Report: Hyundai, Kia Repaying Buyers for False Mileage Claims

Bye-bye 40 mpg: Hyundai and Kia are lowering the fuel economy ratings of some 900,000 vehicles due to a "procedural error" made during the Environmental Protection Agency's testing cycle. Seven different 2013 Hyundai models and different 2013 Kia models will see their ratings drop by anywhere from one to six mpg.

We've actually heard about this before: in July, a class-action lawsuit was filed in California against Hyundai for misleading customers by advertising cars' high highway mpg ratings, not the combined number, which was closer to real-world fuel-economy (and much lower than what was advertised). Now, following an official investigation by the EPA, Hyundai and Kia are adjusting fuel economy figures on the following cars: 2011 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata Hybrid; 2012 Hyundai Accent, Azera, Elantra, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, and Veloster; 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid, Rio, Sorento, Soul, and Sportage; 2013 Hyundai Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Elantra Coupe, Genesis, Santa Fe, Tucson, and Veloster; and the 2013 Kia Rio, Sorento, Soul, and Sportage.

The decrease in the fuel economy numbers varies pending on the engine, transmission, and driveline. Some of the biggest losers include the 2013 Kia Soul equipped with the 2.0-liter I-4 and automatic, now rated at 23/28 mpg city/highway (down from 26/34 mpg); the 2013 Kia Rio automatic, down from 30/40 mpg to 28/36; the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.4 with front-wheel drive is down to 21/29 mpg from 22/33 mpg; and the 2013 Hyundai Accent, which now achieves 28/37 mpg instead of 30/40 mpg.

This is a hard hit for Hyundai and Kia, as both companies (especially Hyundai) heavily advertised having numerous 40-mpg models in its lineup. As a compensation for the error, the automakers will be providing current and former owners with debit cards that cover the cost of fuel calculated by the difference in the new and old EPA combined cycles, the price of gas in the owner's area, and the amount the owner drives.

Source: Hyundai/Kia

Hyundai and Kia 2013 Model Year Fuel Economy Label Changes

Manufacturer Model Trim City FE (MPG) Highway FE (MPG)
old new change old new change
Hyundai Accent Automatic 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
Manual 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
Azera 3.3L Automatic 20 20 0 30 29 -1
Elantra 1.8 L Automatic 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Manual 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Blue Automatic 30 28 -2 40 38 -2
1.8 L GT Automatic 28 27 -1 39 37 -2
1.8 L GT Manual 27 26 -1 39 37 -2
Elantra Coupe Automatic 28 27 -1 39 37 -2
Elantra Coupe Manual 28 28 -1 40 38 -2
Genesis 5.0 L Automatic 17 17 0 26 25 -1
5.0 L R-Spec Automatic 16 16 0 25 25 0
3.8 L Automatic 19 18 -1 29 28 -1
Santa Fe 2.4 L Sport Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 26 -2
2.4 L Sport Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 33 29 -4
2.0 L Sport Automatic 4wd 20 19 -1 27 24 -3
2.0 L Sport Automatic 2wd 21 20 -1 31 27 -4
Tucson 2.4L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0L Automatic 2wd 23 22 -1 31 29 -2
2.0L Manual 2wd 20 20 0 27 26 -1
Veloster Automatic 29 28 -1 40 37 -3
Manual 28 27 -1 40 37 -3
Turbo Automatic 25 24 -2 34 31 -3
Turbo Manual 26 24 -2 38 35 -3
Kia Rio Automatic 30 28 -2 40 36 -4
Manual 30 29 -1 40 37 -3
Eco Automatic 31 30 -1 40 36 -4
Sorento 2.4 L Automatic 4wd SIDI 21 20 -1 28 26 -2
2.4 L Automatic 2wd SIDI 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
Soul 1.6 L Soul Eco 29 27 -2 36 31 -5
1.6 L Soul Automatic 27 25 -2 35 30 -5
1.6 L Soul Manual 27 25 -2 35 30 -5
2.0 L Soul Eco 27 24 -3 35 29 -6
2.0 L Soul Automatic 26 23 -3 34 28 -6
2.0 L Soul Manual 26 24 -2 34 29 -5
Sportage 2.4 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4 L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4 L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 29 28 -1
2.0 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 26 25 -1

Hyundai and Kia 2012 Model Year Fuel Economy Label Changes

Manufacturer Model Trim City FE (MPG) Highway FE (MPG)
old new change old new change
Hyundai Accent 1.8 L Automatic 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
1.8 L Manual 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
Azera 3.3L Automatic 20 20 0 29 28 -1
Elantra 1.8 L Automatic 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Manual 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
Genesis 5.0 L Automatic 17 17 0 26 25 -1
4.6 L Automatic 17 16 -1 26 25 -1
5.0 L R-Spec Automatic 16 16 0 25 25 0
3.8 L Automatic 19 18 -1 29 28 -1
Sonata Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
Tucson 2.4L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0L Automatic 2wd 23 22 -1 31 29 -2
2.0L Manual 4wd 20 20 0 27 26 -1
Veloster Automatic 29 27 -2 38 35 -3
Manual 28 27 -1 40 37 -3
Kia Optima Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
Rio Automatic 30 28 -2 40 36 -4
Manual 30 29 -1 40 37 -3
Sorento 2.4 L Automatic 4wd SIDI 21 20 -1 28 26 -2
2.4 L Automatic 2wd SIDI 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
Soul 1.6 L Soul Eco 29 26 -3 36 31 -5
1.6 L Soul Automatic 27 25 -2 35 29 -6
1.6 L Soul Manual 27 25 -2 35 30 -5
2.0 L Soul Eco 27 24 -3 35 29 -6
2.0 L Soul Automatic 26 23 -3 34 28 -6
2.0 L Soul Manual 26 24 -2 34 29 -5
Sportage 2.4 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4 L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4 L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 29 28 -1
2.0 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 26 25 -1

Hyundai and Kia 2011 Model Year Fuel Economy Label Changes

Manufacturer Model Trim City FE (MPG) Highway FE (MPG)
old new change old new change
Hyundai Elantra 1.8 L Automatic 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Manual 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
Sonata Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
Kia Elantra Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
 

 

Hyundai and Kia 2013 Model Year Fuel Economy Label Changes

Manufacturer Model Trim City FE (MPG) Highway FE (MPG)
old new change old new change
Hyundai Accent Automatic 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
Manual 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
Azera 3.3L Automatic 20 20 0 30 29 -1
Elantra 1.8 L Automatic 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Manual 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Blue Automatic 30 28 -2 40 38 -2
1.8 L GT Automatic 28 27 -1 39 37 -2
1.8 L GT Manual 27 26 -1 39 37 -2
Elantra Coupe Automatic 28 27 -1 39 37 -2
Elantra Coupe Manual 28 28 -1 40 38 -2
Genesis 5.0 L Automatic 17 17 0 26 25 -1
5.0 L R-Spec Automatic 16 16 0 25 25 0
3.8 L Automatic 19 18 -1 29 28 -1
Santa Fe 2.4 L Sport Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 26 -2
2.4 L Sport Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 33 29 -4
2.0 L Sport Automatic 4wd 20 19 -1 27 24 -3
2.0 L Sport Automatic 2wd 21 20 -1 31 27 -4
Tucson 2.4L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0L Automatic 2wd 23 22 -1 31 29 -2
2.0L Manual 2wd 20 20 0 27 26 -1
Veloster Automatic 29 28 -1 40 37 -3
Manual 28 27 -1 40 37 -3
Turbo Automatic 25 24 -2 34 31 -3
Turbo Manual 26 24 -2 38 35 -3
Kia Rio Automatic 30 28 -2 40 36 -4
Manual 30 29 -1 40 37 -3
Eco Automatic 31 30 -1 40 36 -4
Sorento 2.4 L Automatic 4wd SIDI 21 20 -1 28 26 -2
2.4 L Automatic 2wd SIDI 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
Soul 1.6 L Soul Eco 29 27 -2 36 31 -5
1.6 L Soul Automatic 27 25 -2 35 30 -5
1.6 L Soul Manual 27 25 -2 35 30 -5
2.0 L Soul Eco 27 24 -3 35 29 -6
2.0 L Soul Automatic 26 23 -3 34 28 -6
2.0 L Soul Manual 26 24 -2 34 29 -5
Sportage 2.4 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4 L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4 L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 29 28 -1
2.0 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 26 25 -1

Hyundai and Kia 2012 Model Year Fuel Economy Label Changes

Manufacturer Model Trim City FE (MPG) Highway FE (MPG)
old new change old new change
Hyundai Accent 1.8 L Automatic 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
1.8 L Manual 30 28 -2 40 37 -3
Azera 3.3L Automatic 20 20 0 29 28 -1
Elantra 1.8 L Automatic 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Manual 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
Genesis 5.0 L Automatic 17 17 0 26 25 -1
4.6 L Automatic 17 16 -1 26 25 -1
5.0 L R-Spec Automatic 16 16 0 25 25 0
3.8 L Automatic 19 18 -1 29 28 -1
Sonata Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
Tucson 2.4L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0L Automatic 2wd 23 22 -1 31 29 -2
2.0L Manual 4wd 20 20 0 27 26 -1
Veloster Automatic 29 27 -2 38 35 -3
Manual 28 27 -1 40 37 -3
Kia Optima Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
Rio Automatic 30 28 -2 40 36 -4
Manual 30 29 -1 40 37 -3
Sorento 2.4 L Automatic 4wd SIDI 21 20 -1 28 26 -2
2.4 L Automatic 2wd SIDI 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
Soul 1.6 L Soul Eco 29 26 -3 36 31 -5
1.6 L Soul Automatic 27 25 -2 35 29 -6
1.6 L Soul Manual 27 25 -2 35 30 -5
2.0 L Soul Eco 27 24 -3 35 29 -6
2.0 L Soul Automatic 26 23 -3 34 28 -6
2.0 L Soul Manual 26 24 -2 34 29 -5
Sportage 2.4 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 28 27 -1
2.4 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 32 30 -2
2.4 L Manual 4wd 20 19 -1 27 25 -2
2.4 L Manual 2wd 21 20 -1 29 27 -2
2.0 L Automatic 2wd 22 21 -1 29 28 -1
2.0 L Automatic 4wd 21 20 -1 26 25 -1

Hyundai and Kia 2011 Model Year Fuel Economy Label Changes

Manufacturer Model Trim City FE (MPG) Highway FE (MPG)
old new change old new change
Hyundai Elantra 1.8 L Automatic 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
1.8 L Manual 29 28 -1 40 38 -2
Sonata Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
Kia Elantra Hybrid 35 34 -1 40 39 -1
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