Details Emerge on Hyundai Cash Back, $1.49 Gas


Yesterday, Hyundai announced its new $1.49 gallon of gas incentive. Buyers of new Hyundais would get a guaranteed price of $1.49 per gallon of gas for a year rather than traditional cash-back incentives. Today, Hyundai has released which models not only get the gas offer, but also include additional cash back.

The full list is below.

Eligible for $1.49 Gas Offer: Cash Back

  • 2009 Hyundai Sonata: $2,000
  • 2009 Hyundai Elantra: $1,000
  • 2009 Hyundai Accent: $500
  • 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe: $1,000
  • 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring: $500
  • 2009 Hyundai Tucson: No Cash Back
  • 2009 Hyundai Veracruz: No Cash Back
  • 2009 Hyundai Azera: No Cash Back



2009|Hyundai|Elantra Touring





Hyundai definitely knows how to stimulate one's psyche...

It's sad that so many consumers still attribute Hyundai to their low-quality products produced in the '90s, however.



If you think that Hyundai quality is superb today, you making a mistake. They are around average for the brand. People do have to go back for good number of warranty work.


So can you choose to take $1,000 cash back instead of the cheap gas deal? For example, can you get $2,000 cash back on a Santa Fe if you skip the gas deal?

All the prices above are + cash back. So $1.49 plus $2000 cash back for the sonata. What you don't get is the FULL cash back amount which could be more, like $3-$4,000 for example.


Where did I insinuate that Hyundai had "superb" products? All I merely stated was their quality is higher than what it was in the '90s.

I'm not a spokesperson for Hyundai. Never owned one, probably never will.


I own a 03 Elantra. I was skeptical because of their history in the 90's. So far 130,000 miles and no problems other than a air bag sensor that had to be replaced. I have an offer from a local dealer for an additional $1,500 cash back for Hyundai owners. I could get a new Elantra for around $12,000 plus the cheap gas. Mighty tempting.

Dave Wuss

I think Hyundai offers the best value hands-down. My neighbor has 3 kids in college so when it came time to replace his Camry (167k) he went with the Sonata. It's just as nice as any of the market leaders: Accord, Camry, or Altima, and if I remember correctly the Sonata was cheaper by nearly $2900. I call that a bargain.


Tony, please provide some data for your statement, "People do have to go back for good number of warranty work."

I currently own my 5th Hyundai and each has given me nearly flawless performance. None of them has ever left me stranded and warranty work was never more than one dealership visit per vehicle.

For example, my '04 Elantra went to the shop once. It was for a misfire and it turned out the insulator on one of the spark plugs had a hairline fracture. Hardly Hyundai's fault. Still, it was replace, no charge.

My current Hyundai has 56,000 miles and the only issue has been a brake light switch failure at the pedal ... replaced under warranty in about 30 minutes at the dealership.


A month ago I leased a new Hyundai Genesis V6. I was (and still am) absolutely blown away by the build quality and features offered for the price. I've had Lexus' (Lexi?), Toyotas and Hondas before, and this is a top-flight Lexus for half the price.

OK you don't get the fancy showroom, service lounge and free Cokes, but the dealer offers a courtesy car when the Genesis is in for service which is the only service feature that is important to me.

If I hadn't seen the Genesis before, and it didn't have any logos on it, I would swear that it was a Lexus. It looks and drives just like one.

The quality of the interior is second to none, the paint is flawless and the panel gaps are assembled to very high tolerances. The car rides as solidly and as smoothly and quietly as my old LS400 did, but the ultra-smooth engine has more power. I've been underneath the car and examined it inside out, and this is one very well buit and well engineered car.

I remember when the Excel came out in the 1980's and the doors would almost fall off when you honked the horn. I am absolutely amazed that Hyundai has come so far so quickly. Even the Sonatas and other Hyundai models appear very well built and I'll probably get one for my son.

The other day someone asked me what kind of Lexus the Genesis was, and I told them "A cheap one!".

If anyone dismisses a Hyundai because of the name and without checking it out first, they are losing out.

I proudly drive the flying "H" knowing I'm driving one of the best cars in the world for a comparative bargain.

Troy S.

I toured the Hyundai plant in Montgomery Alabama. I was amzaed at the entire car building process. Even more amazing was how happy all the employees were while they were assembling the vehicles.

The whole process was efficient and high tech. Kudos to Hyundai.

No... I don't own one but, when it comes time to replace my aging Honda Civic, I will give Hyundai serious consideration.

Hey, I actually saw this commercial today. Kinda shocking since it just went into effect. Also saw the 72-hour GM one, too.

Billy, be careful talking on subjects you aren't knowledgeable about. In the recent J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Hyundai was the top ranked non-premium brand, ahead of Honda and Toyota. It ranked fourth overall, just a few steps behind Caddy, Porsche and Lexus. In fact, Genesis tied Lexus for the fewest problems per 100 cars with 84.

Bily, my bad. I meant to write that Tony needs to be careful with his posts. Typing too fast...


If you get the cash for clunkers when buying a Hyundai can you still get the $1.49 gas?

John Dunn

Could you please send meinformtion on the
MoneyHyundai is returning to Elantra
Drivers because the 29 mpg in city is
Overrated and the Elantra gets less than that.
I'd would appreciate that. Thank you.

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