07 Elantra SE Mileage

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I am exremely unhappy with the mileage I am getting on my 07 Elantra SE. I previously had an 03 Elantra GT...same job, same commute...averaged 29 MPG.
Then I got a new 05 Elantra GT...same job same commute= 28 MPG. Now I am getting 24 for the exact same commute and driving...about 60% highway the rest running around. I do about 26-27 full highway since I had the odommeter reset.I am so unhappy because I specifically bought another Elantra over the Sonata for the mileage. Car is fine otherwise, but I am truly unhappy.
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Sorry to hear about your issues. I check Consumer Reports and here is what they report about the mileage of the '07 GLS:
Overall "Very Good" mileage with 27 MPG City/Highway: 18/36 150-mile trip: 32 MPG
When you say full highway do you mean you empty your tank or nearly while while driving on the highway 100%?
I have an '06 Sonata LX V6 and I getting 28 - 31 MPG full highway.
Maybe it's the winter gas? How many miles on your car?
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On Wed, 6 Feb 2008 13:07:59 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I have about 7K on the car, so it is certainly fully broken in. I went on one long trip (all highway, multiple tankfulls) with the car and got about 31MPG, BUT that was before the odometer recall thing, so my mileage would be somewhat less now. I'm sure the winter gas is making it worse, but I guess I'll wait and see. i know if I complain they will have the dealer look at it...I will waste a day or two not having a car and only be told it is in normal range. I don't understand the difference between the 07 and the 03 and 05. I thought the 07 was supposed to be more fuel efficient. I don't always even get 300 miles on a takfull. It's more like 400 on the other two cars (my son has the 03 and my wife has the 05 now). Very sorry I did not get the Sonata which is what I really wnted, but gas was just getting very expensive at the time I was shopping. Thanks.
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Man that's a bummer seeing I get the same mileage out of my V6 Sonata.
You really should say something to the dealership when you take the car in.
Maybe HyundaiTech will have more to add.
Paul
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On Wed, 6 Feb 2008 14:40:18 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Exactly my point...I coulda shoulda just bought the Sonata. I got a good deal on the Elantra but could have gotten a very good deal on the Sonata too!
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Not much to add. I can find nothing wrong with most reasonably new vehicles I inspect for complaints of fuel economy.
Usually, I check the epa figures at fueleconomy.gov. In this case, it may be worthwhile comparing the ratings for all three years to see how they vary. I also check the user-reported figures. While these aren't as scientific as the EPA tests, they offer real world data in a variety of situations.
If the customer's reported economy seems reasonable when comparing to the figures at fueleconomy.gov, I typically just check with the scanner to be sure there are no trouble codes and that all the data looks okay. I'll also take the car on a quick test drive to make sure everything seems to be operating properly.
On cars where the reported economy is significantly less than the figures at fueleconomy.gov, I'll go to the extra step of checking toe, brake drag, and anything else I can think of. Often this will take 1.5 hours or more. Even then, I rarely find anything out of the ordinary.
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If the odometer/speedometer is off the 3% they extended the warranties by, that would bring you down to 30 MPG highway. For what it's worth, the transmission in the '07 is different from that in the '01 to '06, so that may play a role.
Also, keep in mind that the fuel tank capacity may be different between the '07 and the other two. (I didn't take the time to look this up, so it could also be the same or larger). That could account for a difference in cruising range.
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jtees4 wrote:

Hard to tell the cause from a distance, but I'll place my bet on doctored gasoline.
Matt
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If the '03 and '05 still have the same fuel economy as before, fuel additives (MTBE, ethanol, etc.) won't be the culprit. On the other hand, if they're now lower, I think you've hit on the answer.
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One additional point from Consumer Reports, they say the crusing range is 420 on the Elantra.
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hyundaitech wrote:

It seemed pretty clear that he no longer has the '03, but it isn't totally clear that he no longer has the '05, but that was my assumption.
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I still have all three in ther family. I gave my some the 03. The 05 my wife has now. They still get about the same mileage that they always did, winter or summer. On the 07 I was unhappy with the mileage way before the cold weather hit...so I'm pretty sure it's not a winter thing. I'll bet I don't top 28 all highway...in a few weeks I'll probably go away for a few days...so we'll see.
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On a recent 400 mile round trip (Detroit-Chicago) I averaged 31mpg at 75-80 going there and 34 at 55-70 (ice and snow) coming back. In warmer weather this fall averaged 33 @ 75-80 for a 600 mile round trip. Cold does knock down the mileage as does speed. 87 Elantra Ltd 4spd auto ~12k miles. jtees4 wrote:

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I'm impressed. The wife has the 05 and you have the new car. Not happening in my family.
On the 07 I was unhappy with the mileage

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i've havw 3. a 97 175,000 running strong. still averageing 34 mpg. 2 07's both averaging 32 or thereabouts. now i have gotten as low as 23 on the freeway at 70, and on the same trip as high as 40. i attributed the low to bad gas, and the high to a tail wind. i probably got closer 33 on that trip. both 07's have around 15-18,000 at the moment.
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I own the 07 Elantra SE. According to my trip computer, my current average (mostly urban and suburban driving) is 27.5. I've gotten up to 32 for highway trips. The range averages 304-314 miles with a full tank of gas (E-10). I got the odometer/speedometer re-calibrated per the recall and I saw no difference whatsoever.

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In my world, I would wait until at least Spring, if not Summer, to make final judgment on fuel economy.
This Winter is raising cane on everybody's fuel economy. Person after person that I talk to in my area says that every one of their vehicles are getting really bad fuel economy this year.
At least here, it is cold, we've had a lot of snow and ice to deal with, and a lot more things that just aren't conducive to making good fuel economy comparisons.
But I do agree with you that you probably would have been happier with the Sonata, especially with the 4.

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On Thu, 7 Feb 2008 10:13:14 -0600, "Rev. Tom Wenndt"

little snow. At this point I certainly wish I either bought the Sonata (even with the six) or just went for a Corolla. Obviously I like Hyundai since this is my third in a row...but I did have some issues with the brakes in the 05, but mostly it was a crappy dealer that made the experience bad. The 03 has always been the most solid and dependable one of the three. Well, infairness the 07 has been bullet proof except for the mileage.
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I have an '06 and have brake issues as well, but the gas mileage around town is 27-28 mpg & 35 mpg on the highway. That crappy dealer wouldn't happen to be in Valley Stream by any chance???
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On Thu, 7 Feb 2008 15:14:09 -0500, "news.east.earthlink.net"

Centereach.
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