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2011 Hyundai Elantra achieves 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
Hyundai continues its push for great fuel economy across the board

Even though many manufacturers are looking to hybrid vehicles to boost the fuel economy of their automotive fleets, advances in traditional internal combustion engines can also lead to increased in fuel economy. Last week, we told you about the Chevrolet Cruze Eco which achieves a healthy 28 mpg in the city and a whopping 42 mpg on the highway.

Not to be overlooked, Hyundai has announced that its all new 2011 Elantra will also reach the magic 40 mpg mark. According to Autoblog, the Elantra is powered by a brand new 1.8-liter "Nu family" engine that generated 148hp at 6,500 rpm and 131 pound-feet of torque at 4,700 rpm.

Motor Trend reports that these power figures and fuel economy are achieved using a 10.3:1 compression ratio and traditional port fuel injection. Direct injection is no doubt a feature that will be added down the road and should further improve power and fuel efficiency.

The resultant fuel economy is 29 in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Those figures are for all models of the Elantra, and not just specific trim levels like the Cruze Eco. For example, while the Cruze Eco is rated at 28/42, other trim levels are rated at 24/36.

Hyundai made the bold claim earlier this year that it wants to meet a self-imposed CAFE of 50 mpg by 2025. Vehicles like the Hyundai Sonata hybrid and new Elantra should help it inch closer towards those goals.



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Great, but how about the looks of it
By Gungel on 11/15/2010 7:37:58 AM , Rating: 2
Sure it's great news for Hyundai, but when are they going to change that god awful interior. It looks like they used 10 different designers, one for each control unit and than threw it all together.




RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/15/2010 7:46:40 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I like the exterior, but the interior is a ghastly mess.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By FITCamaro on 11/15/2010 9:54:22 AM , Rating: 2
All they did is copy the Civic and put swushier headlights on it.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By TerranMagistrate on 11/15/2010 5:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad they can't copy the Civic's level of quality.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By dougwenzel on 11/15/2010 6:51:27 PM , Rating: 4
According to the most recent JD Power IQS study, the top three Compact Cars in terms of quality are Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.


By TheDoc9 on 11/17/2010 2:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
They might be ok quality, but his comment was about copying. Plus, I owned one a decade ago and no matter how much 'better' they've gotten I'll never own another.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By Randomblame on 11/15/2010 12:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
hyundai interiors are god awful, my inlaws have a set of two 2010 accents a 2 door and 4 door and they are soooo uncomfortable. They sold us their 03 accent and I've had nothing but problems with it. However the problems are probably related to the fact that it has 250,000 miles on it and is only 7 years old! These things last a while when maintained. If only they could make the seats comfortable


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/15/2010 12:51:59 PM , Rating: 3
I actually just bought a 2011 Sonata SE 2.0T and the interior is quite pleasant.

But I don't really think you can go by Hyundai's cheapest subcompact econobox (2010 Accent) as a testament to its interior quality/design/comfort as a whole.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By FITCamaro on 11/15/2010 3:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
The commercials for that thing are some of the most ridiculous ones I've ever seen. As if a Hyundai Sonata, turbo or not, is going to be the least bit exciting. I can turbocharge my lawn mower, doesn't mean its going to be more fun to push around.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/15/2010 4:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
Are you talking about the "Turbo Face" commercial? I think it's hilarious because that's the exact same expression I had on my face when I took my car to the highway for the first time last week.

The passing power from 60 to 80 is tremendous. Just tap on the gas, and the thing just hauls ass. After all, it does have 269 lb-ft of torque available between 1800 and 4500 rpm.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By Spuke on 11/15/2010 4:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
Fit, have you driven a DI turbo 4 cyl yet? Pretty impressive. Power delivery is really smooth. There's no harshness even at idle. Now I'm going off the LNF. I would assume the Hyundai would be similar (they have more to lose at this point).


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By FITCamaro on 11/15/2010 9:15:16 PM , Rating: 3
Have driven far faster cars. I'm not saying they can't be fun to drive. Just that there's nothing exciting about a Hyundai Sonata. Anything can pull on the highway with power. Putting a turbo 4 banger in a boring car doesn't make it an exciting car. I'd be more concerned with the brakes to slow it down.

Cars like the SRT4 and Cobalt SS Turbo at least put Brembos up front to match the slow to the go and pretty tight suspension. On Hyundai's website it doesn't look like they've done anything more than throw a turbo-charged 4 banger in an otherwise boring car.


RE: Great, but how about the looks of it
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/15/2010 10:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
That's assuming that everyone else wants an "exciting" car all the time. I wanted a family car that was powerful, reasonably priced, stylish, and fuel efficient.

All that power while returning 22/33 was appealing to me along with a 5/5/10 bumper to bumper/roadside assistance/powertrain warranty. You may have different criteria and that's perfectly fine.


By Alexvrb on 11/16/2010 10:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
Fit makes a good point. Why bother with all that power, if it doesn't have the suspension, handling, and stopping upgrades to match? I'm not saying its a bad car. But if they're going to advertise it as a high performance variant, put it on a mean track and see if it is worth its salt.

Also, I don't feel that was the only thing that fit your criteria... but you're a Hyundai fan, so it's only natural to get this car. Nothing wrong with that. I do like their powertrain warranty - I wish it was transferable though, because I never buy new.


By Shlong on 11/15/2010 2:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
The Hyundai Genesis interior is very nice, I would say it's similar to a Lexus GS. The new Sonata also has a very nice interior as well.


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