Hyundai Sonata to Attempt 1,000 Miles on a Single Tank

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Hyundai is extremely proud of the new 2011 Sonata‘s fuel economy, even making it the focal point at the car’s launch event earlier this year. To see just how fuel efficient it is, Wayne Gerdes of and a hypermiling expert is going to attempt to drive 1,000 miles on a single tank of gas. His plan is to drive from Milwaukee, WI to New York City – roughly 1,000 miles.

To achieve this goal, he’ll need to squeeze over 54-mpg out of every gallon of gas in the Sonata’s 18.5 gallon tank. That’s well above the Sonata’s 35-mpg highway rating, but not an entirely unrealistic goal, based on our own experience.

Back at the Sonata launch event we achieved a third place finish in Hyundai’s fuel economy challenge, managing 46.8-mpg. The first place team were able to get an amazing 52.8-mpg.

The world record for the most miles traveled on a single tank of gas is held by the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which managed 1445 miles.

We’ll keep you updated on the result.

[Source: CleanMPG via AutoblogGreen]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Chad Chad on Jun 22, 2010

    18 gallon is positively huge for a car, that is light truck territory. Most of the cars I have driven maxed at 12-ish gallons. My wife's Patriot tops off at 12 gallons.

  • Anthony Zangara Anthony Zangara on Dec 26, 2010

    I bought a 2011 sonata gls pop package model 17 in wheels an tires we love the car I drive from pa to work in nj 100 miles 1 way if i drive 64 miles an hour the car will give me 40 mpg no b/s up an down the hills. We have put 23,000 miles on it since may.. We get alot of attention where we go everyone loves the looks..Were gonna trade it in in the spring for the turbo we test drove the turbo an love the power..I never thought I would buy a hyundai but we test drove every other car before buyin the sonata an the sonato kicked there butt,,,