Last post on Sep 03, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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Hyundai Veracruz, SUV
#162 of 171 Veracruz SE AWD
May 08, 2009 (5:34 am)
I have had my Veracruz, silver with black leather, for two years now and have accumulated 20,000 miles. It runs like new and looks,inside and out, like the day I got it, even the tires show little wear. (keep them inflated to 35psi)
I can usually expect about 25 or 26 on the highway and when pushed hard like on my recent trip to Daytona and back, 2400 miles of hard driving on mostly interstate roads, maybe down to 23 or 24. This is a heavy vehicle (4600 lbs.) so don't expect it to act like a much lighter Honda CRV. Remember the faster you drive the less gas mileage you can expect.
R M H
#163 of 171 Re: Veracruz SE AWD [rmhockman]
May 08, 2009 (8:13 am)
I've been playing around with the trip meter button (haven't read all my manuals yet) and it seems in one setting I see 16.5 avg mpg and at another setting I see 21.6 avg mpg. What gives?
#164 of 171 Re: Veracruz SE AWD [pinevalleyite]
May 08, 2009 (11:27 am)
Use the dash readout as reference only. Hand calculate to get the most accurate readings over several tanks. For 3 tanks of 87 I add the miles, add the gallons, and divide total miles by total gallons to get the real average MPG. I have records for every tank fill with miles, plus I know how many miles were on when I bought it and how many gallons were in the car when delivered so for lifetime I can figure out the overall MPG, haven't done it yet, soon though.
#165 of 171 MPG decreasing...any suggestions?
Jul 21, 2012 (9:57 am)
We bought a 20111 Veracuz 1 year ago. My mileage has noticeably dropped 3-4 MPG in the last few months. I've checked tire pressure, air filter and run synthetic oil. Any ideas, suggestions for improving the MPG?
#166 of 171 Re: MPG decreasing...any suggestions? [veracruz2011]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 21, 2012 (11:03 am)
We have plenty of tips but it sounds like you may have something else going.
Are you recording the mpg manually? If you are relying on the dash readout, best double-check to make sure it's not off.
If the numbers are right, then I'd want to check the brakes to make sure they aren't dragging. Maybe try some Techron for the injectors. I'm assuming you didn't notice any unusual tread wear when you checked the tire pressure.
MPG generally gets better in the summer but I suppose you could be running the AC a lot. Still, 3 to 4 mpg is a pretty big drop.
Maybe there's a fuel filter issue or maybe the ECU is out of whack. But if the computer or a sensor is messed up, usually you'd have other issues, like hesitation, or a check engine light coming on. The thermostat could be another cause. Maybe getting an auto show to pull any codes would turn up something.
One thing that may help, assuming nothing is wrong, is trying to find some ethanol free gas.
#167 of 171 Re: MPG decreasing...any suggestions? [steve_]
Jul 22, 2012 (11:22 am)
MPG generally gets better in the summer but I suppose you could be running the AC a lot.
Around here - MPG typically drops in the summer due to heavy AC use. My experience is that it drops more than in the winter.
#168 of 171 Re: MPG decreasing...any suggestions? [robr2]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 22, 2012 (12:13 pm)
Interesting - my van lived in Boise for 10 years with mild winters in town and hot summers (mostly 90s but 105 wasn't unusual). Skimming my spreadsheet doesn't really show any winter/summer trends. But I don't have a commute nor drive in heavy stop and go, so that could be a big factor when using the AC too.
The Subaru appears to do better in the winter, but I don't really drive it much the other three seasons.
Aug 26, 2013 (1:09 am)
Getting about 20.45 mpg combined (80%hwy). About 23mpg all highway with a/c on.
Sep 03, 2013 (6:42 am)
I've had my 2008 Veracruz for 4 years now (bought it new) and have about 48K miles on it. I don't reset the MPH setting and am now currently showing an average of 19.1 MPH which is my combined city/highway. Not great and I would look for better gas mileage (or an electric option) on any new vehicle I got in the future.
#171 of 171 Re: mpg [pinevalleyite]
Sep 03, 2013 (10:47 am)
Have you calculated real MPG or just going off what the dash says? Dash readings are notoriously off, only calculating gallons actually used vs miles driven will show what you are actually getting.
Getting 19 in an SUV like this is not bad considering the size of the vehicle, the weight, and that it feeds 6 cylinders, and remembering the one I had was pretty quick, 19 is a decent number.
If you want Hybrid SUV, only Toyota makes one, the Highlander, and the price you pay for it buys a LOT of gas! You will NEVER make up the cost difference between what you get now in the Veracruz, and what you can reasonably expect to get in a HiHy, of maybe, if lucky 28 MPG.
I currently have a 2013 Flex Ecoboost that I get 21 MPG in and am quite pleased with that considering how much power it has, its shape, size, weight, and that it can pull a Horse trailer with ease.
If you want an SUV with better MPG, you have to go smaller than either the Veracruz or the Flex, maybe the Escape that gets about 30 MPG.