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Hyundai Santa Fe, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#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
#431 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [bigbruno]
Dec 27, 2010 (7:21 am)
Thanks. How much do you highway mpg do you get for your vehicle?
Did you do anything special (ex: synthetic oil change, engine flush etc) do get more mpg?
#432 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [rppauto]
Dec 27, 2010 (7:28 am)
You're welcome. When I purchased the car, I was getting 18 MPH (mostly suburb driving). At about 4,500 miles, I'm getting around 20 MPG. My friend also has same car (4 cylinder front wheel drive) and is getting 24 MPG at 7,000 miles. Hope this helps.
#433 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [bigbruno]
Dec 27, 2010 (8:30 am)
thanks. 18 or 20mpg for city is quite good and close to EPA.
However, i am not sure how much will my Santa Fe progress from 18 mpg HIGHWAY.
At times, i wonder if my Santa Fe is internally always locked in AWD OR
is it incorrectly configured to have very rich fuel : air ratio?
Do we know how is the fuel : air ratio controlled? Is that something we can check?
I will continue posting here.
Thanks again for your inputs and wish you 'Happy Holidays'.
#434 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [bigbruno]
Dec 27, 2010 (9:07 am)
FYI, I was told the same thing by a dealer in San Diego but I now have a little over 25K miles and never saw any big improvement (I have a 2007 FWD Limited 3.3). I got so fed up that I opened a case w/ Hyundai and they arranged for the District Manager to look at the car. He measured the mileage on the highway (he actually did a pretty "controlled" experiment, noting the route he took, speed (70 MPH) having A/C on, etc.) and got 21.9 MPG. The problem with that is the it's the suburb/city mileage that is bad and the one that really reflects how we use the car (we get around 18, being light on the gas and hardly no A/C).
After that, I pretty much gave up on getting better mileage. My "theory" is that other drivers get better mileage due to variances on car build (besides differences in driving style, terrain, etc.). Any suggestions would be appreciated...