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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#164 of 745 Lies = Less MPGs
Jan 28, 2012 (1:05 pm)
I previously owned a Sonata 2011 GLS. I traded it in and purchased a 2012 Elantra GLS specifically because I wanted to cut back on fuel costs. The Elantra was (and still is) boasting 30mpg city and 40mpg highway.
After several months of ownership I have yet to reach 30mpg. I drive alone, use the ECO mode at all times. I coast to stop signs and red lights. I slip the transmission into neutral when safety permits. I do not carry anything in the car, nor do I make jack rabbit starts or sudden stops. When on the freeway I use cruise control with the tachometer set at around 1,500 RPMs.
I am extremely upset by what I now recognize as false mileage sales pitches by Hyundai. My goal is to trade this guzzler in for a vehicle that brand that actually conforms to their fuel economy listings.
I want Hyundai to compensate me for this deceptive MPG claim. I will not cease in my efforts to bring this to a successful end. There are many options available to the consumer that will result in a flood of paperwork on your end.
Recalls are one thing, but lies are not to be taken lightly.
#165 of 745 Re: Lies = Less MPGs [avarice1]
Jan 28, 2012 (3:56 pm)
Based on what you've said, I think there's something wrong with your particular car. For example, you should easily surpass 30 mpg cruising on the highway at 1500 RPM. I know from driving the Elantra it's capable of well over 30 mpg under those conditions.
What actions have you taken so far? One thing that would be interesting to do is rent a 2012 Elantra GLS for a day and drive it as you usually do, and see what the mpg is. If there's a significant difference with your car, that will be good evidence to take to your dealer.
What mpg did you get in your Sonata under the same driving conditions?
#166 of 745 Re: Lies = Less MPGs [avarice1]
Jan 29, 2012 (12:55 am)
Hyundai has taken a lot of heat over the Elantra's mileage. I was under the impression that the EPA tested the mileage. They may not have. A post on another forum stated the EPA only evaluates about 15% of all new cars annually and relies on manufacturers estimates 85% of the time. I was stunned but it does make sense with hundreds of different models sold in the U.S.
The new Elantra's 6th gear is very high to allow for low RPM (efficient) hwy performance. The 1.8L engine, relatively low curb weight, and aerodymanic body allow this car to achieve 40mpg at 65mph on the hwy under ideal driving conditions. The 33mpg combined number is obtainable by conservative drivers under ideal driving conditions (50% City/50% Hwy, good weather, and maintained vehicle). Getting 29mpg City is going to be tough for all but the hyper-milers.
For the life of me I can't figure out how people are getting 29mpg Hwy mileage unless they're driving Denver to Vail in the winter. I think about the weight, gearing, and engine in this car and just can't figure it out.
#167 of 745 Re: Lies = Less MPGs [dodgeman07]
Jan 29, 2012 (5:47 am)
I agree with your comment.
I do not doubt that others are having issues with the published Elantra mpg, but I have never gotten less than 30 mpg on any tank, whether I use the onboard mpg display or simply calculate mpg from gallons added when refueling.
It's too bad for the other folks and maybe I have a "good" one.
I would think anything in the low 20s is cause for a dealer fix or buyback.
#168 of 745 Re: Lies = Less MPGs [avarice1]
Jan 29, 2012 (8:45 am)
What was the MPG on the Sonata you traded? The key seems to be the amount of stop and go city driving. We check our MPG by re setting the average and measuring city and highway separately. Our 2012 Sonata GLS gets better than highway EPA rating of 35 at 70 MPH. The city reading is TOTALLY dependent upon the type of driving. All stop and go = 21-22, mostly in town freeway 28-29 and mixed = 24-25 best. Trying to get an average of all these results is more dependent upon type of city driving than anything. All posters appear to be getting EPA figure on all highway but results are all over the board in city results. Has to be the drivers and the type of city driving NOT THE CAR!
#169 of 745 Also consider...
Jan 30, 2012 (5:51 am)
Have any of you really looked at the average miles per hour the trip computer will display??
Consider that if you dont see a number 55 MPH or above...its not likely you'll get 40 MPG as you're not really doing highway driving.
I'm convinced that many people think they do more highway driving then the actually do. My average is between 29 and 40 MPH. I seem to get about 30 MPG. I'd like to get 40 MPG but dont see how I will achieve that if I am not driving in a manner that will allow that to happen.
Do I think Hyundai has been deceptive. Yeah, as they are heavily advertising the 40MPG and not the 33MPG combined. That sets an expectation with consumers that it is an achievable number with ordinary driving. That clearly does not seem to be the case.
Perhaps Hyundai can address this with a new computer flash. Their doing so will depend on the level or pressure they receive from consumers and the EPA.
#172 of 745 I'm done with this car
Feb 01, 2012 (6:44 pm)
I have a 2011 Elantra Limited, I drive mostly in town and get about 24 mpg combined. I sold my high millage honda civic to get this car because of the mpg claims. I have never owned a car that gets such poor gas millage. The way I see it, this car has a nice comfortable interior and and no other positives. The car handing is subpar compared to other cars in it's class, I am paranoid about blowing a tire and being stranded, and the gas millage sucks! Right now the Hyundai hype-machine is making this car out to be the best thing since sliced bread and the sells are great for them also meaning that resell is high for me. I know that it will sucks to take a loss from the combination of driving it off the lot and sales tax. However, it will suck worse if I wait a year or two when the reputation (gas guzzler) of this car is truly know by the public and the value plummets.
At this point I feel that I should sell the car and buy something that I will like. From this I have learned, if you are buying a car for MPG you should test the MPG on the test drive, what is on the window sticker means nothing.
Oh, and I will NEVER BUY A HYUNDAI AGAIN!
#173 of 745 Re: This could open a whole big can of worms! [tenpin288]
Feb 01, 2012 (7:03 pm)
Yeah, like a wave of lawsuits for false advertizing.... sounds like a good thing for the consumer