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Hyundai Tucson Real World MPG

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    edited November 2010
    If you are interested in how the Tucson stacks up against the Kia Rondo, please follow this link.

    steve_, "Hyundai Tucson v Kia Rondo" #1, 8 Nov 2010 11:48 am

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  • CapeCodCapeCod Posts: 117
    I am getting discouraged at how little traffic this forum is getting....

    Does anyone have REAL WORLD MPG for the 2011 2.4L Sportage or Tucson with automatic?
    Every time I test drive one I make sure to "punch" the button to get the average MPG reading. So far the readings have been horrible... range of 16 to 22 mpg. Granted this includes zero turnpike travel but still the MPG reading are kind of scary. A Golf buddy gets an average of 26 with his 2010 Equinox... shouldn't I at least expect to get that many mpg?
    In the past KIA's and Hyundai's have had some pretty awful numbers. I rented a 2008 Sportage for a week while on vacation and never got better than 18 mpg and that did include highway driving. I had thought the new engine was going to be better ???

    Also any big difference between the Tucson & Sportage interiors???
  • I have a 2010 Tucson and am highly disappointed with the gas mileage. I am only getting 17 in town and 24 on the highway. I have taken it in to be looked at and have been told three times that everything is within specs an there is nothing they can do. Anyone know where I can go to get help??
  • I have a 2010 which has 8000 miles on it and am only getting 17 in town and 24 on the hwy. 25% below what the EPA says.
  • sorry to say, you're stuck with it. i have a 2007 that gets slightly worse mileage through the winter months. i'm on pace for about 14mpg this tank. my mileage is better in the summer when its warmer. there is obviously something out of the ordinary in the cold. I can smell rich fuel in the exhaust everytime i start the car in the winter, regardless of whether the car is warm or not.

    I tried dealing with two different local dealers in my area and hyundai canada, their stance is no test drives or fuel mileage testing in the winter months.

    In the summer i get closer to 18mpg and 22mpg.
  • CapeCodCapeCod Posts: 117
    These posts of poor gas mileage are exactly what I was worried about. Yes, all vehicles will likely get poorer mpg during the winter, but Hyundai and Kia models often seem to be outside the posted mpg... year round. I had thought the 'new' engine was going to overcome this... I guess not.
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Well the 2011 has the direct injection engine, which, in the Sonata, apparently gets very good FE.

    But the older Tucsons here we don't know if they are 4 or 6 cylinders. I suspect they are 6's and Hyundai's old 2.7 V6 was a known gas guzzler. So were the 3+ litre V6's that replaced it, even tho it is still used in the Kia Rondo. Apparently in that vehicle and with the gearing and no AWD, it does ok. So this tells me they are sensitive to the vehicle it is in, gearing, weight, 2 or 4 WD, and even exhaust configuration affects FE.

    Seems to me earlier in this thread, 2011 owners were happy with their FE. Go back and check.
  • My 2011 Tuscon LTD (with under 1000 miles) gets 15 - 17 city and 21-23 highway in cruise control. Pretty pathetic. I always get 2 mpg above bold sticker price. But not with this. Its a pretty package on the outside but vacant under the hood. I expected 23 city and 29 highway at the very least. Sad to say, I traded my dream car (V8) in for this because I needed to downsize transportation & gas expenses. The ONLY way this car will get 30 MPG is downhill or on the back of a flatbed!

    If enough of us disappointed owners got together, we could file a class action suit. Any takers? :lemon:
  • I bought my wife a 2011 Tucson for Christmas, and she LOVES it. I have noticed with her commute (30 miles oneway) which is about 55% highway and 45% city that she's averaging about 23-24mpg. She's not overly happy about that but I think that reasonable. The one thing I noticed about her car is that it's zippy, and if you're not careful you can go well over the speed limit when on the highway. With that being said like with most Gas Engines anything over 65mph and your car stops buring gas by the gallon. So maybe this summer we will take a road trip (300+ miles) and I can really see what the MPG's are. BTW her's in the AWD model..
  • ulltronulltron Posts: 10
    My 2007 V6 front wheel drive Tucson gets 20mpg city and mid 20s highway which is perfectly acceptable for a small SUV. Good to see the mileage improving in their new model and it will get better after the break in period which can take several thousand miles. At 27,000 miles I have had 0 defect and enjoy the vehicle as much today as the day I purchased it. The only complaint is original OEM tires don't last very long.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,240
    I would not worry over gas mileage on any engine until it has at least 3K miles on it. Yes, things are built to tighter tolerances than they used to be, but you still need to give that motor time to settle in.

    With regard to Tucson mileage specifically, our 2010 will only meet the EPA rating if you really soft pedal it. It is very zippy, and the wife seems to be having a lot of fun with it. She quit complaining when I drove it and immediately got several MPG higher economy. :shades:
  • I have a 2011 Tucson GLS AWD with 4,000k on it and I get 19.7 mpg HIGHWAY. Surprisingly not much worse in town. I have had it to the dealership without any satisfying answers. I called Hyundai and they had the dealership take it out and on a road trip, with it on cruise control at 65 mph, and they somehow got 23 mpg. So I was told that nothing was wrong and I was dismissed. I have tried cruise controlling as low as 55 mph and have never gotten above 20 mpg. And that's not just what the trip computer hads told me, that's with my calculations with filling the tank up. I adore this car, except for the mileage and as gas prices continue to rise, I am going to have to trade it in. It's a shame that Hyundai has made such a wonderful suv with such lousey mileage. I have never had a vehicle not get the estimated mileage. Maybe a class action suit would make them take this more seriously instead of dismissing you from their dealership!
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    How many miles (or kms?) per year do you do?

    Apprx how many miles do you go before refueling? Do you always reset the trip meter? And about how many gallons (US or Cdn?) do you usually add.
    I'll do some redundant math with you just to check your calculator.
    6 sp auto right? Roof racks with a Thule or similar cargo box up top?
    Do you use a remote starter? Or idle the vehicle more than 60 seconds anywhere?
  • 93949394 Posts: 67
    >I have never had a vehicle not get the estimated mileage.

    I have never had a vehicle getting (not even close) the EPA mileage in winter time.

    It is not hard to see the reason why if you have a trip computer, reset it first thing in the morning, you will see extremely poor fuel economy in the first couple miles, it will quickly improve after that. Once the car is warmed up to normal operating temperature, reset the trip computer again and you will see very close to EPA mileage as long as you are driving on bare road during non peak hours.

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  • I have a 2011 AWD Tucson and I have gotten a wide range of MPG results... highest for high driving has been 36.5, for city & Highway 24-27, for city only 20-22. One thing people forget is that a new vehicle needs to break in properly before it gets expected MPGs. Also don't expect great MPGs if you can't drive conservatively, the eco light is there to help you. Use it!
  • I drive concervatively and yes, I am using the eco light. I am not an idiot. I have even driven the 18 miles to work on the highway at 55mph (the speed limit here is 70) on cruise control, and will not get above 20.5 mpg.
    There is something wrong with my car that Hyundai has blown me off on.

    Since I first posted here, I made a 190 mile round trip and did get 22 mpg. The car was on cruise control at 65 for half of the way then on 55 once I crossed the state line. This is the highest mpg that I have gotten since I purchased my car in August. I do not get more than 240 miles per tank. I have 4800 miles on my car. From everything that I read, that "break-in period" does not really appply to today's new cars which are percision made. As I said earlier, there is something wrong with my car. Maybe not all Tucson's, but I do see many people complaining about their fuel economy in the tucson, so there is something going on. Oh and yes, I know that speed, tempurature, and road conditions affect my mileage. Again, not stupid.
  • 93949394 Posts: 67
    >From everything that I read, that "break-in period" does not really appply to today's new cars which are percision made

    agree, i've been getting consistent FE after the first 200 miles.


    22mpg for extended hwy driving is way too low, you have a lemon.

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  • I couldn't agree more! I just purchased the '11 FWD Limited a month ago & after all of the rants on different sites I have to say I'm not really freaked out by the 20-24 city & 24-29 highway I've been getting. It's based on my driving, road conditions & the weather. So far I LOVE the car. ;)
  • I bought a 2007 tucson with only 33K in Dec. I am very happy with it other than the gas milage which was supposed to range between 23-28mpg. This is a 4cylinder with out AWD and I get about 20mpg city and 23-24mpg highway. I live in Texas where winters are fairly mild but I have noticed better milage in warmer weather with other vehicles I have owned. I consider myself a conservative driver and I calculate my mpg each time I fill up usually at the same station and many times at the same pump. Obviously, Hyundai has exagerated the gas milage performance of its vehicles. Perhaps we should tell them we are dissaticefied.
  • I dunno........
    First tank through my brand new 2011 GLS AWD was 25.5MPG. This is in winter conditions here in Minnesota and combination driving.
    I'm a happy camper.
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