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Hyundai, Kia to Offer Refunds For False Fuel Economy Claims

By Keith Buglewicz | November 02, 2012
Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia overstated fuel economy numbers for approximately 900,000 vehicles built from 2010-2012, and will offer gas refunds to owners to compensate. In addition, fuel economy numbers will be lowered for approximately 35 percent of the combined Hyundai/Kia fleet, with some models losing a significant amount off their window-sticker claims. Revised window stickers will be applied to new Kia and Hyundai vehicles in the coming days. Hyundai will retract advertising claiming it had four models getting 40 mpg or better; thanks to the downward revision, that claim is no longer true. The two Korean brands will offer customers of affected vehicles refunds based on the discrepancy and how much they drive. Dealers will check the odometer of affected vehicles, do the math, and then add 15 percent to the total; customers will get a debit card for the total amount. The card can be refilled for as long as the individual owns the car; prior owners will be reimbursed for the time they owned the vehicle. Both Hyundai and Kia are owned by the same parent company and share manufacturing, engineering, and test facilities. According to a company statement, it is the test facility that is at fault. A discrepancy between how Hyundai/Kia and the EPA conduct a certain kind of fuel economy test called "coastdown" resulted in the higher fuel economy numbers. Thanks to the audit, the manufacturers say the testing methodology has been corrected. Spokesmen for both companies expressed regret. "Given the importance of fuel efficiency to all of us, we're extremely sorry about these errors," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America in a statement. "When we say to Hyundai owners, 'We've got your back,' that's an assurance we don't take lightly. We're going to make this right for everyone, and we'll be more driven than ever to ensure our vehicles deliver outstanding fuel economy." Byung Mo Ahn, Kia's group president and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, also said in the statement: "As a customer-focused organization, we are fully committed to providing consumers with complete and accurate information, and deeply regret the errors were made. Our reimbursement program is intended to ensure that all affected Kia customers quickly receive fair compensation." If you own a Kia or Hyundai model listed below, and want more information, check out the program specifics at sites the companies have set up for Kia owners and Hyundai owners. Source: EPA, 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 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
  • 2013 Hyundai Elantra
 
15 comments
Maurice Walker
Maurice Walker

hello, when will we get the refund check i have an 08 sonta

merry190752
merry190752

I bought a 2013 Kia Optima in 2012 and recently told my sister that I was not getting the fuel mileage from the car as indicated on the sticker. I have recently rented two cars to travel out of town due to this car burns more gas than I expected.  I am not sure who fault it is, but it is wrong to misinform Americans regarding fuel mileage. Now I wish I had kept my Kia minivan which fuel mileage on it was awesome


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Sharon espinosa
Sharon espinosa

I bought a Kia Rio in 2011 when will I get a refund?

Jason Hill
Jason Hill

I bought the Veloster 6 months ago based on the fuel mileage. I am getting nowhere near the mileage advertised. I feel like I bought into a bait and switch deal and I want out. What process do I need to follow to return the vehicle?

john riegel
john riegel

how do i get my refund? i own a 2102 kia sportage

John & Judith Zegarski
John & Judith Zegarski

We own a 2010 Sorento V-6 AWD and gas mileage Stinks...... We don't get what they said we should get. We should get a refund... Give it to all KIA AND HYundai owners not just tahe given few......

Boonie Farme
Boonie Farme

I own a 2006 Kia sorenta, it has never gotten the fuel milage that it was suppose to get..The best it has ever gotten on the hyw was 18.75...It has been check several time...Please let me know it I would get any rebate on this at all???

johnny.
johnny.

Owned 2010, Hyundai, elantra. Will I get a refund.

agnes hanus
agnes hanus

I own 2010 hyundai accent (standard). Will I get a refund?

Carl Arthur
Carl Arthur

I had a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, but traded it in for my 2012 Hyundai Azera. Will I recieve a refund for the Hyundai Sonata as well for I owned it for 2.3 years

Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown

Kia updated the engine options for 2012. Any Soul before that will meet its EPA numbers.

Judy Oliver
Judy Oliver

I'm considering a used 2010 Soul. Is there a change in mileage expectations for those as well, or can I expect 30 highway as originally reported on sticker?

Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown

This only affects some 2011, 2012, and 2013 model year vehicles, as stated above.

Almina Kinnaird
Almina Kinnaird

I own a 2010 Hyundai Elantra.Will I receive a refund?

Donna Knepp
Donna Knepp

My husband and I both own hyundais. I have a 2011 Tuscon and he has a 2008 Elantra. Will we recieve a refund?

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