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Kia Sorento Real World MPG



  • Dear btb4,

    I have a 2012 V6 Sorento. I live in a suburban area, not a lot of traffic jams, but short runs: 1 m, 2 m. 5 m. I get 20.0 mpg overall (now 18500 miles), measured using odometer and actual gas dispensed. City mileage is worse, highway is better by 2-4 mpg. A bit hard to compare since on trips there is often a lot of stuff (and people) in the vehicle.

    I bought this to replace a Toyota Highlander hybrid that got totalled by a falling tree during a storm (new Highlander hybrids were not available due to tsunami). It has four inches less rear seat legroom than my 2011 Highlander, but footroom seems ample and no one in the back seat has ever complained. My very subjective feeling is that Toyota build quality was a little better; on the other hand, the Sorento has a lot more bells and whistles than the Highlander and cost $6K less than the hybrid. In the hybrid I was getting 25 mpg (according to computer).

    My advice (remember what you're paying for it) is that the Sorento is fine if you can live with 20 mpg. So far the only "service adjustment" was to update the computer code. Zero issues, no rattles, squeaks, anomalies.

  • par732par732 Posts: 8
    New jeep Grand Cherokee gives you 26 for sure and quality is much better. With Sorento you will get the 22 and oppose to 26 adverized.
  • My family has been a Kia family since I bought my first Spectra in 2007. I loved that car and still do. We have 4 Kia's now (07 Spectra5, 08 Spectra sedan, 12 Soul+, and 13 Sorento GDI). Since 07 I could not speak highly enough of the Kia's. However, my Soul and Sorento are both part of the MPG advertising dupping issue. I will never buy another Kia again. My feelings are if they misrepresented (or lied) about the MPG what else have they or will they lie about. Moreover, even with the admitted misrepresentation they are not standing by their customers and making it right. The new mileage adjustments are still off they down graded the MPG from 32 to 30, but the best I can ever get is 22MPG with 95% highway driving.

    So basically Buyer Beware is all I can say to you when it comes to any Kia!! I wouldn't trust them again.
  • Hi, I have the EX - AWD with the 4cyl. GDI engine. Yes, the mileage is ridiculous! City, maybe 17mg. Highway, depending upon driving speed maybe 23mpg and 21.5 combined. Too bad, I love the convenience features and performance, The ride can be noisy at times and harsh over bumps. I traded a 2011 EX - AWD V-6 for this. I wish I hadn't. As soon as I can get a favorable trade value it is gone. KIA is useless as well as Hyundai. I won't be buying another of their products. I hope things work out for the rest of you. :mad:
  • I agree with your AWD GDI mpg assessment. The mileage is total crap! On the highway, I can get about what the city rated mileage is (~21mpg). I can't get anywhere close to the highway rated mileage on the highway, or the city rated mileage in the city.

    Never again buying any KIA product.
  • greforgrefor Posts: 32
    Replying to: btb4 (Jan 21, 2013 11:50 am)

    New jeep Grand Cherokee gives you 26 for sure and quality is much better. With Sorento you will get the 22 and oppose to 26 adverized.

    Not sure where you get that from. EPA estimates on Grand Cherokee is 23 highway and cost will be many thousands more for all but the base models. On top of that I've heard bad things about reliability on all Jeep vehicles.
  • par732par732 Posts: 8

    this is class action law suit web site. I guess after this is settled we may get $150 back. Now is time to go back to reputable companies such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and even American Companies.
  • travelingirl, thx so much for your post. the length was necessary. i'm looking for new car. mpg is 1st priority. sorento was 1st on list w gdi info. in nov i almost bought. anyway, thx to this forum i will completely rethink next vehicle purchase. i am certain it will not be sorento.

    btw, i have 2008 sportage. in 2009 with 12,000 on a trip from nc to va i had problem accelerating. nearest dealership in petersburg didnt help. the autozone down the street did. later i had a defrost issue, a knocking sound they told me was the door btw the heating & defroster, brought it in a couple of times, unaware of the lemon law. thought i would never consider another kia purchase until i saw sorento advertisments w great mpg. saved by the forum! sincerely, mpg_matters
  • Yes, it is too bad. The vehicle has so much to like. However, the value is no longer there. Kia's pricing has crept to a place where it is no longer as attractive as it once was. Couple that with the gas mileage debacle it adds up to a product that has quickly become synonymous with junk. Hyundai and Kia spent billions trying to overcome buyers reluctance to purchase their products. They finally succeed in gaining a large market share. Now they are throwing it all away with a dishonest and indifferent reaction to their customers complaints. :lemon: :mad:
  • joehickjoehick Posts: 28
    Do you think Kia reads these blogs and do they care? I can tell you one thing that after speaking with there customer service people They could care less..
  • lanshilanshi Posts: 22
    Believe me Kia does not care whatsoever, I have told them about the blog and they just said they are trying to make things right. HA Has anyone gotten a good trade in for their Sorento, Looking to trading mine in. :confuse:
  • purchased KiaSorento 2013 i am sick with my mileage, 400 km to a 64 litre tank if im lucky.. was told 600.. how can they be wrong by 200 km??????? No one wants to help, dealership hasnt responded to my numerous calls , emails, complaints, had a scan said yes it was def on the low end of the specs... I hate it , it was over 40 thousand .. i want my money back, i complained the 1st week i had it, i was told .. wait till 10 k.. my god i cant afford to drive it to 10 k.. does anyone know of a class action suit in good old CANADA.. or had any luck getting a lawyer involved ..

    thanks.. :lemon:
  • I know this is for Hyundai, their step sister, but Kia may join in, posted on MSN 4 days ago :

    Owners can opt for a lump-sum payment or discounts at a Hyundai dealer. Kia's lawsuits are still pending.

    Hyundai will settle a class-action lawsuit after advertising incorrect fuel-economy estimates on about 600,000 cars sold in the U.S., according to court documents filed earlier this week.

    In November, when the Environmental Protection Agency discovered fraudulent estimates on 75 Hyundai and Kia models from 2011 to 2013, several car owners sued both companies (Kia is a subsidiary of Hyundai). The latest case filed in the Central District court of California has combined all 38 suits into one, according to Automotive News.

    The actual amount of the proposed settlement was not disclosed, although one individual suit wanted $775 million in damages to be paid. Kia is not part of the settlement but may join it, the report said.

    Before this settlement, Hyundai and Kia quickly responded with a lifetime cash reimbursement program to pay all affected owners the difference in gas money for as long as they own the cars. Owners have already signed up to receive preloaded debit cards each year depending on their annual mileage. Hyundai and Kia plan to pay out about $225 million and $187 million respectively.

    In total, about 900,000 owners are affected and stand to benefit from either payout.

    Owners who choose to be part of the settlement can no longer receive annual payments from the automaker. Instead, Hyundai owners can take a lump-sum payment, a service credit at a Hyundai dealer worth 150 percent of the lump-sum payment or a cash rebate valid on a new Hyundai equal to 200 percent of the lump-sum payment.

    Annual debit-card payments vary by state gas prices and model -- some saw their EPA ratings drop more than others -- but for a Californian owner of a 2012 Elantra driving 20,000 miles per year, the payout would be about $89, according to Automotive News.

    Ford is under an EPA investigation for similar claims that it inflated fuel-economy estimates on its C-Max and Fusion Hybrid models. Lawsuits are also pending.
  • thank you.. im thinking of just selling it.. but will keep my eyes open and go one msn
  • First of all they did not say you will get 32 miles to the gallon driving 70 miles an hour. If you drive 60 miles per hour you will notice a difference. If you back down driving 55 miles per hour on 55 speed limit road, you will get better yet. Why don't you try and drive 85 on the open highway and see if your mileage drops more. Anyone knows driving faster and stomping on your gas pedal will decrease your mileage. Next time ask at what speed you will get that mileage.
    Best of luck.
  • i drive like an old lady... no gas pedal to the metal... im off to montreal in a few days straight hwy .. we shall see what i get.. i just managed 389 km for my last full tank.. (ouch) at 75$ to fill.. come spring i may take the hit and sell on kijiji and find something def not awd.. and a 4 cyl.. i heard there is a class action suit here in CAN but cant find anyinfo on it.. so if anyone knows could you please let me know.. thanks
  • People can defend KIA all they want but when it comes down to it, they got busted and tried to half heartedly make amends. While many of us claim/can show that the mileage is worse than what they fess up to, we have the right to feel poorly about KIA. I have had plenty of cars that met, sometimes even exceeded the MPG EPA estimates under the same comfortable driving habits I still use...
    To add my misgivings about KIA, I note that the Soul was discounted dramatically (6 MPGS?), and they advertise a special price on the 2013 Sorento on a TV commercial here, while showing a 2014 model which is 80% new comes across as "dirty."
  • I know that is a bummer when you spend that kind of money and don't get what they suggest( in perfect weather) These vehicles could and should be getting 50 mpg but the gov has control on this and are making money on us buying more oil and gas. It is only going to get worse if we have the gov control everything. I have noticed that if you want great mileage you have to get the smallest engine and 2WD and a stick shift. But who wants to buy a stick.
    Have a good week.
  • Thank you for that information. I was actually going to look at the Kia sorento but have changed my mind now. I will keep looking also. Toyota and Honda and Subaru are my next ventures. The outback sounds good.
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