Last post on Nov 04, 2013 at 5:25 AM
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Hyundai Sonata, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#851 of 955 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [targettuning]
Sep 05, 2012 (1:06 pm)
God forbid that our expectations would be that mileage "meets" the window sticker number.
Look, I am a Hyundai fan. At one point I owned a 2004 XG350, a 2007 Santa Fe and a 2012 Sonata.
I have talked to many Sonata owners. One thanked me for verifying their major complaint...MPG.
Listen, Consumer Reports had an article about complaints about the Elantra MPG claims. The government received so many complaints that they launced an investigation.
If you drive 60-65 on the highway and don't hit any red lights in the city, I am sure you can hit the numbers. But that is not real life. Try driving 65 on the California freeways and see what happens.
So the truth is you cannot count on the published figures...especially from Hyundai. Deduct 20% and maybe you'll be happy when you hit 20MPG in the city and 28MPG highway...because that is what you are going to get!
#852 of 955 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [larrys1352]
Sep 09, 2012 (11:45 am)
Your 100% correct. Another thing people should pay attention to is the fine print numbers below the big print number on the window sticker.
#853 of 955 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [targettuning]
Sep 14, 2012 (7:16 am)
Hyundai/Kia are notorious for tuning their engines specifically to cater to EPA tests, not real world driving efficiency.
#854 of 955 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [samiam_68]
Sep 14, 2012 (7:47 am)
I certainly hope that all mfrs do that since it is a Federal law that must be complied with to sell a car in the ole USA!
#855 of 955 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [samiam_68]
Sep 14, 2012 (2:38 pm)
I heard there is a class action lawsuit against Hyundai for the Elantra posted MPG's.
Some car mag' took a new Hyundai Elantra and tested the highway mpgs and got more than the OEM window sticker. I seem to remember they got in the mid to high 40's in their highway test.
"You mileage may vary" covers a lot of different driving and driver conditions, but this test proved that posted highway mpg's on a new Elantra can be close to 10% BETTER than the window sticker.
Not sure if the lawsuit has any traction, but if it were me paying the legal bills, I would bail on this project ASAP!
And BTW. it's not just Hyundai that is careful to fully optimise the testing conditions, they all do.
I saw an interview with a Chrysler rep years ago that said they fully prep each vehicle for the mpg testing.
I don't know if the testing units use ethanol gas mix or pure gas, but even that factor alone could skew the results 5 to 10% +/-.
Here's a quote from Popular Mechanics regarding the posted Elantra 40 MPG claim after their test.
" Not only is it easy to achieve, it's easy to surpass, even under less than ideal conditions. If you choose a car with a high-economy claim and drive within reason, you should be able to match those window-sticker figures. Considering that these cars are also decent performers on the road, the benefit of this high-efficiency engineering really goes to consumers, who are apparently getting more than they've bargained for."
#856 of 955 2009 Hyundai Sonata 4 cyl.
Oct 04, 2012 (4:20 pm)
I traded my 2006 Honda Civic LX in for my Sonata due to having a newborn back in 2010. The civic was said to get 40 mpg on highway but it never did seem that way. When I bought my Hyundai Sonata they said I would get 21 city and 32 highway. I tested it by driving to work and back and I would use a quarter of a tank for driving 148 miles. I commute from Hagerstown, MD to D.C. and back. So im filling up every 4 days. If my math is right im getting around 37 mpg. My driving is about 65 mph on the highway til I get to in town or the parkway and the speed drops down to anywhere between 45 mpg to 55 mpg. So far I have no issues with this car and I have racked up about 62K miles on it. I use full synthetic blend oil and I get my gas from Sheetz.
#857 of 955 Instant Fuel Consumption
Oct 26, 2012 (3:12 pm)
My 2012 Sonata Hybrid averaged 7.2 l/100km but 8.5 l/100km when the weather turns cold. I understand I will never get what the published numbers even I tried my very best to pickup slowly and drive not more than 90km/h. But I don't understand why the Instant Fuel Consumption indicator never point at 0? It is always at about 6 l/100km even when the car is at rest or when it is cruising in EV mode (air is off). Did I turn on something which not suppose to? Or are all Sonata Hybrids the same?
#859 of 955 Re: Kia/Hyundai MPG Lies Exposed [samiam_68]
Nov 02, 2012 (12:48 pm)
unfortunately, the Sonata is not one of the models.
#860 of 955 Why Wasn't Sonata Included - It should have been
Nov 05, 2012 (5:01 pm)
I was relieved when I saw the initial press releases about Hyundia/Kia MPG but that was dashed when I checked the Hyundai site to find that only the Sonata Hybrid and not the Sonata was included. My in town gas mileage has been under 20mpg in a region that is fairly flat (Northern VA). That is with tires overinflated, running with ECO and driving gently. News reports on the EPA findings said the differences were 1 MPG and up. (my combined mileage, since purchase in April is 22.8). This is a 4 mpg difference. What did EPA find for the Sonata?
I got rid of a 2000 Dodge Intrepid 6 cylinder that got 20 mpg in town (The Sonata blows it away on the highway - but I don't do that much highway anymore). While the overall engineering of the car is very nice, every time I fill up I am reminded of how misleading the MPG rating is and definitely have a lower opinion of Hyundai