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Hyundai Tucson Real World MPG



  • bwaller78bwaller78 Posts: 23
    I cannot speak for the elantra, never driven one or ridden in one, but as far as the tucson goes, I am getting 20 mpg in city and 25-26 mpg on hwy. I know that elantra gives you more mpg, and if gas mileage is your top priority, I would go to the elantra. For myself I would rather spend 20-30 dollars more a month on gas on the tucson. The tucson is built on the elantra chassis so it rides basically the same, but a bit higher off the ground. I have over 15000 miles on my tucson and love it, plan on keeping till at least 2009. The tucson gives you added cargo area, versatilty on roads, if you live in the back 40 or in the hills. Good luck on your endeavour to the dealer :)
  • I owned the Elantra prior to this '07 Limited Edition Tucson and you will get better mileage from the Elantra because it is lighter.

    I liked the Elantra a lot but really love the Tucson.
    I'm sitting up higher and see the the road much better.
    I feel much safer with the 5 star ratings all around.

    My mileage was a steady 26 MPG @ 65 MPH highway right from the get go. I added a K&N air filter and saw an immediate increase up to 28 MPG.

    I think it is important when reporting the miles per gallon with the miles per hour.
    Going 55 WILL save you money, even if it feels like you are standing still...... :)

    All in all I love this car. Get lots of compliments on it.
  • sdesde Posts: 42
    To all,

    These posts are a little scary, re: low MPG. I'm quite intrigued by the Tucson, because I'm looking for a true compact SUV, and its competitors (CR-V, RAV4, etc) all seem to be getting bigger and bigger. I don't need that much size; I just want the higher seating position that an SUV offers.

    So I'm inclined toward a 4-cylinder Tucson, because I don't really need 6-cylinders, and I'd rather save the $ on fuel. But there are so many options that aren't available on the GLS, it's disappointing.

    Does anyone think that Hyundai might offer a 4-cylinder version of the SE or Limited at some point?

  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    For 2008 model year (generally begins in fall 07), you will be able to get a 4-cylinder Limited trim:
  • sdesde Posts: 42
    Ah, so that's where the info was! Thanks so much!

  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    One thing to consider on the 4-cylinder vs. the V6 debate is the increased maintenance cost of the V6 - any V6 for that matter. For example, although you only replace spark plugs infrequently these days, the intake plenum on the Tucson must be removed to gain access to the rear plugs on the V6. This equates to increased labor costs, and the cost of an intake plenum gasket. Also, timing belt replacement will also cost more on the V6. If you can live with the 4-cylinder, it will save you quite a bit of money in the long run.
  • sdesde Posts: 42
    Thanks for that info. I looked at the specs for the '08 4-cylinder Limited. The two main options that are unavailable (but are available on the 6-cylinder Limited) are 4WD and a moonroof.

    I'm prepared to live without 4WD (since the snow doesn't usually get terribly high where I live, and when it does, it gets plowed), but the lack of a moonroof is a bummer. Even my Corolla has a moonroof!

  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    If you are an attentive driver, and have a good feel for your vehicle, you can get better gas mileage by not using the cruise control except on very flat runs. The cruise control cannot see ahead and will do whatever it needs to maintain speed. As an example, where you may see a small long rise followed by an equally long downward slope, the cruise control sees a drop in speed and will apply throttle to maintain, followed by a speed overshoot and back out of the throttle. Which is a computer operated version of "stop and go" driving. The attentive driver will let the rise scrub off a couple of MPH, and regain it on the downslope, maintaining a steady throttle.

    On the exact same trip, in the same car, same load, same conditions, I can routinely get 3mpg improvement without the cruise. And another big improvement? Drive the speed limit, and pay attention to what is happening down the road. It amazes me the way drivers in Austin, Texas will gun it away from a light when one can clearly see that the light three blocks ahead is turning red. Stop and go will kill gas mileage.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    One thing that cruise control makes you do though is take the long view of the road.

    We Test the Tips - What Really Saves Gas? And How Much?

    The other town trick I'm sure you know about is to watch the pedestrian signals - if they start flashing, and you're familiar with them, you can get a good idea whether you need to speed up a tad to make the light or know if it's time to coast in to the red.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    "watch the pedestrian signals "

    True, but around here the smart pedestrians alway count to 5 before stepping off the curb with a green light. Those that don't are the one's you see on the news. ;)
  • I just got back from a 1000 mile trip and mostly HWY miles.
    I averaged 30 miles per gallon on one tank, and 28 miles per gallon on another tank. With some city miles in Dallas and Houston, I averaged 26.6 miles. My average speed on the HWY was 70 miles an hour. NOT BAD...better than the sticker said. I am still averaging 17-20 in the city...but not bad overall.
  • jodenjoden Posts: 2
    Sorry for missing the 36 hour deadline, I don't check this site very frequently. The first 4 times the adaptive computer was reset by the technicians using their module,I think. The last time the battery was disconnected by them to install a recall. It appears from the post here that I am the only one having this type of mileage problem or we have some hyundai management schills on the forum
  • i have a new 07 se 2.7 liter v6 with only 1200 miles on it so far/it was getting terrible mileage in the beggining.then on a trip one day i was driving 100 miles per hour after that i filled it up and now i notice that i went almost 300 miles city driving on a full tank .big difference.
  • I was just curious and couldnt find the answer anywhere but does anyone know how many miles are left until you completely run out of gas once the gas light turns on in a Hyundai Tucson 2007? Its a 2.0L thanks!!!
  • Well I have never run the tank till the light comes on but came close, was a on recent trip to california and ran it to the last line before "E" and the trip computer showed I could have gone about 56 miles, so I am pretty sure that the light comes on with about 2 gallons left, so you can reach gas station.
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    Can anyone let me know what kind of mileage they are getting on their auto v4 and v6 Tucson? I don't see much consistancy. I am looking at the 2007.
  • I have a 2007 v4, GLS FWD. I am consistently getting 23-24 mpg. This is 70% highway and 30% in town driving. Hope that helps.
  • I am enjoying my new 2007 Tucson with V6 engine/auto transmission very much but I wanted to see if I could improve mpg (although it isn't at all bad for an SUV). With 2800 miles I was getting about 20.3 mpg city when I figured out that it is extremely easy to remove the somewhat restrictive plastic air intake piping to the air filter box. I then replaced it with a 5-inch diameter $10 aluminum clothes drier vent and attached it to the round inlet with a large hose clamp. I removed the blank panel covering the hole in the driver side front bumper under the fog lights and routed the vent to this hole. Now I have a nice bumper air scoop with 5 inch vent pushing cool air without restriction into the stock air filter and the mpg has increased to about 21.3 mpg city. Next, I will replace the stock paper air filter element (when it is due) with a high efficiency model to decrease restriction even. I also need to do some highway mpg testing to see if it has helped push my 27mpg up.

    I'm sure others will want to try this inexpensive modification to get your Tucson to breath easier and I would like to hear your results as well. This same modification should work just as well on the 4 cylinder engines as well. I look forward to hearing others comments.
  • I am getting 22 mpg in the city and 30 to 32 mpg on the highway.

    May try this later....

  • I have a new 2007 V6 Tucson. I am getting approx 15 mpg city. I have tracked every tank of gas from the day i purchased and average about 200 miles per full tank. I have 1800 miles so far. This is pretty bad, I think something must be wrong.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    Any car, any brand, will not perform it's best until the engine is fully broken in. 1800 miles is not enough. Just breathe deep and wait until around 2500 miles. :)
  • ulltronulltron Posts: 10
    During the break in period, I think it is good to get some highway miles on your engine. Also, if you have a heavy foot, or drive alot in heavy traffic, mileage will drop rapidly and cold weather is also a culpret. I'm still breaking in my Tucson as well. I changed the oil at 2000 and will again at 5000, then I'll switch to synthetic and follow the 7000 mile change interval. I'm told you can pick up a 1/2 mpg improvement in addition to reducing engine wear. Never run synthetic or blend until after the engine is broken in or the rings will not seat properly and you may never get good mileage.
  • i also have a 2007 v6 awd tucson, 15mpg is standard if you do all city driving and live in a cold climate. I have 12,500miles on my tucson now so i'm past the break-in period. Winter and city driving kills the mileage on this vehicle.

    The best i've ever done in the summer is 23.5mpg when i did all highway driving on a tank. In order to get 30mpg you would have to be driving 60 miles/hour on a flat road in 68 degree weather and never fluctuate your speed and it might be possible in the v6, not sure about the 4.

    I've tracked the mileage on every tank of gas since i bought the vehicle 1 year ago. It did improve slightly after the first oil change, but more due to the warmer weather as it got close to summer.
  • ulltronulltron Posts: 10
    I think message #86 gives some realistic insight we often forget when talking mpg for any vehicle. I think this is why the new government standards for mpg reporting by the manufacturers are tougher now. When I say I get 21.3 mpg city, it is under these conditions: 2007 FWD V6 Tucson with one person no gear, little heavy throttle, flat ground (I live near the coast), average temp in the 50s – 60s, (I live in the South), air pressure high, ( I live at sea level), 80% of my driving is commuting 7 miles to work, (3 stop signs, 4 stop lights, 50 miles/hr for about 50% of the distance, ave. speed 29 mph, trip time 15 minutes. I can get 27mpg highway with two people and no gear if I do not exceed 60 mph but go higher speeds and mpg starts falling (location and temp same as above). I reset the trip computer at each gas fill (regular) and verify mpg by calculating miles divided by gallons at the pump (usually pretty close). It is fun to compare mpg with others but there are many factors to consider before you take any of this for gospel. I'm thinking the accurate average city rating for the vehicle is 15 – 22 for the FWD V6 with one person and no gear. My window sticker said 20 city, 26 highway (17 and 23 mpg city range). The same 2008 model now says 18 city, 24 highway. Be as careful comparing mpg with other models and manufacturers.
  • Thanks so much for confirming what i thought. I really thought I was crazy and people kept telling me I HAD to be getting more mpg than I was.

    I live on the East Coast so yes to cold driving, although I do garage it overnight and never drive with a cold engine. I calculate every mile and gas stop. I really do not think it's going to get much better and with gas prices the way they are I am considering trading it in already at a loss to but something better on gas.

    Thanks again for all the imput.
  • jlflemmonsjlflemmons Posts: 2,242
    You can take the exact same car and run it through several different drivers and get different fuel economy.

    A coworker complained since day one about the fuel economy of her Elantra. It is mecanically identical to mine. I get 32-34 on the highway, she gets 25-27. Combined driving I consistently get 30, she gets 22.

    I only had to ride with her one time to understand the problem. Gas, brake, gas, brake, gas, brake ...

  • jlflemmons got it right in post 89. I live in a cold climate have at most a 5 minute commute to work, all city driving so my mileage is pretty bad.

    My buddy bought an 08 tucson fwd (see my specs in post 86), but he drives all highway to work, even though he's still in the break-in period not even 5000miles yet, he gets closer to 18-20 mpg. I saw a huge jump after break-in so he may get even better mileage this time next year.

    I agree 15 mpg is pretty bad and if i had known thats what i would be looking at for mileage for 6 months of the year i would have bought something different. I've also had my fair share of problems with a 1 year old car which doesn't help.
  • I've got 11,500 miles on my loaded '06 Limited V6. I drive in urban traffic conditions 22 miles one-way to work and some limited highway weekend miles. My avg is now 19.8. Sure, I could be getting in the high 20's or even 30's BUT with a MUCH lighter vehicle that wouldn't have all the features and space of the Tucson and I really wanted 4WD. My vehicle weighs about 3,500 pounds and there's just NO WAY you can pull that much weight and do better mpg-wise.
    As far as the above posting about re-routing the cold-air intake, sounds good but you're really screwing with the computer, messing up your emissions and will probably burn your valves. I'd stick with stock and not risk voiding my warranty.
  • ulltronulltron Posts: 10
    Here is another perspective so don't trade in your Tucson yet. Let say you are getting 17mpg and drive 10,000 miles/year you will spend $1764/year on gas at $3/gallon. If you purchase a similar SUV, say the Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4 you might get 2 to 4 mpg better mileage (RAV4 is smaller, CRV has a 4 cylinder). So, let say you can get 4mpg better at 21mpg and 10,000 miles/year you will spend $1428/year on gas for a savings of $336/year. The RAV4 or CRV will cost you at least $3000 or more to purchase over the Tucson so it will take 9 years before you break even on the gas savings. If you put that $3000 in a simple investment that earned 8% a year in interrest, the earnings over 9 years would pay for the gas milage differance of 4 mpg and you would still have the $3000 left!

    Toyota is a good car, but in my mind, inferior design because you have a stupid tire hanging off the back, side opening hatch and it is smaller. I can't say anything bad about the Honda CRV except I think it is a bit ugly and they think a lot of it and charge accordingly. It is also only a 4 cylinder. Both these autos have half the warrantee and you can't beat the fold flat seats in the Tucson or the nice storage under the rear compartment lid, or the full size spare under that, or the great mp3 player, all the features and built in options and nice up-right seating position. I think that is why many of us purchased the Tucson, good value and a very comfortable and safe vehicle.
  • ulltronulltron Posts: 10
    I can understand your concern about modifying the cars intake for better performance – my wife doesn't like it either. But, I am an engineer and I like to tinker. The safest and least disruptive modification you can do to a modern gas engine is to improve its air intake. It does not have any negative effect on the computer or emissions because the computer senses the air flow increase and adjusts the fuel/air mixer and timing accordingly. Every auto manual warns you about diminishing performance with plugged air filters, I'm simply going the other way. All the automotive performance web sites sell high performance filters and assemblies from makers like K&N. Here is a link to WIKIPEDIA that tells you all about hood scoops and why they improve performance:
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