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by Autotrader January 2011

At 40 miles per gallon on the highway, and with a cruising range of almost 700 miles on one tank of gas, the 2011 Sonata Hybrid is certainly a high mileage champ–but imagine if that one tank could take it 1,221 miles? It may seem like an impossible feat, yet renowned high-mileage driver Wayne Gerdes has just accomplished it. Not only that, he drove the stock Sonata Hybrid 2,269 miles across the U.S. from San Diego, California, to Brunswick, Georgia, on less than two tanks, averaging almost 60 miles per gallon during the trip.

To get to 60 mpg, Gerdes practiced super efficient driving techniques known as “hypermiling”–a term Gerdes coined years ago, and not something that most people can do on an average day (or would even want to be bothered with). Nonetheless, the accomplishment highlights just how much driving style can affect your bottom line.

“As a fan of fuel-efficient vehicles, I enjoy the challenge of putting new technology to the test,” said Gerdes. “This demonstration shows how the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can deliver extremely impressive fuel economy and range for drivers who value fuel savings. This is the first time I’ve driven a car that ‘does it right!’ Driving on the interstate at the posted speed limit–or 65 mph, whichever is slower–the Sonata Hybrid will exceed or equal its competition while offering a much larger, roomier, and comfortable car.”

Gerdes is no stranger to making headlines by squeezing ridiculously high mileage out of normal vehicles. In 2009 he drove a Fusion Hybrid 1,445 miles on one tank of gas in a big loop near the Washington, D.C., area and averaged 81.5 miles per gallon. While that result may seem more impressive that the Sonata Hybrid effort, it was conducted in warmer temperatures and at lower speeds so it’s not really a fair comparison.

In order to achieve higher mileage out of any vehicle, Gerdes suggests some pointers such as slowing down as much as is practical and safe, maintaining an even pressure on the gas pedal, accelerating and braking smoothly, scanning ahead to anticipate traffic conditions, coasting to red lights and stop signs, and taking advantage of road conditions such as hills.

“While the drive was bit more extreme than we expect most owners to undertake, [it] underscores the range and efficiency of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid,” said Hyundai Motor America president and CEO, John Krafcik. The 2011 Sonata Hybrid goes on sale in early 2011 at a starting price of $25,795–$880 less than the 2011 Camry Hybrid and $3,030 less than the 2011 Fusion Hybrid.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Hypermiler Drives Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Across USA on One Tank - Autotrader