Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Davidson, NC
2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Frost White Pearl FWD Leather and Tech Pack. Beige/Brown/Black Interior
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But you are NON-Turbo right?
In my 2.0T FWD I definitely get better mpg with the ECO button ON, although I concur it doesn't drive as "sporty" as it does with the ECO button off. But since I'm trying to maximize my mpg and show that even with ECO button on I can't get 23mpg in combined driving. (I get 21-22mpg with ECO on, and 19-20 with it off)
My first tank mixed rural/ suburban was 25 MPG with the ECO on. My first tank of strictly Hwy 65 mph cruise and 55 mph cruise no AC with about a 400 lb load including me was 30.7. My experience with the ECO button in the 2012 Accent I just traded in after 27500 miles in 8 months was that the car was much more pleasant to drive in town with the button off and I could match the ECO on mpg with a light foot if I wanted. On the hwy it was good for 2 mpg because it held gear on the the rolling hills rather than downshift. I was getting 48 mpg per tank with 55 cruise and no ac; much better than the factory rating. My only mods were 35 psi in the weeny tires and a K & N drop in air filter.
On those times when you need to accelerate in town to safely pass or avoid a situation, one often doesn't have time to disengage the ECO button to effect a positive change. After reading this post, I'm going to turn off the ECO on my daily commute starting today and only use it for HWY cruising; the opposite of the manual recommends.
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