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GREEN | 8 out of 10
29 mpg city, 40 highway for all models
If fuel economy matters, and you're considering the 2012 Hyundai Elantra, there's no reason to go hunting around the dealership for the one vehicle that has a special package. All 2012 Elantras come with official EPA fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway. Considering that most of a vehicles lifetime carbon footprint is related to fuel use—and Hyundai is including things like aerodynamic tweaks and tall gearing on all cars, it makes the Elantra a very green model line.
There has been controversy and complaint over the Elantra's fuel-economy ratings. Many owners are finding they're unable to meet the 40-mpg highway numbers. In ordinary driving, we've noticed numbers that are in the same range as those of other vehicles in this class--about 34 mpg combined in an extended drive, exceeding the EPA Combined rating by 1 mpg. And we've seen close to the EPA highway rating in a real-world Interstate cruise.
The one major tradeoff for the diet that the Elantra was placed on, to optimize mileage, is that there's no spare tire--not even a porta-spare.
NOTE: The Elantra is one of several Hyundai vehicles found to have misstated gas-mileage ratings. A consumer group's complaints over lower real-world economy have led to an EPA check of Hyundai's self-certified numbers--which in turn has led to lowered official ratings from the original 29/40-mpg numbers. Owners can register with Hyundai to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels; more details are found at HyundaiMPGInfo.com.
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra in all forms comes with a 38-mpg highway rating.