Fuel mileage and bragging rights are big time concerns in the automotive market today, in case anyone hasn’t noticed. And of course, the phrase, “your mileage may vary” has been become a staple joke as your mileage has usually varied downward from the fuel economy estimates—based on EPA prescribed testing procedures, even as recently amended—by manufacturers. The recent brouhahas over Hyundai’s claims over fuel mileage put fuel economy square in our sights when we recently tested the 2013 Hyundai Azera.
The Azera is Hyundai’s entry into the mass market full-size car, the second generation of the model debuting last model year as a 2012. It’s wholly unchanged for year two. It’s powered by a 3.3-liter V-6 that’s part of Hyundai’s latest generation of engines, all equipped with direct injection, which sprays fuel directly into the combustion chamber for better fuel economy, power and emission, the holy trinity of automotive engine engineers. (Direct injection is more expensive, so expect to put more in the offering plate).
But how good is it? Testing by EPA standards, says Hyundai, yields 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway. But does it make it?
Just wait. A word about the 2013 Hyundai Azera first. The first generation Azera aimed at a target that was fading away, the full-size old-school mid-market American sedan, of which only the Ford Crown Victoria survived and was itself on life support. And overall drove like one.
The new 2013 Azera, however, comes with a much more controlled ride, a modern interior and features, much more modern fuel economy. We drove the Azera 700 miles on the highway, with statutory speed limits of 55 to 65 mph (and actual speeds driven protected by the Fifth Amendment). We didn’t do anything in particular to increase mileage, no hypermiling—coasting out of gear, or feather footing acceleration to the annoyance of normal people—although we didn’t flog the Azera either. Just drove it like normal civilians.
We also enjoyed the roomy interior, the extensive list of standard equipment and smooth and quiet ride, all of which made the miles feel like time in a front porch rocking chair watching the world go by.
We also use regular unleaded, as per the owner’s manual.
So how did we do? Our local mixed mileage was 22.7 mpg, significantly better than the EPA test procedures’ 20 mpg. And on the highway, the 2013 Hyundai Azera achieved 30.1 mpg. Indeed, your mileage may vary. Ours did.
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