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Suit says Hyundai inflated gas mileage claim

Published: Wed, July 11, 2012 @ 2:42 p.m.

Suit says Hyundai inflated gas mileage claim

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawsuit says Hyundai’s Elantra vehicle doesn’t get the advertised 40 miles per gallon.

Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog joined Elantra buyer Louis Bird in the Sacramento lawsuit claiming Hyundai Motor America aggressively pitches its “40-mile-per-gallon Elantra” in advertisements without a government-mandated disclosure that the estimate is for highway driving only.

The Los Angeles Times reports Bird bought his Elantra last year, and he’s kept a mileage log showing barely 29 miles per gallon.

Hyundai defends the 40-mile-per-gallon estimate, saying it was certified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, asks for unspecified damages on behalf of California residents who bought or leased 2010 and 2011 Elantras.


1NilesOhio(986 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

It's all on how you drive. My wife gets 27mpg overall in our Cruze, yet others easily get 40-50mpg.

An interesting report was done in which someone listening to aggressive music used 20-30% more fuel than someone listening to classical music. So either the music helps the car perform better or calms down the driver (I'm thinking it's the latter.)

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2HowlandCitizen(34 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Your wife probably drives in the city mainly? I get 22 mpg highway in my Rav4 (I should get 27 mpg) I don't floor it and I don't break hard or ride people's butts. I wrote Toyota and asked for a specific sum for damages, of course they ignored my request. I have read about several other people with the same problem with the Rav4.

My lease is for 36,000 miles, so I will use 302 more gallons of gas than advertised. Assuming gas will have averaged $3.50/gallon during that span. Their false claims will cost me ~$1057.00

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3NilesOhio(986 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

HowlandCitizen - it's a mix of driving but Cruze's site says that it should get 24mpg in the city. With the way she drives, preferring stop and go traffic (don't ask me why) I think it's closer to 20mpg.

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