Hyundai sued over claims about car’s fuel economy

Customers say Elantra doesn’t live up to advertised gas mileage

With gas prices inching toward $4 a gallon around the country, American drivers aren’t shy about voicing their concerns over a vehicle’s fuel economy—as demonstrated in yet another lawsuit against an automaker.

This time the beef is with Hyundai Motor Co. over claims the company made in ads about the gas mileage of its 2011 and 2012 Elantra vehicles. The public interest group Consumer Watchdog filed the suit on behalf of consumers claiming TV ads for Hyundai’s Elantra model were misleading. The ad says the car gets 40 miles to the gallon, however, Consumer Watchdog says in its suit that number only applies to highway miles—not city or combined highway-city miles.


Cathleen Flahardy

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