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Kia Rio MPG-Real World Numbers

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  • lightoutlightout Posts: 17
    thanks riomike
  • I'm looking around at some new cars and I'm very interested in the Rio5. Now the site for the automatic says it's 29/38. So an average of 33.5 What are people actually getting is my question.
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    around 29 in mixed semi-highway/town commuting, and 33 on the highway (4300 miles on the car, auto trans). Not as high as the EPA ratings, but EPA highway mileage is rated at 45mph...who in the heck drives that slowly? I cruise around 65-70 most of the time, sometimes up to 80. You'll get closer to the EPA ratings of most cars if you stick to 55, but you can only get away with that in light traffic. I'd rather slow down and save gas, but I'd also rather not become someone else's hood ornament. The actual MPG I'm seeing from the Rio5 is about par for that class of car. It might improve some more as it runs in further, Hyundai engines usually don't start getting their best mileage until 5000-8000 miles (the Rio has the Hyundai Accent powertrain).

    So far, all things considered, I'm really happy with my Rio5...it's a great, handy little car. :)

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • yeddoyeddo Posts: 20
    I just turned 3k on my Rio5-AT. I'm getting about 26mpg. That's mostly city driving...ALOT of stop and go. Still haven't had a chance to put it on the road for a full tank so can't give you highway results.
  • mwrobe1mwrobe1 Posts: 7
    Wow...I see some familiar handles here!

    "Sticker" milage started to kick in around 3k. I'm about %95 city driving most days.

    Here are my current mpg stats on my Rio...

    Date ($/G) Gallon Cost Odo Station MPG
    04/20/2006 2.899 7.503 $21.75 5,661 BP
    04/15/2006 2.839 9.114 $25.87 5,446 Gas City 28.66
    04/11/2006 2.699 9.000 $24.29 5,181 Road Ranger29.08
    04/06/2006 2.599 9.233 $24.00 4,899 Citgo 31.33
    03/31/2006 2.559 8.597 $22.00 4,648 Thornton 27.19
    03/26/2006 2.399 8.889 $21.32 4,415 Citgo 27.10
    03/20/2006 2.579 9.682 $24.97 4,184 Shell 25.99
    03/15/2006 2.579 4.916 $12.68 3,906 Citgo 28.71
    03/12/2006 2.399 7.321 $17.56 3,771 Supersonic 27.46
    03/08/2006 2.389 5.235 $12.51 3,561 Thornton 28.68
    03/06/2006 2.399 8.500 $20.39 3,393 Citgo 32.09
    03/02/2006 2.299 9.133 $21.00 3,178 Citgo 25.29
    02/25/2006 2.169 7.839 $17.00 2,943 BP 25.73
    02/22/2006 2.189 8.500 $18.61 2,724 Citgo 27.94
    02/19/2006 2.429 9.511 $23.10 2,526 Amoco 23.29
    02/15/2006 2.159 7.227 $15.60 2,296 Shell 24.18
    02/11/2006 2.189 10.050 $22.00 2,113 Speedway 25.32
    02/07/2006 2.259 10.004 $22.60 1,854 BP 25.77
    02/02/2006 2.260 9.586 $21.66 1,612 BP 24.19
    01/27/2006 2.278 10.090 $22.99 1,369 BP 25.35
    01/22/2006 2.310 9.707 $22.42 1,127 Speedway 23.98
    01/16/2006 2.329 9.662 $22.50 903 BP Amoco 23.08
    01/11/2006 2.349 9.790 $23.00 669 Speedway 24.22
    01/07/2006 2.399 10.009 $24.01 409 Citgo
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    Lookin' pretty good so far! I'll post mine here and the other place tonight as my up-to-date .xls is on my home network. Just did a road trip for work today and re-filled the tank, got 36.12mpg!

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • My mpg for a 2006 Rio sedan...couldn't wait for the Rio5 to arrive :(

    DATE ODOMETER MILES GALLONS MPG

    756
    11/24/2005 993 237 10.078 23.51657075
    11/29/2005 1225 232 8.026 28.90605532
    12/7/2005 1460 235 9.639 24.38012242
    12/15/2005 1705 245 10.29 23.80952381
    12/23/2005 1898 193 7.018 27.50071245
    12/30/2005 2103 205 7.205 28.45246357
    1/8/2006 2253 150 6.695 22.40477969
    1/8/2006 2431 178 3.999 44.51112778
    1/17/2006 2635 204 8.452 24.1362991
    1/25/2006 2857 222 8.085 27.45825603
    2/1/2006 3037 180 6.544 27.50611247
    2/10/2006 3252 215 8.184 26.27077224
    2/16/2006 3364 112 5.058 22.14313958
    2/25/2006 3613 249 8.493 29.3182621
    3/3/2006 3843 230 8.694 26.45502646
    3/5/2006 4076 233 7.387 31.54189793
    3/15/2006 4321 245 9.192 26.65361184
    3/24/2006 4566 245 8.583 28.54479786
    3/31/2006 4760 194 6.4 30.3125
    4/8/2006 4917 157 7.203 21.79647369
    4/9/2006 5137 220 6.339 34.70578956
    4/15/2006 5419 282 8.573 32.89396944
    4/23/2006 5650 231 8.566 26.96707915
    4/23/2006 5883 233 6.088 38.27201051

    Overall: 28.269

    That 44.5 mpg tank was pure highway. Filled up 1/2 mile from I-90 and topped off on the return. Now that made me smile!
  • yeddoyeddo Posts: 20
    ..how many miles have you put on the car Todd?
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    I just passed the 5000 mile mark today. I haven't even had it 2 months!!!!! I have been doing an unusual amount of road tripping lately...

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • yeddoyeddo Posts: 20
    ..this car does cruise well on the open road....I've still not taken it on a real long trip yet but that'll happen. i can already tell that the mileage will be well over 30mpg when I do cause I'm getting almost 26 or 27 in the city. I think Kia has a winner here.
  • riomikeriomike Posts: 39
    Forgot to mention latest MPG, after 9 thousand miles I am averaging 27.1 with mixed driving and AC on at all times. Anybody doing better (or worse)?
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    with the automatic...I've gotten up to 36 with mine. I get around 34 at 65, 36 if I keep it under 60. If I drive like a bat outta Toledo and run 80 for good stretches I'll get 31 or 32. EPA highway on the automatic is 38, 35 for the stick. But EPA highway ratings are based on an average test speed of 48mph, and I'd hazard most of us have a higher average than that. :D

    I only got 28 going through Chicago and Rockford the last time I drove up that way though, I hit the traffic at the worst time. The last tollbooth just south of Beloit was backed up all the way to Rockford! And it was too hot to open the windows and shut the engine off, I needed the AC.

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • What kinda mileage do yall get out of you Rio's old and the newer models??
  • Been some time since I checked the forums...had no need actually. But since this has split into an mpg thing I can report that I have just over 11,000 miles on the sedan now and my overall average is 29.67 with a high of 44.5 (pure highway at over 70 mph average) and a low of 21.8 back in the break-in period that was almost all stop and go. Right now I'm averaging 32 mpg with a 60/40 highway/s&g split. Still liking the car and no issues to report.
  • We purchased our std transmission '03 Rio in July '05 at 17,794 miles. In Oct '06, we are at 28,594 miles.
    We have averaged 28 mpg in pure city driving.
    During one week of mixed highway/city driving to a suburban area, 40-65 mph, we got 34 mpg.
    On a 375 mile round trip to a rural community, pushing 80 mph much of the way, I got 37 mpg. So that is what I had put on our license plates. My wife has since made a 150 mile trip to another small town, with a lot of mountain driving, 55-65 mph. She got 42.5 mpg on that trip.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,911
    Those are the kind of numbers that can spoil you in a hurry! It's why we have been driving 4 bangers for almost 30 years.

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  • hi everyone,

    i am considering buying a 2006 kia rio 5 speed. could anyone post their real world mileage experience for this car? thanks!
  • What do you mean 4 bangers for almost 30 years? What kind of cars are you driving? I'm looking for my first car. Please help me.
  • I have a 2004 Rio modified with a GT25R turbo and I still manage 26-28 MPG and make 152 hp at the wheels.. And that is a mix of highway/city and I'm a little heavy on the pedal sometimes..
  • how's your '04 Kia Rio been for mechanical performance and reliability? Reasonable cost to operate and keep the car maintained, etc.? I like the new '06 Rio5 and Rio LX sedans.

    I'll bet you can really get that little car to scoot with the turbocharger, eh?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Reliability has been perfect, It doesn't use the stock ECM anymore.. It runs a MegaSquirt fuel/spark managment. No broken parts due to the turbo.. I had a throw out bearing exlope in the tranny but that's it.. The car goes like a scared rabbit.
  • max43max43 Posts: 6
    I just bought an '08 Rio5, 5 speed manual. For a 70/30 highway/city driving my mileage on the first tank was 33.2 MPG, second tank 32.1 MPG. I've heard that you can't expect the really high mileage until 10k. But for a new engine, the initial indications are good I think.

    Max
  • Same as the previous message, bought an '08 Rio5 LX w/ 5 spd, clocked in over 3800 on the odometer already, no frills basic car. Do about the same amount of driving 70/30 (hwy/city) because of work, about 340 miles a week. Even though its a small tank, 11.9 gal. - averaging 350 - 370 miles per tankful. Pretty happy with the numbers, I'm sure it will only get better. Not bad for a "puddle-jumper".
  • well guess wat i got a GMC 1500 WITH 256HP 4WHEEL DRIVE I HOOK MY TRUCK TO A IMPORT GUESS WHO WON THE MADE IN THE U.S.A 1
    AND I GET 10MPG
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,711
    for all of us have at it. Doesn't even start to make a lick a sense to me.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • mnourse1mnourse1 Posts: 3
    there are several factors that govern your city mileage.. First off, if you have an automatic transmission, it doesnt shift into the higher(od) gear until you reach 38miles per hour, keeping that in mind, if your always at 25-35 you never reach the optimum operating rpm range for fuel effeciency.(watch your rpms, thats the tachometer.) If you have a 5 speed tranny, you must be shifting it incorrectly, maybe winding the engine up to hi, before you shift from , 1st to 2nd, to third etc..check also your tire pressure make sure its at the manufactors specs. I have a 2008 Rio with automatic tranny and consistantly been getting high 20s city and mid 30s hiway,, remember for every 5miles per hour over 60 miles perhour, you get app 5-10% lower fuel economy, that being said, If you drive at 75 mph, youll probably only get 28 miles on the hiway, If you take it down to 60 mph, youll probably end up getting around low 30s.
  • my_burgmy_burg Posts: 2
    Just bought a new 2008 Base Rio.

    Checked the milage this morning. 30mpg, mostly highway. mostly 70 mph

    The overdrive (5th gear in my standard transmission) is geared too low. I'm tach'ing 3500 rpm at 70 mph. Should be between 2500 rpm and 3000 rpm.

    I don't see how I will ever get 38 mpg out of this ride?

    On the other hand, the Rio has much more torque with the 1.6L I4 than my 95 civic 1.5L I4.
  • mnourse1mnourse1 Posts: 3
    Yea MY automatic 08 Kia is running about 2600 rpms @70 mph.. the factory sticker even suggests that the manual is 3 miles a gallon thirstier than the automatic in hiway mileage..but you should get upper 20s in city,, I get almost 30 mpgs city
  • radascutaradascuta Posts: 1
    Hi,

    Could you please tell me where you got the turbo from? I have an '03 Rio and would like to speed it up.

    Thanks much.
  • danharrisdanharris Posts: 9
    Everything for the turbo was custom fabricated in my garage.
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