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Further impressions after a week or so with the car: Fuel economy is nice. I reset the mpg calculator last night after I got on the highway and was seeing 38 mpg for a little bit. Cruise on, eco switch on, set at 67 mph- it had settled at 35.5 mpg by the time I got home half an hour later, so the window sticker is pretty well right on the money. I?m not a hypermiler, as I prefer not to get run over, but it?s nice to see what it can do. If economy gets better when broken in and creeps up, I?ll be amazed, but that?s an interesting concept and something to look forward to. I?d be interested to find out exactly how the computer in this thing calculates average fuel economy, too. Seems like on the highway it settles in the mid 30s, but once you get off the interstate, things fall off almost immediately ? same if you pin the throttle to pass somebody in traffic, etc. I drive a mile or two to at lunch in moderate in-town traffic, and that seems to be keeping my overall mileage in the low 30s overall, by the computer. Could be that I don?t have enough miles on it yet for it to have a real average, so that?s why I?m seeing it float around. I?m going to leave it alone for a few weeks now and see what it says, and I still need to fill the tank and divide out the mileage to get my overall mpg, then compare notes between the computer and a pencil-and-paper calculation. A huge improvement from what I was getting in my old car, though, so I?m happy. I saw a couple of reviews on here where people were griping about fuel economy ? I think they must be driving primarily in town. I can see that being an issue, as I?d be annoyed too if I was seeing a 35 on the window sticker and getting 22 in town or something. But then again, if I was in town that much I?d have bought a scooter or a hybrid. I?ve gotten used to the radio interface, etc., at this point. Lots (lots!) of treble available, which is weird to me. I backed that off substantially and things sound a lot better. Bass response is good if you push it up a notch or two- dubstep, electronica, hip hop, metal all sound good in the car, and the factory speakers have a nice tight bass response. Mid control changes the sound a lot, just depending what you like. I cut mids a little usually. I don?t think I?ll be renewing the XM/Sirius subscription. It?s neat, I guess, but sound quality is terrible for something that?s a theoretically a digital source. I don?t know if there?s compression distortion, they broadcast from a crappy mp3 source, or what, but it sounds terrible, very crunchy and bad ? even after rolling the treble off. It?s kind of amazing that the car is quiet enough for me to pick up on that, come to think of it. My hearing is less than great (years in bands in my younger days) and if I can pick up on something like that, it?s definitely there. I?ve been using the Bluetooth and/or aux input to stream Pandora from my iPhone as an alternative ? if I plug up my phone sound quality is great AND the track information pops up on the screen ? plus if I hate something I can hit the thumb down and skip it or get the passenger to do it. Can?t beat that, though I am considering a Spotify mobile subscription to see if it works the same- if so, satellite radio just became completely pointless. Regular old local radio sounds just fine. Now that I have used it some, calls through the Bluetooth connection are really just OK. I can hear callers and they can hear me, but it?s not the BEST sounding thing ever, particularly over the occasional rough connection. Voice recognition dialing of the phone is completely, utterly useless so far. I haven?t been able to successfully place one single call with it. Not sure if it?s using the phone?s voice recognition (Siri) ? but I can?t see how it could be. The computer voice is the same, but my phone generally understands what I?m telling it ? not so with the car. Maybe it?s my southern drawl. Oh well. I don?t tend to place many calls while driving, and so that?s not a huge deal- it wasn?t even a feature I was shopping for. I guess it?d be nice if the add-on worked like it should, but oh well. Can?t have everything. I just signed up for my trial period with BlueLink. We?ll see if it?s useful at all. If the remote start feature works as advertised, I can see using that all the time. Not so much with turn by turn navigation and such, but I?ll test it out anyway. The data nerd in me is interested in the eco-coach feature as well as the maintenance minder features.Report it
18 month follow-up: Car's doing great. I'm at about 35k miles and haven't had any real problems to speak of. The first issue ever came up the other day when the AC refused to blow into the car- there was cold air being produced just not very much from the vents. I suspect it may have actually managed to freeze or jam up the blend door somehow so it couldn't be moved by the solenoid. In any case, I let it sit overnight and it had sorted itself out the next day and hasn't repeated. Will be keeping an eye on that, though googling for results seems to pull back a bunch of people who have had problems with the AC on various years of Hyundai products. I'm going to try to be more diligent about changing the vent from Max AC/ Recirculate to vent when I park for the day- I remember years ago that I had a car that would get all gross smelling if you didn't let the AC breathe a little every few days maybe it's related. I'm still getting about 30mpg combined with 80% highway driving, usually at about 75-80mph. If I can remember to keep it under about 80 and my foot out of it, it does a lot better. I tracked the mpg manually for months at first, until I found that the car's fuel economy calculator was reliably about 1mpg optimistic. In other words if it tells me 30.9mpg, that means 29.9 in real life. Cruise works great, AC works great, radio works great. Still on the original tires that are wearing very evenly in spite of my super-casual oh-it's-probably-time-again-I'll-get-it-soon rotation schedule. My three kids fit in the back, still lots of room for groceries and whatnot in the trunk, and I'm still happy with my purchase a year and a half in.Report it
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