back we only averaged 21.3. I did notice that the instantaneous mileage seems to improve by a couple mpg if you slow down to 65 mph. We now have 7900 miles on the vehicle ... so I assume it would be considered "broken in". We have only driven it around town (metro driving) for a couple of days (with 1 person in the vehicle) and so far it's averaging around 20 in the city (which is fine with me).
#422 of 506 Re: Gas mileage on 2010 Santa Fe [wetsfee]
Jul 15, 2010 (4:24 am)
Greetings, when you say you got 20 to 22 MPG with urban driving, do you know what your "average miles per hour" was? Thanks, Bruno
Jul 21, 2010 (4:54 am)
The book says that my 2010 sante Fe 3.5 v6 requires 87 octane or better. Any one running 86 octane and see performance or mpg changes?
#424 of 506 Re: Octane [treyal]
Jul 25, 2010 (8:55 pm)
I live at 4000 feet and most of my driving is at that altitude or higher. 86 octane is the standard at all the gas stations here and the Santa Fe runs just fine. On a recent trip to Colorado, where the altitude was 6000 feet, I put 85 octane in and it was fine. I have put 87 in when I can find it but I don't notice any difference in performance or mileage.
#425 of 506 Hyundai Santa Fe extremely low MPG
Oct 03, 2010 (2:13 pm)
I just purchased a used 2001 Santa Fe , 75000miles, a month ago and since then I realized the millage is as low as 13-14 MPG. I couldn't believe it and I kept recalculating in all the 5 times I fueled and nothing but confirmation, the car consumes a gallon for every 13 miles!!! In all forums I did not find a MPG similarly low. A trustable car mechanic examined it and told me everything seems fine and nothing could be done. I confirm I am absolutely not an aggressive driver and the AC was turned on only twice for less than 30 min each.
Please help me what should I do.Should I get it back to the dealer?It is a completely unaffordable situation.
Thanks a lot
#426 of 506 Santa Fe Mileage
Oct 24, 2010 (8:10 pm)
Have just taken our 2010 Santa Fe on its maiden voyage. Left to drive from Niagara area in Ontario to Myrtle Beach, SC. The car had 505 km on it when we departed and we returned with 3706 km. Primarily highway with some driving around in Myrtle Beach.
Did a bunch of conversions to get a figure of 20.1 mpg (US gallons). I guess this isn't too bad and hopefully we will get an improvement after a break in period. I should add that I drive to maximize mileage but my wife tends to be a lead foot at times.
#427 of 506 Re: Santa Fe Mileage [ivak]
Oct 25, 2010 (10:08 am)
Gas mileage on the Santa Fe does improve over time. Don't worry. It is not a gas hog (unlike, say, some of the competition).
My wife and I have a 2008 Santa Fe with about 33K miles on it, and we drive it all over the place here in Colorado - local driving, highway, up and down mountains, etc. We generally get around 19 to 20 mpg around town, and around 25 mpg on the highway. We have even gotten as much as 28 mpg driving at constant speeds on long, straight, western highways, but as low as 17 mpg in spirited local driving.
All the way around, not bad.
I find the car does better on mid-grade fuel, and with something other than the OEM tires.
#428 of 506 Re: Santa Fe Mileage [bokonon3]
Oct 25, 2010 (11:54 am)
I'm glad to hear that someone is getting good mileage on a SF. We have a 2007 Limited FWD and, as far as we can recall, we have NEVER gotten anything over 24 MPG (driving for mileage). In town, our mileage varies between 17 and 18 and, on the highway, between 20 or 21. I fill it up with 87 gas (Costco brand) and still have the original tires... I have taken this to the dealer and they say that's just how it is. Overall, we like the car but the mileage is lagging in my opinion...
#429 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [disclosed]
Dec 26, 2010 (7:56 pm)
I bought my first new vehicle.
2011 Hyundai Santa FE AWD SE v6. Done 1500 miles so far.
mpg are heartbreaking.
Pure highway 230 miles = 13gallons = 17.6mpg.
Speed 70mph. Temperature 32F.
Tire pressure OK
Load = 1 passenger
AWD lock = OFF
A/C = OFF and yes, i drive very smoothly.
I did several long distance highway trips and i got just about same mpg.
This is heartbreaking and very disappointing.
Any inputs would be greatly appreciated.
#430 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [rppauto]
Dec 26, 2010 (8:09 pm)
I purchased a 2010 Santa Fe 6 months ago. The gas mileage is improving as I rack more miles on the car. I've been told it should get a lot better around 7,000 to 8,000. I have about 4,000 right now.
Please keep us up-to-date.
Thanks Big Bruno