The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Transcontinental Challenge

Discussion in 'Hyundai' started by xcel, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    I bet two pips, too, and told Wayne earlier in the thread that if the fuel gage is showing three pips when he's 20 miles out, he should do some 0-60 testing...

    This is indeed a great way to mark the arrival of the new year.

    Go, Wayne! Go!
  2. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Happy New Year Wayne, wherever you are! :D
  3. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    On 1/1/2011 at 01: 19 AM EST, a special car arrived at the Jekyll Island, GA Entry Gate.

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Transcontinental Challenge – Final

    Sonata Hybrid at Jekyll Island Gate.

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid MFD Screens at Jekyll Island - 60.7 mpg - 1029.6 miles - 2,250.8 total miles.​

    3-pips so let us say both Mike and Chris guessed right with Darrell dead on ;) About half a mile from the gate heading back out to find a filling station, she lost the 10th fuel pip. Two were showing at the fuel pump.

    2,269.3 Trip B miles when I parked her at an Exxon Station for her final fill a few miles inland. She had another ~ 2.5 gallons and could have almost made it another 150 or so miles!

    I have all the fill details that I will post pics of later today. I need to get a few in an attempt to snap some pics over the Atlantic Coast at dawn :rolleyes:

    Second Tank Details

    106 miles DTE
    60.7 mpgUS
    Trip A: 1,048.1
    Trip B: 2,269.3
    Odo: 2644
    17.92 gallons
    58.49 mpg

    2011 NAIAS – North American Car of the Year Tally – San Diego, CA to Brunswick, GA

    YearMakeModelPriceChargesFillsTime to charge and fill

    2011NissanLEAF$32K +31NALots
    2011ChevroletVolt$41K +166 trips to the gas station.
    2011HyundaiSonata Hybrid$25,780 +NA1Only one visit needed…

    2nd Tank – Breckenridge, TX to Brunswick, GA

    # PIP LossEstimated MilesActual Miles
    1NA362.7 actual
    2NAxxxxx actual
    3NA553.5 actual
    4NAxxxx actual
    5NAxxxx actual
    6NA706.1 actual
    7NAxxxx actual
    8NAxxxx actual
    9NA957.7 actual
    10NA1,030.1 actual
    11NAxxxx actual
    12NAxxxx actual

    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  4. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Congratulations! An excellent finale to what was a nail biter for many among the membership. An outstanding performance by the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid as well as by Wayne, who poked and probed every corner of the car's powertrain performance and wrung some incredible numbers out of it while crossing mountains, and cutting through fog, rain, and headwinds, while dealing with temperatures that we all know slash ultimate fuel economy numbers.
  5. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Nice job congrats Wayne.
  6. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Congratulations Wayne,

    I knew you could do it. :Banane06:
  7. vangonebuy

    vangonebuy Well-Known Member

    Congrats and Happy New Year.

    My wife has a question: Did you run the Hyundai on reg or premium? What octane?

    My question is: How many Pepsi's remain?

    Sleep well.

    Latinsexyass cam
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  8. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Here are this morning’s tank MFD and Details…

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Transcontinental Challenge

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - MFD Details at Exxon Station.
    60.7 mpg - 106 miles DTE - Trip A: 1048.1 miles - Trip B: 2269.3 miles.


    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Challenge - Fill Details at the Exxon Station:
    Sonata Hybrid – Bouquet – Top Off on 17.920 gallons.​

  9. paulbates

    paulbates Well-Known Member

    Incredible Wayne! Great job. Congratulations and Happy New Year!
  10. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    And why Jekyll Island, Georgia?

    Not only was it a great destination along the Atlantic seaboard, something far more prolific occurred there with regards to a “Transcontinental Challenge”. One with far more reaching benefits for society as a whole in fact!

    While Darrell has mentioned this locale used to be an off the beaten path location for many of the wealthiest US residents in the past, it is also known for a special telephone call made 95 years ago…

    In 1915, Jekyll Club member Theodore Newton Vail, President of AT&T at the time, picked up the receiver of a telephone to officially introduce transcontinental telephone service to the citizens of the United States.

    Vail was not only known as the chief proponent of the telephone in his day, but he also created and expanded long distance service and networks back when high-tech was a Model T!

    At 4 PM on January 25, 1915, Vail spoke from Jekyll Island to a group of dignitaries including President Woodrow Wilson in Washington DC, Alexander Graham Bell in NY and Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson in San Francisco.

    Vails voice heard by Watson in San Francisco set a long distance record of voice communication over 4,750 miles (not as the crow flies mind you ;)) That far exceeds anything we could have possibly considered or achieved over the past week.

    The event coincided with the opening of the San Francisco World’s Fair where Long Distance communication via the telephone was considered not only the future of voice communication, but laid the groundwork for our current method of communication via the Internet!

    Vail had to be prescient as he predicted the telephone would not only create a social and economic revolution (it did!) but that would one day benefit millions. In reality, it was billions but whose counting ;)

    In honor of this achievement and of the individual, the US telephone service went silent for one minute upon Vail’s passing on April 16, 1920.

    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011
  11. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Sometimes even a blind squirrel finds the nut ;) And taken with my cheap point and shot Cannon IS 570.

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Transcontinental Challenge Epilog

    The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid w/ BlueDrive overlooking the marshes of Jekyll Island, GA.​

    Anyone else like this pic taken a little after sunrise earlier this morning?

  12. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Great Wayne. Now where are you off to.
  13. joesgot4

    joesgot4 Well-Known Member

    congratulations Wayne, the hyundai sonata hybrid is awesome! wayne,you are also the MAN! If i owned or was high up in a car company i would hire you to work on the most fixable problem in most modern cars and we at CLEANMPG know what that is but for clarity sake "the nut behind the wheel" Dude hyundai should snatch you up and make you a job offer! too bad i dont own a car company! ha ha ha!
    later troy
  14. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator


    Congrats on a job well done. Simply amazing.

    And Happy New Year!

  15. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    Unfortunately, there is some kind of movie being shot at Jekyll Island and I could not get close to the water this morning. So I did the next best thing and found some open space near a bridge just after dawn with the following… While not as majestic as the mighty Atlantic, the Salt Water marshes incorporate far more natural beauty with any number of native wildlife living there year round.

    2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Transcontinental Challenge

    Sonata Hybrid overlooking the Salt Water Marshes of Jekyll Island GA.

    Notice the sculpted rear LED taillights in this one ;)

    Last shot before heading out to Ann Arbor, MI to give the HSH back to our friends at Hyundai :(

    Leaving Jekyll Island and heading over the Bridge to Brunswick, GA.​

    I traveled what was called the Georgia Scenic Highway and Coast road for over 60-miles in order to get a shot of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid on the Atlantic Coast to no avail. I could certainly see the Atlantic’s edge on the TomTom but I did not know how to get to a location I wanted :ccry: Hopefully the Marsh shots make up for it.

    And regarding those shots, who needs a 4-wheel drive to do a little off-road excursion ;) Actually, the HSH was about three feet off the roads edge on hard ground above the marsh.

    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  16. SentraSE-R

    SentraSE-R Pishtaco

    Congratulations, Wayne! I could have told you there's a gas station on Jekyll Island, but it's probably not open at 1 a.m. That's an amazing accomplishment for you, CleanMPG, Hyundai, and hypermilers everywhere.

    I could have showed you some Atlantic Ocean vistas from Jekyll Island, but the marsh views are more typical for the area. I love your photo, BTW. Georgia's 100 miles of shoreline contain more marshland than any other state on the east coast. Sydney Lanier's poem "The Marshes of Glynn," immortalizes them, and Brunswick/Jekyll Island are located in Glynn County.
  17. xcel

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

    Hi Chris:

    It was a nail biter and thanks to the super-sized capacity Hyundai Sonata Hybrid fuel tank and fuel economy capability, its owners will not be visiting the fuel station very often!

    As we discussed in I believe the first post and many times pre and post since, I thought I had bitten off a bit more than I could swallow on this one given the time of the year when Hyundai could release one of their pride and joys to us. September/October, sure. December/January, are you nuts :D

    Thinking back on how I was fighting for darn near every extra yard of Real Estate in order to achieve the excellent range of tank #1, the overall outcome seems a lot easier today than it did over the past week. I was fortunate for yours and the forum members assistance, an excellent highway car in the 2011 Sonata Hybrid and the Hypermiling Gods clearing a weather corridor for me to traverse. The right time and the right place to do battle with the ever present EPA and while we took a beating in the process, the outcome was worth every second :)

    Jud, I am stopped at my favorite fast sustenance intake location in Riceboro, GA and am staring at I-95 as I type. I will be headed up the 95 to I-77 to I-75 to Ann Arbor. I would love to stop by but it is a bit out of my way. If I decide to head up I-26 to I-75, you might be driving an HSH tomorrow if you are home ;)

    Al, thanks as always! Good luck with all of your employees in the new year too!

    Tom, the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was running on regular 87 unleaded which it is spec’ed for.

    I was also wondering if anyone was going to ask about the Pepsi Challenge? I finished off the 24th after almost 5-days in Waycross, GA, just 60-miles from the Finish. While the car made it on less than 2 tanks, the driver did not quite make it on less than a case. Damn siren call of the Pepsi anyway :D

    Paul, happy new year to you to and thank you for your help with the weather tracking stuff! I cannot wait until we all meet you at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show Press Event less than two weeks from now!

    Troy, while I was taking on this challenge, few know that you are trying to break 50 for the first time in your Malibu just before it heads to the trade-in lot in exchange for the 11 Elantra you have been talking about. I am behind you as are the rest of the forum membership when it comes to reducing fuel consumption in whatever we own and drive and you are proving it “big time” in your current ride. I cannot wait to hear what you will do in your 11 Elantra next month!

    Glen, thank you! And I still think you have one of the best and most well rounded fleets amongst the members here.

    Darrell, you would have been a tremendous asset on this trip and I wish you were along for the ride. Your knowledge of the route and especially the destination proved to be very useful indeed! The next time someone calls you on Christmas Eve and says “let’s go”, tell your wife and family it’s a Hypermiling Emergency and you must drop everything including Santa Claus to save a challenge from itself ;)

    38% charge left on the laptop. A new record high level for my usual 2 to 4-hours of bumbling posts and pic uploads ending up with it screaming “I am going to take myself down if you do not plug me in”! I will post the answer to the latest Hyundai trivia question later this afternoon and post yet one more before I stop for the night.

    Coming to you almost live from somewhere on the road that some of us appear to call home a lot more often then we want to as of late :rolleyes:

    Mike or Chris, when you have the time, can you find all the Hyundai trivia Q’s and A’s throughout this monster diatribe of mine and place them altogether for everyone to read in one coherent post? TIA.

    Somewhere on the road called life, there is a guy behind the wheel of a brand new (well it was brand new 5-days ago anyway ;)) 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid enjoying XM’s Blend, 80’s on the 8 and 90’s on the 9, and the beautiful surrounds of one hell of a gorgeous and fuel efficient highway automobile!

    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  18. jjinwi

    jjinwi Member


    Congratulations and Happy New Year!!! !:Banane06:

    Nice way to end 2010 & begin 2011!!!

    NOW for the big question none have asked....

    Since you have driven both the standard Sonata (non-hybrid) and the hybrid for extended road trips...

    How does the hybrid compare to the standard Sonata??? Is the hybrid worth the extra $$$ OR is the standard Sonata just too good to justify buying the hybrid??? Which would you buy???

    What say you????

    Thanks & Happy New Year!!!

  19. atlaw4u

    atlaw4u Well-Known Member

    Congratulations Wayne and thanks to Hyundai. It is apparent they are taking fuel economy, reliability, and styling quite seriously.
  20. xcel

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

    Hi All:

    I thought I was going to hit the road but I forgot to tell you another little story about this little adventure having to do with my mom…

    Early this morning, I receive a call just as I was falling asleep after my last post from the car. Mind you it was 03:30 AM EST or about 02:30 AM her time. She called to make sure I made it ok and saw I had just logged off the site for the night so thought it would be a good time to call :)

    She is absolutely to cool for words!!!

    JJ, the Sonata Hybrid can best the std. Sonata w/ a stick on the highway and does so without having to resort to using any really advanced techniques. There are only maybe 10-people in the world going to that length most of the time and probably 7 of them are members here :D

    If it were me, I like the control I had from the 2011 Hyundai Sonata with the stick let alone the totally affordable nature of it. I mean anyone looking at a new car can afford a base Sonata GLS w/a stick at the prices they are being offered for nowadays.

    That said, for everyone else, the Sonata Hybrid makes a heck of a lot of sense thanks in part to its sheer size, comfort, std. amenities and highway cruising capability that I have not experienced from the rest of the mid-size/large size sedan contingent to date. The Sonata Hybrid rules the Interstates with a very big stick and it would be a good choice for anyone interested.
    Reid, I have to say you definitely described Hyundai in one sentence or less :)

    And my laptop just did the 11% remaining and I am expecting the 7% remaining warning before she goes dark any minute now… So much for the new laptop charge sustaining record :rolleyes:


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