When we recently reported that hyper-miler Wayne Gerdes was going to attempt to drive 1,000 miles on one tank of gasoline
in a new 2011 Hyundai Sonata
, we were unaware that the drive had actually already occurred. Gerdes and a traveling companion set out from Milwaukee, WI and made it to Riverhead, NY on Long Island on 16.07 gallons of regular unleaded. That's a total distance of 1,065.2 miles which works out to 66.285 miles per gallon. This was a regular manual transmission 2011 Sonata
– no hybrid
, no diesel
– which the EPA
rates at 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.
While the Sonata is definitely a very efficient sedan, few drivers should expect to achieve 66 mpg (or even 40) in most driving conditions. Gerdes drives with one eye always watching his Scan-Gauge II to make sure he's getting the most out of every gallon. The level of concentration required to consistently achieve these elevated numbers would be impossible for most drivers most of the time. Nonetheless, Gerdes and the Sonata have earned another big thumbs up.