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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
Apr 24, 2012 (6:15 am)
the point I was disputing was the EXACT statement made, not what one might infer from the statement from words that aren't there. The statement was:
Satisfied people rarely participate on these internet boards
which is incorrect. In this particular discussion, there are more members complaining rather than expressing satisfaction. Across all of "these internet boards" here on Edmunds, there are probably more satisfied people, onlookers, information gatherers, etc., than dissatisfied people. In fact, in our discussions here about the Elantra, most people like their vehicle.
We see a lot of members in other Elantra-specific, and non-Elantra specific discussions who are considering buying, or in the process of buying, an Elantra, which wouldn't likely be the case if there were mostly posts from dissatisfied Elantra consumers in our forums.
Apart from the gas mileage complaints (and who knows what may be causing that issue), it gets great ratings from owners in our reviews section too:
#445 of 774 Re: My take [backy]
Apr 24, 2012 (6:21 am)
I also think some cars are more forgiving than others. Probably comes down to the gearing for the transmissions and how the car shifts.
Another poster was mentioning that the larger tires on the Elantra Limited appear to have a factor and switching to smaller wheels and tires resulted in a 3-4mpg increase.
I do think that some car companies and dealers need to be a little more forthcoming with these city ratings for mpg. While the EPA ratings may be achievable, as the CR test points out, it will not really be seen by most people in normal driving. I am guilty of having a lead foot sometimes. I know it kills my city mpg, especially in the dead of winter in a short trip. My 2006 Mazda 3i Touring model would regularly get 17-19mpg on many of these types of trips, even though the car was rated at 24mpg city. Our Honda Odyssey was no better. It is rated at 17mpg city and we would be hard pressed to get better than 12-14 in the dead of winter in Minneapolis for city driving.
#446 of 774 Re: Just to clarify... [kirstie_h]
Apr 24, 2012 (8:23 am)
Kirstie: I agree that people are quick to complain when their expectations are not met. Car buying is a subject to many variables that far exceed the capabilities of any model. The Edmunds boards are a great resource to flesh out common problems that really do occur with a particular model. We try to dismiss the indivicual complaints or the posters with an obvious agenda. We had one on the buick Lacroose board that was so negative that the other members started policeing his comments.
We also used the Edmunds boards to guide our purchasing timing and decision overall. saved us some money and we ended up with overall very good models initially.
Thanks for the service!
#447 of 774 Re: Just to clarify... [crankeee]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Apr 24, 2012 (8:32 am)
I am quite familiar with that poster - he obviously got a lemon, or is just picked the wrong vehicle for his needs. I think most people are savvy enough to pick out those complaints from the other pros & cons posted.
If you look at the consumer reviews link I posted for the 2012 Elantra, you see plenty of MPG complaints - yet, most of those consumers still rate their vehicles 4 -5 stars. I think that system lends itself to more overall quality evaluations, since you're required to rate individual aspects of the car separately (quality, value, fun-to-drive, etc.)
Glad you found, and hopefully continue to find, Edmunds' services useful!
#448 of 774 2012 - 40 MPG Touchy but it's there
Apr 24, 2012 (5:10 pm)
My Last car: 07 Toyota Corolla - Rated at 36 and with not even thinking about it got an average of 34 mpg at the pump. I liked it very much for that reason. It didn't have all the fancy new equipment. It was a work car after all. The 2012 Elantra is a step up in a "work car". More than I really pictured or needed for my commute. But I still bought it for the rated mileage. It had the looks and the EPA rating. So after the first few weeks, I was disappointed ... getting 28-32 mpg was shortening my time between the pumps (Not a good thing) The Corolla was 1 once every work week fill up... the Elantra ... every 4 days. Ok, so today ... something different. I hit 40+ on the built in MPG monitor on the way home. Hopefully a glimpse of good things to come. It made me feel better about my car. I even posted a video of the event.
#449 of 774 Re: My take [pflyer]
Apr 24, 2012 (5:15 pm)
Your statement was, "Satisfied people rarely participate on these internet boards..."
Which is ridiculous. Several other members have posted that they can achieve the EPA ratings in a new Elantra.
#450 of 774 Never got close to 40mpg
Apr 24, 2012 (11:34 pm)
I hated the 2012 Elantra I used to have (originally got it because I was told how wonderful it was by lots of family friends that owned them, come to find now that none of them come close to 40mpg either). Driving 70mph in the flats of California's central valley never got me more than 33mpg. Normally I averaged 32.5mpg per tank with mostly highway driving. A month ago I sold the Elantra and bought myself a 2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv. On the same Bay Area to Sacramento drive I get 42-43mpg in the Mazda driving the exact same way I used to in the Elantra, and per tank have been averaging 38mpg. My relatives (who bought the Elantra from me) recently took it from the Bay Area to San Diego. They told me the best mileage they ever got was 32.5mpg. Overall the Mazda is a much superior car. The only areas the Elantra is better in are more rear knee-room (although less leg extension room), more trunk room, and slightly grabbier brakes. The interior of the Elantra feels cheaper and dysfunctional compared to that of the Mazda, but does have more storage. One thing that also really disappointed me with the Elantra were the dim headlights and high-beams that were focused too much in the centerline of the car, which made them useless around turns as you had no light on your peripheries.
The only 2012 Elantra owner I've talked to in person that ever achieved 40mpg was going 50mph on I5... Any faster and he said his mpg dropped off quickly.
#451 of 774 Re: 2012 - 40 MPG Touchy but it's there [walt750]
Apr 25, 2012 (3:27 am)
I purchase my 2012 Elantra Limited earlier this year because of the 40 MPG highway rating. this car replaced a VW Jetta TDI which I loved and got the 44 mpg it was rated at. I try to do my homework before I purchase. With that said Hyandia saw me comming. The car is not what I expected but the worst of the problem is the mpg. Based upon the mpg I got with my last two cars I expected to get close to the hwy MPG on the sticker. I don't even get close. I average 29 mpg highway. If I drive in th city it is much worse. I have a 2008 2500 dodge Ram diesel that gets 20 mpg hwy. I thought there was something wrong because the car just doesn't seem to have the power it should down shifting at the slightest incline and it seem to have dead spots. But after taking it back to the dealer they informed me that there was nothing wrong with the car and that no one is getting the 40 mpg listed. My next step was to right th EPA to try and understand the process of how the mpg is calculated. They informed me that there is a formula that each manufacturer is required to follow but it is not strickly monitored.
After 21k miles on this car I am looking to get out of it. Any other suggestions besides Hyandia?
#452 of 774 Re: 2012 - 40 MPG Touchy but it's there [brandtcpc1]
Apr 25, 2012 (5:01 am)
What is wrong with the Jetta today? I too looked at the Jetta .. perhaps not hard enough.
I have always liked toyota. But the mileage numbers have not changed (actually have gone down) in the recent years.
Apr 26, 2012 (10:08 am)
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