Hyundai, Kia Admit to Overstating Gas Mileage on Most Models

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Hyundai, Kia Admit to Overstating Gas Mileage on Most Models

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have admitted to overstating fuel mileage claims on most of their models over the past three years, and are now paying back car owners for their embarrassing error.  

Both automakers will begin to retrofit their cars with new window stickers immediately, that reduce the fuel consumption ratings by up to 6 mpg depending on the vehicle model. The companies are reimbursing around 900,000 customers, for the entire lifetime that they own the vehicle. The reimbursement amount will be based on the mileage of the vehicle, and will attempt to pay back money that the owners would have saved if the fuel mileage rating was originally correct. Additionally, Hyundai and Kia will add on 15 percent  to help compensate for the inconvenience this has caused.

As an example, if you own a 2012 Kia Soul Eco that has been driven 15,000 miles, and you are paying an average of $3.90 for a liter of gasoline, the company will have to reimburse you around $285.  The reimbursement depends on the average gas price in your area, as well as the mpg adjustment, which in the case of the 2012 Kia Soul Eco, was lowered by 4 mpg combined. After the first payment is received, customers can re-visit the dealership as often as they’d like to have there mileage re-checked. They will then be compensated for the extra miles they have tacked on to the odometer.

An audit by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that the brands turned in numbers that did not match their own test results on these cars, and an investigation is now being launched into all of the automakers vehicles.

Hyundai and Kia claim that the error was unintentional, and have already issued a public apology. The brand’s will run full-page newspaper and digital ads starting this coming Sunday to inform the public of the error.

For more information on the models affected, you can visit www.kiampginfo.com, or www.hyundaimpginfo.com.

Correction Notice: The original sentence, “Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have admitted to overstating fuel mileage claims on most of their models over the past three years, and will now be forced to pay back car owners for their embarrassing error.” has been changed to read, “Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have admitted to overstating fuel mileage claims on most of their models over the past three years, and are now paying back car owners for their embarrassing error.”

And  the sentence “The companies are being forced to reimburse around 900,000 customers, for the entire lifetime that they own the vehicle” has been changed to ” The companies are reimbursing around 900,000 customers, for the entire lifetime that they own the vehicle.”

Affected Models List

Original Label F/E Revised Label F/E
Year Model Engine Transmission City Hwy

Comb

City Hwy

Comb

2011 Elantra 1.8L Automatic 29 40 33 28 38 32
1.8L Manual 29 40 33 28 38 32
Sonata HEV 2.4L Automatic 35 40 37 34 39 36
Original Label F/E Revised Label F/E
2012 Accent 1.6L Automatic 30 40 33 28 37 31
1.6L Manual 30 40 34 28 37 32
Azera 3.3L Automatic 20 29 23 20 28 23
Elantra 1.8L Automatic 29 40 33 28 38 32
1.8L Manual 29 40 33 28 38 32
Genesis 3.8L Automatic 19 29 22 18 28 22
4.6L Automatic 17 26 20 16 25 19
5.0L Automatic 17 26 20 17 25 20
5.0L R-Spec Automatic 16 25 19 16 25 18
Sonata HEV 2.4L Automatic 35 40 37 34 39 36
Tucson 2.0L Automatic 23 31 26 22 29 25
2.0L Manual 20 27 23 20 26 22
2.4L Automatic 22 32 25 21 30 25
Tucson 4WD 2.4L Automatic 21 28 23 20 27 23
Veloster 1.6L Automatic 29 38 32 27 35 30
1.6L Manual 28 40 32 27 37 31
Original Label F/E Revised Label F/E
2013 Accent 1.6L Automatic 30 40 33 28 37 31
1.6L Manual 30 40 34 28 37 32
Azera 3.3L Automatic 20 30 24 20 29 23
Elantra 1.8L Automatic 29 40 33 28 38 32
1.8L Manual 29 40 33 28 38 32
Elantra Coupe 1.8L Automatic 28 39 32 27 37 31
1.8L Manual 29 40 33 28 38 32
Elantra GT 1.8L Automatic 28 39 32 27 37 30
1.8L Manual 27 39 31 26 37 30
Genesis 3.8L Automatic 19 29 22 18 28 22
5.0L R-Spec Automatic 16 25 19 16 25 18
Santa Fe Sport 2WD 2.0L T Automatic 21 31 25 20 27 23
2.4L Automatic 22 33 26 21 29 24
Santa Fe Sport 4WD 2.0L T Automatic 20 27 22 19 24 21
2.4L Automatic 21 28 23 20 26 22
Tucson 2WD 2.0L Automatic 23 31 26 22 29 25
2.0L Manual 20 27 23 20 26 22
2.4L Automatic 22 32 25 21 30 25
Tucson 4WD 2.4L Automatic 21 28 23 20 27 23
Veloster 1.6L Automatic 29 40 33 28 37 31
1.6L T Automatic 25 34 29 24 31 28
Veloster 1.6L Manual 28 40 32 27 37 31
1.6L T Manual 26 38 30 24 35 28
  • Juliankchung13

    Which models though?

  • Stephen Elmer

    The story has been updated with links. Visit those sites to see which models are affected. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3GPYACGXEHJ2NRNHY6SG5XVNXY Sandy Kane

    my 2013 Gen Coupe v6 Track at most will get 22mpg (and thats taking it very easy and doing speed limit)  Running hard is more like 20mpg.  Window says 28.  I called BS from the very begining but then again I didn’t buy it for the gas milage.

  • Carguy

    I had a four-cylinder 2004 Elantra GT with standard shift. The fuel mileage numbers never came close to Hyundai’s fuel mileage claims and, at around 10 to 10.5 liters per 100K in fact were only about 1 litre/100K better than our extended Pontiac Montana with a six-cylinder engine. We also suffered major servicing headaches to boot. Needless to say, it was the last Hyundai we ever bought.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2T4LM3FB2MJ3XFXXORS3XI6PU chavitz chavis

    There might be a huge $$$ lawsuit against Hyundai and Kia, which might bring Hyundai down. The consumers lawyer might argue that 1)the consumers spend the :extra” money on gas and interest ; 2) through the years of ownership, consumers have been constantly suffering a great amount of the psychological confusion and frustration because no matter how hard they try, their cars can’t reach the supposed mpg; 3) if the car were not up to 40mpg, consumers would buy other brands. There will be huge dollars invloved in the case.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2T4LM3FB2MJ3XFXXORS3XI6PU chavitz chavis

    Add one more possible complaint: 4) because of certain dissatisfaction, the Hyundai car owners sold their cars after driving 2 or 3three years at about 70% of the purchase prices. Now those consumers would claim they would not have sold their cars if the cars were up to 40mpg and ask money back .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2T4LM3FB2MJ3XFXXORS3XI6PU chavitz chavis

    Furthermore, after this admition of mpg overstating, the resell price of those years Hyundai cars will go down, so who is going to pay the value loss?

  • Marty

    Can you please advise me as to whom the Atty is handleing the hyundia lawsuite and how do I contact them

  • Novak-86

    Does this effect cars worldwide or just in the US?

  • Colum Wood

    Currently both the US and Canada. It’s not clear about other markets.

  • Urgr82melord

    The way most people drive today with jack rabbit starts and speeding 10+ miles over the speed limit, you won’t ever get the stated fuel economy.  My combined city highway actual miles per gallon always is close to 33 MPG and I have a 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited.  I have easily gotten better than the 35MPG when taking a long trip.

  • Surfdabu

    They were also advertising a base model Elantra for around $14,000, how many of these have been sold in the USA ? Probably none,zip,zero. Bait and switch advertising. They will sell you there preference model for $4500.00 more. Where is our consumer protection on this scam? You have none, your message from the Government, “Pay your taxes and shut the F–K UP”

  • Lewis

    I sincerely hope Hyundai gets sued into the stone age. They belong in the sub entry-level segment where they started.

  • Cheetaonahottinroof

    You must drive something from Germany or Japan. You go boy!

  • James K

     Things definitely don’t look good for them.

  • karl4250

    What about the computer in the car that adds MPG’s to what the car is actually getting. I have check my Veloster with every full tank. The car shows 2 mpg’s higher then if you calculate manually. I have all my receipts to prove it.

  • BuyAmerican

    you get what you pay for as the old adage goes

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