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Organization claims a high number of drivers are unable to come close to mileage estimates

Most drivers know that when they buy a vehicle the estimates for fuel economy on the window stickers are just estimates. In the real world, driving the fuel economy can be much different. There has been more than the typical number of complaints about the fuel economy that Hyundai is claiming for its new Elantra.
Hyundai is claiming that the Elantra gets 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway for an combined rated of 33 mpg. The problem is that according to the higher than usual number of complaints about the efficiency of the Elantra, the real world mileage is in the mid-20 mpg range. Drivers that purchased the vehicle based in large part on the efficiency claims are understandably upset by the real world figures. 
Consumer Watchdog is asking the EPA to investigate the mileage claims for the Elantra. The letter sent to the EPA read in part:
A notable exception to this rule has caught the attention of Consumer Watchdog. 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.
Consumer Watchdog also pointed out that while automotive publication Motor Trend named the 2012 Elantra a Car of the Year contender, the fuel economy it achieved in testing was only 26.5 mpg. That number was poor enough compared to estimates for Motor Trend to mention it in the review. The consumer organization is asking the EPA to retest the Elantra and if it finds the estimates Hyundai is giving aren't accurate to impose a fine on the automaker to compensate drivers.
One of the big selling pints of the Elantra was that the 40 mpg highway claim was for the normal model of the car whereas other automakers needed special trims to hit 40 mpg. Hyundai also has the Accent with the same 40 mpg claim. Chevy has touted a version of its Cruze, the Eco, which gets 40 mpg on the highway. Ford has a special version of the Focus with a claimed 40 mpg highway rating that is called the SFE.
In October of this year, Hyundai announced that it planned to offer a plug-in hybrid to go against the Prius called the Elantra Touring

Source: Consumer Watchdog

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RE: Ford Focus
By Targon on 12/7/2011 7:28:09 AM , Rating: 2
I also have a 2012 Focus(5-door SEL), and from what I have seen, at 60MPH, you can hit 40MPG, which goes down to 33MPG at 70mph. If you find a lot of your driving is in the 32-42MPH range, that will drive your fuel economy WAY up. Testing at 35MPH and no traffic lights or stop signs will have fuel economy going up over 50MPG.

My own average is between 31 and 35MPG daily, depending on the road conditions.

One thing to consider here is that if you have a car that has a weak engine, or a diesel, you will have an easier time getting those great fuel economy numbers. The 2012 Focus(not 2011 or earlier) has a 160 horsepower engine and holds the road VERY well. I may be a LITTLE biased as an owner, but compared to what you get with most other cars in the compact class, the Focus really is a good deal. Unless you went with a Titanium and lots of features to push the price upwards of $25,000, I can't see having buyers remorse here. Not everything is about fuel economy, and the Focus is pretty close to getting the advertised fuel economy. 28/38 for the S/SE trim, 27/37 for the SEL/Titanium trim.

RE: Ford Focus
By BioHazardous on 12/7/2011 9:56:05 AM , Rating: 2
I have the Titanium with everything on it except the backup camera.

I do alright with it for fuel economy driving to and from work with that mix of in town and short distances on the highway. I get about 30-31 mpg for the around town stuff which is why it's so frustrating to only get 32 mpg on the highway. It's not very difficult to do math at the pump, miles divided by gallons.. I do it every tank.

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