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Kia Sorento Real World MPG



  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,921
    It may be more fair to say that the EPA requires mpg testing and sets out the standards for the test, and occasionally checks up the manufacturers to make sure they aren't cheating.

    Well, the Honda owner won her case; now she's waiting to see if Honda will appeal.

    There's language in the fuel economy stuff that says you can't sue the government or the automaker if you don't get the EPA mileage ratings. So I was surprised that Honda lost (or settled) the class action suit in the first place But the basis of that suit was that Honda falsely advertised how much mileage you could expect to get. Plus Honda changed the software and made people's mpg worse.

    I'm just loosely talking about the Honda case here - the Honda owner has a web page up with the "correct" details that may interest you.

    And yeah, the sticker has the EPA numbers with fine print about the range of mpg you can expect to get. People naturally tend to focus on the big city/highway numbers I think and assume that they will get that mileage too.
  • the goverment makes the mileage numbers so you would have to sue the givernment. the honda lady is a different situation. her 2005 civic hybrid was recalled because of a battery problem and after the reflash she got 30 mpg instead of 50. the problem was what honda did to her car killed her mileage.
  • Lawsuit or not, word of mouth kills a product. And I can tell you for a fact that if I don't get better mileage after 5k miles. I will broadcast to all I know what the Sorrento gives for mileage.
    It's too bad, because other than the mileage we love the vechicle.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,921
    edited February 2012
    Well, guess that's not how I'm reading it. I think part of the Honda suit was based on false mpg advertising claims. If Honda had just parroted the EPA results, they probably wouldn't have settled the class action.

    The software update came in 2006, but the class action covered owners back to '03. Owners who had the update can get additional remedies through the class action suit. Word does get around, and it gets around faster and faster these days.
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    I don't blame you for your disappointment. I would say it is limited to a small percentage in all brand's vehicles. I will say this winter I have only been getting about 23 Highway and 16.5 City while my 2009 Fusion V6 has been running about 17.5 city and just last weekend after a brief visit from my Son we drove him back to his College in the Fusion. I got 26 mpg which is exactly what it is advertised. I don't quite understand why the Fusion never wavers summer or winter, but the Sorento goes from 26 hwy in the summer (with the A/C on) down to 23 in the winter. I have never gotten more than 26 out of the Sorento, but have gotten up to 30mpg out of the Fusion. The Sorento is nice, but it isn't near as satisfying as the 2004 Mountaineer V8 AWD that I traded for it. Hopefully if I can when it is time to get another vehicle I will look at an Explorer, Edge, or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Mileage may not be as good on the larger Explorer and Jeep, but they both seem so much more solid than Kia.
  • lanshilanshi Posts: 22
    I defintly agree that I think the more people shout out maybe we can get something going. The mileage thing is so upsetting. I am about to think about taking a loss on it and trading it in on something else. About to go back to my Nissan Altima where I knew what I should get. But my brother got the Kia Optima and they say they should get about 38 to 40 and he is getting 33 in city. I am at 12000 miles and just now got 27 all highway. So let's shout out at these dealers at their false statments. My dealer at Rockwall Tx stated you will get 32 that is why they are selling so many. What a laugh :mad:
  • mtnman1mtnman1 Westerville, OhioPosts: 371
    Are you saying a Kia Optima should get 38 to 40 City. Even the Hybrid is rated at 35 city and 40 Highway. Actually 33 is definetely about right for a HYBRID. A regular Optima is rated at 24 city.
  • lanshilanshi Posts: 22
    No the Optima should get 38 to 40 on highway this is what is on little print underneath on the sticker. Kia is saying the Sorento should get 32 and I don't know of anyone that is getting that. I am just now getting 27 highway and that is pretty much what I drive. I think we should put on the back window mileage sucks. :mad:
  • To keinodog. I think yoiu wil be pleased when you get more miles on your car. I purchased my EX GDI in Dallas in November '12 and drove it back home to San Antonio which is about 275 miles. I drove back roads so I could vary my speed. I averaged 55 mph and only got 21.6 mpg. As the mileage has increased the mpg has increased. I currently have 2800 miles on the car and over the past ten days, i have obtained the following: Strictly in town with no freeway driving, 21.8 mpg. In town with some freeway, 25.4 mpg. Strictly highway, driving in the Texas hill country I got 29 mpg. The hill country trip is 75 miles from my home and the altitude increases 1,800 feet in that distance. Very curvey and at lease three different steep climbs of 25 to 30 degrees. The past two weekends I've gotten 29 mpg. I plan to drive to Corpus Christi next week to see what mpg flat terrain will produce.
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    just got back from a 4000 mile trip with my 2011 v6 ex. at 70 to 75 got 27 to 28. at 80 to 85 got 24 to 25. very happy with that for a vehicle with plenty of power to drive the faster roads.
  • joehickjoehick Posts: 28
    I am happy that some people get good mileage with there SUV's. I have about 3000 miles on mine and am still getting 12-13 mpg. I am giving to 5000 miles and see what happens. If no better, I am going to explore the Honda option and sue, or if nothing else trade it in for something with better mileage.
  • ritzy1ritzy1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2012 Kia Sorento EX AWD, 4 cyl.
    I have the same problem with the mileage. I have about 1000 miles and I average about 13-14 mpg. I have used the mpg indicator as well as the calculations when I fill the tank. When I took it to the dealership the mpg mileage indicator said 17.1. They went with me on a drive, but had me reset the mpg button at at stop light. It went up to 24.1. It worked out fine during that short drive, but it is decreasing steadily, as it usually does, and by the time I get gas, it will be at 13 mpg again. I filled the tank fully, and at this point, at just about a half tank, I have about 78 miles on it.
    The dealership checked everything and there aren't any mechanical problems. I told them that I consider it unacceptable and I'm going back next week.
  • lanshilanshi Posts: 22
    I have done that a few times and they keep telling me to wait till I am above 10,000 well I am at 13,000 and still not getting what they say. Everytime I question it they have some kind of different answer. I have tried to talk to managers like on TV and that is a no way. They tell me the EPA puts that at absolutely awesome conditions and the service people say take 20% off of that. I drive all highway and am still getting 27. I wish you luck as I have thought about taking and trading it in. :sick:
  • onefunkaronefunkar Posts: 113
    its has always seemed like the smaller engines get good epa numbers but in real life the smaller engines work harder and struggle to get the mileage of the bigger engine. alot of weight for a 4 cyl in a sorento. look at other forums equinox etc. all people with 4 cyl engines get poor mileage.
  • Puchased my 2012 Sorento EX in January with the expectation that I would realize the 32 mpg highway miles as advertised. I drive over 30k miles per year and the ONLY reason I chose a Kia was because of the advertised mpg...wanted an suv and was willing to sacrifice 4 cylinder performance for great gas mileage....pipe dream. With over 6k miles, the best mpg is 22...driving in Florida with no hills and no air conditioning to date. Today I traded that piece of crap Kia in for a 2012 Camry which advertises 35 higway mpg. My drive home from the dealer...56 miles which used 1.4 gallons of gas...40 MPG! Most people would not be able to trade so soon, but fortunately for me, I have an insider in the car industry and the savings off of camry msrp ate up the negative equity...and then some. I am very fortunate but feel bad for those that are not. The advertised mpg on the sorento is nothing but a should be held accountable.
  • lanshilanshi Posts: 22
    Thats's great that you were able to trade in. I am thinking about doing the same thing. Am trying to find out what trade in would be. Kia says it is not them that the EPA puts that out there. I am at 14,500 miles and still only getting 27 not near their 32.
  • poppi877poppi877 Posts: 1
    4 cylinder Sorento gas mileage stinks! I'm extremely disappointed. I'm looking to dump it...20 on country roads and 24 hwy if I'm lucky...straight and flat roads. What a disappointment. :mad:
  • joehickjoehick Posts: 28
    I wrote to the president of Kia America and explained my problem with mileage. If nothing is done, I will trade it in and mount a campaign against this vechicle
  • joehickjoehick Posts: 28
    I would be happy as a pig in s t if I got 20mpg. I was getting 12mpg and it went up to 14, now I am getting a whopping 10-11 mpg, and nothing is being done
  • joehick: See my post #75. I'm really surprised with the number of folks getting such low mileage. As you can see from my post, I'm getting very good mileage, better that the EPA estimates. I finally had an opportunity to make a 150 mile trip to Corpus Christi, TX on flat interstate with no wind. I drove at 65 mph and got just over 33 mpg. I filled up on the way out of town and refilled as soon as I arrived in Corpus. My calculated MPG and the computer in the car only differed by .1 mpg. I got slightly higher mpg returning to San Antonio but I also had a brisk tail wind. Hope things improve for you.
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