Shenanigans Notwithstanding, Hyundai Still Gets The Best Mileage

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

After Hyundai was caught by the EPA with the wrong fuel economy ratings on “select vehicles” (read: most of them) media outlets ( including this one) prognosticated that Hyundai would have to abdicate as king of the fuel sippers. Nothing doing, says TrueCar.

According to TrueCar’s sales-weighted rankings, Hyundai continues to put the most automobiles with the lowest fuel consumption on America’s roads – even after Hyundai and Kia had to restate their EPA window stickers, and had to give money back to customers.

Average MPGManufacturer12-Oct11-OctYoYHyundai/Kia27.126.80.3Volkswagen26.726.10.6Honda25.423.91.5Toyota24.623.70.9Nissan24.523.21.3Industry23.222.21.0Ford22.121.30.8GM21.020.40.6Chrysler20.019.40.6

On the total average, demand for low consumption vehicles lifted the average across all new cars by a full mile per gallon. Hyundai/Kia lead before Volkswagen and Honda. Interesting: All Detroit 3 are sitting not so pretty below industry average, but could lift their ratings.

Average Car MPGManufacturer12-Oct11-Oct YoYToyota30.328.61.7Honda28.927.81.1Hyundai/Kia28.928.30.6Nissan28.526.42.1Ford28.326.22.1Volkswagen27.927.40.5Industry27.625.91.7GM25.924.61.3Chrysler24.022.91.1

In just cars, Toyota leads, the Koreans are in number 3 position, Ford edges past Volkswagen. GM and Chrysler remain below average.

Average Truck MPGManufacturer12-Oct11-OctYoYHyundai/Kia23.523.6-0.1Honda22.421.01.4Volkswagen22.221.50.7Nissan19.819.60.2Ford19.619.40.2Industry19.619.30.3Toyota19.219.3-0.1GM18.718.70.0Chrysler18.218.00.2

In the truck discipline, Hyundai/Kia lead, Ford remains above industry average, Toyota is sent into the below-average penalty box, which it shares with GM and Chrysler.

Average Small Car MPGAverage Midsize Car MPGAverage Large Truck MPGManufacturer12-Oct11-OctYoY12-Oct11-OctYoY12-Oct11-OctYoYChrysler31. N/A N/A N/AMazda30.926.34.624.425.1-0.7 N/A N/A N/AMitsubishi25.425.8-0.424.324.30 N/A N/A N/ANissan32.230.61.628.425.23.214.314.30Subaru27.421.16.325.422.72.7 N/A N/A N/ASuzuki N/A N/AN/A2525.2-0.2 N/A N/A N/AToyota34.834.10.728.426.12.315.515.7-0.2Volkswagen31.330.70.629.327.91.4 N/A N/A N/AIndustry3231.20.827.425.4216.816.30.5

For the “yes, but, I’d like this to be broken down according to …” crowd, here are more breakdowns. For specialized requirements, sundry consulting companies will happily oblige after receipt of the customary obscene fee.

TrueMPGTM computes monthly average fuel economy by brand, manufacturer, origin and vehicle segments by using actual sales data or forecasted sales data for the current month. Calculations start at the trim level, taking into account EPA fuel economy data including engine size and drivetrain that affect a vehicle’s MPG ratings; the sales share from each trim level is then calculated to create an average for each model. Brand level data is calculated by the sales share of each model and the manufacturer data is then based on the share of each brand, providing an accurate and completely data driven picture of actual measured MPGs in the market place. TrueCar utilizes the EPA’s average fuel economy rating using 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving behavior.

And before I forget it: America’s most fuel-efficient cars still aren’t American. At least not by name.

Join the conversation
2 of 19 comments
  • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Nov 10, 2012

    The variances on the "Average MPG" are huge, such as " corporate average mpg across all corporate vehicles measured at what speeds on which circuits under what conditions?" I bet if you take any vehicle from any manufacturer and drive it on the open highway for 66 minutes at 85+mph before slowing down for city traffic every day, you'd blow that "Average MPG" all to hell. These mpg figures are nebulous as all hell and YMMV is the caveat here, shenanigans notwithstanding. I have never been able to match or beat the stated mpg figures on any of my vehicles, probably because my driving routine does not match any of the test criteria.

  • Jeoff Jeoff on Nov 11, 2012

    "shenanigans-notwithstanding-hyundai-still-gets-the-best-mileage?" ---this is sales weighted data. --so "shenanigans" is part of the reason that people chose to buy such a large porportion of Hyundi's small cars! If other companies lied as effectively, then they would have been able to sell more small cars, and their MPG numbers have improved.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂