How long are your typical trips?
City, suburban or rural/highway cruising?
Do your trip odometers show average speed?
I'm getting not far from 19mpg making 5-10 mile trips in the city averaging ~12mph.
It does better in the warmer months.
Might also just be a tight engine.
It took my previous Toyota Matrix about 10k miles for mpg to stop rising.
Typically about 4-5 miles on short trips.
On longer drives it shows much better mpg according to the car’s computer but it doesn’t hold up when I get my tank refilled.
If I have any long trips I will have new information not currently available.
I bought a new 2013 Santa Fe and although the on-board electronics showed good mileage, overall was about 23 mpg when I traded it. I’m guessing it had the same engine at 2.4 liters.
The story I told about bringing that Santa Fe Turbo back from Fort Smith must have been getting close to 30 mpg. As I said, when I got in the car it said I had 114 miles to empty. When I got to the local dealer it still had 30 miles to empty and it is about 130 miles away.
I’ve driven the 2019 Santa Fe with the 2.0 turbo and eight speed. Although the window sticker says my Tucson should get better fuel mileage I don’t believe it. What I know for sure is that at 19 mpg it is a full 3 mpg below what the window sticker says.
I was perfectly happy with the 2018 Tucson but we also had a new Kona and we just don’t drive much being in retirement. So we traded both in.
The 2.0 engine doesn’t exactly excel either. I had a 2017 for a brief time and it got about 23 mpg. I attribute that to the power to weight ratio. It is underpowered. The 2.4 has adequate power but it is .8 larger than the 1.6 Turbo and the DCT is definitely more efficient. I just wish I had it in my 2019 Tucson. But the whiners and bellyachers won the day.
Ford had a passel of complainers who ruined the reputation of the Fiesta and Focus. I owned a 2011 Fiesta. I thought it was just fine. Had a bit of a stumble starting out. That eventually led to its demise.
It is just the American consumers are a bunch of namby pamby spoiled children who never had to drive a manual transmission. The DCT is a manual transmission that has an automated clutch. But people don’t use the brake on inclines but would rather use the transmission to hill hold and that is a clutch killer.
In a pure manual transmission any moron would know not to do that unless they enjoyed the joy of replacing a clutch. So they use the brake and gingerly ease out on the clutch to move away. If the clutch is abruptly engaged it will usually result in killing the engine. It is a matter of knowing how to drive and today’s generation of young drivers would rather text and drive rather than attending to the business of actively driving and controlling the vehicle.