Last post on Nov 04, 2013 at 5:25 AM
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Hyundai Sonata, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#915 of 955 Re: 2011 Sonata [crankeee]
Dec 03, 2012 (1:26 am)
Yeah, it has been a good car. I have almost 37,000 miles on it now and have only done regular maintenance and one recall. The biggest issue is creaking noises from the hard plastic in the center console and dashboard. I wish Hyundai was like other manufacturers when it comes to frequency of oil changes...they recommend every 3,000 miles where as most companies seem to be moving to 5,000 or 10,000 mile intervals.
#916 of 955 Re: 2011 Sonata [romil01]
Dec 03, 2012 (9:54 am)
Actually check your book in the glovebox. 3000 changes are really for hard service. The routine is longer. I personally prefer 3000 miles for all cars but that is an old timer's habit that may not be true anymore. Seems like cheap maintenance. The I-4 engine in the Sonata appears to be well matched to the transmission and the weight of the car - very smooth shifting and the excellent MPG on the highway. We do lots of research before buying, but it feels good when the purchase pans out.
#917 of 955 Regarding 2012 Sonata GLS
Jan 02, 2013 (12:44 pm)
I bought this car a year ago Dec. Until the last two months, I was getting 34 -36 mpg in city, and 37 to 40 mpg on highway. Within two months the gas mileage hqas droped to 29 -30 in city and 32 -34 on highway under the best driving conditions. I was told at the dealer that this is "normal", and that all new cars do this. MY car has only 11,000 miles on it, and I consider it to be too new for this to happen. It has been serviced regularly (three times). I would like to know if this has happened to other owners of this car.
#918 of 955 Re: Regarding 2012 Sonata GLS [hunday12]
Jan 03, 2013 (5:26 am)
Wow! I would be extremely happy with either the before or after. We get 22-24 in city and 33-37 on highway with 11,000 miles on 2012 GLS and are totally pleased. We bought the Sonata mainly for MPG and overall value for a very reasonable price. MPG is EPA or better on highway and the features are hard to quibble with - bluetooth, beautiful functional interior with good seats, A/C, controls and comfort. Great driveability - similar to other midsize cars we have had in past. Enjoy your MPG, you got a winner!
#919 of 955 Appreciate your response to MPG concern
Jan 03, 2013 (9:28 am)
My problem was with the huge reduction in mileage after only 11,000 miles. Was told by service department that this reduction in mpg is normal after the car is "broken in". I also heard that some cars get better with time ,and others get worse. So, I guess I will be happy with it as long as it doesn't get worse than this. I knew someone with a 2011 just like mine ,and his got 37 highway consistently at a year old, and he was a "shot-gun" driver, unlike myself. So, I guess all Sonatas GLS's aren't created alike.
#920 of 955 Re: Appreciate your response to MPG concern [hunday12]
Jan 04, 2013 (9:14 pm)
Google "winter gas". That's more likely the the cause of your mileage change. Surprised the service department tried to BS you with the answer you got from them.
#921 of 955 reply to hunday
Jan 05, 2013 (9:46 am)
Thanks you for your suggestion. However, this car did get the excellent mpg all last winter,and didn't change until this Fall when it steadily dropped . However, I will check it out.I agree with you about the BS which I was given at the dealership.
#922 of 955 First long trip
Apr 21, 2013 (2:12 pm)
Finally got to take my wife's 5-month-old Sonata GLS on a trip longer than ~10 miles. Car has 3000 miles on it. Drove a round trip of 180 miles, most of it 4-lane highway with cruise set between 65-67. Only had to pass a couple of times. Some in-town driving in the middle. First day was clear, mid-30s, light wind. When I exited for my destination, the mpg meter read 38.5, nearly all nonstop highway. When I got on the highway for the return trip, the in-town driving had dropped the average mpg to 35.8. But although I drove in snow/rain and a 20 mph headwind on the way back, the overall mpg ended up at 36.5. With a little warmer temperatures, I might do a bit better than that, but I'm happy with the results, even allowing for some error in the trip computer. It's at least 10% better than I got with my 2007 GLS, and that car had 162 hp vs. 198 on the new car.
#923 of 955 First Tank of Gas
Jun 06, 2013 (6:32 am)
I got my 2.4L Auto Sonata GLS last week and managed to use up my first tank of gas yesterday. I got in 330 miles on the odometer at the time and refilled 17.7 gal (roughly 18 mpg for 30% city 70% highway). This is incredibly frustrating. Does anyone have any tips or solutions as to why this might be this low? I am generally conservative with my acceleration and braking, trying to get the most out my car. I live in the Northeast Philadelphia, which is nowhere near as hectic in traffic as our center city. So it doesn't make sense. I will greatly appreciate any input!
Jun 06, 2013 (6:58 am)
I understand your frustration. I have found that in order to get more accurate readings, I have to reset the trip button for each trip. Even though my mpg gage shows 40 on open highway driving, I don't think it is accurate. It seems to me that if the gage shows 550 upon filling the tank, and the tank holds 18 gallons, it would be more accurate to divide 550 by 18 to get the correct average mileage, which is way below the mileage claimed by the company. I have found this mileage thing to be the most annoying aspect of this car, and I am very disappointed with the car for this reason.