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#54 of 108 POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA
Nov 15, 2011 (12:07 pm)
Posting this message out of much and disappointment and frustration....
In July, I traded my 2009 Mitsbushi Eclipse for a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. The decision to trade-in my eclipse was for the soul fact that the car was not getting the ideal gas milage (~24 mpg out of EPA range of 20-28 mpg) for my long (all highway) commute to work and back. After much research, I decided to purchase the Elantra due to its (claimed) great gas milage, features, and price versus that of the competitors. BIG MISTAKE!
After owning the vehicle for a little over a month and putting 2000 miles on it, I notice the vehicle was averaging about 26 mpg on each tank. After contacting the dealership about my concerns, I was told to wait till my first oil change to reflect the change in gas milage. The first oil change came and I did notice an improvement in my gas milage between 2-3 miles, put definitely nothing in the CLAIMED 29-39 range. I decided to contact Hyundai about my concerns regarding in which I was told to wait till the car was broken in at about 5000-6000 miles.
After 6000 miles I was still averaging about 27 mpg. I, again, contacted Hyundai customer service about my concern. Their response was to do have a fuel MPG test and to have the vehicle inspected by a local dealership. The fuel MPG test, released by Hyundai, requires you to have record the miles traveled and amount of fuel used five times while going to the same gas station and using the same pump. Again, I was still consistently getting between 25-27 mpg. I had the dealership, also, inspect the vehicle for any issues and run a diagnostic test for any issues--- none were found. All this information was then faxed over to Hyundai customer service.
So... I just got off the phone with Hyundai customer serivce and they are saying that the car is in working order and there is nothing they can do to assist me.
So why am I getting such poor gas milage that isnt even in the working range of the EPA estimates? I have tried every recommended way to enhance mpg and nothing seems to improve it. I was getting decent gas milage (in the EPA range) for my Eclipse so I really dont think it is in my driving style.
I see that forum that others are having the same problem. I dont see how so many people are driving this vehicle 'wrong' .
I am so disappointed in my purchase and wish I would have gone with a competitor that lives up to its ratings. Hyundai is doing nothing but false advertising this vehicle. I hope to see a class action lawsuit in the future.
If you are thinking about buying a 2012 Elantra and want great gas milage... DONT!
#55 of 108 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [kate007124]
Nov 15, 2011 (6:33 pm)
Wow, talk about trying to get a point across, you whining an crying in 3 different forums. Besides only looking at the BIG 29 city / 40 hwy ( this is just a estimate, not written in stone), did you even bother reading the fine print under it. You also didn't state what kind of driving you do, like mostly city, stop an go, rush hour traffic, etc.,there are alot of things that affect mileage, plus if are you using winter gas, what i call watered down gas, Arco calls it airated, has little air molicules in it. lol. This can also lower mileage, but I know, you been driving for a very long time an you, don't do, jack rabbit starts, speed, or anything like that. I don't have a 2012, but I do have a 2011 Elantra, an it gets what it says it will.
#56 of 108 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [mikeystoy5]
Nov 15, 2011 (7:12 pm)
Well said. I also have a 2011 Elantra, and I cannot for the life of me understand some of these people. Enough with the whining. As I said in another thread, if you hate the car that much, trade it in for something else.
I am also not buying the "I only get 22 MPG's (or whatever ridiculous number they come up with). That is simply not going to happen with the new Elantra's. It's NOT the car...it's the way the driver is DRIVING the car. Or, if the person is in traffic constantly (car idles all the time) or is in stop and go traffic. Obviously, you won't get the 29 city. It's common sense. I certainly don't get the 29/40 all the time but who cares? It still has fantastic gas mileage and it's an awesome car. I love it and I am thrilled with my purchase and wouldn't hesitate to go with Hyundai again. Heck, I already did...my old 2010 Elantra's transmission failed on me after two months of purchase. After six months, I decided to upgrade to the 2011 and I am ecstatic about my decision.
#57 of 108 Re: Ride--GLS vs Limited [backy]
Nov 16, 2011 (6:09 am)
Both Automobile and Car & Driver tested Limiteds. Consumer Reports tested a GLS with Pref Equip Pkg. All three tested automatic transmission. (Forget which one Motor Trend tested.) The primary ride-related difference between GLS and Limited with AT would be the change in tire size, going from 16" to 17" and getting standard alloy wheels; however, I don't think there are any changes in the suspension set up between the two. The Limited tire/wheel combination likely a bit heavier in regard to unsprung suspension weight than the 16" steel (w/AT) or 16" alloy (w/AT and Pref Equip Pkg). I don't know if anyone has tested a base GLS with manual transmission that comes with 15" tires and steel wheels.
#58 of 108 Re: Ride--GLS vs Limited [g2iowa]
Nov 16, 2011 (8:29 am)
I don't know if you can get a 6MT with 15" wheels anymore. I recently did a Build Your Own on hyundaiusa.com for the 6MT and it seems to come with a non-optional options package (at $0 listed cost) that includes AC, 16" wheels with covers, and a few other features. I think that is a smart by Hyundai... who in this day and age buys a car w/o AC? Even with that non-optional options package the MSRP including destination was $17,300, which I thought was pretty reasonable. It has all the key equipment I need. Doesn't have Bluetooth but I can live w/o that as I use a headset if I have to talk on the phone while I drive.
I also found one photo via google of the 6MT's shifter--looks nice and stubby. The Canadian shifter is even nicer though... has chrome accents.
Then I did a local search and found 2 cars within 50 miles with the 6MT--but one was EXACTLY the color I favor, Desert Bronze with beige interior. So I know it's possible to get the car with 6MT and even in a color I want. Good news for when I'm ready to buy...
#59 of 108 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [mikeystoy5]
Nov 16, 2011 (9:04 am)
Yes, I am trying to get my point across... it is a disappointing and frustrating situation or I wouldnt be posting about it.
When I was shopping for a vehicle I looked at all options. I did look at the fine print below the 'big 29/40 hwy' and the my vehicle is not falling in those fine print estimates. I love everything about my elantra but the main reason I purchased this vehicle it is not doing, or even coming close.
As stated in my above post, if you would read carefully, I said that my hour long commute is all highway. The only stop lights I hit is to murge on the turnpike and when I get off the turnpike. As far as my driving style goes, I am no maniac... I drive the speed limit and at most 10 miles over it. I keep my car on cruise at between 65-75 mph and it is mostly flat terrain.
I purchased this vehicle in July and have used both 'summer' and 'winter' gas and really saw no difference between the two.
You mentioned that you have a 2011 and that you are getting 'what it says it will'... whatever that means. I have read over the forums and see that most mpg problems are in the 2012... do you think this could be the problem? I know that there is no 'claimed' to be difference in the models besides the steering, but maybe there was a smaller change or not mentioned by hyundai similar to the situation with the tibirions.
I am not expecting 40 mpg but at least 30 - 33 mpg would appropriate. I know there is many variables in computing mpg but when a car that is advertised to get great mileage is getting the same mpg as a 2009 Mitsabushi Eclipse, which is heavier, has a bigger, powerful motor, that made the same commute then there is an issue. I am not sure if it is just my car or maybe its the whole slew of 2012, but there is something wrong. Maybe no one has pursued yet because very few have reached the 7000 miles, according to Hyundai 'break in' mark.
I do know that others have reported similar issues with this year. The delarship where I purchased the vehicle said that they have recieved complaints about the mpg and even the women I spoke at Hyundai Customer service said the same thing. So maybe its not just me.
All I want is reasoning for this issue and I have yet to hear one. I think you can agree that when you pay thousands of dollars for something and it doesnt work to the standards set by its own company ( im talking about real word mpg), its disappointing.
Before ridiculing me and my post look at the whole situation... I have researched all the options, variables, and solutions and none of worked. I have reached out to Hyundai and they said they could not help me. So what else do I left to do?
#60 of 108 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [sarah2175]
Nov 16, 2011 (9:11 am)
AGAIN, you have a 2011...I have a 2012, read the above post to mikeystoy5.
Trade a 4 month old car in? Are you even reasonable? So.. I trade the car and take 3-4,000 dollar loss. GET REAL. I dont hate the car, I love all my features, the look, and the interior design, its just not getting the gas mileage.
And coming up with numbers? The mpg is calculated manually by using the mileage travelled divided by the gallons of gas used. These calculations arent even taken off of the car's computer. So NO they are not made up.
As far as my driving style, I am no maniac... I drive the tunrpike ( ALL FLAT HIGHWAY) to and from work. Set the car on cruise on 60-75mph, reset my mpg and still getting 28 mpg.
Any other input?
#61 of 108 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [kate007124]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Nov 16, 2011 (9:47 am)
Kate, if you look at consumer reviews of the 2011 Elantra, you will note that there are many complaints about inability to achieve the EPA estimated MPG on that model year as well.
If Sarah is getting good MPG (at least acceptable to her), that's great for her. I'd say more than 50% of reviewers have the "bad MPG" complaint, though.
#62 of 108 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [kirstie_h]
Nov 17, 2011 (6:18 pm)
I understand the frustration with not getting the mpg you expected but keep in mind those are ideal figures. If you really want better gas mileage you will need to do all or some the things that help. Like remove excess weight, keep the car clean and waxed, maintain a slightly higher tire pressure, use synthetic oil, buy fuel that doesn't have additives (more chance for dirty injector etc though) drive much slower. The elantra likely doesn't have one but my 99 caravan has a real time fuel mileage display and the best mileage is around 52-55 mph. There are some more involved things like a low restriction air filter (I bought a foam one fits standard air-box for my 03 Pilot) and it saves money on replacement filters. After market exhaust would be the most expensive and likely impractical and unavailable for the elantra.
#63 of 108 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [markw]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Nov 18, 2011 (9:01 am)
No, the figures aren't meant to be "ideal" - they're meant to represent the average. If you look at the window sticker, right below the city and highway figures, there's an expected range. The numbers in large print represent the average as in this sample:
If the low MPG is mostly attributable to driving or maintenance habits, then Elantra and Equinox owners must just be overall worse at both. We're not seeing this level of complaints about ANY other models. Just those two.