Last post on Jul 28, 2013 at 6:30 AM
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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Sedan
#9 of 18 Re: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid--Real World MPG [shybrid]
Apr 29, 2012 (4:47 am)
Just to be clear, the regular Sonata is not rated 40mpg for city/highway. It is rated 22 city, 34 highway and combined 26mpg. You are getting 9mpg better than the combined 26mpg the non hybrid model is rated at. And depending on where you live, what kind of gas you use (ethanol), your driving habits, etc you probably would not see 26mpg combined on the regular model. More like 24mpg. My recommendation would be to read up on hypermiling and try some of those techniques if you have not already. Using those techniques, I can usually equal or better the EPA estimate on the Mazda, Hyundai, and Honda models I have owned. That said, I don't like driving that conservative and typically get well under the EPA estimate. The fact that your within 2mpg of the EPA estimate for combined driving is not really that bad. In the winter I would be lucky to get that in any of my vehicles. Typically I am a good 3-5mpg under the estimate.
#10 of 18 Re: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid--Real World MPG [dc_driver]
Apr 30, 2012 (11:43 am)
When I bought my car, the product sheet that I still have, says 35/40. With a footnote **EPA estimates. So the information you have is not the same info I have. I'm looking at it right now.
I would not have bought this car if I thought the MPG was less than 35.
#11 of 18 Re: Sonata hybrid [jaybp]
Apr 30, 2012 (11:49 am)
please let me know how to get in touch with you.
#12 of 18 Re: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid--Real World MPG [shybrid]
Apr 30, 2012 (12:18 pm)
I am confused. When you said the "regular" version of the Sonata gets 40mpg, I assumed you meant the non-hybrid Sonata?
I am also confused when you say
"I would not have bought this car if I thought the MPG was less than 35. "
You said you were getting 35mpg?
The actual EPA information as stated on the Sonata Hybrid is the following:
EPA Economy Estimates:
City: "Expected range for most drivers is 29 to 41 MPG"
Highway: "Expected range for most drivers is 33 to 47 MPG"
This is right off the EPA Estimate sticker that is on every Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. At 35 MPG for driving, you are well within the stated EPA estimates. And you are getting approximately 9 MPG better than the non-hybrid version.
#13 of 18 Re: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid--Real World MPG [dc_driver]
Apr 30, 2012 (1:14 pm)
ok - sorry for the confusion. Here is my reality -
The sales guy at the dealership was trying to talk me into buying a regular Sonata on the lot. At the time I started looking, they didn't even have a hybrid yet. He told me that the regular Sonatas consistently got 40 MPG or better. Again - trying to sell me inventory on the lot. And maybe there were other reasons he did not press to sell me a hybrid.
But because I wanted the hybrid for various reasons, and the product material that was available at that time (Feb/Mar 2011) said the Hybrid would get 35-40 MPG, I waited for the Hybrid. Right now I'm getting 35. I want and expect more. I understand the variations of drivers, seasons, etc., but I don't care about that. I care about the reason I bought it, what I was told, the printed material I have.
My comment about not buying a car with less than 35 MPG estimate - was meant for any car - hybrid or not from Hyundai. There are other alternatives.
No need to reply - I appreciate your previous attempts to help. Bottom line - I'm not satisfied.
#14 of 18 Not at all good mpg
Jul 20, 2012 (11:04 am)
City driving 24 MPG, Highway 33. We get the bluelink reports that nothing is wrong.
Very, very frustrated. At the very least we expected 30 city. In my opinion, the gas engine kicks in when its really not needed. The batteries never say 100% and seem to drain immediately.
#15 of 18 There are other alternatives
Sep 15, 2012 (6:32 am)
After having a few efficiency oriented cars and keeping good records for at least 3000 miles in each here is my mpg experience. My freeway speed is probably 67-71 mph. My metro area is 300k and there are 10 stop lights on the way to work. I set tires 2-3 psi high. 2007 Saturn Aura 4 cylinder 24 mixed 31 highway, VW tdi wagon 35 mixed 47 highway, Honda insight 41 mixed 46 highway, 2012 Sonata hybrid 36 mixed and 44 highway. Owner impressions for anyone shopping: 1) The tdi mpg drops off more in cold weather than I expected and worse on short trops than the hybrids. The torque is great and this car positively eats hilly roads. 2) The insight is kinda slow and gets part of its efficiency by being light. It blows around in the wind more than the others. Currently it is being used by a grad student child of mine who loves it. 3) The Sonata conventional transmission is probably a limiting factor. Usually it runs eV (efficient) to about 18 mph and is shifting into 3rd gear as the engine starts. It shifts into 6th at about 40 mph on level ground and gets nice mileage above that speed. In 3rd to 5th gears it does not seem that efficient. Climbing modest hills in town at 35-40 where the Honda or VW would impress me with over 30-35 mpg on the instant readout the Sonata will show 22.5 or less mpg. I have dropped accelerating slowly through this speed range and go straight from 20 to 40 mph (or higher climbing a hill) without hesitation. Vs camry hybrid list price is $500 less but my best deal was about $2200 better. I usually buy but put this car on lease and will decide later if it is a keeper.
#16 of 18 Sonata Hybrid owners
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 05, 2012 (2:55 pm)
A reporter would like to speak to Hyundai and Kia owners who agree or disagree with the latest controversy over MPG. If you own a Hyundai or a Kia and would like to speak to a reporter about your experience with your car's fuel economy, please send your daytime and evening contact info to predmunds.com no later than Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.
#17 of 18 Re: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid--Real World MPG [nascarnole]
Nov 20, 2012 (12:07 pm)
I purchased my hybrid in March 2012, and have done the fuel estimates and are only getting around 32 highway and 23 city. I would not buy this car until Hyundai figures out what is wrong with it. We have had our car into the dealership seven times since March trying to correct the problem with fuel economy and the dealership says the onboard computer can not find anything wrong with car, therefore they don't know how to fix it. I wish you the best of luck in car shopping.
#18 of 18 Hybrid TSB 13-FL-004
Jul 28, 2013 (6:30 am)
Just want to bump this for all 2011-2012 Sonata Hybrid owners who have not had the latest TSB 13-FL-004 performed. It enhances drivability and stops the cold start jerkiness and hesitation.
You have to actually complain about those symptoms to the dealer to have this installed, as it is not a recall, but a TSB.