Last post on May 01, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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Hyundai Santa Fe, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#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...
#435 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [edgarheil]
Dec 27, 2010 (10:05 am)
In my case, i topped the tank and started for NH from NJ.
I again had to top up the tank in 230 miles. had to fill in 13 gallons.
So, this was pure 100% highway miles 70mph.
No slow traffic.
To me this is very discouraging.
Can you please tell me the path to get Hyundai's attention?
I would wait for another 2-3k miles before approaching them.
#436 of 506 Re: 2011 Santa Fe AWD SE poor gas mileage [rppauto]
Dec 27, 2010 (3:36 pm)
When I bought my Santa Fe, I was driving it in the local area and on the highways. I was getting 20 to 23 mpg. I then retired and drive mainly in my local area which involves more stoppng and starting. My mileage is now down to 18 to 19 mpg. Also, I noticed a big difference when the cold weather came. It took a lot longer for the "ECO" light to come on. I am assuming that is also causing less mpg. I am still satisfied with the car. It is a 4 cly model.
#437 of 506 Poor Gas Mileage Santa Fe
Jan 31, 2011 (10:10 am)
Something is definitely wrong with our 2009 Santa Fe. We cannot get more than15 mpg on the highway. My husband has been back and forth with multiple dealers and nothing has improved in the past year. We are now looking to buy an Equinox! Any suggestions???? please???
#438 of 506 Re: Poor Gas Mileage Santa Fe [graceh]
Jan 31, 2011 (10:53 am)
Is it a 6 cylinder or 4? Is the car under any warranty? did you buy it new or used? What are the dealers saying/doing? thanks Bruce
#439 of 506 Re: Poor Gas Mileage Santa Fe [graceh]
Jan 31, 2011 (1:32 pm)
I have a new 2011 Santa FE AWD SE.
I learnt that the max mpg is at 60ph and then its all downhill to 22mpg at 70mph+.
I am not very confident on the transmission (it appears to downshift and seems to dampen the speed) everytime i leave my foot of the acceleration.
However, there is no actual downshift because when i immediately shift to manual tx mode i see that the gear is still in 5th/6th gear.
At times, i also feel that the vehicle is too rigid and "bound" i.e. its AWD locked internally at all times.
Is your a/c running too high?
Perhaps, above things could be pointers to help your case
#440 of 506 Re: Poor Gas Mileage Santa Fe [graceh]
Feb 01, 2011 (7:34 am)
what kind of driving do you do? short trips, idling, warming up the car before driving - these will make the mpg lower...
#441 of 506 2009 Santa Fe, horrible gas mileage
Feb 01, 2011 (7:54 am)
my husband drives all highway, 65mpg. 40 miles round trip per day. We will never buy another Hyundai every again! The amount of $ we spend on gas supercedes the warantee that's supposed to be so wonderful. There are no words to express our disappointment. Tires are checked, oil is changed, air filter is clean, etc. Does anyone get more than 14mpg on the highway? We'll buy American from now on. HOpefully we can trade this car in soon...
#442 of 506 Re: 2009 Santa Fe, horrible gas mileage [graceh]
Feb 01, 2011 (8:22 am)
yes, i do realize your frustration.
For the given gas mileage and resale value, it is not worth buying Santa FE.
Santa FE costs less than RAV4 (v6) and other SUVs but probably is not worth venturing away from more popular manufacturers.
#443 of 506 Re: 2009 Santa Fe, horrible gas mileage [rppauto]
Feb 01, 2011 (3:20 pm)
You are making a blanket statement about an entire line just because a small minority of people aren't getting the mpg they should. I have spokent to many Santa Fe owners and they are very pleased with the vehicle and the Mpg. I bought a 2011 Kia Sorento EX V6 and have been getting about 19 city/26 Hwy. It has about 7400 miles on it. I would say that if someone is only getting 14mpg they need to take it to the dealership and ask them to go over the engine with a fine tooth comb. They can run all kinds of diagnostic tests on it and if they don't find any issues then it has to be driving style. Cold months will reduce Mpg for all brands as well. You have got to realize that 90% of people that participate in threads like this are looking for a place to vent. The vast majority that are pleased with their vehicles have no interest, so will never post anything. The other 10% of participants just love cars and like to see what's going on in the car world. I believe Hyundai and Kia are making some of the best vehicles in the world right now. And I'm mainly a Ford man which I think are also tops. Just personal experience.