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What a winter! The coldest one in the Twin Cities since 1978-9 (I was here for that one, too). But it was a good lesson of the effect of cold weather on fuel economy. I made several trips from the Twin Cities to Rochester this winter, about 170 miles round trip. Almost all of them were in my Rio5. Most of the miles are on a 4-lane highway with a (mostly) 65 mph limit. I don't stray much from that, especially in winter. I saw a huge difference in FE depending on temperature. On this trip in the summer and fall, I got a bit over 40 mpg. But when the temps were cold, i.e. below zero F, I could only manage low-to-mid 30s. When temps were in the teens, mpg went up to upper 30s. Then recently the cold spell finally broke and we saw some 30s and 40s, and I was back to 40+ mpg again. Similarly, in around-town driving, I was getting low-to-mid 30s this summer and fall, but that dipped as low as the mid-20s in below-zero weather--which we had a lot of this winter, over 50 days of it. Now that temps are warmer, 20s-40s, the around-town average is slowly creeping up and is at 31 mpg today, rising steadily as the temps have gone up.
Just another example of "YMMV". Winter in MN is a lot different than winter in, say, San Diego.
I agree with Phill1 about fuel economy of 2012+ Kia Rio 5. Fuel economy is not what Kia had advertised. I usually get 25-26 MPG city and 32-35 MPG highway. Average is somewhere around 30-31 MPG. It has been driving me crazy for the first 12 months of ownership; however, I try not to think about it anymore. The car is well built and has lots of upgrades (I have the SX model), and This makes up for the bad gas millage.
If I have to buy another Kia, I might wait and think very hard about it because there are so many other good choices right now-maybe middle size car would be better considering that it is bigger and has better gas millage than the Rio.
Just enjoy your cars guys and spend your money on other things in life.
The car has been very reliable, and I hope it stays the same way !
Did a road trip Monday-Tuesday, 80 miles each way, in my 2013 Rio5 AT. Outbound was under nearly ideal conditions: ~60 degrees, light wind, dry. Kept speed at just over 65 mph most of the way with a few slower stretches for construction and a couple of stops. FE was 42.9 mpg. The return was another story: strong headwinds, ~50 degrees, and I went a little faster, up to 70 much of the way. Also more stops as I went a slightly different route the last 20 miles. FE was only 37.9 mpg... but still over the car's EPA highway rating.
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