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: