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Hyundai Sonata, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#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
#861 of 955 Re: Why Wasn't Sonata Included - It should have been [tomjc2]
Nov 06, 2012 (9:41 am)
I agree 100%. My city MPG is 19MPG after 7,000 miles. I also have over inflated tires, use ECO and use mid grade gas. The car is 12 months old now and should be broken-in. Highway mileage is about 32 on my drives from San Diego to Las Vegas...300 miles one way.
I am a very conservative drive, age 65 retired. This is the first car I regret buying. Yes it runs great but I bought it for the MPG ratings. The sticker said 24 MPG and I get 19...over 20% less. No excuse!!!!
#862 of 955 Re: Why Wasn't Sonata Included - It should have been [larrys1352]
Nov 06, 2012 (10:41 am)
There has to be something we can do. I've yet to meet someone who has gotten the claimed 35MPG out of a sanata. I got mine back in 2011 when the new model came out. I started off at 32mpg running 98% highway. It only got worse as the miles got put on. When I sold it I was only getting 29mpg. As most people on here, I had over inflated tires, mobile 1 OIL, and shifted into N, when braking or down hill. That is the only way I could get 32MPG. Seems that if no one I know of has gotten the 35 MPG there needs to be an investigation. I, nor all these other people should have to go through the trouble we do just to get 32 MPG which is still less than quoted. Hyundai needs to own up to the fact they did this as a marking scam to sell cars, and they were hoping to just pass it off as well not all cars are the same. They will never get my biz. again.
#863 of 955 Re: Why Wasn't Sonata Included - It should have been [bpe383]
Nov 06, 2012 (11:32 am)
Guess we got lucky with our 2012 GLS. Highway MPG is outstanding at 33-36 MPG at 75-80 MPH. Dropping down to 65-70 up the MPG to 37 consistently on the highway only. ANY city driving drops the average dramatically. 22-24 MPG in all city, so that has areal impact. Surprising fact is that hte use of A/C has minimal effect on city and highway MPG whereas in the past 2-3 MPG on GM cars. We do inflate tires to 36# and have a garage located air compressor. I bought this one for gas savings and so far so good. I am laso retired but do drive the speed limit and lots of highway miles, so a good road car was what we wanted. My wife is very happy leaving her newer Lacrosse in the barn and wearing out the Hyunda- which is fine for me. We save 25-30% on gas with the Sonata and it is comfortable enough even without the heated leather and all the other upscale features. We feel lucky to have both since we keep cars 10+ years depending on durability and service.
#864 of 955 GLS vs. SE vs. 2.0T MPG models
Nov 06, 2012 (12:26 pm)
Please post the model that you have when commenting on MPG experience. The GLS has 16" 65 series tires and the SE has larger/wider low profile tires that are for handling, looks, bigger wheels (looks again), fatter appearance (looks again). Sometimes the different setups make for different results in actual driving. we have found on another car we have that the low profile tires also cost 2 to 2 1/2 times as much as the old style, usually with a lower tread wear rating.
#865 of 955 Re: Why Wasn't Sonata Included - It should have been [tomjc2]
Nov 06, 2012 (4:03 pm)
I further agree. I am ok with my highway mpg, but the city mpg has been a real joke. I drive all the time and I sometimes compete for the best gas mileage with my brother in California. I can not get within 7 mpg of the stated mpg for my 2011 sonata gls. Why can't we get Hyundai to take responsibility for this. Why is it only the highway mpg, surely others feel the same.
#866 of 955 Re: Why Wasn't Sonata Included - It should have been [tomjc2]
Nov 06, 2012 (7:08 pm)
I also took my Sonata back to the dealer complaining about the mileage. They looked it over and said it was fine. They said I needed to compute the mileage rather than trusting the MPG the car reports (I do log all miles and gas) and that the car was still breaking in. Well months later it has over 4,900 miles and it still hasn't improved. Based on some of the previous comments it will start to drop off sometime in the future.
Does anyone have the details of the analysis that EPA did? I didn't find it with some searching. I'd like to see what data and results EPA got for the Sonata vs the Sonata Hybrid, Elantra and the rest. I just find it hard to believe the Sonata was OK. Perhaps they just evaluated the combined value which might mask the lousy city mileage with the relatively good highway mileage.
#867 of 955 Re: Very Low MPGs [seaurchin]
Nov 08, 2012 (4:47 pm)
I have a 2012 and have 13,600 miles on it and the gas mileage does not get any better. They are still telling me at the dealership it's not broke in yet, which is a bunch of bull!! This is my 1st hyundai and my last. Very disappointed all the way round!
#868 of 955 Re: Very Low MPGs [lantzberry]
Nov 08, 2012 (5:06 pm)
Sorry to tell you but mine got worse. 46,000 miles later I was getting worse MPG than my 2002 maxima, which was loaded, and tons nicer/faster. I sold the car only getting 28MPG on the high way. I really think there needs to be a investigation int this issue as no one is getting the miles. I understand it's just an estimate, but how do you get an eat. that no I've read, or heard from has ever gotten. Hyundai needs to step up quick and make this right, or risk losing millions of customers.
Nov 11, 2012 (6:06 pm)
I bought my 2013 Sonata in June. It is NOT the turbo. It was rated at 25 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway. I haven't had it on a trip yet but will soon. I have about 3500 miles on the odometer. I am averaging about 22.5 mpg in the city and am not a hard driver and am not in much traffic. I live near an expressway so some of the miles are red-light, and stop sign free. I'm not seeing much difference whether I use ECO or not.
This is my second brand new Sonata. The first was a 2003 with a V-6 and in the past few years was getting 21 in town and about 28 on trips.
And I agree, Hyundai should have had this on the list as well.