Hyundai and Kia will lower their fuel economy (MPG) estimates for the majority of 2012 and 2013 vehicle models as the result of an investigation of test data.
Manufacturers like Hyundai test their own vehicles and report the results to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA is responsible for the fuel economy label (or window sticker) that you will see on all new cars and light trucks. 10-15 percent of all models will also be tested by EPA at the National Vehicles and Fuel Emissions Laboratory.
It was recently discovered that Hyundai overstated the fuel economy for one third of the vehicles they sold in U.S. the last two years.
The largest difference was found for the Kia Soul, where the difference was 6 MPG on highway. On average, the Hyundai/Kia fleet fuel economy is now reduced by an average of 3 percent.
If you have a new Hyundai or Kia, you may be reimbursed for additional fuel costs incurred to date, and in the future.
If your vehicle qualifies, you can use an online Reimbursement Estimator for an estimate of your reimbursement amount, which will be based on the model you own, your odometer reading, and the average gas price in your area. In addition, as an acknowledgement of the inconvenience, Hyundai will add an extra 15% to your reimbursement amount.