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Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2011 MY and earlier

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  • My wife has a 2002 Elantra GLS, automatic, with 65,000 miles on it. Back in July, I drove it for a straight week back and forth to work, along with some errands on the side while she was out of town. I filled up at the beginning of the week, and again at the end. My commute to work is 22 miles one way. It consists of about 14 miles on back roads at 45mph (some stop and go), 5 miles of city driving 25-35mph (stop and go), and 3 miles at 55-60mph on an open road (cruising). At the end of the week, after doing this commute for 5 solid days, and running some errands in the evening, I managed to get 32 mpg. Not too bad considering that this was mid July, and the a/c was on.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    '01 GLS, 5-speed, 35,000 miles, purchased October 2000, EPA 25/33: Lifetime average about 28 mpg (I don't track every tank anymore). Most driving is short (less than 10 miles) trips in town, city/suburban streets and urban freeways, some stop-and-go. Best mpg: 41 mpg on 300-mile roundtrip, mostly rural highways at 60-70 mph, no A/C, two passengers + luggage.

    '04 GT 5-door, automatic, 13,000 miles, purchased March 2004, EPA 24/32: Fuel economy varies widely depending on whether my wife drives it or I drive it. DW gets 20-22 mpg in city driving, short trips, lots of stops and idling, combination of city/suburban streets and urban freeways, A/C on all the time, heavy foot. I get 26-32 mpg in around-town driving, mostly short trips under 10 miles, on city/suburban streets and urban freeways, A/C on in hot weather. Best mpg: 38 mpg on 150-mile trip, mostly rural highways at 60-70 mph, A/C on for about half of the trip, full load (five passengers + luggage).
  • 5port5port Posts: 395
    01 Elantra GT Hatchback:

    32,000 mi.

    33 mpg (out of state trips highway)

    20 mpg (around town, work, etc)

    24 mpg (lifetime average...i.e. leave the trip computer alone for months and let it average).

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  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    2004 GT Hatchback - Automatic Transmission
    I am providing descriptions of my "city" and my "highway" because I think that varies widely from person to person. I live in the congested Washington D.C. suburbs (Virginia).

    City (trips of about 5 miles and less, so the engine barely warms up, many, many stoplights here at least 2 or 3 per mile of driving on the major roads and they aren't well synchronized, so lots of idling at red lights or in back-ups on my commute if I drive during rush hours): ~21, best is probably about 23 or 24 if I catch an unusual number of green lights.

    Highway (55-70 and cruise control when possible): 32-34, best 36
  • GLS sedan w. 5 speed manual trans.
    On 3 tanks of gas. All Highway driving.
    Average just under 39 mpg.
    Round trip to work is 172miles. 1/2 on interstate w. 65 limit, other half on parkway w/ 55 limit.
    Tank #1 37mpg
    Tank #2 41mpg
    Tank #3 38mpg.

    These numbers seem too good to be true. Is anyone else getting this milage w/ the manual trans.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    No, these aren't too good to be true. I think you have hit the "sweet spot" for fuel economy for the Elantra. When I drive my GLS 5-speed under the kinds of conditions you mentioned, I get comparable numbers with it, and close to them (mid-upper 30s) with my automatic GT.
  • Non highway driving - 18- 23 MPG -usually about 21.5 I live in very hilly and curvy area, so this affects MPG (and tire wear unfortunately - Luck to get 20K out of tires)

    Highway - average about 35. Consistenly get 33-37

    Total miles 34,000 ;) ;) ;)
  • purchased new november 2004, has almost 20,000 miles, mainly highway driving 60-80 a/c on, try to use cruise control, average 35-38.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    Charlotte to Pittsburgh and back this weekend. Averaged 35mpg going up with 2 adults, and a trunk full of luggage. It was raining, and that was without using the cruise control much, and with the defroster (using the a/c setting) on. On the the way home, I used cruise control for most of the trip, and no a/c, and averaged 39mpg.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    Picked up my Elantra Friday. Had to run a LOT of errands this weekend, so I filled up Sunday with nearly 300 miles on the ODO (not TRIP ODO, the real ODO!) I got 29.4 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    Okay I'm starting to become a believer that Hyundai cars get better gas mileage over many thousands of miles of "break-in".

    2004 Elantra GT Hatchback - AT - 2 adults in the car and a modest amount of luggage for all these trips. Almost 18,000 miles on the car at the end of the weekend.

    We drove into the 500 miles into the mountains this weekend and we got 35 mpg going there and 36 mpg coming back with a decent amount of stops along the way. It was probably 90% highway driving at 60-65 mph. Today on a 140 mile relatively flat trip (starting and ending elevations the same, but gentle ups and downs in between) we got 39.3 mpg! It was probably 98% highway driving in nice traffic with only one 5 minute slowdown averaging 60-65 mph. I think I got to go 80 or 90 continuous miles at one point without touching my brake. :) That's rare around here.

    So anyway, if you compare to my post #5, you can see these numbers are much improved. I was skeptical that this car would improve its efficiency over an extended period of time and miles, but I'm starting to change my mind. Another trip or two with this kind of efficiency and I'll be totally convinced. :)
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "Okay I'm starting to become a believer that Hyundai cars get better gas mileage over many thousands of miles of "break-in". "

    Regarding my post #10 above. That was in a '02 Elantra, automatic, with 67,000 miles. Car still drives like new. We are going to be getting new brakes and tires later this month. All belts (including timing), hoses, fluids (auto tranny fluid twice - 30K intervals), spark plugs, plug wires, and battery are new. Hopefully this car will last a long time.
  • danf1danf1 Posts: 935
    You've definitely taken care of the car well and it should return the favor.
  • doohickiedoohickie Posts: 949
    I didn't know the Elantra was a mid-size car (I thought of it as more of a compact, but it is roomy for a compact), but the Department of Energy says

    The Hyundai Elantra is listed as the most efficient non-hybrid mid-sized sedan. It gets an estimated 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 in the city.

    (Those are the numbers for the 5-speed MT).

    I know my AT is doing very well so far; nearly 30 mpg on the first tankful (just bought an 05 brand new last week) and still has some gas left in the tank.
  • djean1djean1 Posts: 1
    i do love my 2005 elantra. but for now i am getting bad mileage. I am getting about 26 mpg right now and i am at about 4000 miles. if anyone can tell me will it get better. i bought it for the warranty and the mileage but i am a little dissappointed. maybe i am not patient enough. which ever it isa hopefully it will gert better.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Tell us about your driving pattern. Also is your car an automatic or stick shift? The EPA rating for the automatic is 24/32, so if you do some city driving, 26 mpg is not that bad. My wife struggles to get over 25 mpg in our automatic Elantra, driving almost 100% around town. Sometimes she is around 22-23 on a tank. But she does a lot of short-distance driving, a lot of idling, and has a heavy foot. Under the same conditions, I can get upper 20s to low 30s, depending on how much idling I do, but I have a very light foot.

    On the other hand, if almost all of your driving is on the highway at under 80 mph, then you should be getting more than 26 mpg.
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    I agree with Backy . . . I think the mpg you will achieve is very route and driving style dependent. In fact, I believe that for all cars. In really crowded traffic, or a series of 5 minute trips where the engine really doesn't get to warm up our Elantra will get as low as 21 mpg. But this same vehicle regularly gets 35 mpg on the highway now when we cruise at a constant 60-65 mph. Any kind of mix falls between those two. For example. Right now it's at 31 mpg with about 180 miles of highway and 70 miles of stop-and-go.

    The efficiency has improved about 2 (maybe 3) mpg since we first bought the car. We have 18,000 miles on the odometer right now.
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    2004 Elantra GT Hatchback - automatic transmission

    I posted on Oct. 10 that we had reached a new personal record for efficiency with our Elantra . . . well just two weeks later we have done it again. On a 215 mile trip yesterday we averaged 40.4 mpg! :D It was myself and my wife in the car with a modest amount of luggage for a weekend trip. I put forth particular effort towards achieving a high mpg this time. I spent at least 100 miles of the trip drafting semi-trucks. I would have done it more, however unfortunately there were no trucks to follow for some of the stretches. This was 99% highway driving typically at 60-68 mph.

    It's fair to say these kinds of numbers are far beyond what I ever imagined we'd see with this car. :)
  • jmurjmur Posts: 2
    i got my car in june, brand new. since ive gotten it, i think ive only gotten over 300 miles to the tank once, and thats when i had a lot of highway driving. yesterday i filled my tank, and when i checked the odometer, i only got 265 miles to the tank. thats not even 19mpg. does anyone know why my mpg is so low? i got this car because my old grand prix only got like 16-8 mpg, so getting around the same mpg with this car isnt making me too happy. any suggestions would very appreciated. thanks in advance.
  • smith20smith20 Posts: 256
    What is your driving style on the highways and how crowded are they? If you have to speed up and slow down frequently and/or abruptly that will really destroy decent mpg. Typically how long are your driving trips? From my experience, when we only drive a few miles and then stop, such as shopping at different stores (drive 3 miles, idle around lot, park, start up car 30 minutes later, wait at stoplight to get out of lot, drive 4 miles, idle around lot, park, etc) we get pretty poor gas mileage in the low 20s.

    Our mileage has improved as the engine has racked up more miles too. I was skeptical of this, but when we used to get 20-21 mpg we probably now get 23 or so. On the highway we used to get 32-34 in the beginning and now sometimes it goes quite a bit higher.

    Was that 265 miles for a full 14.5 gallons of gas? I usually only put in about 11-12 because I don't run it all the way down. What does your computer tell you you're getting for mpg?

    My initial thought is that the low mpg is due to driving route and style, but if you have good driving conditions and you drive lightly, then maybe it is something with the car.

    One last thought. Do you have an automatic transmission and if so do you drive the car with "two feet". I call it "two feet" driving when a person uses their right foot for the gas and their left foot for the brake. I have met a few of these people in my life and I will occassional spot them on the road because I see them accelerating while the brake light is illuminated. That will absolutely destroy gas mileage. I know that was a stretch, but I'm just trying to throw everything out there I can think of.
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