HYUNDAI SONATA LEADS THE COMPETITION WITH BEST FUEL ECONOMY IN THE EPA LARGE CAR SEGMENT







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 15, 2011
Categories: Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata

HYUNDAI SONATA LEADS THE COMPETITION WITH BEST FUEL ECONOMY IN THE EPA LARGE CAR SEGMENT

Sonata Provides Generous Interior Roominess without Typical Fuel Economy Compromises Associated With Large Car Comfort

COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2011– Hyundai Sonata, the popular sedan offering class-above interior volume compared with its key competitors, also provides the best fuel economy in the EPA Large Car segment with an exceptional 28 mpg combined fuel economy rating.

Sonata interior volume is a generous 120.2 cubic feet, placing it in the EPA Large Car segment, where most of its competitors offer significantly lower combined fuel economy ratings.

2012 EPA Large Car Segment Combined Fuel Economy Ratings

EPALarge Car Segment Hyundai Sonata Chevrolet Impala Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger Ford Taurus Honda Accord Toyota Avalon
EPA Combined fuel economy rating (mpg) 28 22 23 23 22 27 23

Even among traditionally recognized mid-sized segment competitors, Sonata offers unsurpassed fuel economy.

2012 Traditional Mid-size Car Segment Combined Fuel Economy Ratings

TraditionalMid-size Car Segment HyundaiSonata Chevrolet Malibu ToyotaCamry Nissan Altima Nissan Maxima Ford Fusion Kia Optima
EPA Combined fuel economy rating (mpg) 28 26 28 27 22 26 28

“In developing the made-in-USA Sonata for mid-size sedan consumers, Hyundai engineers continually sought to exceed their expectations,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of corporate and strategic planning. “This meant overcoming the traditional compromises that face product development engineers, such as providing comfortable interior roominess coupled with powerful engines and exceptional fuel economy.”

Sonata’s large-car level of interior roominess, combined with fuel economy leadership, proves that manufacturers must continually challenge conventional thinking to delight their customers in new ways. This year, it’s clear that consumers have responded to Hyundai’s development team efforts with Sonata selling more than 200,000 Sonatas for the first time ever.

REAL-WORLD FUEL ECONOMY SATISFACTION

Not only does Sonata excel in government tests with exceptional combined fuel economy ratings, it also proves its efficiency in the day-to-day driving of its owners. In the 2011 J.D. Power APEAL satisfaction study, Sonata had the highest owner-reported satisfaction levels of its mid-size and large sedan competitors, with 30 percent of its owners rating its fuel economy the top rank of “truly exceptional.”

2011 J.D. Power APEAL Satisfaction Study Owner-reported Ratings

Sonata Sedan Competitors Hyundai Sonata Comp. ModelA Comp. ModelB Comp. ModelC Comp. ModelD Comp. ModelE Comp. ModelF Mid-size Segment Average
Rating of Vehicle’s Fuel Economy (mpg) (1-10)10 = “Truly Exceptional” 30% 18% 16% 19% 20% 19% 23% 20%
Fuel Economy Index Mean/Weighted Average 814.4 745.0 753.9 761.5 760.1 719.3 800.9 756.3