Hyundai Will Settle Overstated Gas Mileage Lawsuits

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2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan

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Last November, Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia found themselves in hot, and rather deep water.

An EPA investigation found each manufacturer had overstated its gas mileage window stickers on 13 models--some by as much as 6 mpg.

Hyundai has now agreed to settle lawsuits that followed the revelations, reports Automotive News.

Each manufacturer quickly apologized and agreed to compensate owners for the mis-stated mileage, but lawsuits followed in several states. These were later consolidated into a single suit in a Los Angeles federal court.

Reimbursement plans were put in place in December. Owners could claim compensation based on how long they had owned the car and how much extra gas they'd have used at the claimed mileage, against the re-adjusted figures. That figure would then be increased by another 15 percent as a goodwill gesture.

Not only that, but owners could continue to claim gas mileage rebates for as long as they owned the car. Owners had until the end of 2012 to register for the compensation scheme.

Despite these offers, the federal lawsuit has gone ahead. Hyundai has agreed to settle these lawsuits, while Kia is still evaluating the settlement proposal.

Hyundai had earmarked around $225 million for its compensation plans, and Kia another $187 million.

It's unclear just how much the lawsuits will cost, but one of the consolidate suits said the 900,000 affected customers should be paid $775 million--incredibly costly for both companies.

Last month, an executive from Honda, itself the subject of lawsuits over its Civic Hybrid mileage, said Hyundai and Kia had "betrayed" buyers.

Hyundai and Kia have declined to comment on the lawsuits, though Kia Motors America spokesman Scott McKee told Automotive News, "Kia Motors America's priority is and will remain making things right for our customers, which is why we are offering to compensate all current and former owners of affected vehicles, using MPG ratings adjustments for the full length of their vehicle ownership."

Under the proposed settlement, Hyundai and Kia owners can continue to take periodic payments to reimbursement debit cards, or opt for a single lump sum payment.

Have you been afffected by Hyundai and Kia's mis-stated mileage figures? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Comments (19)
  1. We purchased a 2012 Accent in June 2011. We have been very happy with the car and the gas mileage. We think the mpg credit card reimbursement offer is more than fair. What you have here in the class action suits is a bunch of lawyers trying to fleece the companies.

  2. Your individual good experience does not apply to all others...obviously. Apparently many other recent Hyundai product purchasers are not satisfied with the company's offered compensation.

    Sure the compensation by Hyundai for the extra fuel used is a nice gesture but it may be not enough for many. And, what about the resale value for these vehicles? Those values are sure to be lower as a result of this lie by Hyundai regarding their recently much better vehicles. Distrust of Hyundai as a brand is sure to bring those resale values down in greater proportion to just slightly lower gas mileage.

  3. Good, then maybe you can sign away any money you'll be getting to someone who isn't satisfied with their car purchase.
    Bottom line...these companies lied to sell their product. If you find no problem in that, then you must find no problem in dishonesty....shame on you!!!!!!!

  4. My above comment is to Mr. Charles Hart.

  5. You must be kidding!The credit card reimbursement of $35.00 is more than fair? Who paid you to say this? My Mother has a 2013 Accent, has been on this lawsuit for two years, and hasn't seen a dime.

  6. Isn't the mpg that a company can advertise approved by the government? That is why diesel mpg is consistently understated; the government's "approved" test procedure does not favor diesel efficiency. If this is the case, shouldn't the government be held accountable rather than the company?

  7. Actually the government seems to mainly provide the rules for the test. I expect this way whether the test favors or hinders performance or MPG it is at the very least a baseline for comparison. According to, the EPA would review the MPG claim, but they only confirm or redo the test for 10-15% of those claims.

  8. Makes sense...

  9. True, Charles. What a bunch of unhappy, crying babies. What, do you guys also think the Spurs ought ta win the NBA Western Conference playoffs, too? What a joke.

  10. What do these lawsuits (Hyundai, Ford, et. al.) do to Obama's claims of how much more fuel efficient cars are now than when he took office. I believe in the State of the Union address he stated that cars are getting 40% better gas mileage.

  11. I just bought a 2013 Hyundai Elantra and my highway mileage is 28 mpg. Are you kidding me? I had a Scion tC before this (that was totaled) and this is the exact same mileage as I got with that car- I thought i was trading up not the same. If I would have known about this lawsuit I would have just bought another Scion and called it a day.

  12. I just bought a hyndae elantra in Canada 3 months ago, I'm getting 20mpg, does the compensaton cover Canadian customers too?

  13. @Paul: No, I'm afraid this is restricted to U.S. buyers only. Do a bit of googling to see if there have been similar investigations by your country's regulatory bodies, though. They do tend to pay close attention to what's happening south of the border.

    That said, I believe the testing procedures for fuel efficiency in Canada are different than those in the U.S. So Hyundai may have used separate testing cycles to get its Canadian numbers.

  14. My wife and I bought a 2011 Sonata Hybrid. We love the car and thought that we were getting a great automobile. We then received a letter in the mail about this issue. I then read that most people who had the same car were going to get a gift card worth $85.00 if the car had 15 thousand miles on it. When we took our car to the dealership we had 24 thousand miles on it and we only received $83.00. I do not like being lied to. I am considering buying a new car but it will not a Sonata Hybrid.

  15. I bought a 2007 Eleantra in January of this year. Is this covered by this lawsuit???

  16. @Lori: No.

  17. I recently purchased a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. I bought it because I wanted a car that got excellent gas mileage. I went from a 2000 Honda Odyssey to the Elantra. My new job involved a lot of driving so gas mileage was my only concern. I saw that the mileage was advertised as 28/38 MPG. I have always kept my gas mileage even for the Honda Odyssey, average 12 MPG. Now this Elantra which I kept right from the start. I was upset to see that I was only getting 19 to 22 MPG. I even brought it back to the dealer to have them check it, they said it needed to go through the break in period of 5000 miles. At that point I had 1000 mile on it. Still to this day I am only getting 20 to 22 MPG with 2900 miles on it. I am very disappointed.

  18. I have a 2010 Santa Fe and get no where near the mpg is this one covered, also I had a 2012 sonata and now have a 2013 Sonata and these also do not get the mpg as stated in fact no where close are these covered.

  19. I Have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra Limited that I purchased in may 2013, does my vehicle qualify. I constantly get 21-22mpg combined, and when I really try to get better mileage have only gotten around 24-25mpg. Thats below the 28-38mpg stated when I purchased the vehicle. Any ideas on how I can find out?

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