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Cars and Mileage: Don’t Treat MPG Values as Absolute

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Last month, California-based Consumer Watchdog filed a lawsuit against Hyundai after one of their cars allegedly didn’t live up to the specified mpg. This raised the issue on the accuracy of fuel economy values of cars in ads and buyer’s guides. Of course, Hyundai was quick to answer the allegations, saying that the mpg values were according to standards.

It all began when Louis Bird of Sacramento, CA felt like he was tricked when his 2011 Hyundai Elantra didn’t hit 40 mpg (5.88 L/100km) as the ads said. Consumer Watchdog argued that the car didn’t achieve 40 mpg under most driving conditions. As per federal law, car companies are required to disclose any info on mpg estimates in their ads. Consumer Watchdog argued that Hyundai failed to do such a thing.

A few days after the incident, Hyundai made an official statement in response to the allegations. They argued that their mpg values were the results of tests certified by federal agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a matter of the fact, the data collected by the EPA is used by other agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Hyundai also cited the magazine Popular Mechanics and the results of its own mpg test for the Hyundai Elantra. In the test, the Elantra managed to achieve even 55 mpg (4.28 L/100km) on the highway, well above the 40-mpg figure. Many car dealers in Edmonton agree that the car had realistic mpg figures.

Nevertheless, for good measure, car dealers advise the public not to treat mpg as an accurate figure. As car makers make their mileage tests under ideal conditions, the value may vary once cars in Edmonton get on the busy streets. Instead, treat the mpg values as an estimate as to how much fuel a certain car uses. If you’ll notice, most car companies put a footnote on their mpg values, saying that they’re still prone to change.

You can read details of the press releases by Consumer Watchdog and Hyundai at the website at On the other hand, car dealers Edmonton buyers rely on suggests caution and meticulous research when in the market for a car.

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