Hyundai Kia mileageJust one day after reporting that Hyundai and Kia had admitted to overstating the estimated fuel economy on the window stickers of nearly 1.1 million 2011-2013 model-year vehicles, we’ve learned that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States. The case joins a Canadian class action lawsuit over the same issue.

The Korean automakers admitted on Friday to overstating the mileage on over a million Hyundai and Kia vehicles in North America since 2010, including about 900,000 in the U.S. The automakers agreed to reimburse current and former owners by giving them debit cards containing the additional money they spent on gasoline due to the lower-than-advertised gas mileage, plus 15%.

That’s not enough for some irate Hyundai and Kia customers, who filed a class action lawsuit in Ohio. The Hyundai/Kia class action lawsuit is seeking more than $5 million in damages and accuses the automakers of “knowingly or recklessly exaggerated estimated gas mileage and fuel economy rating information … in order to entice” the owners into buying the vehicles.

The Hyundai/Kia mileage class action lawsuit was filed by Canadian citizens Rebecca Sanders and Jeffrey Millar, who live in Cincinnati and bought a 2013 Hyundai Elantra; and Molly Simons, a resident of Ohio who bought a 2012 Kia Rio.

Hyundai spokesman Chris Hosford would not comment on the class action lawsuit but defended the Hyundai/Kia mileage reimbursement program, which could provide as much as $100 million in refunds to affected consumers.

“We think our reimbursement program provides the best, quickest, and most customer-focused remedy. We are fully compensating affected Hyundai owners for the additional lifetime fuel costs associated with our rating adjustment — plus a 15 percent premium. Owners have responded very favorably to the plan. Our priority is to make this right for our owners, and that’s precisely what this program does,” Hosford said.

The Hyundai/Kia mileage issue was uncovered during an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency that found widespread discrepancies between the window stickers on Hyundai and Kia vehicles and EPA testing. Most vehicles were receiving an average fuel economy of 1 mpg less than advertised, while others, such as the Kia Soul, were getting 6 mpg less than advertised.

Consumer Watchdog, a consumer group that asked the EPA to audit mileage of the Hyundai Elantra in January after receiving a barrage of consumer complaints, said it was happy with the results of the EPA investigation.

“The EPA rightly audited Hyundai and the public deserves to know the whole truth about why these test results were inaccurate and whether or not they were intentionally falsified,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog.

The agency spearheaded a false advertising class action lawsuit against Hyundai this summer challenging the company’s “40 Miles Per Gallon” Elantra. According to the class action lawsuit, filed in California, the Elantra only gets 29 mpg on the highway – far below its advertised mileage.

“[The] illegal advertisements caused tens of thousands of California drivers to purchase or lease 2011 and 2012 Elantras and consequently incur unexpected fuel costs,” the Hyundai Elantra class action lawsuit states.

Hyundai and Kia customers with questions about the mileage reimbursement program can find answers at www.hyundaimpginfo.com and www.kiampginfo.com.

The U.S. Hyundai/Kia Mileage Class Action Lawsuit case is Sanders, et al. v. Hyundai Motor Company, et al, Case No. 12-cv-853, Ohio Southern District Court, Cincinnati.

UPDATE 1: Hyundai and Kia reached a $400 million class action lawsuit settlement in February 2013, which was announced in December 2013.

UPDATE 2: A group of breakaway Class Members filed an objection to the proposed Hyundai Kia class action lawsuit settlement, calling it “unreasonable” and “unfair” to consumers.

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100 Comments

  • Anonymous November 12, 2012

    I have purchased a 2012 Elantra and am very curious on how I would go about filing for a suit myself. Can anyone give me some info on how I would do that?

    • Wayne King December 20, 2013

      We have a 2011 Sonata and a 2013 Elantra. I drive the Sonata. My fiance drives the Elantra. The disappointment for me, with the Sonata, is that I have not been able to get the EPA highway estimated MPG as my overall average MPG. I have been able to do it on a number of other cars I’ve owned. On the Sonata I’ve never gotten lower than mid-26 on any tank of gas. I’ve averaged about 28.5 over 39,000 miles. And, I get up to 40 MPG on the highway. All of those are as good or better than claimed by Hyundai. I have driven quite a few different cars and have never got less than the window sticker claims. A lot is based on driving habits and conditions.

      The Elantra: I have borrowed the Elantra a number of times for my 50 mile(each way) commute to the office in LA. It’s about three miles of residential streets, seven miles of windy canyon road, and about 40 miles of freeway and PCH with about 10, or more, of those miles being stop and go. I never quite got to 40MPG on that 100 mile round trip. But, I always averaged at least 39.something. It’s easy to get near 45 MPG on the freeway if the traffic is moving along at a steady pace on relatively flat ground. My fiance consistently gets about 10 MPG less then I do driving the same car. I’m not a slow driver. I’m a smooth driver. She is what I call a gas pedal pumper, accelerates quickly from stops and brakes late rather than coasting when appropriate.

      Unless you’re driving in the mountains, in snow, in sand, on rough roads, in heavy traffic, or, some other adverse condition, or the car has tire, alignment, or other mechanical issues, I’d look to driving habits as the cause of less than advertised mileage.

      On a car I had from 2008 – 2010, I noticed that just running the AC cost about 5 mpg. But, it would meet the book numbers when the AC was running. It got 5 better when it was not. On this car I averaged, overall, 4 MPG better than the EPA highway estimate over the 30k miles I had the car. So, I ran it as little as tolerable – which in the coastal climate of So Cal, is most of the time, in my opinion.

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    I have bought two cars from hyundia and would like to know how to become part of the class axction suit againest hyundia due to the fact they are not offering very to the people who were cheated with the false mpg.

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    Purchased my Kia Soul in July ’12, just went to their “Estimator” to see what I would get back and they are claiming $42. That’s one tank of gas for a week!! That’s ridiculous! What about the rest of the years I own this car? Will they reimburse me for that?? I want to know about the lawsuit and how to get in on it! Can you help?

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    I purchased a 2012 Kia optima hybrid because I drive over 80 miles to work everyday. I only had the car for 8 months and already have 20k miles on it. The “Estimator” said I will get $62.35 Wow. I also would like to be part of this Class Action Lawsuit. I think what we need to do is contact an attorney and provide him with the information of the current Class Action Lawsuit thats already in place “case is Sanders, et al. v. Hyundai Motor Company, et al, Case No. 12-cv-853, Ohio Southern District Court, Cincinnati.” Do not accept any money or gift cards untill you talk with someone…….

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    I would also like to be included in the class action lawsuit. Just purchased a 2013 Kia Sorento near the end of July of this year, solely based on the MPG. I have kept every gas receipt since I bought the car to track MPG and it is nowhere near what they had on the sticker. I drive at least 80 miles/day which is all back roads and hwy with limited stops and have never been near the hwy miles published on the sticker.

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    I wonder if the below statement means that as long as we own the car they will keep adding money to the gas card

    Both companies are putting in place a comprehensive reimbursement program for affected current and former vehicle owners to cover the additional fuel costs associated with the fuel economy rating change. Customers will receive a personalized debit card that will reimburse them for their difference in the EPA combined fuel economy rating, based on the fuel price in their area and their own actual miles driven. In addition, as an acknowledgement of the inconvenience this may cause, we will add an extra 15 percent to the reimbursement amount. Current owners will be able to refresh their debit card for as long as they own the vehicle.

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    I purchased a 2008 Kia Sedona. How can I find out whether the mileage claim is accurate?

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    2011 Sorrento Gasoline milage mis-represented on this car too!

  • Anonymous November 13, 2012

    2011 Sorrento Does NOT get Milage Promised

  • Anonymous November 14, 2012

    I waited my whole life to buy a brand new car – finally did in June ’12…a 2012 KIA Sorento with the supposed extra efficient 4 cyl. GDI engine. What a HUGE disappointment with the MPG right from the get-go. I feel cheated on, lied to, ripped off and totally taken advantage of. The KIA estimator is so insulting as a reimbursement amount that it only adds insult to injury. I want to be truly compensated for one of the biggest let downs in my life! Sign me up!!!

  • Anonymous November 15, 2012

    that’s the thing. It was a lie. It had to be. Give me a break! So techincally if I do the math I’m getting paid 75 cents a day to drive to work… lovely.

    I feel like I was lied to. My car isn’t the 1 mile …it’s the 6 mile… The people who lost a mile doesn’t seem like too much…but 6 miles a gallon… HELLLOOOO THat is so much!

    I don’t know what to do. I took my car in to have the mileage checked but didnt sign anything that said I wouldn’t take any other action. Let me in on what you guys find out.

  • Anonymous November 15, 2012

    I have the 2011 KIA Sportage LX with the I4 engine that supposed to give me 31 or 32 mpg on the highway but I only have gotten 22mpg at it’s best. That’s 9-10 mpg less than the EPA sticker ratings.

    I think the year 2011 KIA Sportages should also be included on a class action lawsuit.

  • Anonymous November 15, 2012

    My understanding is that they will provide a Visa gift card based on the milage you drive. You will receive a gift card each year you own the car. It is NOT transferable.

  • Anonymous November 16, 2012

    I have a 2012 Hyundai Accent which falls within this group of cars. I haven’t seen the proper gas mileage since day 1. I was simply told that the car needed a “break-in” period. I don’t feel like the amount of money they will give us on a yearly debit card will make up for the extra money spent on gas (and not to mention being flat-out lied to).

    If anyone has information on how to join a Class Action, please let us know!

  • Anonymous November 17, 2012

    I bought a 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT just at the near end of October. One of the major reasons was because of the Gas Milage. So disappointed. Just got a letter, yesterday. Said it’s 1 or 2 miles off per gallon. Try more like 5 to 15mpg. Debit card is nice plus 15%, however, doesn’t really cover it. Anyone know how to jump on the Class Action Lawsuit. I’m in. I do love this car, except for the gas milage.

  • Anonymous November 17, 2012

    I brought a used 2011 KIA Soul, because of advertised mileage claims, I’m averaging about 6-miles less per gallon then expected I want in on class action suit.

  • Anonymous November 17, 2012

    Are the 2012 Kia sorrento 6 cyclinders included in the lawsuit. I do not get the mileage that they stated.

  • Anonymous November 18, 2012

    I bought a ’13 Elantra GT in September; was a toss up between that and an SUV but went with the GT because of the supposedly great gas mileage. Only gets 24 MPG average during my weekly commute – I found myself trying to go on long drives on the weekend just to see if it would up my MPG. Not really. The highest it goes is about 32 MPG on freeway driving only, so between 6-9 MPG less than rating day in and day out. Used to love Hyundais; not anymore. Should’ve gone with the SUV (different maker) instead, would probably have gotten better MPG even with the bigger car.

  • Anonymous November 19, 2012

    Just bought a use Kia for the gas mileage. Bet they have been making mileage number up for years. My husband drives 80 miles a day to work I thought we would be getting better gas mileage. Wish this applied to older cars too.

  • Anonymous November 21, 2012

    I wish they had a class action suit for the 2006 models of Elantra. I am lucky to get 22 mpg on the highway. It’s a small car and people are amazed when I tell them the lousy mpg. On the other hand , I have had extreme luck to it’s reliability. No problems at all. Knock on wood.

  • Anonymous November 23, 2012

    I bought a 2011 Kia soul & I would like to get in on the lawsuit. How do I do it?

  • Anonymous November 24, 2012

    I am frickin livid, traded my GMC yukon for new 2011 Accent soley cause of gas mileage! I have had the car since May of 2011 and have put 19k on the odometer. I drive 40K miles a year and they want to give me peanuts! All the time and effort I put in to the purchase so I don’t get stuck by the dealer, thinking that I had done well, and BOOM! the manufacturer bent me over. OUCH!!!. how can I join a law suit?

  • Anonymous November 26, 2012

    Bought a 2012 Kia Soul in March. I bought it for the gas mileage. How do I join in this lawsuit??

  • Anonymous November 26, 2012

    2013 elantra gets 17/32 not 28/40. I did better in my old mini-van. Please tell me how to join class action suit. furious Hate this car.

  • Anonymous November 26, 2012

    WE WERE ALL LIED TO!!! I bought a 2013 Kia Rio loaded, nice car but I also bought it for the 30/40 miles on the sticker. 5 to 7 miles less than expected. We drive about 2700 miles a month. OUCH!!! DON’T ACCEPT THEIR CRAPPY COMPENSATION PLAN! Let’s all stick together.
    Please help me join a class action lawsuit too.

  • Anonymous November 27, 2012

    below you will find link to the site where you can become part of the class action.

    http://www.classlawsuit.com/kia-mpg-lawsuit/

  • Anonymous November 27, 2012

    I am averaging 23-24 mpg. And Hyundai has offered me a whopping $45.46 reimbursement for the first 11,000 miles. I figured I’ve overpaid more than $375.00. I would like to be included in the class action suit; then they can keep their big $45.46.

  • Anonymous November 28, 2012

    By not being honest with me when I bought my Kia, they basically defrauded me and I paid for a product I did not receive and what now makes it worse is that the compensation Kia is now offering is the absolutely unfair. If you mislead the public you should be held accountable, so all I want to know is how I can also be included in that class action suit!

  • Anonymous November 28, 2012

    These Mother *TRUCKERS NEED GET SUED *SH>T I SE NEEDS SOME MONEY PRICKS!

  • Anonymous November 29, 2012

    I also need help in joining a class action suit. I purchased a KIA soul and am furious that the company defrauded and missled me. The soul wouldn’t have been in consideration for purchase were it not for the misstated EPA estimates.

  • Anonymous November 30, 2012

    I know someone that has a 2012 with about 22000 miles on it and got a card for about 350.00. What bugs me is I just got a new Soul about three weeks ago and I have not gotten an apology or a notice in the mail. There is no way they could have made a mistake on the MPG claims esp on the Kia Soul. I traded in a nice VW and now I am stuck otherwise I would return the car. I am definitely getting in with the class action which I am sure will be available soon to all.

  • Anonymous December 3, 2012

    Bought a 2013 Santa Fe in October with millage being a big factor in making my decission. Have made two trips almost all interstate at 70 MPH and averaged 26 MPG. The EPA totals were 31 MPG so I lose 5 MPG on each gallon I purchase. Thast 45 miles per tank full at $3.20 a gallon or $5.54 per tank. That means there is no premium but a straight payment on just more misrepresentastion. The new electronic steering problem will be the next big problem they are facing. If I could get my money back, I would!!!!!!

  • Anonymous December 4, 2012

    My hubby and I were just talking about how disappointed we have been with the mpg our car gets. Puchased 2012 KIA Sorento back in Aug of 2011. Estimator states I’ll be given approx $122 for a lifetime of lies! Wow…. thanks guys! How about all of the years I’ll have the vehicle. The payment ends up being .0084 cents per mile. Disappointed to state the least…

  • Anonymous December 5, 2012

    Purchased a 2012 kia rio because of the mileage they claimed. I drive about 160 miles a day on it and have racked up 36000 miles in less than a year. Estimator says I’ll get about 300.00. thats approximately .0084 cents a mile i’m getting reimbursed about .30 cents a gallon for using 900 gallons. it looks like their estimating their reimbursement off of the car getting 40 miles to the gallion and it’s not. not sure about my math but I’m not seeing the extra 15% anywhere.

  • Anonymous December 5, 2012

    I’m in the same boat. I bought my Kia Soul 2012 Model in April. I’ve got about 5k on the odometer and I am averaging 21 MPG…on long trips MAYBE 25/26. I’d be happy with $1800 or so, but I wouldn’t have bought it, had I known the true MPG! I do think that the trade in value is going to suffer.

  • Anonymous December 6, 2012

    I have a 2012 Hyundai Sonata that I drive 162 miles per day to and from work. 99.9% of my driving is highway, I figured the Sonata would be great for comfort as well as fuel mileage…. Boy was I WRONG! I’m lucky to get 23MPG! I have 45,000 miles on my Sonata right now, I wonder what my rebate would be? Has anyone heard anything about Hyundai offering some sort of trade in allowance? Also, if anyone is working with an attorney on getting in on this lawsuit please post their info so that I may contact them to get in as well!

  • Anonymous December 9, 2012

    We purchased 2012 Kia Sorrento 4-cyl GDI (settled for 4 cyl. instead of 6 cyl.) thinking that we are going to get 32 highway as mentioned on the sticker, but to this day we have not seen more than 22 mpg. highway. Since the mpg is not so great, we are only using our Sorrento for longer trips occasionally and decided to use our Prius instead for local driving. We are also concerned about the resale value of our Sorrento.

    We received notice from Kia recently that we are included in their voluntary refund. However, we used their estimate tool on their site, kiampginfo.com, and it calculated that we are getting back $45 to compensate. This is ridiculously less than acceptable. If we accept their offer, are we opting out of the option to be a part of the class action? We feel that we are due a large refund of the purchase price, or to be able to back out of our purchase.

    Go here for the official CLASS LAWSUIT site:
    http://www.classlawsuit.com/kia-mpg-class-action-update/#comment-873

  • Anonymous December 9, 2012

    I don’t think you need to do anything to join the CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. Just stay put until you hear from the CLASS LAWSUIT. In the meantime, you should not accept KIA’s compensation offer via their web site KIAMPGINFO.COM. If you do, you may not qualify to join the CLASS ACTION at a later date.

  • Anonymous December 11, 2012

    We purchased a 2013 Kia Sorento in April and have gotten far under what KIA sticker said. Just finished trip back and forth to Arizona, average about 24-25 mpg, whereas sticker said 32 hwy. I was driving probably faster than best mileage speed as many of the interstate on that route is 75 mpg, but never expected to be that far below. I believe we were deceived by KIA to persuade us to buy their product. I’ve already gotten a debit card for $74 but have not cashed it yet and am thinking I may prefer to join the class action suit, but not sure if I still can. I’m only gettting an adjustment of 1 mpg, whereas I feel it should be 3 or 4 times that. I’m not cashing the debit card yet, I think I could return it to them registered mail and join the class action suit. Any legal advice out there?

  • Anonymous December 11, 2012

    Our Sonata does’t give the gas milage we were promised either. Very disappointed in that. It was the selling point

  • Anonymous December 12, 2012

    We bought a new 2011 Kia soul due to the mileage stated and I am not even close to getting that mileage ( Around 6 to 8 miles short ) How do I get in on this law suit

  • Kenneth December 29, 2012

    I traded in my 2007 Honda Odyssey and leased a 2012 Kia Sorrento, boy did I get screwed twice over. Lost the roominess and similar in gas mileage. My Odyssey had leather and almost everything else including a n extended warranty. I felt like I was going to get almost 10 more miles to the gallon on the highway. I drive almost 15,000-18,000 a year. So far it doesn’t matter if I drive 60 mph or 85 mph, I still get around 22-23 mpg on the Hwy and 16-19 City. So how is $87 reimbursement going to help me get my roominess and reimburse me when I have the option to purchase the vehicle. Wow! Royally Screwed!

  • LINDA December 30, 2012

    I purchased my kia soul in june. with apromise of 38 40mpg . people accountable. guess what. what a big fat lie. brand new kia i want compensation for this.we have got to hold these people accountable for the lies.

  • Tallahassee, Florida January 7, 2013

    I offered to give back my kia soul 2013 a few weeks after I purchased it and I was told for 3000.00 More I can get into a different Kia. Now why not just take the car back I was not concerned with a Lawsuit I just want a car that gets me the mpg that was stated. Now I am upset and angry due to the Money that I spend Daily Traveling 120 Miles one way to work . This is very sad.. I wish I could just give this car back and move on to a different vehicle
    but that won’t happen I called Hyundai and they took a message and No -One called , ( I already knew that was going to happen) O’l Well I guess I will get with an attorney to see what options I have at this point, Lawsuits take years to settle I need to get to work Now not next year. This Company need to get it together and fast….

  • Margaret January 7, 2013

    I am a GM Retire…I bought the Elantra for the Gas Milege First…. it beat the chevrolet cruz that my coworker bought and now he’s laughing at me. I compared the two very close just got out of a GM truck so for me it was all about the GAS milege I feel violated and its not fair…who wants to be bothered with going back and forth geting bits of change loaded on a gift card because of what they did,,,,we should have choices….just pay me a limp sum and be done….I wasted my money and now they want me to waste my time…Not Fair

  • Karen January 12, 2013

    I bought a 2011 Kia Soul brand new off the lot strictly for the gas mileage and the convenience of the hatchback. I have NEVER gotten over 28 mpg on the highway regardless if I drive 55 or 75 mph. I definately want the compensation owed to me for the extra gas money I’ve spend in the past 2 years and for the false acusation of the gas mileage claim that persuaded me to decide to buy a Soul. Kia should pay for the false advertising they did in order to sell so many Kia vehicles on false information.

  • Gary January 13, 2013

    Purchased 2012 Sportage sx ,$30k car. Like the car but seems mpg gets worse more we drive it. Kept our pont. gp bought new in 99. Gets better mpg than the sportage. Hope this doesnt drive sales down and Kia goes out. That would be a nightmare.

  • Debbie January 15, 2013

    I traded in a Honda Element that averaged 22mpg on trips for a 2012 Kia Soul thinking I would save money with the better mpg because I was commuting on highway. The best I have gotten on the Kia with or without the ECO button is 24mpg. I should have kept the Honda. I want in on this lawsuit.

  • Christopher January 20, 2013

    Same here, Purchased a 2013 Kia Sorento with SDI package.

    Went with this vehicle solely for the high MPG stated, my other choice was the Chevy Equinox. But ended up going with the KIA because it had same MPG and was slightly cheaper..

    This overstated MPG tricked me into buying their car!

  • Rebecca Corra-Gordon January 21, 2013

    I bought the 2010 Kia Soul based on the advertised mpg of 28 combined. I have never been able to get more than 24. How do I join the class action suit? Or is it only for 2011 and 2012 years?

  • tom January 23, 2013

    can i retune the car?

  • tom January 23, 2013

    can i return the car

  • Adrien January 25, 2013

    We have a 2008 Kia Optima, and we want to get in on this. Said we would get 32 miles per g. and we only get
    24 miles??????

  • Donna January 25, 2013

    we bought a 2013 Kia Sorento, we did receive a pre-paid visa. Can we also be included in the Law Suit. We’ve had our Vehicle in several times for a Rough Idle, still hasn’t been fixed. We think Kia Motors is just stalling on the problem. “Not satified at all with our Vehicle”

  • brad January 25, 2013

    I bought 2 kia souls and had we known they did not get the mpg they were suppose, we would not have bought these vechicles. I would like to just take them back and get a Ford that has better mpg. We are suppose to be getting around 35 mpg on hwy but averaging around 23 mpg. Is there anyway to get kia to take cars back and get our trade in money back so we can purchase else where. MPG was biggest reason for our purchase.

  • ALICIA January 25, 2013

    I have a 2013 kia how do i get my gas card?

  • patricia adams messi January 25, 2013

    My husband bought me a brand new Kia Soul , never have I gotten the mileage promised on the stickers. I am so glad to hear that there is a lawsuit action and I want to file a claim how do we go about this .

  • debbie lloyd January 25, 2013

    I just knew when I bought my 2012 Kia Forte it was not getting the gas mileage it should. I had a 1998 Toyota 4-runner and the Kia’s mpg was not much better than the 4runner’s

  • janet goor January 26, 2013

    lease kia sorento 2011-not getting milage advertised.how do i get in on law suite

  • valerie January 26, 2013

    i have a 2009 kia sportage lx v6 how do i find out if it is included in the lawsuit.mpg not great

  • Angyle January 26, 2013

    I HAVE A 2008 kia optima can it be included in the class action suit

  • constance Brown January 27, 2013

    I have a 2009 Kia Sportage I bought it brand new with less than 20 miles on it. I complained about the gas milage after the first week of buying the SUV. I was told that the car had to adjust and then it would stabilize. Since i continually complained to Vandervere Kia they replaced the gas regulater but that did not help. I called Kia motors twice but I didnt get any results. in 2012, I went back to Vandervere Kia and asked for a replacement vihical, they tried to sell me another kia for twice as much as I paid for the one I have. Not only does the Kia Sportage start noticabley running out of gas before you leave the pump; it also is a dangerous car to attempt to quickly move into rush hour trafic with. I want to know how to become a part of the class action lawsuite

  • Jim January 28, 2013

    My 2012 Hyundai Elantra gets absolutely deplorable gas mileage. I am getting less than 30 MPG on the highway at 55 MPH and using cruise control. I will be part of this class action suit one way or another.

  • Linda J Bouchard January 28, 2013

    I bought a 2012 Kia Optima. The manufacturer claimed it is supposed to get 25mpg city and 35 mpg highway. I was averaging 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Then I discovered Kia does not include a spare tire kit in their vehicles which I ended up paying another $200.00 for. Since having the spare tire put in the vehiclem my vehicle is averaging only 26mpg highway, I am assuming that is due to the extra weight in the vehicle. Please keep me informed of any class action suit.

  • Janie January 28, 2013

    I am so upset!!! I purchased my car solely because of the expected gas mileage only to find that I have been “ripped off”! I wished that I had never purchased this car….will they take it back and give me my down payment back???? They are so very dishonest AND I thought that I had really done my research and was getting good gas mileage….WRONG!

  • Charlie January 29, 2013

    Help!!!!! I just leased a Kia Optima Hybrid 3 weeks ago and I know I got beat!! They claim 36 mpg & 39 mpg on the highway. I drive nothing but highway and average about 27 mpg. This was the main reason I leased this car. I had a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with problems and a check engine light that was permanently on, and I still got 20 mpg hwy!! Also a 10x better sound system!! I brought the Kia back to the dealer 2x in 2 weeks , because the car pulls to the left, especially on the hwy. They told me they gave it a wheel alignment the first time, went back one week later they said, the car is perfect and nothing is wrong with it!!! (car has 1000 miles on it as of today 1/29/13). I hate this car more and more everyday!! It serves me no purpose!! I don’t want it and want to give it back ASAP!!! What can I do?? I’ve complained to the dealer/salesman for last two weeks, they said, wait till your Registration comes in and we can work something out. Also, that I will loose money!! I was stupid enough to put money down to lessen the monthly payments. I now have the Registration and started calling. What else can I do?? I don’t wanna loose more money, and I DONT WANT THIS CAR!!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!

  • Jonathon February 1, 2013

    I bought my 2013 Kia Soul because of the stated gas milage it was said to receive. I drive around 80 miles round trip to and from work every day. Not only do the Soul not get the gas milage stated but the Avg mpg gauge is not accurate.

  • Jonathon February 2, 2013

    The Kia site is saying that i would have needed to purchase or leased my vehical on or before november, 2. 2012 or you would not get rembursed. I know for a fact that my car had the wrong sticker on it. When i was buying the car the sales person said that another car company was claiming that the kias did not get the gas milage that kia claimed and that kia was changing the stickers to satisfy them. Tham mine had not yet been changed. And i remember the sticker saying 35mpg hwy/ 30mpg in town 27 comb. The kia site said it gets 30hwy/ and 27town with 25 comb. What can i do. I am sure they have that sticker in my file somewher.

  • David February 4, 2013

    I have A Kia Optima Hybrid Loaded. They have FALSE ADVERTISING That Car. I had a volkswagon Jetta TDI I got 40 to 50 MPG with that car. I wanted a car that was compatible to that that is why I bought the KIA. Then they sent me a Refund letter for $23.00…HA what a joke. What about the $6k premuim i paid for the hybrid. Does anyone know how I can get my money back?…WHAT A JOKE! FUCK KIA….

  • gaylon beyersdorfer February 6, 2013

    How do I join in a lawsuit against Kia?

  • Garath February 7, 2013

    I bought a 2013 KIA RIO that falsely advertised 40mpg on the expressway . I purchased the car for that reason ,only to find ought it was getting only 30mpg . I took it back to the dealer who insisted the computer needed re programming . Exactly five months after purchase I received a recall stating that KIA intentionally mislead or deceived their customers and was giving a rebate for the gas at three percent of the mileage they issued a credit card that does not even work for any thing . How do join or file a lawsuit for there bad faith practice of false misleading sales that led to this purchase. Or does one file a Lemon Law complaint with there State.

    • Sam December 29, 2013

      I have a 2012 Kia Rio. It was claimed to get 47 mpg. It also had no jack or spare, just a silly pump. Ironically, these were omitted for less weight to get better mileage. My Rio is a nice car, but the best I ever got was 41mpg. That is only if I drive it 55. If you go faster than that you my get 35. I am pissed I bought a new car that didn’t have a jack or a spare and I wasn’t told. But this only goes to figure, right?

  • Trants4md February 12, 2013

    Wow, this amazes me to see all the Kia Optima owners who are not getting the stated milage. I bought my 2009 KIA Optima New, in 2009 of course and it stated it would get 22 City 32 MPG on the highway. It has every option they offered for the year. Including Electronic Stability Control.

    I have gotten 34 to 34.5 consistently on the highway.

    Now this may be due to not driving on the freeway. I have not taken any long freeway trips with it to date. I live 70 miles out of town and the speed limit into town is 55 MPH on our rural Oregon highways. There is only one stop sign going in and one coming back. So real steady speeds. I set the cruse control most often @ 59 MPH.

    I also take great care to keep the tire pressures right on. I have a one mile gravel road into the house which takes a toll on tire air pressure. So I check them at least weekly to be 32 PSI.

    I also have the better gas milage and powered 2.4 Lit 4 cyl. which outperform the 2.7 Lit 6 cyl. that was offered. I wonder how many problem vehicles are the 6 Cyl. versions?

    Before I bought my car, I checked it with Consumers Reports. They tested and reported the 6 Cyl. was a disappointment in the power department and poorer milage!

    Two Observations;

    1, my vehicle is not part of the suit perhaps because they were more prudent and estimated a lower, (22 City / 32 Hwy.) although I personally get higher! I am not sure everyone drives as I do, or is so careful of tire pressure. Unlikely in fact!

    * Interesting fact however, Comparing the same engine and transmission / features in my 2009 in the 2011 Kia Optima the estimates actually shows higher estimated gas milage of City 24 / Hwy. 34 in the 2011.

    2, At least part of the Kia Optima’s has to have the ‘2.7 L -V6′ which had a reported lower gas milage than advertised. * Noted by Consumers Reports in 2009, if my memory serves me well.

    The window sticker for the V6 only stated 20 City vs. 28 Highway. So some problems are due to this I suspect.

    I really understand tire pressure issues and how it affects milage. I know, because my other vehicle is a Chevy Suburban and it really shows if you neglect them with that one! The difference from 13 MPG and 16 MPG Highway with the Suburban.

    I am also surprised that they are slamming some cars for just 1 MPG short of the estimate, everyone drives differently. At times I have gotten as high as 35 MPG on the onboard computer and it checked out at the pump as well. That was not typical however. The right weather and no one else in the car (Less weight) may have contributed to that. I would think to be within 1 mile of your claim should be a reasonable error. That is 88 gallons per 100,000 miles however. Not so trivial from that perspective I guess.

    Hybrids really need to meet or exceed their claims no exception for any maker.

    I hope they make those who were wronged right, and good luck to you all. Nevertheless, it is not across all years or models from my results.

  • Bridgette February 21, 2013

    Okay, I bought a 2011 Kia Sorento solely for the good fuel efficiency for a cross-over type of vehicle. I did my research, waited to find the right slightly used car at the right price and thought a lot about my purchase before I made it. But now I realize that I’ve been LIED to — my car is only getting @ 18 mpg around town (I do live in the Blue Ridge mountains) but we even took it on a road trip to the beach and drove 7 hours each way on flat roads and it only got @ 25 mpg, which is nowhere near the 32 it stated it would get. I feel that I’ve been ripped off. Further, as I understand it, my model is not even part of the class action law suit for some reason? What can I do? Where do I go for retribution? I’m very disappointed in this car… and very disappointed in Kia.

  • i hate my kia February 22, 2013

    2013 Kia Sorento-advertised 37mpg! I get 17mpg!! 17mpg!!! Are you kidding me??? Not even half he advertised priced??? I don’t care about a rebate!!! I want out of my 3 year lease!!! F Kia!!!

  • stephen February 23, 2013

    just adding my two cents. All of these claims have merit and these Korean car makers are trying to skate and the EPA let them off. The judges of this class action suit should make serious example of these folks ; the damage is just to great. The mileage was a key factor in every ones purchase of these vehicles and there is no getting around that one . Major fraud is the only word for this and should be punished severely and the buyers made whole.

  • Trish February 28, 2013

    I feel everyone’s pain. I bought a 2013 Sorento. I paid extra for the GDI engine which was advertised to get 32 mpg hwy. Now its been reduced to 30 and I’d be thrilled to get that. I get 14 mpg city and 25 hwy. Dealing with Kia consumer affairs is a waste of time. I hear every excuse under the sun. Funny I never I had this problem with the 4 Honda’s I drove prior to taking a chance on this car. Wish I had my Honda back!

  • linda everett March 1, 2013

    I made my purchase of 2012 elantra based on mileage.I feel riped off.I researched cars based on advertisement by hyundai.I feel amount offered to buyers is not enough.I am so sick of big corporate companies once again taking advantage of public.

  • Kris March 4, 2013

    I want to join the class action suit as well. All I get now is the run around trying to do the rebate. I bought the Kia Soul 2012 and have had more problem. for the money they give me back cost me the same to get to the dealership. It is not worth it. They should just pay my car off for me and let me done with this.

  • Lennette Brown March 5, 2013

    I purchased my 2012 Soul last April and the best I have gotten out of it so far is 26 MPG Hwy. I traded in my ’05 Jeep that only had 65000 miles on it because I wanted better gas mileage as my daughter live 111 miles away. Well the jokes on me. I’m not getting any better gas mileage than I did in my Jeep and it had a V6. I feel like I’ve been taken advantage of and I wish I could just get my Jeep back. Not gonna happen but as far as I’m concerned, Kia/Hyundai should have a buy back program instead of the reimbursement that they are offering. It nowhere near covers what I am and will be out of pocket. Not to mention the major drop in re-sale value. Funny thing is, I had to take it in to have my tire aired up only 4 months after I purchased it and complained about the MPG then. I was told that I wouldn’t get the stated MPG until it had been broke in (10,000 miles, they said) I’m so unhappy.

  • Debra Grasley March 10, 2013

    I bought a 2011 Kia Soul, stripped down economy model, based on promised mpg. Does this car get this great mpg? NO. And it’s not listed on the class action suit compensation list. I wish I had purchased the Scion at the same price.

  • KIMBERLYANN March 13, 2013

    I JUST bought my car a month ago. I have nearly 3,000 miles on it and nearly ALL highway. Im getting 25 per gallon.

  • sheri March 17, 2013

    I bought a 2013 Kia Rio Sedan at the end of Sept.I was gona buy a KIA Forte but rio had better gas milage.I really didnt like the looks and I was scepticle buying a KIA in the first place but after all my research on fuel economy excet prius,KIA beat them all and the Rio was best for gas milage.Due to my job and all the traveling in construction this was a great fit.
    This car has been very disappointing.The gas milage was a lie and is a lie..I feel like the whole car is a lie.Its not right and not fair they are getting away with this.I bought this car for work.If i could do it all over i would not own a kia due to gas milage.There are other cars that have accurate mpg.

  • sheri March 17, 2013

    I also have been recording the milage on http://www.fueleconomy.gov

  • sheri March 17, 2013

    How do we file this class action law suit.?

  • Ryan April 5, 2013

    The simple fact is that kia lied, about their product to sell more cars. MPG is one of the most important factors that consumers look at these days and Kia took advantage. Make them take all the cars back for a full refund! This is absolutely outrageous! Ofcourse, to expect any kind of justice against a large corporation like this is probably a waste of time. We all got screwed, Kia got richer… Good luck selling your car now with all this negative publicity about it.
    Compensating me for the average cost of fuel is a bad deal no matter how you look at it. I’m sure I often pay much higher than the average cost of fuel in my area, plus I go on road trips and incur high fuel prices along the interstate, in areas where there are limited fueling options.
    You committed fraud, you got caught, now pay the penalty.

  • rhennessey April 16, 2013

    kia rebate offer is nowhere near mileage differential cost. how can a florida resident join one of the class action lawsuits?

  • Kelsey Ellis June 6, 2013

    I too would like to participate in the class action. I received a call from my Kia dealer letting me know About this “recall” situation. I bought my 2012 soul brand new in December 2011. Since it has had steering wheel locking issues where I am driving and can’t turn the wheel. It’s very scary and dangerous. Finally after speaking to the deal service department where I have my maitnence done, they finally looked into it and ordered me a new steering column. I use my car for business and it is getting no where near the stated mileage labelled from when I purchased the car. I bought for the sole purpose of fuel economy as gas prices are through the roof. I feel I have been robbed and the visa compensation is no where near what I have spent in unanticipated fuel costs. I would like to join the class action! Is there a class action in Canada as most of these comments are from Americans

  • Diana Stanley June 7, 2013

    I bought the Kia Sorento (GDI) in August 2012. The Kia does not get 32mpg,. The best it has ever gotten is 29.4mpg, most of the time its 26.5, never 32.0mpg.

  • Garath June 11, 2013

    THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CLASS ACTION LAW SUITS ASKING HOW TO JOIN THEM HOWEVER YOU HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO ANY OF THEM. WHY?

  • cheryl November 22, 2013

    i have a 11 accent and have not received nothing

  • G Juan Johnson December 25, 2013

    [Re: US Hyundai-Kia Fuel Economy Litigation] [Part 4 of 4]
    For court updates see websites see pacer.gov under case number 2:13 – ml – 02424 – GW – FFM Hyundai -Kia fuel economy litigation. For more unbiased updates see “discussion” on YouTube channel “legal advocate 71” or see the website attorney-ethics-elderly-abuse.com. The Hyundai-Kia settlement is “proposed” and the court will review the proposed settlement in 2014 . The court will have final approval and the court could reject the settlement agreement and say that is not enough going to the car owners or the court could require the settlement agreement to include an anti-retaliation section.

  • G Juan Johnson December 25, 2013

    [Re: US Hyundai-Kia Fuel Economy Litigation] [Part 3 of 4]
    If the court approves the settlement in 2014, class members may still have the option to opt out of the settlement or go before the court with their grievances. It will be unfortunate if the court does not consider the fraud and retaliation that has already been proven and admitted to by Hyundai Motor America. Is it worth it for car owners to agree to $400 and possible waive their rights to any Hyundai warranty repairs in the further? The best bet may be to get rid of the Hyundai car due to Hyundai’s history of retaliation. Many car owners say they will not buy Hyundai-Kia because of Hyundai’s stated policy that they can deny service and seek your arrest if you seek service at their dealers. [based on documents filed with the court.]

    • A. Paradiso February 18, 2014

      While I never believe EPA estimates (I cut them about 10%), I saw that Hyundai was lying about their mileage. I met with a manager about the mileage listed on the MSRP and said it was wrong and should have been corrected. I walked the lot when the manager lied to me and tried fumbling an answer. All 2013 and 2014 Elantras that I saw on the lot still showed the bogus mileage. They obviously did that to draw in more buyers.
      I have nothing on my vehicle to hinder the mileage and in all my years, I’ve never seen anything like this. They’re not dismayed – they know about what’s going on and they’re not stopping it because it sells cars. (I purchased the car in early 2014.) What I don’t understand is why our government continues to support this company. I am waiting it out and will use another vehicle part time to keep the mileage lower. Then I will dump the car.

      Here’s Hyundai’s bogus answer when I contacted them (knowing full well they would not accept responsibility for what they did):

      Thank you for contacting Hyundai Motor America. Hyundai values your opinions and we appreciate you taking the time to contact us with your comments and suggestions about your Elantra.

      We are extremely dismayed to learn about your concerns about the mileage on your Elantra.

      If the MPG number on the Monroney label (the large sticker in the window of new cars) on your Elantra was incorrect, we do apologize. All of the old, incorrect stickers were to have been replaced by November 2, 2012. If you purchased your Elantra prior to this date, then there is a good chance that the label may be an old, inaccurate label.

      If, however, you purchased your Elantra after November 2, 2012, the old Monroney label should have been removed, and a new, accurate label should have been put in it’s place.

      The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides basic fuel economy estimates which are intended to reflect “typical” driving conditions, but are also conducted in a controlled manner. The city and highway miles per gallon (MPG) estimates help consumers compare the fuel economy of different vehicles tested under the same procedures.

      While the EPA estimates are a useful tool for comparing vehicles, there are many factors that affect gas mileage, including how the customer drives, vehicle condition, weather conditions, fuel quality variations, use of air conditioning and other accessories (e.g. roof racks, spoilers), etc. Given these factors, the actual mileage will almost certainly vary from the EPA estimates.

      We have documented your concerns, and have forwarded them to the appropriate personnel for further review.

  • G Juan Johnson December 25, 2013

    [Re: US Hyundai-Kia Fuel Economy Litigation] [Part 2 of 4]
    Hyundai Motor America and Girard Gibbs are also named in a Los Angeles filed bankruptcy case. The State Bar of California and office of the state attorney general has been asked to revoke the license certification of two firms/dealers indirectly connected to the class action. Read the Toyota class action filed 2012 settlement agreement online to get an idea of what will happen if the Hyundai settlement is signed by the Judge. Class members received $30-$125 each, for damages and diminished value, while the CASH COW lawsuit awarded 25 law firms and 85 attorneys attorneys a whopping $227 million dollars (estimated).

  • G Juan Johnson December 25, 2013

    [Re: US Hyundai-Kia Fuel Economy Litigation] [Part 1 of 4]
    In a Inglewood, California small claims case 12S01314, a Hyundai car owner was able to get a judgment against a Hyundai dealer for $724 including court fees. A Hyundai dealer did not oppose a payout of $10,000 for the single Hyundai owner. This same car owner, by himself, sought $85 million dollars judgment against Hyundai Motor America, Los Angeles Central District case Johnson v Taylor et al. CV13-2264 FMO (MRWx).
    The proposed settlement by Girard Gibbs will give car owners at about $400, less than what the small claims court had already ruled a similar case worth. Hyundai also sought to pay the $724 themselves, thus bringing the potential value to $1400 for a single plaintiff, and the possibility of engine failure, facts that class action law firm Girard Gibbs LLP of San Francisco has ignored.

  • joseph Mecozzi February 7, 2014

    i would like to know how to become part of the class action suit against hyundia,

    Thank you.

  • Top Class Actions June 6, 2014

    UPDATE 1: Hyundai and Kia reached a $400 million class action lawsuit settlement in February 2013, which was announced in December 2013.

  • Top Class Actions June 6, 2014

    UPDATE 2: A group of breakaway Class Members filed an objection to the proposed Hyundai Kia class action lawsuit settlement, calling it “unreasonable” and “unfair” to consumers.

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