CARS.COM — When Hyundai redesigned the Elantra for 2017, the automaker missed the opportunity to leapfrog, or at least meet, the competition’s fuel economy. With automatic transmissions, the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze all have models getting get as high as 35 mpg in EPA combined ratings, better than the Elantra’s EPA-estimated 32 or 33 mpg with an automatic, depending on trim level.
How do the Elantra’s numbers hold up in real-world driving? We took a 369-mile, three-day trip from Cars.com’s Chicago offices to Davenport, Iowa, to find out.
Related: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Review
Our test car was a 2017 Elantra Limited with an EPA rating of 28/37/32 mpg city/highway/combined. Our trip put that highway number to the test: It was heavy on expressway travel and cruise control.