You knew this was coming. Shortly after Hyundai and Kia admitted that their internal processes for calculating fuel economy were flawed, resulting in a major program to compensate drivers for lower-than-advertised mile-per-gallon numbers and the re-rating of a large percentage of the two-headed Korean automaker's vehicles, we have word of a lawsuit.

There had already been a lawsuit seeking class-action status filed in California well before the admission of inflated fuel economy claims was made. This latest suit was filed in Ohio on behalf of Molly Simons, a 2012 Kia Rio owner, and Rebecca Sanders and Jeffrey Millar, owners of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Both of these models were included in the 900,000 or so vehicles cited by the automakers as having incorrect mileage estimates.

According to Automotive News, this lawsuit seeks, in addition to covering legal fees and unspecified damages, to allow owners of affected Hyundai and Kia models in Ohio to back out of their purchase or lease agreements. Both Hyundai and Kia have so far declined to comment on the lawsuit.


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      kkarsted
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a 2009 Ford Focus that normally got 37-38 hwy and 32-33 city. When I had to replace it I went with a Kia Rio figuring that the sacrifice in power and comfort would be offset by the 40 hwy. My 2012 Rio 5 gets not 40 but 32-33 hwy and 22-23 city! That's driving the same routes in the same manner.
      Brett Padgett
      • 2 Years Ago
      As posted in another Hyundai thread: I've got a 2011 Elantra Limited. First I'll say that I'm happy with the car but the mileage numbers Hyundai lists (or now listed) are a fantasy. The best I've ever gotten according to the MPG gauge in the car is 38 highway. Some good old math skills with the calculator at the next fill-up though revealed a number of 36. So not only do I believe Hyundai inflated their EPA estimates, I also believe they have calibrated the MPG gauge in the cars to calculate better mileage than the car is actually getting. I find the city numbers to actually be closer to reality which is most of my driving anyway. Still a huge improvement over the average of 16 I used to get with my Jeep (which I also loved BTW).
      insideoutclaeys
      • 2 Years Ago
      My new Sorento got about 30 per cent less than the window sticker indicated.....now let's STICK IT TO THEM!
      jokinok1
      • 2 Years Ago
      My 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis actually gets better mileage than what was posted on the window window when I bought it new. I routinely get 28 MPG on the road.
        GasMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jokinok1
        Could it be that is because you drive your Grand Marquis like a granny?
      Da Dish
      • 2 Years Ago
      Couldn't agree more! I've had my Elantra since March 2011 and have yet to see anything close to 40 mpg! I just drove back and forth to Florida and the best I got was 31mpg! Yesterday I got a measly 20-21 mpg! My Nissan Maxima got better mileage! I won't be keeping this car much longer! Not happy with this! Back to Nissan I will go!!
      RON MILLER
      • 2 Years Ago
      you can if you only put 2 gallons of gas ,no spare tire ,over inflated tires for less drag, and on flat land .. not true driving conditions
      n.bob2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man the Hyundai supporters were in full force for the last 2 years hard... where are they now? This is pretty bad. Trust is pretty important when people are making purchases as large as what it takes to buy a car.
      SIMPLY
      • 2 Years Ago
      ALL CAR MANUFACTURING COMPANYS IN THE USA ARE DESEPTIVE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. TOYOTA LIED FOR OVER 43 YRS ABOUT SAFETY ISSUES AND SHOTTY WORKMANSHIP / COUNTERFIT PARTS UNTIL RECENTLY GETTING CAUGHT. MOST CARS ARE EXPENCIVE UNSAFE JUNK.
        warren,
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SIMPLY
        Companies. Deceptive. Shoddy. Counterfeit. Expensive.
      Tobey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sold Fords for 21 years. When we were forced into "retirement" and on a fixed income we had to downsize from 2 to 1 car. We shopped, did our homework beyond the point of exhaustion. MPG was only ONE of the factors. Our 2012 Hyundia Elantra Limited is above and beyond a better overall value than our domestic brands. Believe me I tried to sway towards Ford...but size, interior room , "bells and whistles", styling, price .,, and on and on ....AND what we got for our 2 trade ins could not be beat.. On a trip the MPG is not what's stated on the sticker, but I don't drive 55 either.....and I'm getting middle 30's with the ECO turned on. Around town I'm pleased with the 29 to 31 mpg depending on time of year.(I live in N,E,). Interesting though that when my wife drives she acheives 3-4 mpg LESS than when I drive.....she's a little "herky, jerky" on acceleration. And in recognizing their error, I am getting a Debit Card with approximately $80.00 on it for the mileage accumulated so far....and can get more each year as long as I own the car, by filing mileage reports annually. What could be fairer than that? I am 72 years old, and this may be my last automobile....and that's fine with me. I'm a firm believer in buying American, but when it just doesn't make financial sense...how can I ??? And tell me which domestic car doesn't have a huge percent of imported parts in it..... Sorry folks...have to give a "hat's off " to Hyundai on this one.....
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tobey
        After all, these cars ARE built in America by Americans - not Korea or China (looking at you GM), not Mexico (looking at you Chrysler). For those of you claiming 18MPG, really? No one believes that for a minute. You would be in fuel enrichment all the time and the cat would overheat, causing the check engine light to blink. In the end you get a car that gets its stated miles per gallon with the debit card. At least they are paying for this out of their pockets instead of the taxpayers (looking at you again GM)!
          icemilkcoffee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @m_2012
          Huh? Assembled is not the same as built? In that case most 'american' cars aren't built in america neither.
          David MacGillis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @m_2012
          Assembled is not "built" and no cars sold by GM in North America are built in China.
        Paul C. Duncan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tobey
        THIS IS A MAN THAT DOES HIS HOMEWORK!! IF DAVE VANDENBOSCH WOULD DO THE SAME,HE WOULD SEE THE LIGHT! I agree i would LOVE to buy americian but, when americian workers get paid so much more than our japanese counterparts, it just can't be done. just look @ the fit & finish between the two! Also, next time you take a drive, look @ the faded & peeling paintjobs on cars. In the end, you will see it is on MORE americian cars than jap cars.
      DAVE VANDENBOSCH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep buying the Jap scrap America !!
        Paul C. Duncan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DAVE VANDENBOSCH
        UPDATE:: pleae read Tobey's comment (just a few down) this is a man who sold fords!!!
      Mercennarius
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hyundai inflates all their figures...
      Jerry Hightower
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anybody who thinks they'll get exactly the fuel mileage stated on the window sticker are just fooling themselves. You may get less, you may get better. A lot depends on conditions and the way you drive. This is a frivoulous lawsuit brought about by stupid people and their lawyers and stupid judges. I'm sorry Hyundai/Kkia lost this lawsuit and are having to pay. I would gladly buy a Kia if they only had a small pick-em-up.
        RoyEMunson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry Hightower
        You're confused about what's going on here... Its not about getting the exact fuel mileage stated on the sticker. Its about integrity of the system itself. You think its OK for manufacturers like Hyundai and Kia to put whatever number they want on the sticker just to move more cars? The EPA sticker is there to provide a relative and ACCURATE number to compare one car to another. "This is a frivoulous lawsuit brought about by stupid people and their lawyers and stupid judges" What an Ironic statement...
        calikev05
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry Hightower
        Some bought their cars because of the huge advertising campaign where Hyundai claimed you get 40MPG without any special trim level. That represents a huge lose to competitors because of that deceitful marketing. And as stated before me, it drives down the integrity of the scale.
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