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I now have personal experience on the variability of the gas mileage depending on driver and conditions. My wife borrowed my Elantra GT and got about 32 mpg on a highway trip. Maybe 9 mpg less than I get on the highway. Still running on the same tank of gas, the average mpg is coming *up* with me driving it to work. My wife's trip had five people in the car, so the car was pretty heavy. One of the things that helps the Elantra GT get good mileage is its light weight. Also, my wife is more aggressive with the gas pedal and cruises faster than I do. But then, she's used to driving her Beetle, and that car's turbocharged short-stroke engine prefers being revved up, while the long-stroke Hyundai 1.8 does its best work below 2500 RPM or so.Report it
[Adding to my own review] Further to the fuel-mileage note: Motor Trend did a test where they took four drivers and stuck them in the same vehicle for the same 27-mile test route. In the Elantra GT, MT's drivers got 39.1, 38.0, 36.7, and... 31.3 mpg. That was the most variation of any of the five cars that Motor Trend was testing that time. For comparison, in the Ford Focus SFE the leadfooted driver got 37.7 vs. the 38.6 maximum among the other drivers. I've seen professional (magazine) reviews complaining that the automatic transmission's "manual" mode doesn't let the engine reach red-line. That complaint makes me scratch my head. Long-stroke engines like the Hyundai 1.8 work best at low RPMs. 3000 is probably about the highest you'd want for normal driving, but in a passing maneuver or emergency acceleration you might push a bit up past the max-torque point of 4700 RPM. But why would you want to get to the 6500 RPM red-line? There's nothing of value up there.Report it
One more note: I've found a specific performance issue. The auto transmission loves 5th gear too much. Take the car up over 32 mph to get it into 5th, then slow down to 25mph. The tranny is still in 5th. If I then open the accelerator about halfway, there is almost no action because the transmission doesn't downshift â unless I really mash the pedal down. The transmission really should be in 4th from slowing down that far, and then should drop into 3rd when I open the accelerator up. 5th gear is SUCH the wrong choice.Report it
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