The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is already one of the most fuel efficient mid-sized sedans on the market even before the hybrid version arrives this fall. With an EPA highway mileage rating of 35 miles per gallon, the Sonata caught the attention of Wayne Gerdes, operator of CleanMPG.com. Gerdes is an expert at extracting the maximum amount of miles out of every gallon fuel and has previously achieved triple digit figures for the Toyota Prius.
The Sonata is making its way into press fleets just as Gerdes needs to make a trip to New York, and he has decided to attempt the journey on a single tank of fuel. Starting from Milwaukee, WI, the trip is 1,000 miles. To get that kind of distance out of the 18.5 gallon tank in the Hyundai, Gerdes will have to average over 54 mpg. Gerdes spent the end of last week practicing with his Scan Gauge in the Sonata before he sets out on Monday. Think he'll make it?