The best thing to do is go to www.fueleconomy.gov which has all of the new recalculated mpg figures... It matches 24 mpg for my '03 Tib.
<BLOCKQUOTE type="cite">Why does the oil filter matter so much ?
<BR><BR>Also, I'm considering taking the loss ad trading it in for a
Jeep Patriot. Any comments ?? <BR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>
<BLOCKQUOTE type="cite"> I called the dealer and I'll be
bringing it in this week, but the salesman started with the " break-in
period" . When I questioned how long till I see the rated 28 or so
highway, he didn't know. <BR></BLOCKQUOTE></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>It is rated for
19/24 with 4WD so don't expect to ever see anything more. Most cars
struggle to come within 80% to 85% of the EPS rating. After about
5000 miles on my Sonata, the MPG was up about 2 from when it was new.
<BR><BR>As for the Patriot, I rode in one for about 20 miles once.
I'd never buy one after that as it was uncomfortable and had a choppy
ride. The fellow that bought it dumped in within the first six
months he had it. <BR><BR>What you do want to do is be sure everything is
working properly. Make a note of the rpm as a given speed and
perhaps others here with the same model can compare just to be sure there
is no slippage and it is shifting properly.
<BR><BR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR></BLOCKQUOTE><FONT face=Verdana>Hyundai USA also
claims 19/24, NOT 27, that's the official EPA rating, just a rating for
comparatively purposes.<BR><BR>Also that same figure was printed in big
letters in the window sticker of the car he drove off the dealer lot, so the
OP cannot claim to be duped, unless he cannot read at all, what does not
appears to be the case.<BR><BR></BLOCKQUOTE></FONT></BODY></HTML>