An All-American Road Trip with the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, May 30, 2012.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Ksstathead:

    Been watching it to make sure it would not hamper my return. I did get up to Mt Evans this afternoon and could see two forest fires including the one near Pikes Peak in the distance from 10,000' ASL and above.

    Thunderstruck, many do this today. We should get you in an Insight 1 sometime. It had 4 including an LMPG! I do with the Hyundai’s had two attached to both Trip A/B functions.

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    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT paralleling the Colorado River on I-70​

    I-70 was a SOB! Heavy traffic from Grand Junction to Rifle and they were moving really fast. Reminded me of I-81 running through Virginia.

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    Yet another Sonata Hybrid sighting, this time on I-70. This was I believe the 7th of the trip including Tom’s.


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    4 Dodge Darts moving fast. They passed and I passed them when they probably had to refuel.
    They passed again and we parted ways. The White lead had a Hero attached to the roof.


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    Eisenhower Tunnel - 65.6 mpg from 4,600 ASL to 11,158 ASL and 192 miles.​

    The highlight was leaving Grand Junction, CO at 4,600’, driving 192 miles and climbing to the top of Vail Summit at 10,603’ ASL, falling back to ~ 8,500’ ASL or so level and climbing back to the Eisenhower Tunnel peak at 11,158 just a few miles later. Maybe 60 + mpg actual but for a climb like that fighting tooth and nail every high speed vehicle on I-70 for almost 200 miles in mid to high 90 degree F temps was pretty cool. I avoid the center of the country due to these ridiculous climbs but sometimes you just “gotta do whatcha gotta do” ;)

    Wayne
     
  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The tank is sitting at ¼ left after 776.8 miles displayed and 814 miles actual per google maps. The SG-II is showing 70.7 for the tank but I grabbed my prototype and not my retail so I could not setup fuel cut for the descent out of Mt Evans while using just basic techniques :angry: In other words, I was recording 25 to 50 mpg coming down with the prototype SG-II when little fuel was actually used over that 28 mile descent.

    Even with all the climbs and descents including Mt Evans, I suspect the 2013 Elantra GT is probably sitting at about 66 to 67 mpgUS actual?

    I reset the OEM aFCD for the Mt Evans ascent and descent from almost I-70, all the way to the top and back down to the same point since I was only going to use basic techniques for the RT drive. And the RT over 56 miles was?

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    48.9 mpg (probably 47.5 mpg actual?) for the ascent and descent of Mt Evans, the tallest drivable peak in the US.​

    What does this tell us? Busting the EPA by 44% is as easy as climbing the tallest, steepest and drivable mountain with the worst road in the entire US and coming back down again ;)

    Wayne
     
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    This connection at the Mc Donald's in Fort Morgan sucks so even though I have all the pics cropped and resized, I cannot upload them.

    God only knows when the next chance to get these up will occur. Wait until you see the huge animals and how I lured them to the Elantra GT with some animal crackers of all things. I knew those cookies would come in handy and apparently the mountain goats or mountain sheep or whatever they were must have liked them. I hope I do not get arrested for feeding 12 animal crackers to a group of wild sheep/goats :rolleyes: :D

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    Hold it right there bucko or I am going to give your all-new 13 Elantra GT a little horns to body action :eek:

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    Feeding the goats from the Elantra GT with animal crackers shaped like Big Horn Sheep (notice it on the sill ;))​

    Wayne
     
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Here is the rest of Mount Evans I could not get up yesterday… One of the last great driving adventures in North America.

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    Mt Evans - Poor Road Conditions and this was a good section other than no guard rails and a 1,000' drop off ;)
    On some sections you had to worry about scraping the under carriage it was so rough :eek:


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    Mt Evans - Road conditions were ridiculous! Two lanes wide on the switchbacks? Better hope there are not two Large SUV’s opposing one another ;)


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    Ascending Mt Evans with more climbing to go...


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    Mt Evans - Climbing above the tree line.


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    Mt Evans - Nearing the summit twofer!


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    Mt Evans - Nearing Summit.


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    Do Not Feed the Animals from a 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT ;)


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    Mt Evans - At the summit and parked at 14,130 ft. ASL.


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    More Mountain Goats on the descent. The first picture almost looks like He/She was posing for the camera.
    So much so I thought it was a statue at first until it took off with the little one in tow.


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    Mt Evans - The descent begins in earnest.


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    Mt Evans - Parked at a Nature Center on the way down.​

    Once off the mountain, the tank SG-II aFCD dropped from 74.3 before the climb to 68.7 mpg just before I got back on I-70 :(

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    Hottest temps besides Phoenix and the California desert… 102 degrees F just outside Denver :(

    Wayne
     
  5. fishnrib

    fishnrib Christian

    Wayne I don't think you will be arrested feeding those goats because you fed them "Animal"crackers". ;) I an jealous of you seeing such wonderful sights that God has given us to enjoy.

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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Tom:

    I think on the next trip you and some of our CleanMPG friends need to come along for the ride of a lifetime :)

    2013 Hyundai Elantra GT Fuel Economy

    I filled up this morning at a Shell on US 385 and I-76 in Julesburg, CO and was about 15 miles into the low fuel light with DTE showing - - below ~ 31 miles DTE. That is the last I saw a number anyway. The SG-II tank mpg was showing 70.7 mpgUS.

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    918 miles (turn by turn) covered on first tank

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    Initial top off at a Sinclair in Flagstaff, AZ.

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    First measured top off to top off fill at the Shell in Julesburg, CO: (918 miles - Google maps actual) on 12.741 gal = 72.051 mpg.​

    The SG-II read 70.7 mpg so all of the mpg readings from Flagstaff though Monument Valley, up to the Eisenhower Tunnel, the climb and descent of Mt Evans were under the actual!!! Damn!!!

    Odometer and Trip A/B continue to under report like all Hyundai’s as of late. At steady state, it is under reporting by 3.0%. Under advanced driving conditions, the Trip A/B of 875.8 miles under reports by 4.6% compared to an actual distance traveled of 918 miles.

    The 27/39/31 mpgUS city/highway/combined rated Elantra GT hatch pulled a heck of a nice 72 mpg result easily doubling its combined so yes indeed this is one hot hatch ;)

    More thoughts on the results… Since this included an initial elevation drop of 3,400’ (gas station in Flagstaff, AZ at 6,900’ ASL to the Shell in Julesburg, CO at 3,500), a good driver would have achieved a free 35 miles distance out of that. If this were city speeds, closer to 85 miles more than likely but this was an all-highway drive. With the highway case, the actual mpg calculations on a normalized flat segment would be ~ 888 miles/12.741 gallons = 69.7 mpgUS.

    Since this tank also included the Mt Evans ascent, the SG-II showed the Elantra GT hatch tank mpg average drop from an indicated 74.3 mpg to 68.7 mpg. With the inability to achieve a fuel cut specific number with my ancient prototype SG-II, the tank mpg’s would have fallen by ~ 3.5 mpg actual more than likely which would have brought the Elantra GT’s actual up to ~ 73 mpgUS!!! That is a scary high number for an all-highway drive in a vehicle EPA rated at 27/39 mpgUS.

    While the average driver will never achieve these results, the Elantra GT with its 6-speed stick is capable of taking out a Gen-III Prius on an all-highway drive at the limits which for a hot hatch is pretty damn impressive no matter how you look at it.

    Wayne
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Ok so I wasted a few hours at a McDonald’s in Ogallala, NE and it was worth it ;)

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    Crossing into NE.​

    Having driven into Nebraska earlier this morning (pardon the lousy pic, it was taken into a quickly rising sun from the right and behind with the trees shadowing the sign.) and 824 miles to go, should I say screw it and set CC at 80 mph? You know there is not a chance in hell of that happening so its back on the road for the final leg of the All-American Road Trip.

    To think we started out in a Sonata Hybrid in NY City, visited the Met’s, the Indian’s, the Brewers and the Rockies at their home stadiums. We visited the Cardinals and Royals stadiums although they were off unfortunately :(

    We took a detour to the Elantra GT, Elantra Coupe and Veloster Turbo Short Lead in San Diego CA, swapped out of the 2012 Sonata Hybrid to take possession of a super hatch called the Elantra GT at the same event.

    Afterwards we drove to Phoenix to watch the Diamondbacks, visited Monument Valley, took on I-70 and the Eisenhower Tunnel, crested Mt Evans and filled this morning with a spectacular result.

    The Forest Gump statement:
    certainly applies here and who knows what if anything will be next?

    Does anyone have a great destination in Iowa :D

    Wayne
     
  8. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    Beautiful scenrery - thanks for the detailed photos and descriptions.
     
  9. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    If you're passing a nice wind farm, snap a good picture for us. :D
     
  10. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    an ethanol mill :)
     
  11. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    The "Field of Dreams". Get there before they open or after they close and see if you can get the GT out there on the field for some stunning photo potential.
    It'd work well with the baseball-theme we enjoyed while you headed west, and it would be an excellent "Rounding Third and Heading Home" landmark to wind things up.
     
  12. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

    Hi Wayne,
    Just caught up with your East bound trip. More great stuff.

    Any more of those "stealthy" McDonald's out there in the west?

    Glad you got that Eisenhower tunnel shot eastbound.

    A picture like Chris just suggested or something with a lot of Iowa cornfield in it would certainly be "All American."

    Say Safe,
    Mike
     
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Reid:

    Thanks!

    Colin, the sun is setting and there were plenty of opportunities but I had to get to a McDonald’s to get this stuff uploaded. Anyway, here are three windmills just outside the window I am sitting next too and they are located in a corn field of all things ;) To bad they are over the ridge.

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    Windmills just over the ridge outside the McDonald's window as I type.​

    Herm, not a chance ;)

    Chris, I was informed earlier today that there may be an iMiEV in my drive tomorrow so I have to hit it :ccry:

    EVuser, I really need to do something nice to wind this trip up… Hmmm.

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    The definition of a Hot Hatch is 70 + mpg and < $22K with almost all the fixins. Yeah, Hyundai has got you covered ;)


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    Some Nebraska history...


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    Pony Express detail.


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    109.0 miles and 109 degrees F. Actually saw 111 degrees F in Western NE about 15-minutes later :eek:


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    Leaving Nebraska while crossing the Missouri to get to Iowa … Say that fast 3 times.


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    DWL and between the limits. I called CR England to give them kudo's about this driver. Best on the trip in fact!


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    80's on 8 - Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins – This was my theme song coming down out of the Eisenhower Tunnel
    to the Mount Evans Exit 21 miles and maybe 1/2 mile of pulses over 3 restarts. It was a hairy glide to put it lightly ;)


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    Animal Cracker Fun. Big Horn sheep about to get eaten by a Mountain Goat. Or is it the other way around :D

    Wayne
     
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  14. all_about_the_glide

    all_about_the_glide Well-Known Member

    Maybe Wayne's spent too much time alone ^^^ ??? :D
     
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    :D :D :D

    Does anyone know why I would be in Dyersville, IA this morning?

    Wayne
     
  16. EVuser

    EVuser Well-Known Member

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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    If you build it, they will come.
     
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    I had this planned but wanted to make it a surprise... Surprise!

    While in Dyersville, IA known as the “Farm Toy Capital of the World” and home to three farm toy companies and two national farm toy shows, there is nothing more American the National Farm Toy Museum. Some of the treasures hidden amongst the thousands of toys on display include:
    • A life-size John Deere tractor
    • American Farm and Agricultural history
    • History of local manufacturers toy making process
    • Original Ertl assembly line display
    Pricing is $5.00 per adult, $4 seniors, $3 kids 6 - 17 and children 5 and under are free.

    There are two full floors of the earliest to the very latest farm toys on display and I only wish I had more time in the museum to take some more pics and absorb as mush detail as humanly possible.

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    2013 Elantra GT at the National Farm Toy Museum.

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    Headline from the Dyersville Commercial dated April 30, 1959 -- It’s Official! Ertl Company Plant To Be Built Here!

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    You can find more at the National Farm Toy Museum website.

    Now that was an excursion off the beaten path and well worth my time!

    Wayne
     
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:
    It is coming up and wait until you hear what they are going to build by 2014... And they will come to that too ;)

    This is the artists rendering.

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    “Field of Dreams” expansion. The original is in the lower right corner.​

    While visiting with the Dyersville Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation offices, I was informed of the vast ball field(s) expansion being prepped for the current “Field of Dreams” Lansing property. Don and Becky Lansing are third generation owners and apparently will be the last.

    An LLC by the name of “Go the Distance Baseball” run by the Stillman family from Chicago has the Lansing’s property under contract to purchase if they can raise $38 million from private investors for a massive baseball and softball complex development. The LLC has already received a lucrative tax rebate agreement in which they will receive up to $16 million of the state tax proceeds generated on site over a maximum 10 year period.

    An Economic Impact Study was completed by a professional sports third party organization last year showing that the expansion “should” create an annual “in area” spending amount of $47 Million USD and an on-site tax revenue estimate of $13 Million over 10 years after operations begin.

    A separate sports business group completed a feasibility study soon afterwards showing that the Economic Impact Study’s income and tax revenue projections were indeed reasonably achievable.

    “The additional revenue from Hotel-Motel tax due to increased room night stays will bring much needed tax proceeds to the county and state,” said Jacque Rahe, Executive Director of the Dyersville Economic Development Corporation. “We are excited and thrilled to have the Group bring this opportunity to our community.”

    The Lansings have clearly made it be known that the new buyers must preserve the “Field of Dreams” legacy for generations to come and apparently the Stillman’s will be doing just that.

    The current plan for the property includes safeguarding the existing buildings, ball field and a multiple acre buffer for corn growth while adding up to 24 additional fields for baseball and softball tournaments and an indoor training facility.

    I am really excited for Dyersville although some of the neighbors are definitely not on board. While visiting the “Field of Dreams” site this afternoon, someone had cut down the Field of Dreams entry sign last night either as a prank or sign of condemnation.

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    Wayne
     
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  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    And now for the real “Field of Dreams

    Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa!

    Kevin Costner......played Ray Kinsella the "crazy" farmer

    James Earl Jones......as Terence Mann, the 60's era writer

    Amy Madigan......as Annie Kinsella, the farmer’s wife

    Burt Lancaster......as Archie "Doc" Graham

    Ray Liotta (pronounced Lee-oh-ta) ......as "Shoeless Joe" Jackson

    This baseball field is a little piece of heaven on earth and a place where dreams really can come true.

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    We are in Dyersville, Iowa at the century-old Lansing farm and what better place to carve a ball diamond from a field of corn and to make a movie about pursuing one's dreams, no matter how much effort it takes!

    I met a number of baseball aficionado’s while visiting for an hour or two including Erik Thomson from Seattle and his uncle Al Arneson from Missoula, MT who themselves are on a national Major and Minor league tour including visits to Wrigley, Cooperstown, the Louisville Slugger factory and the Toledo Mudhens over the previous two weeks.

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    Al Arneson and his nephew Erik Thomson at the “Field of Dreams”.​

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    To conclude our All-American Road Trip with the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Elantra GT, I hope you enjoyed visiting a good number of major league ball parks and the unique US attractions along the way.

    Can you think of a better place than the Field of Dreams to reflect upon past adventures and dream about future ones yet to come? I also hope you enjoyed my little piece of heaven while behind the windscreen of two very exceptional automobiles :D

    Wayne
     
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