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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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Not very impressive
By Rebel44 on 11/15/2010 8:10:45 AM , Rating: 1
Still much higher fuel consumption than VW Polo Bluemotion.

RE: Not very impressive
By Brandon Hill on 11/15/2010 8:18:39 AM , Rating: 3
The Polo is:

1) a subcompact IIRC while the Elantra is a compact
2) not even available here (in the U.S.)

So not exactly a fair comparison

RE: Not very impressive
By MrTeal on 11/15/2010 9:07:28 AM , Rating: 3
And 3) Elantra MSRP is US$14k, the Polo Bluemotion is $23k

RE: Not very impressive
By Rebel44 on 11/15/2010 5:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
VW Polo Bluemotion is $19K here incl. tax.

RE: Not very impressive
By Flunk on 11/15/2010 10:35:20 AM , Rating: 2
The bluemotion also has 75HP vs 148HP on the Elantra. That would be really difficult to drive on the highway.

RE: Not very impressive
By Rebel44 on 11/15/2010 5:11:21 PM , Rating: 1
1. I only need space for 4 people + some cargo, so this is big enough for me.

2. I dont care, I live in EU.

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