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2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Veloster Concept
Hyundai looks to expand its range of fuel efficient vehicles

The auto industry these days has its eyes on Hyundai. Hyundai has made great strides over the past two decades when it comes to improving its quality, reliability, and public image. Hyundai has gone from making the simply terrible Excel from the 80s to making credible luxury sedans like the Genesis and Equus today (along with a full stable of more mainstream vehicles).

Now, Hyundai is looking to make a huge leap in fuel efficiency for its vehicles according to Detroit News. Hyundai's North American CEO, John Krafcik, is looking to boost the fleet fuel efficiency average from a current level of 30.9 mpg (the industry's highest total) to a whopping 50 mpg within the next 15 years.

"We're committing today to a 50 mpg target by 2025," stated Krafcik. "We're all in. Let's go as far as we can. We don't know how to get there."

Hyundai will need to devote as much as 20 percent of its production to hybrid/plug-in hybrid vehicles and roughly 5 percent of production to electric vehicles to meet that lofty goal.

Hyundai is already well on its way to boosting fuel efficiency across the board with its mainstream vehicles. The Hyundai Sonata is among the most fuel efficient midsize family sedans available on the U.S. market with fuel economy ratings of 24/35 mpg city/highway with its standard 198 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. For those that crave more power, the 274 hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine option beats its competitors' V6 offerings in power and fuel efficiency at 22/34 mpg.

The Sonata will also be available in a hybrid variant which will achieve EPA ratings of 37 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

Next year, Hyundai is also bringing its 40 mpg Veloster which looks to upset Honda's hybrid-only CR-Z along with a subcompact Accent and compact Elantra which will both approach 40 mpg.

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RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 4:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
np - the Limited comes standard with the PZEV - although you loose 2 hp
I'd probably go with the turbo Sonata if I was in the market. We're looking at buying a used BMW and considering that Hyundai is higher up on the JD Power Dependability Study, I'm questioning whether or not that's a good idea. The main seller on the BMW is the free maintenance although maintenance on the Hyundai is probably cheap. Anyone have recent dealership experience with Hyundai?

RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2010 6:51:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the turbo variant seems like a no-brainer. You lose just 2 mpg in the city and 1 mpg on the highway but gain 74 hp. Can't go wrong there :)

As for Hyundai dealership experiences, I wish I could chime in there, but I'd hope they're improving at the rate the cars are.

RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Spuke on 8/5/2010 7:00:48 PM , Rating: 2
Wife likes the way it looks too. Hmmm. Who woulda thought? Cross shopping Bimmers and Hyundai's. Maybe I need to head down to the dealer when the turbo is released for a test drive. Big negative is the preliminary reviews say it's not sporty and that's a requirement.

RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2010 7:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you're cross shopping, the Kia Optima SX may be a better fit (same platform/powertrain options as the Sonata). The Hyundai is more geared for comfort (think Lexus) while the Optima SX is more geared for sport (think BMW).

The only thing that worries me is that Kia is farther down the list in initial quality and dependability than Hyundai. Hyundai is improving at an alarming rate, and I guess it's taking Hyundai a little longer to get Kia to that same level.

RE: Upping Fuel Economy?
By Brandon Hill on 8/5/2010 7:13:26 PM , Rating: 2
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