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Hyundai Sonata, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
Nov 17, 2012 (9:43 pm)
I am so disappointed in my 2013 Sonata. I was told to expect better mileage than I was getting on my old car--a 2005 Toyota Avalon (26 in city and 31 highway). The exact opposite has been true. I am averaging 18 in city and 26 mpg on a two-hour high way trip. My Sonata is only 14 weeks old. I feel like I was terribly misled and I believe something is wrong with the car to be getting such bad mpg. My mileage hasn't been this bad in decades, and then I was driving a big gas-guzzler! Where is the supposed improvement in technology for this auto? Unless Hyundai stands behind my complaint this will be my first and last Hyundai. There is a sucker born every minute . . . and I was the sucker 14 weeks ago!
#889 of 922 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [bpe383]
Nov 17, 2012 (9:59 pm)
I agree. I feel ripped off and that I was a victim of false advertising. I have driven for 50 years (Pontiacs, Chevys, Buicks and 5 Toyotas in a row) and have never had this kind of experience.
The gov't needs to act on this.
#890 of 922 Re: Very Low MPGs [lantzberry]
Nov 17, 2012 (10:07 pm)
I couldn't agree more.
#891 of 922 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [targettuning]
Nov 17, 2012 (10:19 pm)
I would be delighted with that mileage. I suggest you try to read comments without prejudging and understand that there are far too many of us not getting anywhere near the numbers you mention. I have yet to see above 26 mpg in any situation! That is frightening when you have made a commitment to lease or purchase a such a large investment as a 2013 auto.
#892 of 922 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [sonata13loser]
Nov 18, 2012 (6:45 am)
Did you reset the average mpg meter before the highway part of your trip, and take the reading when leaving the highway? You gave both a city and highway number for your 2-hour "highway" trip, so just wondering. 26 mpg while cruising on the highway is very low. With a recent 2013 Sonata rental, I got better than that just with around-town driving.
#893 of 922 Wrong car for certain driving behavior
Nov 18, 2012 (8:16 am)
We have a two very different autos. 2010 Lacrosse CXL and 2012 Sonata GLS. Wife's Buick has most options available, leather,small V-6, 18" wheels with low profile tires. Beautiful quiet car with 18-20 mpg in city and 28-30 highway - car weighs ~4000 pounds and rides like a limo.
The Buick was $12M more than the Hyundai MSRP and much more with newer models.
The Sonata has an MSRP in low $20's and weighs in at 3200#,16" standard tires,no leather or glitz but most modern options with adequate I-4 engine ( fairly noisy but good power match with car) and 20-24 in city(wide variation depending upon conditions) and 33-37 on highway depending on speed (not A/C, load, conditions). Great highway car with more noise-wind & engine - good visibility and outstanding MPG so it is the road car choice with high gas cost.
Point is; We are the same drivers for both cars but they are very different in weight, service, options, MPG, comfort, noise level and PRICE. At 50%+ more cost , the Buick should be a more comfortable luxurious car and it is with less MPG . The Hyundai at 20% less weight should get better MPG and it does for us. Both cars deliver the EPA rated MPG, sometimes better. The only real choice for city MPG was to buy a small light weight hybrid which did not work for us. Much discussion on this board about buyers getting the wrong car for their driving needs, either city or highway, lead foot or old folks slow, max comfort or max MPG. Choose wisely within your buying limits and be thankful for good safe cars with good roads to drive on.
#894 of 922 Re: Wrong car for certain driving behavior [crankeee]
Nov 18, 2012 (11:33 am)
Even the older Buick Centuries with the 3.1 V-6 were amazingly comfortable, quiet and fuel efficient on the highway, 31 to 33 mpgs, and that was over 10 years ago. My Buick Park Ave Ultra got the same highway mpgs as our Nissan Versa.
As the car buying public is now seriously picking and choosing different cars with better mpg's, the Oil Companies are simply hiking the gas prices higher and higher to keep the billion$ in profits rolling in every month. (BP is paying their 4 billion fine for the Gulf deep water oil blow out, out of one quarters profits)
I think the truth is, if everyone were driving 100 mpg cars, the price of gas would simply go to $20.00 a gallon.
#895 of 922 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [backy]
Nov 18, 2012 (9:00 pm)
Yes, I did reset the mpg meter when I filled up and entered the highway. I now reset it every once in a while while driving in town hoping to erase old bad mpg and start fresh, but the results do not change significantly.
#896 of 922 Re: Wrong car for certain driving behavior [longo2]
Nov 19, 2012 (6:30 am)
We had a 98 Bonneville that always got 30+ at speed limit plus and 16-20 in town. Big heavy road car - just got old , like the drivers , so we traded. The maintenance cost on an older car is a serious factor what with the O/S warranties on certain cars now. If we get a good car, we keep it 10 years or more.
Oil companies play the lobbying game very well. Price of gas has NOTHING to do with cost to produce crude + refineries. They are allowed to make 6% of the cost so high cost foreign crude works better for profits than low cost domestic. Check out a long term comparison of crude oil cost vs. profits.
Now they are EXPORTING petroleum/gas at established higher prices due to "world demand". What happened to keeping our resources for national security Mr. Politician?
#897 of 922 Re: My new 2013 Sonata Limited [sonata13loser]
Nov 19, 2012 (7:40 am)
Have you taken your car into the dealer to see if there's something mechanically wrong with it? 26 mpg while cruising on the highway at a moderate speed (e.g. under 70) is way too low for that car, assuming it's operating normally.