Automakersa fuel-savings claims can mislead | The Columbus Dispatch
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#1 Jul 10, 2011
Hyundai Elantra is the only car in its class to give 40 mpg ACROSS the board. AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES.
#2 Jul 11, 2011
The fine print and deception leveled upon consumers is unfortunate.
#3 Oct 13, 2011
The way to get advertised MPG ratings is to drive cars NOT like Americans drive cars. Why leadfooted Americans think they can turn their terribly inefficient driving techniques into golden huge MPG numbers shows their level of ego & stupidity. All you have to do is stand by a busy intersection & watch all the hard, bucking accelerations as the stoplights go green. If Americans are at point A, they have to be at point B, 10 minutes ago.
I've had my Ford Festiva(Kia body, Mazda engine) for 22 years & love its dependability & 45MPG for the the first 10 years. Replaced the timing belt at 75,000 miles & it promptly gave me 50.8 MPG while driving 11,000+ feet of up & down mountain passes.
Hyundai bought Kia & slowly improved their own quality. Tho Hyundai & Kia give 100,000 warranties, they still make money because the cars are good. My wife has a 2008 Hyundai Accent which I have driven to 42MPG while crossing 5500, 4000 & 3000 foot mountain passes. On a small 1400 foot mountain pass, her Accent turned in 45+MPG. After 50,000 miles, her Accent drives well with no squeaks, creaks or rattles.
Recently, a lady told me she drove her 2011 Elantra from Everett, Wa to Portland, Oregon & back, getting 51MPG. Driven carefully, the 2012 Elantra should easily get 45MPG on trips. Possibly, not as quiet as a Chevy Eco Cruze, & not quite the MPG, the Elantra should last longer than the Eco Cruze, which is decked out with a turbo, complicated direct fuel-injection, variable quantity oil pan, & other MPG gaining gear which is adding complexity to the Eco Cruze. Already, the newest reliability indicators show repair trips of the Eco Cruze are double that of the Elantra.
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