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This new vehicle is a gas guzzler. No two ways to put it. I keep the tank topped up on a weekly basis. A combination of city and highway driving and I know how to get good mileage.

Replacing the 1.6T and DCT was a monumental mistake. While the car is good in all other respects the fuel economy is miserable. Even CR only got 22 mpg on the FWD model, the lowest in that class, and they ranked it dead last as well.

A shame really. Such a nice car that is well designed and probably will lose a lot of sales due to the miserable gas mileage. I am getting exactly19.0 mpg with a combination of city and highway driving. I even got better mileage with a full sized Santa Fe and much better with the 2.0 Turbo.

Since my car is an AWD, I knew that the mileage would not equal the FWD. But 19.0 mpg as ridiculous. It has 2,304 miles on the clock.

The factory sticker says 21 city and 27 highway with a combined mileage of 23 mpg.

Can anyone say class action suit?

If I had to do it over I would have gotten the Santa Fe with the 2.0T and eight speed transmission.

Sticking that 2.4 in the Tucson stopped all the bellyaching by those who don't bother to read the manual and warning not to hill hold with the transmission. But it sure hurt fuel mileage.

Not exactly a happy camper. I have owned a 2016, 2017, 2018 and now this 2019 Tucson. Not exactly a novice in knowing how to drive.

When the lease expires, Hyundai will get this one back although it is perfect otherwise. But the gas mileage is totally unacceptable.

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Have to agree!!!! That is poor performance for this vehicle and does not favor it well in this category. That is too bad as I was looking to trade my Sorento V6 in for one but I get better mileage than your Ultimate.

Well it could be a lot worse. Check out the Honda Cr-v Owners Forum. Wow what a disaster with the oil dilution situation! New TSB -147 now indicates that they may have to replace camshafts in the 17 & 18's due to the poor lubrication caused by fuel getting into crankcase. Hyundai & Kia's engine problems are not the only ones plaguing the industry right now.

I see an Amish buggy for sale in todays classifieds......may I will check it out!
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Have to agree!!!! That is poor performance for this vehicle and does not favor it well in this category. That is too bad as I was looking to trade my Sorento V6 in for one but I get better mileage than your Ultimate.

Well it could be a lot worse. Check out the Honda Cr-v Owners Forum. Wow what a disaster with the oil dilution situation! New TSB -147 now indicates that they may have to replace camshafts in the 17 & 18's due to the poor lubrication caused by fuel getting into crankcase. Hyundai & Kia's engine problems are not the only ones plaguing the industry right now.

I see an Amish buggy for sale in todays classifieds......may I will check it out!
What irks me is that the whiners and crybabies couldnít take the time to read the ownerís manual. My 2018 Tucson got great fuel economy. I would have gotten another Limited but they dropped the heated steering wheel.

I never dreamed that the fuel economy would be so lousy.

If I could make a suggestion, just move to a Santa Fe Ultimate with the 2.0T and eight speed transmission. I drove the previous model with that engine and the six speed transmission and got better than 30 mpg from Fort Smith to Hot Springs. I started out with 114 miles remaining in the tank and I had 130 miles to go. I didnít want to stop so I stayed out of the turbo on the way back and made it all the way back and still had 30 miles in the tank.

I have had three Azeras and three Genesises and could get in excess of 30 miles per gallon. I had a range of about 530 miles per tank in the Azera.

I canít even see if I will get much more than 300 miles per tank in the Tucson. I brought back a Genesis R-Spec to Hot Springs about 250 miles. Had a half tank left when I got to the dealer.

I really believe that a class action lawsuit is warranted. Iím not a big fan of lawsuits but getting less than 18 mpg on my last tank is just ridiculous.

I really donít get it. I have had other Hyundaiís with a 2.4 and got quite good fuel economy. It must be a poor power to weight ratio. I canít divine another reason.

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Unfortunately, Hyundai took the most cost effective route by using the same base engine that has been found in the Kia Sportage for the last several years. It also gets fairly poor gas mileage compared to other vehicles in its class. I guess the lesson learned here is to research vehicles that are corporate cousins with similar specs before you buy. Might save you some grief in the long run.
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Unfortunately, Hyundai took the most cost effective route by using the same base engine that has been found in the Kia Sportage for the last several years. It also gets fairly poor gas mileage compared to other vehicles in its class. I guess the lesson learned here is to research vehicles that are corporate cousins with similar specs before you buy. Might save you some grief in the long run.
This is going to cost Hyundai a lot of lost sales as the word gets around. That is a management decision. This is as well thought out as the Genesis debacle. I donít drive that much anymore but honestly this is absurd.

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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.
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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.
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My dashboard mpg display reads about 6% high.
My best tank was 31mpg, flat highway 60-65mph, in July with AC running.

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My dashboard mpg display reads about 6% high.
My best tank was 31mpg, flat highway 60-65mph, in July with AC running.
That’s is good but I see it is a 2.0. Thx

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Thank you for sharing. I have a '17 Tucson Ultimate with the turbo that we love. We average 22 in town and 33 highway but our best tank is 35. And that's with ethanol in our fuel. I definitely will not be moving to the non-turbo model.

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