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Hyundai Elantra Real World MPG 2011 MY and earlier

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  • rudy66rudy66 Posts: 26
    Me too. 21-23 mpg in city. Screw it. I am not even going to try to drive in such a manner to get the advertised mpg any more. I'm going to enjoy the car and trade away from a Hyundai in a couple of years. Don't use the AC - are they crazy???
  • rudy66rudy66 Posts: 26
    Me too. 21-23 mpg in city. Screw it. I am not even going to try to drive in such a manner to get the advertised mpg any more. I'm going to enjoy the car and trade away from a Hyundai in a couple of years. Don't use the AC - are they crazy???
  • pbm58pbm58 Posts: 16
    Hey dissatisfied Elantra folks--register your mpg's on this site and compare with others (right now, only 12 folks are on there, so average not accurate:
    https://www.fueleconomy.gov/mpg/
  • Same Problem. 1000 miles so far, 70 highway miles per day with 2 miles to the highway, cruisecontrol at 65, first tank 29.5 mpg, second tank 31.5 mpg babying it. Hardly close to 40 mpg. Extremely dissapointed. Going to be very vocal about it. Bad press goes a long way.
  • Oh for gods sakes. How many times have people on this thread said GIVE IT TIME?

    Just relax...you'll see it increase over time.
  • pbm58pbm58 Posts: 16
    I agree--be VERY vocal...something is amiss...company tells me I need a "break-in" of 600 miles, but now I am long past that (still at 21/29). Meanwhile, service manager says wait 2500...what gives?
  • Seems like most are getting way below sticker as far as MPG. I'm getting 22 MPG in a mix of city and highway driving. Oh, by the way my trunk leaks. Anyone else having the leaking problem? I have a feeling this MPG concern is headed toward a CLASS ACTION legal remedy.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    Seems like most are getting way below sticker as far as MPG.

    How did you figure that? Over 160,000 2011-12 Elantras have been sold in the US this year alone. I don't see anything close to 80,000 people saying they are getting way below sticker on MPG. Do you realize that if 15,000 people complained about mpg on the Elantra, that's less than 10% of all owners, not including the 2011s sold last year?
  • Seems like most are getting way below sticker as far as MPG. I'm getting 22 MPG in a mix of city and highway driving. Oh, by the way my trunk leaks. Anyone else having the leaking problem? I have a feeling this MPG concern is headed toward a CLASS ACTION legal remedy.

    If you think the EPA ratings are guaranteed please read the following:

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    Your mileage may vary
  • I have a feeling this MPG concern is headed toward a CLASS ACTION legal remedy.

    Who on earth do you think people are going to sue? Hyundai doesn't just get to decide what estimated MPG goes on the sticker (or in advertising). Those numbers come from the US EPA, not the manufacturer.

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  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    edited November 2011
    Kirstie-

    When you advertise 40mpg and engineer a car to get 40mpg, people do have a right to sue. Do you think it is any coincodence that the recent slew of new Hyundai's are estimated to get 40mpg by accident? I think not....

    It's not whether the suit is valid in a court of law as it is people want to have a say that they were mislead. T

    It's quite obvious that Hyundai engineered their cars to beat an EPA test, rather than actually get real-world mpg's.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    Just curious... when you drove the 2011-12 Elantra, what was your mpg? And what were the conditions?
  • It's a waste of time Backy, no one bothers to read any of the fine print under that 29/40, plus they don't care what the EPA rates it at, it's all Hyundai's fault, not anybody else's. So, lets sue, I need the buxx and they have plenty. I think it's a big case of buyer remorse. Go over to the other forum's, an you'll find sometimes the same people complaining that their Focus, Mazda3, Fiesta, whatever isn't getting what they advertise it to get. If I was that un-happy with my 2011 elantra, I'd get rid of it, but, seeing I get 33-35 combined, mostly in a rural area. On a few 725 mile round trip drives to Tennessee, we got 44.1 on the hwy. we were doing 65-70. Some just like to whine.
  • mikestoy5

    I have to agree with you. The thing that all these owners conplaining about mpg are missing is that they purchased one of the best compact sedans available. Enjoy your car.
  • I've got over 4000 miles on my 2012 Elantra and the mileage is NOT getting any better. The computer based Avg Mpg is getting better, but when you do the math after filling up it is wrong. Right now I get about 3mpg below the computers numbers. As I said in an earlier post you will have to learn to drive this car a certain way if you want to get even close to the advertised MPG.

    I used CR, Motor Trend, and personal driving to help make my decision about the Elantra. For the money it is a well equipped and well appointed car. However, I was expecting better average mpg. In the Motor Trend review they commented that they could not get the advertised mileage. I read that and thought that not paying the premium (+/- $2K) for the Civic would make up for the difference. Now, experience shows that I will eat up that premium long before I can afford to get rid of the car.

    I'm pretty sure we all understand how the mileage estimates are derived by the EPA and Hyundai. However, when the car consistently delivers less than the lower estimate I think we have a problem. I hope those of you making dismissive comments about our comments are 2011/2012 Elantra owners!!

    I've owned this car since June and right now I'm on the fence about Hyundai and the Elantra. A big issue is the fuel, but I've also got some other complaints. The fuel issue (trust?) taints all the other issues as well. If I had to make a decision today I'd tell others not to buy the Elantra and to be wary of Hyundai.

    Tom
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,218
    You must drive a simply huge number of miles if the 1MPG difference in the overall average EPA ratings between a '12 Civic and a '12 Elantra were a significant factor. Assuming $3.50/gallon it'll take about 600,000 miles of driving to erase the Civic's $2K price premium.

    My wife has a '12 Elantra Limited, BTW. She bought it in September so she's only on her 2nd tank of gas (the first tank was the "free" one that came with the car).

    Out of curiosity, what are you other complaints?
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    edited November 2011
    I have to agree with you. The thing that all these owners complaining about mpg are missing is that they purchased one of the best compact sedans available. Enjoy your car.

    What if they purchased the car on the premise that they would get the estimated fuel economy and they are not able to achieve it? I think they have a right to gripe.

    When you purchase a commodity expecting it to be one thing, and turns out to be another, it is well within their right to be disappointed.

    Suing, on the other hand, is a bit extreme. It is up to the legal system to determine if that suit is valid, not us. Personally, I do not agree with suing in cases like this, but I'm not of proper authority to tell people they can't.
  • Well sure, you CAN file suit against anyone you want to. The problem here would likely be getting a lawyer to take it on. Since the burden of proof is on the accuser, there would be extensive costs associated with attempting to prove that Hyundai deliberately engineered test vehicles to receive a higher EPA MPG rating, and that vehicles being sold to consumers with the EPA stickers on them are NOT the same vehicles tested by the EPA.

    Cases like this would be handled on contingency, meaning the lawyer(s) receive nothing unless they are able to successfully prove their case, and all of the "obtaining proof" costs come out of their pockets.

    Such a "rigging" scheme would be a high-risk proposition as well, as it necessarily relies on the cooperation of all individuals involved, and the non-guarantee that none of them will become a whistleblower in the future.

    I'm not saying it could never happen; just that other factors (including a potential flaw in some vehicles) are more likely to account for the disparities.

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  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Kirstie-

    Cars are engineered to meet specific standards, such as EPA estimates and CAFE standards. Just how companies decide to reach those objectives is up to them. Engineering a vehicle to list stats on paper does not mean it will translate into real-world performance. This is nothing new. It is up to the consumer to do research, take test drives and form an opinion before they buy and if all goes well, they will not have buyers remourse. Well, that's the idea anyway. Not everyone does that, unfortunately.

    I do agree with you about law suits. In a case like this, it is pointless and does nothing but waste money. However, I have been in several forums on Edmunds where topics of class action suits come up because an owner(s) are displeased with what they purchased. People are sue happy, I guess.
  • Unfortunately, many consumers genuinely believe that a class action lawsuit will bring real resolution to their problems when in fact, that's often the least productive method of getting results, at least in any timely manner.

    You're almost always better off being persistent, or working with your own legal counsel if that's the route you choose. If you have a good dealership, sometimes they can help you get action. Sometimes not.

    However, class action lawsuits tend to take years to resolve, and at the end of it all - if your side prevails - the outcome for the consumer is usually a set of options: if you still own the vehicle, you'll get some sort of "fix" to be implemented, or a gas card worth $50 (to compensate for the lost mileage) or a $500 off certificate toward the purchase of a vehicle from the same manufacturer you just sued. Not what most people have in mind when they think "class action lawsuit," but that's pretty standard.

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