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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#242 of 774 Re: Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2012 [rob_hyundai]
Feb 19, 2012 (11:57 am)
Rob: I have posted comments on the Buick Lacrosse (2010 CXL with 3.0L) and the Sonata forum commenting on the actual MPG results for both cars.
The 2012 Sonata GLS we have delivers BETTER than EPA highway (36-37.5 MPG) at 65-70 MPH. At greater speeds the MPG drops off somewhat less than the percentage speed increase. In the city the mileage is totally driven by the type of driving. All stop and go results in 10% less than EPA and "freeway" or limited access roads lends to 10-20% better. When the mix of driving is weighted towards the worst case stop & go driving the average is much worse than when all driving is highway. The 2010 Buick Lacrosse experienced very similar results.
The point of all this rambling is that with both cars the type of driving had much more to do with actual MPG than any other factor. The mix of stop and go vs. highway was the most significant variable in the results. The various posters all have different mixes of driving and therefore highly variable results with the same cars. Forgive the statement of the obvious, however it does not appear that all posters are getting the message, or they just can not change their driving routes to get MPG closer to the EPA driving pattern and results.
#243 of 774 Re: Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2012 [crankeee]
Feb 21, 2012 (5:17 pm)
Thanks for taking the time to post your analysis. A lot of variables affect fuel economy. I drive a lot of uphill on the way home every day and my FE on Veloster has been around 33. Downhill I easily go past 42. The car is rated at 40. In traffic my FE decreases below average while in smooth conditions it's right on the mark. Same road, same time. The difference is in the variables.
As I said before, if someone feels there is an issue with the vehicle they should visit their dealership to be certain. Our mileage figures adhere to EPA standards and we have internal data showing the numbers are indeed attainable and even higher based on driving conditions. We want everyone to have a great experience with their Hyundai. Fudging those numbers detracts from that mission and hurts us all.
Rob L, Hyundai Product PR Manager
#244 of 774 Re: Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2012 [rob_hyundai]
Feb 21, 2012 (5:23 pm)
i guess the only way to achieve the best gas mpg would be to drive the car like fred flintstone did.lol
#245 of 774 Realistic expectations and the laws of physics
Feb 22, 2012 (7:09 am)
Today's Wall Street Journal has a letter to their Car Columnist in which the writer complains about his Honda Accord (with 6,850 miles on odometer) getting only 14 mpg when he drives "almost all of these miles in short city distances" and further complains that on a short 80 mile highway trip it only got 24 mpg. The response might be applicable to some, though certainly not all, people posting here: "It is difficult to judge a car's [FE] on a series of short trips in part because its engine may not reach the operating temperature at which it runs efficiently. Short trips also tend to include more stop-and-go driving, which decreases [FE]."
WSJ has separate story about new EPA window stickers coming out for MY2013. Stickers to have a lot more information.
#247 of 774 Re: Realistic expectations and the laws of physics [tenpin288]
Feb 22, 2012 (11:45 am)
Thats a nice sticker, to bad most of the consumers fail to read the fine print, because it doesn't apply to them, The numbers in bold are the ones that count as far as their concerned.
#248 of 774 Re: Realistic expectations and the laws of physics [mikeystoy5]
Feb 22, 2012 (12:42 pm)
Took the car to the dealer and they pressed the reset button and drove it 15 minutrd and said i was getting 42mpg... I tried to explain that it will drop off shortly after. My trip to philly proved it to me. I started out 40+ and by the time i reached philly with the car on cfuise contril i was in the mid to upper 30's. By the time we drovr back we were at 33.
Please excuse the typing. Im on my phone
#249 of 774 Re: Realistic expectations and the laws of physics [jayhawkk]
Feb 22, 2012 (4:12 pm)
Did you drive around in Philly at all or was it all highway?
What was your speed to (and from) Philly? What was the traffic like--did you have to stop or slow down/speed up much? Weather? Did you do any passing or maintain a steady speed? Any differences between trip to Philly, and from Philly?
I see this kind of thing a lot.. I'll drive on the freeway to a city, get really good mpg on the highway (if I watch my speed, traffic is flowing, weather is OK), then hit my destination and drive around town for awhile and I watch the average mpg drop. Then I get back on the highway to go home and it recovers somewhat, but not completely.
#250 of 774 Re: Also consider... [eweiner]
Feb 22, 2012 (8:05 pm)
I just a flash from my dealership in East Texas that fixed my MPG. I was getting bad then good then, the really bad, the lowest I have gotten is 26 calculated by me, and after the flash I've been able to get 42 I'm ecstatic
#251 of 774 Re-read the post above...
Feb 23, 2012 (1:13 am)
'12 Hyundai Elantra owners. After 12 glselantra got the flash from the dealership his ghastly mileage improved from a low average of 26 mpg to 42 mpg. Wow!