Hyundai Achieves CAFE Number Early, Stands By Elantra MPG Claims

Hyundai Achieves CAFE Number Early, Stands By Elantra MPG Claims

Hyundai might still be under fire by consumers that aren’t having such stellar mpg results with their Elantra, but the Korean automaker had no problems announcing that they’ve achieved the 36-mpg corporate average fuel economy four years ahead of the US government’s rule for 2016.

Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik refuses to step down from the claim that the Elantra is able to achieve its 29/40-mpg claims in the real world, despite owners and even the media stating otherwise. Last month advocacy group Consumer Watchdog petitioned the EPA to re-test the Elantra while Hyundai has been reaching out to unhappy Elantra owners through its dealers to help educate them on their driving patterns and how to increase fuel efficiency.

“I don’t fully understand some of the accusations, but part of it is due to the fact we’re doing better in the marketplace now, and people are aware of and know Hyundai a little bit better than they did a few years ago,” he says. “Probably every car in every car maker’s lineup has people complaining about the real-world fuel economy they’re getting.”

[Source: Wards Auto]

  • Doug S

    I don’t know what the problem is with owners of the new Elantra. I own a 02 Elantra with the old claimed EPA number of 32 hiway and with 133k miles hiway is avg 33 mpg at 60 mph. This keep the reving to 2000 rpms with the 4 speed auto. My son has a 10 Elantra and is avg 37 mpg with a five speed auto and avg 65 mph again keeping reving to 2000 rpms. City drops to avg of 25 and 29 respectively. My wifes new 11 Optima SX turbo is avg combined 26.9 mpg and hiway 33 mpg with a 6 speed auto with reving under 2000 at 69 mph highway. Jumping the turbo at every stoplite gets you the mileage expected around 20. If you want great mileage and drive alot by a mid size hybrid or prius. We have a ball in our cars and keep it reving under 2000 for the best mileage.

  • Thomas

    I drove a 2012 Elantra GLS Auto for extended amount of time on highway and got 44.x MPG with Eco button on and with and without cruise in metro area on I-5. I know it is possible. You have to embrace fuel economy just like buying a Hybrid vehicle. Just go easy on the gas pedal and you will be fine.

  • angelo Milia

    February 8, 2012
    Dear Sir; I have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited and I have owned this auto since January 31, 2012. I now have 675 miles. I cant reach your EPA 29 city and 40 Higway. I just changed fro a 2010 Prius.I have driven at 55M.P.H. in cruise for 85 to 120 miles going from Maine to Boston three times and the best is 34 M.P.G.. I’m a senior citzen as well. Please contact me. I’m not happy.
    Angelo Milia