We still don't know how the whole fuel economy ratings debacle is going to play out for Hyundai and Kia, but both automakers are preparing to make good on their promises to reimburse vehicle owners for lower-than-promised mileage figures. According to Automotive News, Hyundai and Kia have set aside a combined total of $412 million ($225 million for Hyundai and $187 million for Kia) as compensation, which will be sent out on a case-by-case basis via debit cards depending on the vehicle and the mileage driven.

Announced back in November, the exaggerated miles per gallon claims affect around 900,000 Kia and Hyundai products produced for the 2011 through 2013 model years sold in the US and Canada. This whole deal has had plenty of action ranging from suspected whistleblowing from a rival US automaker and even insider trading, but it has probably been most frustrating for vehicle owners who, in most cases, saw their vehicles' city and highway ratings drop between one and three digits.


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      fulredy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mileage estimates are just that, estimates. Why Hyundai and Kia have to set aside $400+ million is beyond any common sense whatsoever. A drop of 1 and 3 mph is nothing, and it totally asinine to believe it that Hyundai and Kia profited from it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fulredy
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          scion_tc
          • 1 Year Ago
          Soul dropped 6 mpg. And Agreed, to say that Hyundai made a "mistake" is asinine.
        Luc K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fulredy
        They overstated the results by 5% and enough to get to magic 40mpg beating all of their rivals. 40mpg did get a lot of coverage and certainly some buyers were influenced by it since it beat the competition at that time. When is last time you heard a carmaker having incorrect EPA test results?
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luc K
          Luc K It might surprise you to know that nearly all car makers have some problems with the EPA tests. The EPA estimate facility admits the testing procedure is subject to so many variables, that they can only produce 'averaged' not precise findings. The EPA testing procedure has the unintentional effect of some economy Auto-makers try to obtain the highest test score, rather than real world mileage.
      John P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course all of the righteous Ricers-that\'s you Honeeda and Toyoda lovers always try to slam Hyundai and Kia, out of jealousy, whenever they can. Maybe the mileage figures were an honest mistake. After all, the Optima mileage can be duplicated in the real world.
        straferhoo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John P
        Optima is not one of the cars that had MPG revised.
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John P
        Why would Honda and Toyota fans ever be jealous of Hyundai? People slam Korean cars because they're trash, not out of jealousy.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John P
        Maybe Galileo was wrong about heliocentrism. It was probably an honest mistake!
      gzr214
      • 1 Year Ago
      cheaters never win and yes I'm Korean!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Matrix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hyundai and Kia might go out of bussines by the end of the year, same for mitsubishi.
        untitledfolder
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matrix
        You have no concept of business size, strength, or growth if you compare Hyundai/Kia to... Mitsubishi. Good lord, when was the last time Mitsu got an award for any car other than the Evo?
        Jarod Forney
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matrix
        Don't feed the trolls.
      Josh Wood
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bought an accent for commuting (40k miles/year). I've been really happy with the mileage, it's actually better than what I was getting with my CRZ. So far Hyundai has put $160.00 on the card, and it'll work out that I buy the gas for 11 months, and they buy it for the 12th. I'd buy another Hyundai, and was happy with the way they handled the situation (15%+ premium on the gas payout)
      Spiffster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sell 900,000 cars with false mileage claims. Set aside $412M ($457 dollars per car) Profit. These guys know what they are doing.
      dmpete
      • 1 Year Ago
      The reason Hyundai and Kia are setting aside money for the U.S. Market is because everyone over here wants to jump right into a lawsuit over anything. Fuel mileage is and has always been an estimate. I think these are sad times when a company any company has to set aside this kind of money for stupid lawsuits, and it really shows how far this country has fallen in such a short amount of time. Say what you want about there reliability, call them ugly. Buy what you want and make your own opinion. But, stop stupidly going after something that you have no right to.
      Carboy45
      • 1 Year Ago
      Your characterization of this situation as "owners (seeing) their mileage drop" is inaccurate. Changing the numbers on a piece of paper does not affect the actual gas mileage of their vehicle in any way. It DOES change the documentation and the expected results prior to purchase for new customers. Since gas mileage is highly affected by actions by each driver, it is hard to prove that a particular car's gas mileage is the result of poor design/performance or the driving style of the owner. I am still saving my pennies for a Hyundai Elantra, regardless of the changed numbers on the window sticker.
        RoyEMunson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carboy45
        Speaking from experience, you wont get near the revised 38 EPA number for highway. Best I could get (avg) was 31-32 while I easily beat EPA in other cars Otherwise, its a nice car. Just take it for an extended test drive and see what you get before buying... obviously you wont be eligible for the debit card.
          Ben
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          I always thought those numbers are set by EPA.
          Brian Abrigana
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          Really? I was getting 40+ MPG at 70+ MPH today on my week old Elantra coupe... This was ONLY after I reduced tire pressure to 32PSI however. Before I made this change, I couldn't reach over 32 MPG, which is strange.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet Ford execs are already penciling out the millions they\'ll have to pony up for faking the C-Max and Fusion Hybrid\'s mpg.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had my father sign up for debit card yesterday. He had been complaining about his Hyundai's mileage since he bought the car.
      jazzyhands
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's times likes these when the following maxim comes to mind: "under-promise but over-deliver." It's too bad that H/K haven't addressed the diminished resales values. Good luck to all 900K affected owners.
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