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Kia Sorento Real World MPG

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  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    edited September 2010
    I disagree totally with you as far as break in periods go. I have always found that MPG improves over time. I have found that even in my 2009 Ford Fusion that my peak MPG was reached at about 5000 miles. My Sorento has gotten better as well.. My EX V6 is running about 19 MPG City and just a hair under 26 MPG Hwy and I believe it will easily surpass the Highway mileage once it hits about 5000 miles. How where you able to return a new car after a month? Did you trade it in? I find the Leather front seats in my Sorento to be very comfortable. My problem is with the second row seats. Legroom is very tight. I wish that I would have waited until the 2011 Ford Edge came out. Has a V6 rated at 295Hp getting 19 City/27 Hwy. This is a larger vehicle with about 40 inches rear legroom versus the crappy 26 inches the Sorento has. I have just seen and sat in one at the Ford Dealership last Friday when I took my Fusion in for and Oil Change. Much more vehicle than the smallish CRV, Rav4, Forester, etc. Of course, you would have to pay a premium for the same options that I have on my EX. About $7K more. My concern with the Sorento I have is not with the MPG, but with all the rattles that have already developed on a vehicle that now has only 2800 miles on it. My Fusion has just over 24,000 miles and not one interior rattle. Nicest mid sized non luxury vehicle I have ever owned hands down. That's a major reason that I should have stayed with Ford. Very high quality dependable vehicles. Not too sure about Kia.
  • antons911antons911 Posts: 21
    Don't be ridicules , all cars need break in. I have bought new Chevrolet less than a year ago. Mileage improved after about 5k, and it started to have better acceleration.
  • antons911antons911 Posts: 21
    don't trust the computer for short driving period. Drive at least 30 miles to get a proper reading.
  • rgnmgrrgnmgr Posts: 1
    Our 2011 Kia Sorento SX - V6 - does not come close to the mileage ratings shown by Kia. Our typical city mpg is about 15 mpg per the car computer. We are not hotrodders, and do not commute in stop and go traffic. We are very disappointed as better economy was a reason we moved up to this new vehicle.
    As a side note we were also disappointed to find that this vehicle does not have daytime running lights since Kia touts safety.
    Also be aware that this top of the line model has NO backup audio system as do their other models. We were told after the fact that the upgraded "chrome" bumpers forced the removal of this feature to the highest model in their line up.
    Color offerings are severly limited. Hope you like "black".
    Buyers remorse..?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,041
    How many miles? See post 14 for another view.
  • velcrodadvelcrodad Posts: 2
    I've owned my 2011 Sorento EX 4 FWD for about 18 months now and have been terribly disappointed with the mileage, which was stuck at about 22mpg no matter what. City driving was poor, freeway driving @ 70 mph or higher stunk. It was basically good only if going 55mph.

    All that changed last week. I took it on a trip and hit 22,000 miles at the beginning of the trip. The first fill-up averaged 23.6 mpg, next was 24.9, next 26.5, and finally --- wait for it ---- 28 mpg. Most miles were freeway @ 70 or better. Hopefully this trend continues.

    I guess the break-in period on this Sorento must have been 20,000 miles.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,041
    Summer gas. :-)

    Or maybe you hit three non-ethanol stations in a row.

    Whatever you are doing, keep it up, lol.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    My Sorento EX V6 has actually gotten worse and it has almost 12,000 miles on it now. I have posted in this thread how happy I had been with the mpg, but now we have been getting around 16mpg in suburban driving. Don't know why it has gotten worse. We are taking a trip to Pittsburgh this weekend and I'm hoping our highway mileage is still good.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    Took our Sorento on our trip to Pittsburgh this past weekend. Happy to report that we got about 26mpg going and 25 on the return trip. This was strictly highway and about 30% two lane driving. A/C was used the entire trip. Speeds varied from 60mph to 70mph and was able to use my cruise almost the whole way going. Traffic was heavier this morning which made it more difficult to use the cruise in the 2 lane parts. Haven't been able to figure out why the in town mpg has been so low. My wife drives it about 90% of the time except for trips, so it may be caused by her driving habits. Tried to watch to see what she might be doing or not doing that may cause the lower numbers. So far no luck.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,041
    A reporter wants to talk with people who expected to get better gas mileage in their relatively new vehicle. Please email pr@edmunds.com by Tuesday, July 19, 2011 with your daytime contact information and a few words about your experience. Thank you.
  • I bought my 2011 Kia Sorento in Feburary 2011 brand new no miles. I currently have 9000 miles and realized at certain gas stations I get less MPG, the average was about 25. Some gas stations use a cheaper quality gas which effects all vechicles MPG. I found a local Marathon gas station, and I average between 32-35 MPG highway. Street I average 27 MPG. If you are getting a lower MPG try different gas stations and test them like I did.
  • hi
    have a new 4cyl gdi and getting mileage lower than expected. dealer says let it break in of course, but the gap seems too large. car has 500 miles now. i had the dealer check the computer and they say its functioning to spec.

    when resetting the trip computer at 70-75mph, flat road, etc it will pretty consistently get 24ish. oddly, putting the AC on Max, rather than the normal setting seems to make a slight improvement. turning ac off makes a difference too - gets 26ish. car is rated for 32hwy.

    drove a 6cyl for a couple of days and doing the same resetting at highway speeds was easily getting 26ish with the AC on. so more inline with rating and better than my 4 cylinder. it had 700 miles on it. (the 4 works for my commuter needs but the 6 was MUCH nicer to drive, btw)

    i'll be checking by filling up the tank. also thinking i might go ask to drive another 4cyl on the lot.

    what are others experiencing?

    Thanks!
  • What engine do you have, a 4 or a 6?
  • beehbeeh Posts: 1
    We just bought a 2012 Sorento 4 cyl. GDI...Has 190 miles ( 120 of them highway @ 65mph ) on it now and the avg. mpg is 20.6!

    Wow, the truck I traded for it was almost this good and it was a 10 year old V6. The main reason we traded was for the mpg.

    If this doesn't get better, we'll be looking back at the Equinox. I mean I expected maybe 24-25 but 20? Sad.
  • joehickjoehick Posts: 28
    Just bought a 4cyl 2012 sorento 4 tanks of gas driving both city and highway on different tanks of gas and getting lousy mileage.
    city two tanks= average 16.5 mpg
    highway two tanks=average 19 mpg
    Dealer says the advertizing is just averages and they way you drive, I say BS. I had this car on cruise contrtol for the majority of the way, and still got lousy mileage
    NOT HAPPY, got better mileage in my 2003 6cyl merc
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,041
    Some people get good mileage right from the start but on my last new car, the mileage didn't approach the EPA ratings until 4,000 miles or so, and didn't really settle in until 10,000 miles.

    I'd give it at least another 4 tanks, and keep a log of fill-ups.
  • mapaxmapax Posts: 3
    i feel your pain. i don't know why the dealer and customer service help line don't have a ready answer for this, but they certainly didn't with me. dealer tried to convince me it was my lead foot.

    in any event, my early experience was like yours. then at 3000 miles i took my first road trip - 200 miles without much of a stop. around that time my mpg stepped up a notch. the dealer made a big deal of the car's 'learning computer' which makes me wonder if it needed the long trip to get something through its thick head, or if that was just coincidental timing with getting over some hump in engine break-in.

    so early on i was averaging 21ish combined driving and now its more like 24. i'll see moments of 30 mpg on the computer when going 70 with ac on and a fair amount of 27 in same condition. i had to go 60 with the ac off to get a glimpse of 30 in the early days.
  • cmunizcmuniz Posts: 604
    My brand new Sorento GDI is getting between 23 and 24 mpg in mixed driving with less than 1,000 miles on the odo. I had the same engine in a 2011 Sonata and was getting around 30 in mixed driving and 36 mpg on the road. I was expecting better mileage on the Sorento than I'm getting now, but maybe it will improve as time goes by. It is becoming doubtful that we'll be able to get to the 32 mpg highway mileage advertised, however. More likely will be around 30 mpg at best.
  • I have a 2012 SX with 3.5t 24 Valve DOHC CVVT V6 Engine
    6-Speed Automatic Transmission w / Sportmatic
    I get 19-23 "around town" on short trips (.5 mile to 3 miles). More like 26-27 on highway driving depending on a/c, open/closed windows and sunroof, load in car, etc. SUV is approach 5000 miles on odo. One thing I have noticed is that when I fill up at a Sunoco station (there is one close by but it seems to be true of Sunoco in general), I get about 2 mpg better gas mileage. My theory is that Sunoco uses less ethanol than other brands (not sure if that's true) but whatever it is it seems consistent.
  • joehickjoehick Posts: 28
    This is my point, you have a 6cyl, I have a 4 cyl and I get 16 to17 mpg...
    Somethings wrong..I got better mileage with 03 merc 6 cyl
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