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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 Reclaimer77 on 6/20/2014 3:28:55 PM , Rating: 4
But it has an "Eco" badge!! It must be good!

Seriously there's no way I could buy something named Eco-anything, or suffer a badge on my vehicle stating as such.

You can just be a regular person and appreciate saving money at the pump. But making the vehicle a sociopolitical statement, those people are disenfranchised and look elsewhere.


RE: Now lets
By Mathos on 6/21/2014 1:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean. The Eco badge means nothing to me, since I generally need a vehicle that can pull, even a small trailer. I can't complain though, managed to average, 19-20mpg on my old 97 Blazer 4wd with the 4.3 V6 in it, right till the transmission went out this last time. And that was just with upgraded plugs and wires.

One interesting thing though. The 2012 Impala my mother bought, with the newer 300hp direct injected V6. She averages around 27-29mpg daily driving, 31mpg on the highway. Pretty standard mix of country stop and go, city, and highway driving in that. And that's pretty similar to the 03 Impala she had previously, which only had a 194hp v6.

May not be great, but its fun to hear that thing growl when you need to put the accelerator down.


RE: Now lets
By Spuke on 6/21/2014 1:52:34 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
But making the vehicle a sociopolitical statement, those people are disenfranchised and look elsewhere.
I might have considered this but God I just hate these new marketing names.


RE: Now lets
By kypd275 on 6/21/2014 3:14:47 PM , Rating: 2
I couldn't care less about what car companies decide to call their trims levels etc., Eco means as much to me as SE or ES or GT whatever - ie, not a damn thing.

Only thing that matters are the numbers that actually matters, Ford can call the engine in my Focus ST Poo-Poo-Boost for all I care as long as it's still pumping out the same number.


RE: Now lets
By marvdmartian on 6/23/2014 8:13:18 AM , Rating: 2
Comparatively speaking, their badge isn't bad. A while back, I saw a Cadillac Escalade Hybrid in the gym parking lot. Let me tell you, the boys at Caddy were awfully proud of that behemoth sporting a hybrid drive train!

I think the only sides of that SUV that didn't sport some sort of "HYBRID" logo were the top, bottom and front. Back hatch, both sides (multiple times!), the dashboard and the engine all sport one.

Now that's what I'd call obnoxious badging!


RE: Now lets
By Nutzo on 6/23/2014 11:09:32 AM , Rating: 2
That's fitting since the Cadillac Escalade IS the very definition of obnoxious.


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