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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 fvbounty on 6/20/2014 11:43:07 AM , Rating: 2
I have a 2013 Sonata Limited and I get about 17 in town, and 30 on the highway if I'm lucky and thats in eco mode.....don't trust a word they say.....


RE: Now lets
By retrospooty on 6/20/2014 11:48:54 AM , Rating: 1
But these things are highly dependent on how you drive. Are you driving with fuel efficiency in mind at all times? No fast starts, coasting as much as possible as opposed to brake, accelerate, brake accelerate.

If you are driving with fuel efficiency as a goal and getting 30 that is bad.


RE: Now lets
By marvdmartian on 6/23/2014 8:18:07 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure why you got down-rated, since your comments make perfect sense?

I had a 2009 Hyundai Sonata, with the 2.4 liter 4-banger, and typically got 23-24 combined mileage (the car was rated at 22 city/32 highway). Highway mileage was usually spot on, even with the AC running.

I have somewhat of a heavy foot, and that's likely why my mileage wasn't any better. On the highway, using cruise control, I actually got OVER the rated mileage. Go figure!


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