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Hyundai Veracruz Real World MPG

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  • ilitilit Posts: 71
    Mine is a SE model. It got 1,600 miles and 22 mpg from mix driving at 75 mph on freeway and in city. I'm happy!
  • ilitilit Posts: 71
    May I suggest you guys calculate the actual gas mileage instead reading off the trip gauge? I don't know how accurate the gas mileage recorded in the trip gauge.
  • bipsterbipster Posts: 5
    There's so much to like about the 'cruz and I'm v close to buying, but really need to know what I'm in for on mileage. Anyone have numbers? Thanks.
  • egrippegripp Posts: 3
    Love my Veracruz Limited in Black Diamond with Ultimate Package w/ Premium Black/Saddle Interior, fully loaded. Over 2000 miles, 60% Hwy and 40% City, 7 fillups, 21.8 mph, calculated the actual gas mileage. If I would drive half way decent, and keep the lead foot off, I can get over 23 mph.
  • albanyjetalbanyjet Posts: 9
    We've had our Limited for 2 weeks. I haven't actually calculated MPG yet, but the on-board calc. reads 19. My wife primarily drives stop and go so that seems okay. With just 250 miles on a brand new engine, shouldn't the MPG improve a bit as it breaks in?
  • egrippegripp Posts: 3
    Here is the numbers of my "3 fillup rolling average" MPG of the Veracruz. I will be waiting to see where it stops.
    I am 60% hwy and 40% city, driving 73 mph on hwy. Remember, it is your driving habits and tire air pressure. I will try the synthetic oil angle after the breakin of the engine. I am very happy with the Veracruz MPG.
  • The MPG on the Veracruz is a joke.
    Moreover, it's pretty insulting, in my mostly worthless opinion, to deliver such vehicles to the public given what we are up against with impending fuel shortages. But the buying public just proceeds on......... with their blinders apparently fully intact.
    No offense intended, but the manuf's and the public need to wake up. Times, they are a-changin.......
  • arumagearumage Posts: 922
    If you are in a situation where you need to seat 7 on a regular basis, then this or a van is the way to go (vans don't really deliver any better mileage). It's not economical to drive two vehicles given your impact on the environment would be even higher doing that. If you don't need the extra seating then then you can chalk it up to personal indulgence. Either way, your opinion is worthless because I don't think you've changed anyone's mind. ;)
  • joe131joe131 Posts: 996
    Veracruz seems like a great vehicle for a family with 3 to 6 children of varying sizes. Good for a car pooler or scout leader or team coach who helps in transporting groups too, even over uneven, muddy, wet or snowy roads, especially with the all wheel drive option and some good tires. Really good mileage for all that too, and with over 260 horsepower.
    A Sienna or Odyssey or Entourage/Sedona would be fine if it was always on pretty smooth roads.
  • carbuyer11carbuyer11 Posts: 114
    Only 520 miles on my AWD Limited. Achieved 16.2 MPG (true calculation- not trip computer) on the first fillup. A little disappointing although most of the miles were city vs. highway so I guess it's not shocking since the city rating is only 17. I'll be happy if the highway rating of 24 is realistic.
  • ultcarultcar Posts: 24
    (Purely based on the trip computer, resetting it after each refuel...) My fwd GLS was around 14-15mpg, in city only at first. After passing around 400 miles, mileage started getting better. Right now, city is about 18-19 mpg. Just took a 7-hr trip on the highway over the weekend, and highway mileage was 23-24mpg (75mph, w/air conditioning on & a bunch of cargo).
  • outbackjoutbackj Posts: 1
    Wondering if anyone has an idea as to why the new Veracruz is NOT advertised in any of the papers or on tv? I would of never know about it if I hadnt gone to the NY Auto Show.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    There is a Veracruz commercial coming to a TV set near you, if it hadn't already.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    Mixed 50/50 city / hwy driving. 18.6 mpg. Very pleased.
  • nxs138nxs138 Posts: 481
    To tell the truth, the only commercials I remember seeing on TV for the new bunch of CUVs out there is for the Mazda CX-9.

    I understand that the internet is a happening place for advertising, but I almost never glance at the ad, and if I do it's for just a few seconds. TV forces you to see it for 30 seconds.

    I have this theory that the Veracruz didn't have a "full" launch, i.e. the dealers around me only have a couple on hand, never the Limited models. So it makes sense not to waste a lot of money on advertising if you don't have the inventory...
  • mkc99phdmkc99phd Posts: 5
    I saw my first ad on hte weekend here in Canada. Hyundai is sponsoring the World Cup under 20 soccer tournament. I have to admit that the commercial didn't make me want to run out and get one. Good thing I already have one!!
  • himi1himi1 Posts: 25
    The only advertising happening since the launch of the Veracruz was the word of mouth and internet web sites such as this one! And still the sales has increased to 1500 units in June.
    When we see some TV commercials in next few months sales numbers should be even higher.
    I hope Hyundai will ship enough VCs to US till then to satisfy the demand for it.
  • scott613scott613 Posts: 14
    In mostly city driving my fwd Limited is getting about 16.5 mpg. Just did a 3600 mile road trip from South Florida to NY, NH and back and averaged 23.6 mpg doing about 75 on the interstates with AC on all the time. Max on 1 tank was 25.6 mpg. :D

    Over a total of 5k miles I'm getting 20.9 mpg - 70% highway/30% city.

    I find the trip computer to be fairly accurate, usually within .5 mpg of actual, sometimes high, sometimes low.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    The first leg of the trip was on rural roads through small towns, going between 55-60 mph. Avg. 26.0 mpg. Second leg on interstate going 65, no A/C. 25.5 mpg. Very pleased. Even better than the previous vehicle, a Chrysler T&C.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    Sorry, this was in a GLS AWD.
  • albanyjetalbanyjet Posts: 9
    WOW! We just took a 400 mile round trip this weekend. 70% highway, 30% small town/ backroads. Trip comp. read 21.7 MPG, actual was 20.4MPG. We were using A/C, but I still can't imagine the mileage you got.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    Just got done with another mini road trip with about the same mix as you're describing - 70/30 Hwy/City. Trip computer read 23.5 mpg. Now, admittedly, I've been driving very easy, trying to get good mileage. No A/C necessary. Light foot, good roads. 1 passenger, no luggage. But it can be done. I will be taking several other trips this week and will report. Next trip is all freeway, passing through one large city. I'm very curious to see what that brings.
  • goochgooch Posts: 13
    My wife averages 18.5 - 19.0 MPG every fill-up w/ typical PHX driving (75% city, 25% highway) w/ the AC always on. Right after we got the vehicle, we took a family trip - 4 passengers (but the kids can probably count as one with their combined weight) and light luggage running 75 - 80 MPH. 24.5 MPG, which I am very happy about.

    Still running strong with 2700 miles racked up so far.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    Return home trip. 149 mi. 5.6 gal used. 26.6 mpg. Trip computer showed 25.7. One passenger with me. This trip was 100% highway of which 90% was rural roads at speed limit or within 5 thereof. Needless to say, I'm extremely pleased. Today I ran the A/C and was expecting a significant drop. Tomorrow's trip is all freeway through a rush hour. Veracruz GLS AWD. And this should get better after break in? (Just passed 1K) Yikes, I can't wait.
  • arumagearumage Posts: 922
    If you notice, mjb56's speeds ranged between 55-65 mph. That's the mpg sweet spot of most vehicles.
  • mjb56mjb56 Posts: 170
    Today's leg was all freeway through Milwaukee rush hour, round trip. 25.6 mpg. Again, all at speed limits. Some stop and go but not much. Had to run the A/C today. (Too hot.) But my little "break in" experiment has proven, to me, that you can get very good mileage with this vehicle if you treat it right. Next time I might just "put the coals to her" just to see the difference. Nontheless, I'm quite surprised at this. I wasn't expecting it.
  • nrzjagonrzjago Posts: 17
    We have had our Veracruz for under a week....the tank was full when we got it....NOW it is nearing time for me to fill 'er up....

    I would like to know what fuel VC owners are using? I read the manual and the regular unleaded is high enough octane...but, should I buy the higher octane gas?

    Thanx for ANY advice.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Use what the manual recommends - engines perform best when they use the gas (octane) they were designed for. Premium may even mess up your emissions system in a car designed for regular. See What about fuel types & gas mileage? for more.

    As Shifty says around here, premium gas is not a doggy treat for your car. :shades:
  • nrzjagonrzjago Posts: 17
    We just took our first road trip in our VC (about 500 miles). Some travel was thru some small towns...hi-way speeds averaged 65-70. Our overall mileage was 19.9 mpg. Tonight it hit 1000 mark....does anybody think this will be the average mpg? or will it possibly improve? This was using a/c the entire time....

    Also, the a/c has a couple of features I would like some opinions on...first, there is the circle with an "A" (read up and it is to help keep air pollutants out)..then just the circle/arrows (recycled air)..and then just a/c with outside air flowing. Is one better than the other to improve gas mileage?

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