Watchdog Doubts Hyundai Elantra's MPG Claim, Seeks EPA Re-Testing
None of us expect to get the MPG claimed by the manufacturer on our vehicles, but we all expect to come reasonably close. It seems that’s not the case with the Hyundai Elantra. Hyundai claims that the Elantra achieves 29 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway, for an average of 33 MPG. According to Consumer Watchdog, however, they’re receiving numerous complaints from consumers who are only achieving an average MPG in the mid-20s.
"Gasoline remains well above $3 a gallon and MPG is a key factor for car buyers, who expect to match the window-label MPG if they drive carefully," said Judy Dugan, research director for Consumer Watchdog. "A loss of 6 or 7 miles per gallon, a conservative average for the Elantra based on tests and complaints, adds up to real money for drivers."
The consumer organization has written the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking them to look into Hyundai’s high mileage claims. The letter noted:
"For the two most recent model years, Hyundai Motors has actively marketed its base models of the Elantra on their very high 29/40 MPG, and 33 MPG average, leaving a trail of disappointed drivers. An Edmunds online Town Hall discussion on the Elantra attracted scores of drivers who can't, no matter how hard they try, duplicate such numbers. One very public example of this was USA TODAY tech writer Jefferson Graham, whose Sept. 22 article on his new Elantra expressed his disappointment that he averaged only 22 MPG, a gap that no 'break-in' period seems likely to fill.