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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?


  • NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 � Hyundai Motor America President and CEO, John Krafcik, debuted the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine in the 2011 Sonata at the New York Auto Show today. With the addition of the all-new turbocharged engine, the new 2011 Sonata 2.0T offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency and power � with an estimated 34 mpg highway rating and 274 horsepower.
  • Hyundai Sonata Turbo
  • Hyundai Sonata Turbo
  • Hyundai Sonata Turbo
  • Hyundai Sonata Turbo
  • NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 � Hyundai Motor America President and CEO, John Krafcik, debuted the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine in the 2011 Sonata at the New York Auto Show today. With the addition of the all-new turbocharged engine, the new 2011 Sonata 2.0T offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency and power � with an estimated 34 mpg highway rating and 274 horsepower.
  • NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 � Hyundai Motor America President and CEO, John Krafcik, debuted the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine in the 2011 Sonata at the New York Auto Show today. With the addition of the all-new turbocharged engine, the new 2011 Sonata 2.0T offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency and power � with an estimated 34 mpg highway rating and 274 horsepower.
  • NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 � Hyundai Motor America President and CEO, John Krafcik, debuted the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine in the 2011 Sonata at the New York Auto Show today. With the addition of the all-new turbocharged engine, the new 2011 Sonata 2.0T offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency and power � with an estimated 34 mpg highway rating and 274 horsepower.
  • Hyundai Sonata Turbo
  • Hyundai Sonata Turbo
  • NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 � Hyundai Motor America President and CEO, John Krafcik, debuted the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine in the 2011 Sonata at the New York Auto Show today. With the addition of the all-new turbocharged engine, the new 2011 Sonata 2.0T offers an unprecedented combination of segment-leading fuel efficiency and power � with an estimated 34 mpg highway rating and 274 horsepower.

[Source: CleanMPG]




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      • 4 Years Ago
      How un-PC is it to point out that a good majority of the 'techniques' these hyper-milers employ are crap that would get most any teenager in the country grounded (or ticketed) if they were caught messing about like that while driving?
      I'm all for increased efficiency...
      But if I saw my kid doing some of this stuff it would be his last time with the car keys for a while.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hi Mike,

        Why don't you go to http://www.cleanmpg.com/ and research what you are talking about? No unsafe methods are promoted. Also, two other members simply drove "lightly" and averaged over 40 mpg. If my teens were caught doing that, I'd offer praise.

        Cheers, nf
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would submit that while it is hardly the end of the world, it is not really safe or appropriate to be constantly shifting in and out of neutral and turning the engine off/restarting it while you are cruising down the road.
        I have seen other people suggest, though not on the site your linked to, drafting vehicles in front of you. This too is not very safe.
        I've also seen people go through fairly tight turns without breaking. Again not the end of the world but also not necessarily optimal.

        Some of the recs are great - like easy acceleration and coasting to or toward a stop when possible.
        As for the shifting into neutral or keying the engine on and off while the vehicle is moving - I again assert that my kid would lose usage of the car for a while.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He completed the 1000 miles three days ago. There was enough left in the tank to go almost 1400 miles.

      http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32860
        • 4 Years Ago
        Holy smokes, that is amazing.
        Other non-hypermiling car reviewers have noticed 35-40mpg hwy with this bad boy.
        It seems to be either really underrated, or as wayne noted, the 6th gear is super tall and comes at a low RPM.

        I'm impressed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        VW Passat TDi Drivers have been doing this for a decade now. It is called the 1000 mile club at TDIclub.com

        Turbo diesel engine + big fuel tank + economical driving habits = many, many miles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The turbo and hybrid versions should be able to get even better mpg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hi Mike:

      You have not either driven a Hybrid or have not taught your young ones how to handle a situation when the engine needs to be off. I taught my than 15-year old how to do this the very first time he was behind the wheel of the Ranger w/ a stick for a number of very reasons. The Syler - Lexus incident is just one example of hundreds we know about as of late.

      While the first trip blasted one out of the park at over 68 mpg, for the trip back, I tied my hands behind my back by using basic and intermediate techniques to satisfy even the most basic of drivers… This is pretty simple stuff and “if only”, we would have no reason to be filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil at this time… I believe even you will enjoy the result as I traversed my way back from NY City into a 5 to 15 + mph headwind most of the way back…

      http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showpost.php?p=272401&postcount=142

      The 2011 Hyundai Sonata has now proven to me to be the sedan to beat in the mid-size to large car market segment. Its features for an astounding price, crash test ratings, fuel economy capability and generally over and above the norm feature content for the "base" model is astounding!

      Good Luck

      Wayne Gerdes - Owner/Admin of www.CleanMPG.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about taking the train instead?
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about... This is a trip designed to test the limits of the best midsize car available today and a train would be irrelevant.

        Glad he made it, but I'd like to see what kind of mileage it could get with the engine on for the whole trip (while moving).