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 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

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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

EPA

Large 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

Traditional

Mid-size Car Segment

Hyundai

Sonata

Chevrolet

Malibu

Toyota

Camry

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. Model

A

Comp. Model

B

Comp. Model

C

Comp. Model

D

Comp. Model

E

Comp. Model

F

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

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee. Hyundai is a registered trademark of Hyundai Motor Company. All rights reserved. ©2011 Hyundai Motor America.

SOURCE Hyundai Motor America



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