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,
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
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:
Toyota CamryI also compared the 2013 Elantra with my 2002 Elantra.