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Comparison of EPA and Individual Estimates of MPG for 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT With Similar Cars

Comparison of EPA and Individual Estimates of MPG for 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT With Similar Cars

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Published by Paul Schumann
In August of I bought a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT. I had previously owned a 2002 Elantra and was pleased with the reliability, quality and gas mileage that I obtained. I expected the same from my new car. The EPA mileage estimates were better for the 2013 than the 2002 and competitive with the EPA estimates from other similar manufacturers’ cars.
The first estimate I made based on miles driven and gas used was 20.9 MPG far lower than the EPA estimate of city driving on 27 MPG. The car has a built in calculation of MPG, but I failed to record that. I was disappointed because I expected the performance of this new car to be closer to the EPA estimate for city driving. I also expected it to be better than my 2002 Elantra which over the years I owned it varied between 20 and 21 MPG in the city and 30 to 35 MPG on the highway.

The data in this document indicates that the Hyudai Elantra GT systematically under performs the EPA estimates significantly.
In August of I bought a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT. I had previously owned a 2002 Elantra and was pleased with the reliability, quality and gas mileage that I obtained. I expected the same from my new car. The EPA mileage estimates were better for the 2013 than the 2002 and competitive with the EPA estimates from other similar manufacturers’ cars.
The first estimate I made based on miles driven and gas used was 20.9 MPG far lower than the EPA estimate of city driving on 27 MPG. The car has a built in calculation of MPG, but I failed to record that. I was disappointed because I expected the performance of this new car to be closer to the EPA estimate for city driving. I also expected it to be better than my 2002 Elantra which over the years I owned it varied between 20 and 21 MPG in the city and 30 to 35 MPG on the highway.

The data in this document indicates that the Hyudai Elantra GT systematically under performs the EPA estimates significantly.

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Comparison of EPA and IndividualEstimates of MPG for 2013 HyundaiElantra GT with Similar Cars
Paul SchumannIn August of I bought a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT. I had previously owned a 2002 Elantra and waspleased with the reliability, quality and gas mileage that I obtained. I expected the same from my newcar. The mileage estimates were better for the 2013 than the 2002 and competitive with the EPAestimates from other similar manufacturers
cars.The first estimate I made based on miles driven and gas used was 20.9 MPG far lower than the EPAestimate of city driving on 27 MPG. The car has a built in calculation of MPG, but I failed to record that. Iwas disappointed because I expected the performance of this new car to be closer to the EPA estimatefor city driving. I also expected it to be better than my 2002 Elantra which over the years I owned itvaried between 20 and 21 MPG in the city and 30 to 35 MPG on the highway.I complained to Hyundai on the Elantra web site and got an insulting reply that basically said that I
probably didn’t know how to drive the car to get better gas mileage.
 
I went to an EPA web site I didn’t previous know existed, 
,labeled “the official
U.S. government source for
fuel economy information”. Ironically, the response from Hyundaimentioned this web site. The web site has EPA estimates and actual individual users’ estimates of the
mileage they get in the real world. In addition to the mileage calculated, the web site asks for an
estimate of the percent of “stop &go” and “highway” driving the mileage represents.
In addition to
mileage estimates, the web site provides information on the car’s impact on the enviro
nment, safety
and basic specifications. It’s a very useful web site. And, you can compare cars side by side.
 The charts on the following pages are all created from data on this web site. I compared the HyundaiElantra GT with the following cars I thought were similar:
 
Kia Optima
 
Ford Focus
 
Mazda 3
 
Suburu Impressa
 
Honda Civic
 
Nissan Altima
 
Toyota CamryI also compared the 2013 Elantra with my 2002 Elantra.
 
2Paul Schumann,paschumann2009@gmail.com, 512.632.6586 PO Box 161475, Austin, TX 78716In these charts, where appropriate, I show second degree polynomial fits
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to the EPA and individualuse
rs’ estimates of the MPG.
 The results were enlightening. Both the Elantra GT and the Hyundai owned Kia
2
Altima consistently hadlower MPG than the EPA estimates. The difference is larger for city (high stop and go) driving anddiminishes for highway driving. While there is little data on the web site for the Ford Focus, Mazda 3,Suburu Impressa and the Toyota Camry, the results are consistent with EPA estimates. There is data forthe Nissan Altima and it indicates that the results in real use is consistent with EPA estimates. The HondaCivic data indicates higher MPG in actual use than the EPA data. The 2002 Hyundai Elantra indicates thatthe actual MPG obtained is consistent with EPA estimates and in line with my personal experience.Furthermore, when the data for the 2002 and 2013 Elantra are plotted together, there appears to be nosignificant difference even though the EPA estimates are significantly different.
Car EPA City EPA Highway EPA Average2002 Elantra
21 30 25
2013 Elantra
27 37 30
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Curve fitting is the process of constructing a curve, or mathematical function, that has the best fit to a series of data points. A second degree polynomial is represented by the equation y = a + bx + cx
2
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The Hyundai Motor Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Seoul, SouthKorea. It is the largest automobile manufacturer in South Korea, the second largest automaker in Asia after Toyotaand the world's fourth largest automaker after General Motors, Volkswagen Group, and Toyota in 2011. The groupwas formed through the purchase of 51% of South Korea's second-largest car company, Kia Motors, by HyundaiMotor Company in 1998. As of July 2, 2011, Hyundai owns 32.8% of Kia Motors. The Hyundai Kia AutomotiveGroup also refers to the group of affiliated companies interconnected by complex shareholding arrangements,with Hyundai Motor Company regarded as the de facto representative of the Group. It is the third largest SouthKorean chaebol or conglomerate after Samsung Group and LG Group.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyundai_Motor_Group 
 
3Paul Schumann,paschumann2009@gmail.com, 512.632.6586 PO Box 161475, Austin, TX 78716
15202530354045500%20%40%60%80%100%
   M   P   G
Percent Stop & Go Driving
Hyundai Elantra GT
Individual EstimatesEPAPoly. (Individual Estimates)Poly. (EPA)15202530354045500%20%40%60%80%100%
   M   P   G
Percent Stop & Go Driving
Kia Optima
Individual EstimatesEPAPoly. (Individual Estimates)Poly. (EPA)

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