I bought this car last week as a college student thinking I was going to get great gas mileage. Every review i read was great, but of course I never ran across anything about the bad MPG ratings. Well it has about 600 miles on it and it is getting about 25 average mpg and this is with about half my driving on the freeway. That is 8 under the average mpg it should be getting. Its sad, and Hyundai doesn't care, nor does the dealership at hilltop hyundai in richmond, california. All in all its a great car other than the fact it does not do what it is advertised as.
It is comfortable and looks great. Heated seats and center console is cool.
Fix the MPG problem or stop advertising the MPG is alot higher than it is.
Hyundai sent out a letter and an email stating that this model's mpg was posted incorrectly and that you can get a credit voucher for the difference. Call your dealer to inquire about the voucher if you haven't already registered for it. We've been able to get our mpg up to 38 mpg and learned that you have to wear in the engine a few months before it'll start producing the better mpg. We're in the Austin area, so we drive Toll speeds on a regular basis and this little car handles the 80-85 mph effortlessly and the ride is smooth.
Don't know why Hyundai caved on this MPG
Every test of this car on the highway, got better mpg's than the posted sticker.
If you do some looking around at the problem and get past the whiners that have no clue how to do a proper mpg test, you will find that if you pull off the freeway and gas up, set the miles to zero, drive at freeway speeds for at least a couple of hours, then pullback into a roadside station and re-fill.
Divide the number of gallons into the miles driven and I think you will be quite surprised to find you have a great number.
That's "highway" mpgs.
Now, when driving back and forth in city traffic all bets are off on what you will get with ANY car.
Stop, start, race to the next set of lights or get tail gated by some red neck in a lifted 4x4,
city bus or Kamakazi bicycle
(a major publisher did a side by side mpg test of an airport
Elantra and a demo Honda Civic over hundreds of miles of highway driving in one day, and found that BOTH got over the posted highway mpg numbers and the Hyundai
Elantra mpg beat the Civic by a cupfull)
"My four tanks of fuel for auto tranny Elantra averaged 37.6mpg"
Again, use 100% gasoline(ethanol-free).
Carefully & knowledgeably
driven with 15% city driving, last 4 tanks out of 5, each over 5 days, have been 40mpg or better..... now averaging 39+mpg.
Important: Work the automatic transmission(w/manual mode) & watch the gears you are in, to get manual transmission mpg. Learn at what speeds the auto tranny upshifts & cruise up to & at those city speeds & even slowly reduce speeds 1 to 3 mph, still holding the upper gear.
Tho it has 148 HP, Elantra only has 131ft-lbs of torque. You have to drive careful(nothing over the speed limit & slower if possible) or mpg goes down the drain......fast. Use any brand 100% gasoline(non-ethanol), which gave my last 3 cars 8%, 7%, & 5% better mpg. My four tanks of fuel for auto tranny Elantra averaged 37.6mpg.