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Want to sell it..anyone want it????
B.) lack of power or just poor planning on a potentially close pass on a two lane road? They are adequate, not a V-8 but sufficient to make most overtakes safely.
C.) did you perform a test drive on both city streets and a higher speed drive on an interstate to determine if this car met your needs? Yes, test drives are not long enough so that is why I rent cars of the type I am consider buying.
The dealer did a test by filling the vehicle and driving it 100kms and re-fueling it from the same pump, he claims to have gotten 45 mpg. This is more of an insult than a test. I like the vehicle and have 30000kms on it since Feb. 06, I just wish I could increase and average closer to what the manufacturer advertised for gas mileage.
I have make my usual speech here about "advertised" fuel economy because apparently people still don't get it.
The EPA mandates every new car, truck, SUV be tested by an outmoded test first devised in the 1970's. Every manufacturer submits a sample of every vehicle they make and the EPA subjects these to that obsolete test that simulates a city cycle...by simulate I mean they test the car on a dyno indoors and the car never actually gets driven. The highway test does have the car being driven for some short period at artificially slow speeds (I think 60 mph or a bit more) and in no way does any of this testing produce anything remotely what Mr Joe public (you and me) will actually get in use so you complain...I'm not getting what the manufacturer, by God, said I would get!! That EPA sticker says, if you care to read the fine print, these numbers are estimates and are to be used for comparison purposes with other vehicles within the same size and type i.e. small-size SUV's. And this is important..it is NOT an advertisement placed there by Hyundai (or any other manufacturer) that promises you WILL obtain the posted numbers. There are published articles by various national magazines...Consumer Reports...among others that detail how and why that little window sticker is almost totally wrong. And before I get blasted by owners who say that they regularly get as much or better than the sticker I say "good for you" and you must be living right and driving slow..
The EPA is supposedly revising the test to make the numbers more real but I didn't see a link off-hand.
The CR study just used new cars for their testing if I'm reading the article right (link) - my cars have always better mpg after they've broken in a bit.
Yes the vehicles Consumer Reports used are new cars they purchase for their normal testing BUT in other articles on how they perform their testing they always state they perform proper break-in proceedures before official testing so the cars are not "0" miles new. Their biggest concern was the "city" rating (it had the largest discrepency) but the highway rating also didn't track. And as always mileage varies depending on many variables.
Finally, yes again, the EPA itself acknowledges its own testing is outdated and also flawed (it never was very accurate) and has set out to revise the test to reflect more real world numbers. How they will fare this time remains to be seen.
well let me add my two cents in here, I just came back from holiday trip on 4th of july weekend. And I was going 80mph nad was getting 23.5 mpg when my tucson only had 1000 miles, now I am at 1500 when I got back, I agree that the window sticker mpg is an estimate on averages but it is possible to avg that, but also lots of factors play a role, like tire pressure, speed, weather conditions, road conditions. I saw my mpg plummet when climbing hills, went from 23.5 to 19.0 mpg while climbing hills. Anyone that buys an suv should not expect great mpg and I knew this when I bought the tucson, and when I shop for a vehicle I usaully subtract at least 1 mpg from what sticker states. I have found does not matter what the mpg is on a car if it does not achieve it people complain, when it is an average not a fact. my tuscon has not got more than 23.5 on highway and 19.0 mpg in city, but it is still only 1500 miles. :shades:
While I'm slightly disappointed in the mileage (a relative just bought a Santa Fe a week after we bought the Tucson and gets the same mileage), I didn't buy it for fuel economy. I bought it because I loved how it drove, how it looks, how comfortable it was, and how practical it is with all the cargo space and features. It's so much more enjoyable to drive than my old sedan.
Actually, his Santa Fe is the 3.5 L V6, so it's a bigger engine. And my Tucson is 2WD - not 4WD. I did buy it for the utility, as I stated previously. I also think it's just plain cute and fun to drive.
[i]the low to mid 20's obtained (in the summer-lower in winter) is about right for highway driving.[/i]
I'm averaging 20 mpg (haven't gotten over 20 yet) doing mixed driving. I expect it may go up in the winter when I'm not using the a/c. Everything is reversed down here in the desert; we get better mileage in the winter when it's only 60-70 degrees instead of 112+ degrees like it was yesterday.
Now I am impressed! Seriously, perhaps jvenezia could provide some details on his calculations?
So my all time best tank of 29.9 is 124.58% of 24 mpg.
The 2.0l Tucson is rated at 22/27.
So 32.3 is 119.62% of the highway EPA rating of 27 mpg.
Maybe you'll do better next time, Jvenezia. :shades:
All bets are off if Tides indeed "fixes" my math (let me guess, it should be 24% better, not 124% of), in which case I'm going to try to delete this post before the search engine spiders memorialize it for prosperity. :P
You make a really good point noting that there is significant variation from tank to tank. I've never been able to find reliable data on the spread in variation but I think it is important for people to realize that YMMV or, more correctly, your mileage WILL vary!
Anyone else keeping track of their mpg?
I have an 05 LX V6 AWD and I have a little over 16K miles on it now. Initally, I was only getting 16-18 mpg in everyday driving(hills and valleys and 2 lane roads in the Laurel Highlands of PA and maybe 21 mpg on the highway). After getting the miles on it, putting in a K&N air filter, inflating the tires to 32-34 lbs and using full synthetic oil (Pennzoil Platinum 5w-30), I am now getting 19-19.5 in everyday driving. On two recent trips of roughly 600 mile round trips, I managed to get 24 mpg while running around 75 mph on cruise and about 25% AC useage. I think that is acceptable for a vehicle like this.
I did get 20.6 mpg on my last tank though! I do mixed driving. Yay!
Depends on the dealer. My dealer doesn't stock any synthetic oil but said if I wanted to use synthetic in my Tucson, just bring in the oil and they would only charge me for the filter and a minor labor charge. I bought my synthetic oil, Pennzoil Platinum Plus 5w-30, at a local Walmart for $18 for a 5 quart jug and took it to the dealer and they kept their word. Beats having to dispose of the old oil!
One thing else that can greatly affect mileage is the wind direction. If you are driving into a 20 mph headwind your mileage will be poor. Likewise driving with a 20 mph tailwind will add to your mpg.
Brand new Tucson owner here... 2006 V6, about 1100 miles at the 3 week mark. Bought it with 310 miles already on it.
I've seen my mileage steadily increase point by point, from a starting point of 20.1 to the 22.9 I'm currently pulling. Most of that is highway driving (or, if you're familiar with the Phoenix area freeways, parking lot driving) with the air conditioner firmly fixed in the ON position for self-preservation.
LOVING the car so far. Huge step up from my trade-ins.
i average 13-18 mpg
i need help getting better mileage
the thought of owning this car for 5 more years while i pay it off and spending so much time in a gas station
i have never seen 19 mpg cant even get 300 mile tank
how do you go anywhere or take some weekend trips
this is what this car should be for
instead of enjoying my new car bought sept 3, 2006 my eye is constantly on gas consumption
what can i do do you have this problem?
The best I got was 25 with all highway driving and A/C on.
I test drove the 06 and noticed the delay in the electronic pedal so waited for the 07 and it seems to be better.
I live on the east coast of Canada and it can get pretty cold and a few things have me concerned with the potential longevity of this vehicle. When you turn the defrost on the a/c automatically comes on, well the a/c compressor really doesn't like the cold weather, makes some awful noises. Also if you put the fan on full (level 4) the fan motor really struggles so you have to back it off until the car is warmed up (but once its warm you don't want it on full anyway). The door beeper sounds terrible in the cold, doesn't make a crisp ding noise more of a doingggggg and the lcd on the cd player sometimes isn't visible.
Just went past 1,300 miles about three days ago.
When I fill her up my range reads 343 miles till empty. That number changes though depending on my driving. The faster I drive, the lower it dips; conversely, when I drive at normal speeds it goes back up.
I average 19-25 mpg in the city, depending on how fast I drive. I usually drive around 45-45 mph here in town and get on average 22-23 mpg. When I get around 60 mph it dips to 19-20 mpg
On the highways I get from 25-30, depending on the speed. Normally I'm travelling 65-75 mph at a constant speed and get on average 27-28 mpg.
I've not been on the interstate yet, so I can not account for that.
Also, it is worth noting that I always have either the A/C or the heat on, and lots of time the radio is on too.
I love my little Tucson and have been very happy with it!
I am really disappointed - I had hoped it would be a little better than this. I bought it in August and have 4500 miles on it. My brother told me in September that the mileage would get better as I drove it but it's actually getting worse.
Anybody else experiencing this.
I picked up my 2007 GLS, FWD AT January 16, 2007. I've been trying to track mpg but it I have to take into account that I have been using the autostart and running the engine for 20 minutes at a time due. The best I have gotten so far is 24 mpg. That is mostly highway driving on flat interstate with heater on constantly. I am hoping for improvement when the weather warms and I am not idling the engine for long periods.
My bigger concern was the 18 inches of snow that we had last weekend. I was stuck 3 times. It didn't take much to get me out but the traction was terribly disappointing. I had better traction in my old Grand Prix fwd. I had originally thought of buying a 4wd but thought the mpg would be better and less vehicle maintenance on fWD than 4WD. I'd like to hear opinions of others.