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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#422 of 774 Re: My take [eweiner]
Apr 21, 2012 (10:58 am)
"Wiener" Your reply to DC shows us why some drivers never learn to operate their vehicle efficiently - They just can't learn from others. We have a 2012 Sonata also and monitor the Elantra board ( and others) to learn more about Hyundais and MPG tips in general. Seems the more you can learn the better you can operate your car and save $. DC's tips are not obvious to some drivers who may benefit IF they have that cherished human behavior trait - LEARNING. Good luck in your search.
#423 of 774 Re: My take [crankeee]
Apr 23, 2012 (11:11 am)
Update on my 2011 Elantra GLS Mileage.
Son just returned from a 400 mile round trip from DFW/Austin.
Said he had the cruise on 80 mph and the mileage readout was 38.
Checking mileage against actual fuel added gave me 36. The mpg gage installed does seem to read about two mpg higher than what you actually pump in, but of course, actual gallons added depends on temperature, technique and several other items.
Overall, I have never gotten less than 32 in the city (my calculations based on gallons added, not the gage) and if I set the cruise on 65, I can easily average 40-41 mpg.
The car is not perfect. I think my wife's 2010 Civic has more comfortable seats and the bluetooth is better, but overall, the Elantra is a homerun in my book.
I wrote before that I use cruise control whenever I can and it does seem to make a difference.
I am sorry for others that are not getting the mileage I am. I can tell you that this car (at least mine) will get the listed EPA numbers if driven modestly. It is not only possible, but achievable.
For those who are dissatified, life is too short. Get rid of the car and get something else. Satisfied people rarely participate on these internet boards, so I wanted to be the "contrarian" and tell folks you CAN get the mileage listed. It's not a fraud or scam.
Apr 23, 2012 (11:19 am)
Satisfied people rarely participate on these internet boards
Completely made-up fact. We have as many satisfied owners, if not more, who participate on these boards than those who are dissatisfied.
#425 of 774 Re: My take [eweiner]
Apr 23, 2012 (11:30 am)
I am replying in this thread because I was researching Hyundai (amongst many other brands). The one thing I find constant in these types of threads across every single brand and model is that results are all over the place. Some people get under the EPA estimates, some people get right on, and some people go over. There are just so many variables to consider, hence my post. If nobody were able to get the EPA estimates with this car than I agree, something would be wrong, but clearly it is achievable, but it might require one to change their driving habits or have different expectations.
As for handling and ride, this I would recommend test driving lots of cars first for an extended period of time. I usually know very quickly once I get in a car how it handles. If you want a larger, better handling car, and want to stick with Hyundai, I would recommend the Sonata SE's, and also look into the Mazda 3 with the Skyaxtiv engine. Good handling and fuel economy with the Mazda as long as you can put up with the cheaper looking/feeling interior and the road noise.
#426 of 774 Re: My take [pflyer]
Apr 23, 2012 (12:09 pm)
>>>For those who are dissatified, life is too short. Get rid of the car and get something else.
Problem is, if you sell the car, you won't get full value back. And for people who took out a loan, they will owe the balance of the loan minus whatever they can sell the car for which can amount to several thousand. They will either have to eat that loss or keep the car and learn how to drive more efficiently.
#427 of 774 Re: My take [kirstie_h]
Apr 23, 2012 (12:42 pm)
How many other posters are satisfied with their Elantra mileage?
Would you not agree most (on this forum) are complaining, not extolling?
#428 of 774 Re: My take [crankeee]
Apr 23, 2012 (12:48 pm)
I too have been disappointed in my 2011 Elantra Limited's gas mileage.
My daily commute is 63 miles one way over a variety of state highways where my speed is generally 60-65PMPH.
I traded in a 2010 Honda Civic for this car. The Civic was rated at 36 MPG and I was getting 33-34MPG.
My Elantra has been running in the 32-33MPG range over the same course for over 30K miles. Given the amount of time you spend in the car and the number of times you fill up each week gives you a lot of opportunities to 'sort out' the cars mileage. I tried coasting to stops, driving a little slower, running premium gas, windows up/down, etc. and it didn't really make a difference. Lead footed starts where the biggest killers in mileage.
Then I started reading these posts and it seemed most complaints were about the Limited model and the mileage kings sounded like they were driving the base models.
Since I was due for tires, I did some checking on tire sizes and their impact. I was a bit surprized at the speed difference between the low profile 17" tires on the Limited and those on the base model.
Since I already have 46K miles on the car in 14 months and needed some tires with a higher mileage rating (was tired of buying new tires every 25K miles!), I sprung for new 16" wheels and a tire size in the middle of Elantra's offering. The tires are 80K rated Michelin tires, but I can not attest to their 'rolling resistance', but I here to report my mileage after 6K miles on the new tires is now 2MPG higher. I am now pretty consistently running 34-35MPG.
I suspect that Hyundai only has one speedometer gear they put in the car and if you go to the physically smaller diameter low profile tire that comes on the Limited model, you will get lower mileage.
If you want to see how tire size can effect your speed, check out any tire dealer's tire size calculator. The one I use from Discount Tire will tell you how much different your speed will be off from the standard tire.
Just thought I would share some food for thought.
#429 of 774 Re: My take [gman4911]
Apr 23, 2012 (12:51 pm)
That is true for any new car you buy.
I usually buy used, but bought the Elantra new.
I plan to keep it for years. I did pay cash, so no loan for me.
Yes, the first owner of any financed vehicle is usually upside down for years.
#430 of 774 Re: My take [kirstie_h]
Apr 23, 2012 (1:13 pm)
I completely agree about the made-up fact. The problem is another made-up fact is that certain cars have problems based on the number of complaints on a forum. Neither population is a representative sample of the entire population.
#431 of 774 Re: My take [oldburbnewcx9]
Apr 23, 2012 (1:53 pm)
I'm just replying to the thread and not you personally. I actually agree with what you're saying.
If one read many different brand/model forums here and in other websites you get a general appreciation for "what is going on" with a particular brand/model. The new Elantra has had many complaints about people not being able to achieve the EPA numbers. This was not true of the old model Elantras so it isn't Hyundai or Elantra bashing. These people bought Hyundais and wanted them to be great additions to their family. Hence, the complaints when it didn't live up to their expectations.
In comparison to other cars, it is apparent that the number of people complaining here is much higher than other brands/models. People state their concerns here in looking for some sort of answer. So what kind of answers do they get?
Some people honestly try to understanda and help them while many others reply with comments that these people just don't know how to drive or maintain a car.
Listen, Braniacs. Many of these people had cars that they had no trouble reaching EPA numbers with in the past so it is not the way they drive or maintain their cars! they didn't suddenly become aggressive drivers after buying their new Elantra. Do you realize how insulting it must be for people to read "Well, my car is fine so you are just stupid or lying". People just can't seem to comprehend that some people may have cars that aren't performing correctily. If yours is, that's great and it's fine to say so. But please, in the same breath, don't insinuate that others that aren't getting the right performance don't have a clue. I truly believe that the vast majority of people that take the time to become a member of these forums and figure out how to post have the mental capacity to understand the concept "YMMV" which, for the most part, is determined by how one drives.