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Hyundai rejoins the 40-mpg club

USA Today -- Hyundai finally has a car that can claim 40 miles a gallon again.

The South Korean brand is introducing a more capable Sonata hybrid sedan with a beefier battery and other revised components that boost its gas mileage. It is projected to get 40 mpg on the highway, up by 1 mpg, over the outgoing version.

Hyundai had three models -- the Elantra compact, Accent subcompact and Veloster sporty car -- that it proudly trumpeted as being rated at 40 miles a gallon on the highway until it was slapped down by the Environmental Protection Agency last year for embellishment. The 40-mpg boast, especially coming on a high-volume model such as the Elantra, pressured competitors to try to find a way to meet the same result or beat it, resulting in a slew of special editions of compact sedans with ...


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tomok
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2013 2:16:31 AM

Hyundai rejoins the 40-mpg club by gaining 1mpg? Not very much of an mpg gain here!
The mpg needs to go up much more than that to be competitive with other much higher mpg vehicles....
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2013 5:58:29 AM

as lawsuit shows, Hunday, Kia and Ford have overblown (can we say hyperinflated) the numbers?

I get close to 40 mpg w/ a non hybrid that is driven not too often below the speed limit.
MAC48
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 9:20:49 AM

It is nice to see Hyundai succeed with a hybrid midsize sedan getting 40-mpg as opposed to the 40-mpg hybrid compacts and hybrid subcompacts that other auto manufacturers are offering with the one exception being the new midsize Ford Focus hybrid.

When one adds the very good reliability ratings of Hyundai over the last decade based on Consumer Report member surveys to a midsize Sonata hybrid sedan getting 40-mpg, you do have a winner if a midsize sedan meets one transportation needs.
ejl2000
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 6:37:56 AM

sadly these claims are so false!
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:22:14 AM

Ok
rahcat
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:10:35 AM

Old News
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:07:54 AM

old news.
jetmech568
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:07:00 AM

this could have been done in the '60s
okgasbud
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:00:56 AM

Why did it take them this long to REALLY reach 40mpg? My 2003 Corolla got 38mpg on the highway. Thanks for posting
mia3bxs
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:59:45 PM

awesome!
rjr54
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:59:01 PM

I read an article a while ago that indicated that North America has 4 cars with 50 mpg or more. And Europe has 54. The article attributed the difference to the lower gas prices in North America.
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:57:30 PM

REALLY!!! Now what is the real mpg???
kcboy
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:54:49 PM

old news
WGW1
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:52:17 PM

Work in progress.
neofinoy
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:52:04 PM

good
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:39:50 PM

Thanks for posting
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:38:36 PM

40 MPG at what cost?
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:37:29 PM

Now let's see what this does to sales figures.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:36:06 PM

Not for me?
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:34:04 PM

Great for a first car.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:32:22 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:29:39 PM

Fancy skateboard
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:28:55 PM

Probably a POS!
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:28:44 PM

Purchased Hyundai's from both of my sons and they are very happy.
falcons
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:28:20 PM

Madison Ave hype
dollarwatcher
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:27:50 PM

Up 1 MPG to hit 40? I don't think so. Marketing ploy.
Carol7777
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:27:14 PM

Hope it's an accurate claim this time.
carloco75
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:25:42 PM

Either way...this auto maker...along with just about all of the rest...is doing the bare minimum for the North American market..!
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:24:43 PM

Hate to break it to you, @toadNY but one reason why we need ethanol in our gasoline now is that the refiners are cutting corners with octane quality control. Ethanol is a cheap way to boost octane. Cut it out of gasoline, without improving refining standards, and you're lucky to get 85 octane.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:24:30 PM

I wish I owned a Hyundai!
mstearno
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:23:00 PM

gm ??
drz614
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:22:52 PM

does anyone really believe the mpg ratings on a sticker anymore?
suzmar
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:22:14 PM

Wasn't this story posted yesterday also?
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:22:06 PM

The Sonata is a large sedan, like a Camry, @carloco75. The first car that size that can get 40mpg is the new Ford Fusion hybrid.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:21:00 PM

ok
Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:16:34 PM

Okay...
Kaiyne
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:15:46 PM

My first car is a Hyundai and I love it!
carloco75
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:15:23 PM

I thought the first hybrid already would do get upto 40 mpgs...
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:14:21 PM

More options the better. Personally, don't really care for Hyundai.
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:14:21 PM

when did they fall out
snerd
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:13:24 PM

Good for them. Makes no difference to me.
REKEY
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:11:23 PM

On a downhill mile run I can beat that!
Dragnet
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:11:22 PM

But you pay a fortune
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:09:08 PM

Good car
toadNY
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:08:32 PM

Just think of what you would get milage wise if you ran 100% gas? No Milage Robbing Corn Ethanol!
theWizK
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:06:33 PM

My Saturn did that years ago... Old news.
SavALot
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:06:13 PM

great job Hyundai
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:05:58 PM

I doubt that !
Lukus
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:03:32 PM

Oh gee 40 mpg.
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:02:27 PM

You didn't look hard enough, @AKmailman. My 2007 Prius gets better than 40 mpg, in the wintertime, with the heat on, and with my stomping on the accelerator.

That's real-world fuel economy.
DEG
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:01:23 PM

Good for Hyundai.
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