Hyundai Earns Highest Fuel Economy Gains in Industry Study by EPA

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Virtually all areas of automotive technology have improved rapidly over the past few decades. As a result, today’s vehicles are now more powerful, safer and more intuitive to drive than ever before. Still, some of the biggest improvements have come in the area of fuel economy. In fact, the EPA’s recent 2017 CO2 and Fuel Economy Trends report shows that the auto industry continues to break records in terms of average fuel economy ratings.

Overall, average industry-wide fuel economy for passenger vehicles improved by 0.1 miles per gallon between 2015 and 2016 to reach a record high of 24.7 mpg. However, Hyundai vehicles defeated competitors by recording an industry best average fuel economy gain of 1.3 miles per gallon. Hyundai ranks second among all automakers with an average fuel economy of 28.8 mpg, which is fantastic news for drivers looking to save money at the gas pump.

Hyundai’s Focus on Fuel Efficiency

The EPA statistics illustrate that all new vehicles are becoming more fuel efficient. Nonetheless, the gains that Hyundai has experienced in recent years indicate that the Korean automaker is progressing at a more rapid rate than its competitors. Part of the reason behind this is the company’s commitment to meeting the EPA’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. As well, Hyundai has remained dedicated to improving and making better use of other fuel-efficient technology like gasoline-direct injection and turbocharging, both of which can be found on a range of new Hyundai models.

Of course, the company isn’t satisfied with its recent gains and has no plans to rest on its laurels. In fact, Hyundai has already announced plans to release at least 18 new eco-friendly vehicles by the year 2025. Still, there is no reason for you to wait several years for these new models to come out, as the 2018 Hyundai lineup already includes numerous models that excel in terms of fuel economy.

The fact that Hyundai had the second-highest overall fuel economy ratings in the most recent EPA report means that you really can’t go wrong no matter which model you choose. Nonetheless, drivers looking to truly maximize their fuel savings will want to check out the manufacturer’s two electric-vehicle offerings, the Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Ioniq.

The Sonata is available in your choice of a gasoline-only engine, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid, all of which promise fantastic fuel efficiency and low emissions. Nonetheless, even the Sonata can’t compete with the efficiency of the Ioniq—the world’s first car to feature three different electric-powertrain choices. Drivers can choose between the Ioniq EV fully electric car, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the Ioniq Hybrid. With an EPA-estimated 58 miles per gallon, the Ioniq Hybrid has the distinction of being the most fuel efficient non-plug-in hybrid vehicle currently available in the United States.

Hyundai’s commitment to fuel efficiency has definitely paid off, and drivers can expect fuel economy ratings at or near the top of the class no matter which new 2018 model they choose. In this sense, the biggest problem might be deciding which model is a best fit. Therefore, why not stop by Van Hyundai, where our friendly sales staff would be happy to show you the entire 2018 Hyundai lineup and let you take any of your vehicles for a test drive.

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