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New to site - just bought a new 2013 Sonata LTD 2.4L 4 cyl. 3 weeks ago. I love the styling of this car and got all the gizmo's I was looking for. However only gased up twice now and I'm getting only 18 MPG city. I travel in traffic to work and home, but wow...this is very upsetting. The sticker says this should get 24-28 mpg. I just read the article about the company mis-stating the MPG on stickers but this model is not included in this.

Is anyone else having this problem? :(
 

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A new engine will take time to break in and once you get a few thousand miles on the engine you should see the change in fuel. Keep in mind that the 24-28mpg is highway driving and perfect conditions. If your driving in traffic and having to speed up and then hit the breaks then of course the mileage will be lower. Using the cruise control is also away to get better mileage.
 

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A new engine will take time to break in and once you get a few thousand miles on the engine you should see the change in fuel. Keep in mind that the 24-28mpg is highway driving and perfect conditions. If your driving in traffic and having to speed up and then hit the breaks then of course the mileage will be lower. Using the cruise control is also away to get better mileage.
^ Very true.

Maybe you can make your own MPG thread to track the MPG's your getting. Hopefully it will improve over time as you put more miles on it.

Another thing that will factor into your MPG is weather. In colder weather, engines have to work harder, so it's possible that in colder weather/winter you might not be getting the EPA rated MPG number.
 

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In traffic not many cars have good mileage. Their mileage claims are usually highway or combined highway and city. Traffic is another realm of terrible mileage.
 

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well, these are very good reasons, but your lack of emotion in the face of being lied to leads me to believe the excusers are company plants. way low mileage (i'm getting 18 too). no warning from sales. company caught lying. what is hyundai doing about it?
 

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well, these are very good reasons, but your lack of emotion in the face of being lied to leads me to believe the excusers are company plants. way low mileage (i'm getting 18 too). no warning from sales. company caught lying. what is hyundai doing about it?
Their giving owners back money, I think it's every year and for as long as they own the vehicle. Might want to call your dealership about it.
 

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New to site - just bought a new 2013 Sonata LTD 2.4L 4 cyl. 3 weeks ago. I love the styling of this car and got all the gizmo's I was looking for. However only gased up twice now and I'm getting only 18 MPG city. I travel in traffic to work and home, but wow...this is very upsetting. The sticker says this should get 24-28 mpg. I just read the article about the company mis-stating the MPG on stickers but this model is not included in this.

Is anyone else having this problem? :(
I too am a new 2013 Sonata SE owner, just purchased mine on 11/3. I noticed this mpg issue my first week it was reading 20 mpg but now almost 2 weeks later it is reading 24.5 mpg and rising. I have not filled my tank yet and I plan on doing my own mpg math once I do fill up to see if the car readout is accurate or not. I have not tried the ECO assist button yet either which may or may not help this issue. Will repost once I do fill up to let you know if the readout is accurate.
 

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mileage drops like a rock in traffic I get 25+ when not in traffic and stopping goes down to 18 when in heavy traffic. highway mileage is good if you stay under 70mph 38.4+
 

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mileage drops like a rock in traffic I get 25+ when not in traffic and stopping goes down to 18 when in heavy traffic. highway mileage is good if you stay under 70mph 38.4+
That's what I noticed too, these cars seem to be amazing highway cruisers but once you hit the busy city....good luck!

what is your driving style like?
 

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I am a new owner of a 2013 Sonata Limited and was hoping for better mileage. My drive is local but not heavy traffic. My first fill-up calculated out to 22.5 MPG (with the ECO switch on) I have turned it off for my second fill-up and will let you know how it goes. I also am hopeful that as the engine breaks in the mileage will go up. I only have 650 miles so far.
 

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Try resetting your MPG window so you get a new reading. I think it calculates over ALL trips and not per trip. Compare with live MPG meter.
 

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I am right where you are was wondering if the ECO switch will have any impact. My MPG was 19.9 for my first tank. I'll keep you posted.
 

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I am right where you are was wondering if the ECO switch will have any impact. My MPG was 19.9 for my first tank. I'll keep you posted.
what I find with new vehicles is that you need to go through quite a few tanks before you start seeing the MPG's its rated for
 

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We have a 2013 Sonata SE, 2.4L, that my wife drives and she's been complaining about the mileage for a long time. Just tested it on the last tank and we're getting a measly 20MPG overall. Fuelly.com database shows the average MPG for the car at 24-26, where it should be, based on a good sample of drivers. I called the service dept at the dealership and the guy blamed this mileage completely on driving habits and weather, and said there was nothing they could do since the onboard computer managed the engine. I told him the national average was 25-26 mpg and he basically said some people drive better than others. Ridiculous. Oh, he also blamed Hyundai's recent trouble from overstating mileage numbers on the EPA. So there appears to be no help for lousy mileage.
 

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New to site - just bought a new 2013 Sonata LTD 2.4L 4 cyl. 3 weeks ago. I love the styling of this car and got all the gizmo's I was looking for. However only gased up twice now and I'm getting only 18 MPG city. I travel in traffic to work and home, but wow...this is very upsetting. The sticker says this should get 24-28 mpg. I just read the article about the company mis-stating the MPG on stickers but this model is not included in this.

Is anyone else having this problem? :(
Checking back in after almost 9 months and over 7000 miles- nothing has changed. Still getting 17-18 MPG on my commute to work (bumper to bumper traffic in sunny Calif.) and the dealer says nothing is wrong. We've taken a few trips on the open hwy and it does get 28-30+ which it should. I reason I am (still) so upset about this is I traded in my 05 Toyota Avalon 6 cylinder which was getting 21-24 mpg on the same commute. I thought by switching to a 4 cylinder I would get better mileage. Bottom line...they just don't make 4 cylinders like they used to. I was swayed by the sleek design of this car which I do like, but hopefully going back to Toyota soon!
 

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Checking back in after almost 9 months and over 7000 miles- nothing has changed. Still getting 17-18 MPG on my commute to work (bumper to bumper traffic in sunny Calif.) and the dealer says nothing is wrong. Bottom line...they just don't make 4 cylinders like they used to. I was swayed by the sleek design of this car which I do like, but hopefully going back to Toyota soon!
In a way that is funny, as your I4 is putting out close to 200 HP. My Turbo Dodge Plymouth Colt put out 110. My Turbo Forrester put out 210 HP. My Sonata V6 puts out a ton of power, much stronger than the new standard Sonata. To hear they get terrible gas mileage is what has been said about many Hyundai models.
 
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