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Hyundai lied about fuel economy

amethyst1amethyst1 Posts: 3
edited February 4 in Hyundai
It is official. The Chicago Tribune on November 11 (Business section) stated that Hyundai management admits that they overstated the mpg on their Hyundai and Kia cars. In other words, they lied.

Well I am disappointed but not surprised. I have a 2013 Elantra sedan with only about 23 mpg in heavy traffic all stop and go. Maybe it will improve, maybe not.

What are we going to do about this?
If there is a class action lawsuit, I'm in.

Comments

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,691
    Do you mean this article from the Chicago Tribune?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/sns-rt-us-hyundai-rd-2013111- 1,0,3531018.story

    And are you referring to this statement:

    "Kwon has been R&D president for just over one year and was brought in shortly before Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors admitted they overstated the fuel economy of more than 1 million vehicles in North America."

    It's old news that Hyundai admitted overstating the fuel economy of many of their models (also Kia). But "overstating" and "lying" are not the same thing. Hyundai claims the overstatement was a procedural error, not an intent to deceive... i.e. not a lie. The Chicago Tribune article doesn't cast any new light on that subject.

    IMO 23 mpg sounds about right for a compact car like the Elantra driven in heavy traffic, all stop and go. It's about what I get on small cars in such conditions.

    In other conditions, more similar to the way the EPA tests cars, I have no problem at least hitting the EPA numbers.

    Go ahead with a class action suit. It will take years and the lawyers will get most of the money, if there's a settlement.
  • dborthdborth Posts: 474
    In February of this year Hyundai / Kia offered lump sum payouts beyond the debit card program to compensate owners for milage mis-statements. Models include 2013 Elantra. See the link.

    http://green.autoblog.com/2013/02/27/hyundai-willing-to-settle-mpg-cases-offerin- g-lump-sum-payout-to/

    Hyundai supposedly "set aside" $225 million. There are already several class action lawsuits pending across the country.

    Curious what the holdup is after nine months.
  • whatfuturewhatfuture Posts: 39
    edited February 5

    Man oh man, lawsuits can take years to settle (as someone said already). The MSRP STILL shows 28/38 on the Elantra, so they're still lying. I thought the mileage was based on unrealistic EPA ratings but I see it's a combination of possibly both or just Hyndai. It's like the FDA just saying, "Send me your research results. We don't care what they say, we'll release the product." I expect lower mileage.

    I do know that lowering your speed to 55 makes a difference. I had the patience to run some tests on my last car @ 7 years ago. But no one drives 55 and I'm not surprised at the lying.

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