Last post on Nov 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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Hyundai Elantra, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Hatchback, Sedan
#725 of 774 Re: POOR GAS MILAGE 2012 ELANTRA [knocker81]
Mar 29, 2013 (8:41 am)
knocker81, you probably don't want to know what the city mileage would be like with combined mileage of 24. That's close to my combined mileage, and in the city alone, right after a fill-up, it wasn't uncommon for me to see average mileage in the high teens. Unlike my CVT Accord with a truly effective "ECON" mode, the Elantra's "Active ECO" drivetrain seems not to be efficient enough to recover in cruising/coasting the losses incurred idling at stoplights for sometimes a few minutes in the city. And the efficiency at idle of the Hyundai also seems significantly less (if ever there was a car that would benefit from a start/stop system, the Elantra is it). So, at least here in the mountainous Pacific Northwest, it takes a disproportionate amount of highway driving to balance the potential inefficiencies of city driving. By contrast, between Surrey and Vancouver BC, where city driving comprises fewer and briefer stop lights, and elevation changes are fewer and less extreme, my combined MPG hovered around 33 compared to combined MPG of 25 on Seattle's Eastside.
#726 of 774 Re: Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2012 [kirstie_h]
Apr 06, 2013 (12:22 pm)
I bought my 2012 Elantra in Oct of 2011 and it was one of the first 2012's delivered. I bought it primarily for the promise of good gas mileage. I now have ~15,000 miles on it and I have managed to average over 30 mpg on only 2 tankfuls. One of these was at 30.5 and the second was 31.6. I drive primarily highway back and forth to work (25 mi each way) and generally average about 27 mpg. I am totally disgusted with the car and have made it clear to the dealership that this is the last Hyundai that I, or anyone in my family, will ever own in this lifetime.
What I am doing, and what I would recommend that everyone begin doing, is to tell everyone what you know about your Hyundai. The car companies rely on word of mouth for some of their advertising and sales, and if all of us are good about spreading the word and giving people our honest opinions, it may not help those of us that have already been taken in, but it will help to keep others from making the same mistake. I don't like being lied to to get me to buy a product, so my mission has become to let everyone know about Hyundai's lack of honesty in their marketing campaigns. All we can do, it seems, is to spread the word.
#727 of 774 Re: Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2012 [pcj]
Apr 07, 2013 (4:08 pm)
I agree 100%......I think it's one of the biggest scams in a long time. Can't wait for the lease to be up.
#728 of 774 Re: Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2012 [knocker81]
Apr 07, 2013 (5:20 pm)
I had a loan, but I couldn't wait. I wasn't willing to be a rolling billboard for Hyundai. I traded the Elantra at the first opportunity and haven't suffered a single pang of regret. Good riddance to that pretty but woefully under-engineered and over-promised car. There are so many alternatives that deliver greater real world efficiency that I hope shoppers look beyond sheet metal to make sure their choice can deliver the qualities they prioritize. If you value style over fuel efficiency at the lowest possible cost, the Hyundai may be the way to go. Otherwise, at this point, virtually every other entry in the compact segment offers competitive or superior real world fuel efficiency - many with greater quality.
I hope time flies and you're out of the lease before you know it.
#729 of 774 2011 Elantra GLS 6A 25,000 mile Update
Apr 11, 2013 (6:24 pm)
Update from the "cruise control" owner.
Round trip DFW/San Antonio. Three adults with luggage and approx 75 mph cruising.
The mpg display showed (believe it or not) 40.2 mpg for the almost 700 mile trip. Some driving around the Alamo City, but mostly hwy.
As usual, the display was overly optimistic. Actual gallons added yielded a mpg of 37.9; still not too bad. If we slowed down, probably could have gotten close to the 40 mpg advertised, if not nailed it.
Normal around town is 34 mpg on the display and 32 by gallons filled.
Couldn't be happier and much better mpg than wife's 2010 Civic EX.
#730 of 774 Re: 2011 Elantra GLS 6A 25,000 mile Update [pflyer]
Apr 11, 2013 (6:43 pm)
DFW to San Antonio? That's a relatively flat stretch, isn't it? So, no surprise you have gotten great mileage. If I still lived in central Mississippi, I'd probably have been thrilled with my Elantra's fuel economy as well. Good for you! Instead, in this hilly part of the Pacific NW, my 500-lb heavier 2.4L Accord is delivering 4-5 MPG better city economy than did my Elantra GLS, all else being equal. Happy and safe travels to you.
#731 of 774 Re: 2011 Elantra GLS 6A 25,000 mile Update [pflyer]
Apr 12, 2013 (2:50 am)
Actually you hit the "new" highway EPA rating (38) almost on the head, which I think is really good considering your speed, the extra weight in the car, and the fact it wasn't all highway miles. Did you have A/C on at all? (I type this as I look at 6" of new snow and sub-freezing temps!)
#732 of 774 Re: 2011 Elantra GLS 6A 25,000 mile Update [backy]
Apr 13, 2013 (6:46 am)
We had the ac on.
It is fairly level on I-35, but we had strong winds out of the south (who doesn't in TX) so it hurt going down but helped coming back north. I counted that a wash.
I identify myself as the "cruise control" owner because I have found that if I use the cruise control every opportunity I am able, my mileage increases measurably.
Now... I have been scolded by others on this forum that I should not use cruise at all in city/urban driving. I am not sure why those individuals feel that way. My cruise disengages when I hit my brake pedal, which is how I slow down anyway. I am not sure how they slow down. All kidding aside, I acknowledge their advice but ignore it. To me, if I want to go, the accelerator is depressed, whether by me or the cruise. If I want to slow, I hit the brake pedal.
Maybe I just have a good one. It's an early model 2011 actually made in Korea. I have gone 60 mph for short periods (50-60 miles on the Interstate) after resetting my dash indicator and have seen in the low to mid 40s mpg, but once again, I am sure that display is 2-3 mpg overstated.
My biggest gripes with the car was/is: No spare (which I have remedied with a full size spare on an alloy wheel), the optimistic mpg display and the flimsy floor mats. I did take the car into the local Hyundai dealer and they replaced the 2011 mats with the much more sturdier 2013 version.
Besides those items, the car has been flawless. Now, if it just wouldn't hail every year...
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#734 of 774 Re: 2011 Elantra GLS 6A 25,000 mile Update [pflyer]
Apr 25, 2013 (10:34 am)
I have no problem with you doing what you need to do to maximize mileage. On the freeway, unless it's an emergent situation, I "drive" with the cruise control, too.
Last weekend, I went with a co-worker to trade her 2012 Elantra for a Honda CR-V. I hadn't been in an Elantra since trading my 2013 for an Accord. While at the dealership, I went outside to move the car and was shocked by how cheap and crude the interior materials are, how rough the engine was at idle and how unrefined all the switchgear felt compared to the Accord, and even the 2013 Civic I had for a day before taking delivery of the Accord. While that's all subjective, I can't feeling like the Elantra after a year feels like an 8-10 year old car.
I am glad for Hyundai, however, you and clearly many others are happy with their cars and are having positive ownership experiences. If mine was representative, they would go out of business.