• fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 12/3/2010 4:32am PST

    I am really confused, doesn't this stuff ever get fact checked by either the author or Hyundai.
    Go to FuelEconomy.gov. click "Find and Compare Cars" then 2011, then Hyundai. The only Elantra listed is the "Elantra Touring" which gets only 30 MPG. Guess Hyundai will need that asterisk after all.
    But I nit-pick. Honestly, I think Hyundai is doing a great job providing reasonable price vehicles with a 40 MPG highway rating. It really proves that the primary advantage of vehicles like the Prius is in the city.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 12/4/2010 4:59am PST

    @John Briggs: That's because the EPA has not yet issued ratings (or posted them on the site, not sure which) for the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra that's referred to in the article. Hyundai is just launching that car this month. The 2011 Elantra Touring (station wagon) is the single carryover model from the old line for 2011.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 12/4/2010 1:57pm PST

    @John Voelcker. Fair Enough, but won't they need an asterisk for that? "All 2011 Hyundai Elantra get 40 MPG Highway*" "*except for the touring package"

    I wouldn't pick on Hyundai, except if your marketing message is no asterisks, then perhaps you should check to see what is on the EPA website.
    Anyway, this is really a nit-pick. If Hyundai gets 40 MPG with a high volume vehicle that is awesome. If they can do it with an automatic, even more awesome.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 12/6/2010 4:24am PST

    Perhaps Toyota should respond by reporting the number of cars that they sell with more than 40 MPG in the city. For that matter, they could report the number of cars they sell with more than 50 MPG in the city. This would show Hyundai that Toyota is in a class by themselves.

  • Jeff Harris Posted: 12/17/2010 1:40pm PST

    Um, the Elantra gets great overall fuel mileage in a car that starts at about 15k brand new. The Toyota Prius is more than double that price. The Toyota Corolla which is the most direct competitor to the Elantra, gets lower fuel mileage producing less power in a car that looks dated in comparison.
    While Toyota's city mileage ratings for the Prius will be better than the Elantra, the Prius will be a distant second to the Nissan Leaf and by a long ways.
    For someone like me who does mostly freeway driving, the Elantra makes a lot of sense though I will likely opt for the Sonata 2.0T. If I did mostly city driving, I would go for the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt. Toyota has nothing that interests me in the least. If I had the money, I would be strongly considering the Leaf as a second car for in town driving.

  • Abe Posted: 12/31/2010 9:42am PST

    Great back and forth (respectfull) :).
    fueleconomy.gov still no posting of 2011 model, any idea why?

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 12/31/2010 10:19am PST

    @Abe: I suspect the 2011 Elantra best results aren't yet complete. The car is not yet on sale, I believe.