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Hyundai goes high tech to reach mainstream fuel economy numbers

Hyundai may have been burned back in 2011 for fudging the numbers when it comes to fuel economy, but the company is doing its best to show that it can still make fuel efficient vehicles with the next generation Sonata.
While the 2015 Sonata was first unveiled back in April at the New York Auto Show, the newly announced Eco model will carry the crown as the most efficient trim level for the Sonata (at least until the new hybrid variant arrives). The Sonata Eco uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 177hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Instead of going with a traditional “slush box” transmission, the engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which Hyundai says is a first in the mainstream midsize sedan market.

When the numbers are added up, the Sonata Eco will deliver 28 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. This represents a 10 percent improvement over the 2015 Sonata SE with its 2.4-liter, 185hp engine.
It should be noted that Nissan and Mazda are able to achieve similar fuel economy to the Sonata Eco with more powerful, less complex engines in the Altima and 6 respectively. Both competitors also used tried and true transmissions (a CVT for the Altima, and a 6-speed automatic for 6) instead of a more complex (and often times “jerky” at low speeds) DCT.

The 2015 Sonata Eco will have a base price of $23,275 with the only option being a $4,100 Technology Package which includes such niceties as Blind Spot Detection, Rear-cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8” navigation screen, and a hands-free auto open trunk.

Source: Hyundai

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RE: Now lets
By Flunk on 6/20/2014 10:13:34 AM , Rating: 2
If you lived in a congested city you would get fuel economy hugely worse than the rated fuel economy. Traffic makes a huge difference. This is why you don't compare EPA ratings with actual consumption.

I'm getting 25.8MPG average on a 2.0L Mazda 3, but that doesn't mean your vehicle is more fuel efficient than mine because I spend half the time sitting in traffic.

For reference, these are very good numbers the Ford Fusion 1.5L Turbo gets 25 city/37 hwy/29 combined, that's a pretty comparable car (it's very slightly more powerful and the same size class and price range).

RE: Now lets
By Nutzo on 6/23/2014 11:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
You should have considered a Hybrid. M
y Camry Hybrid is rated at 40/38 MPG, and even with 100% rush hour city driving, and a short commute I'm still getting over 36 MPG.
I've also seen as high as 50 MPG on 60+ miles highway trips, and usually average over 45 MPG on the highway if I keep the speed under 70 MPH.

RE: Now lets
By Flunk on 6/23/2014 3:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
It would also cost an additional $12,000 and drive like a slug riding a flying carpet. I'm not complaining about fuel economy, I'm giving an example of how traffic affects fuel economy.

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