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KIA Sportage Real World MPG



  • lmp4lmp4 Posts: 188
    Consumer Reports had a good
    report about fairy tales too and practically, uses same wording as yours, steve.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    You may have to right click > open that link to get it to open in your browser.

    The rap about that CR oil report is that the taxis ran for hours on end and didn't experience many cold starts. I think most fleet owners ignore the interval recommendations and go by oil analysis. More in that discussion I linked above.

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  • ~25MPG!

    Even if it doesn't improve slightly from that - I'm still gonna be happy. Who needs a V6 anyway? And most definitely nobody needs a slushbox tranny!

    For comparison purposes, that first tank of gas propelled my new truck for 347 miles, approx. 75% of which were highway commute, and the other 25% moderate stop/start suburban.

    Just so y'all know the extent of my madness from the get go, last week I actually bought 2 [TWO] I4 5spd Sportages [1*4x4, 1*4x2]! Couldn't resist the combination of rebates taking the price down to around invoice PLUS 0% for 5 years! Traded in an '05 Element and an '06 Sonata....


    I have to say, if there's anyone reading this who

    a] is considering a new Kia, and
    b] lives a reasonable distance from Elmhurst, IL [near west Chicago suburb]

    - head on over to Napleton Auto Group's Elmhurst Kia, ask for [censored!!!] tell him Mr. H the 5spd Sportage freak sent you, and prepare for the best car buying experience of your LIFE. [Censored!!!!] rocks, as does the whole dealership.

  • Re. some older posts regarding the Kia oil filter OEM manufacturer . . . the Kia oil filter, and the Hyundai filter like it, for the Beta II Inline 4 is supplied by Mann of Germany. Mann is an excellent filter, and is likely superior to the Pure One filter by Purolator. There is a TSB regarding the use of OEM Kia and Hyundai filters, and this is specifically because of the design of the anti-drainback valve in the filter.
  • Recently purchased a 2008 Kia Sportage LX in the base 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual transmission configuration. For the first 750 miles it has averaged 30 mpg on mostly rural highways, which I consider quite good for a 3300-lb. vehicle. Speed limits were generally adhered to, and speeds were kept to below 65 mph. I've noticed highway claims of around 25 mpg for V6 automatics, which begs the question, is the extra 20% obtainable from the 4-cyl. manual worth having to forego the extra pep and having to do your own shifting? I guess I'm one of those odd people who still enjoys shifting gears, and if I can squeeze a few extra miles out of that $3+ per gallon in a relatively comfortable vehicle, that's an added bonus. :)
  • Hey I'm with you. I would rather save the $$ and do a little shifting for a few more MPG's. My wife on the other hand, refuses to drive another stick shift. Her commute is all of 2 miles to work through city traffic. She last drove a stick in 1995 before I sold my F-150 4X4 Supercab and will not consider another one, and since she is the principle driver of the KIA it was a no brainer. Is your 5 Speed a 4X4 or 2 WD?
  • How do I remove the plastic inner panel on the rear hatch of my 2009 Kia Sportage without wrecking anything? I am going to install a back-up camera because the factory window tint in the back is so dark that it is hard to back up out of parking spots safely. I need to remove the panel to get to the wiring to hook up to the camera. The instructions say to hook the power wire to the backup lights but I am going to wire the camera to the license plate light because it is easier. And also there is a wireless transmitter that needs to be installed in the rear hatch and that needs to be wired in also.
    Also, is there anyone out there who gets better than 15mpg in town? I was wondering if maybe I turned the ESC off that the gas mileage would improve? I don't know what my highway gas mileage is, it only has 1500 miles on it and I haven't been on the highway much.
  • Now that many of you have owned your Sportage 2011 for a while please share with us your MPG. Past models I know have had pretty sad MPG ratings. I keep hoping the new engine will make a difference. Right now I'm torn between RAV and the new Sportage. The Sportage EPA highway ratings are high but no one seems to reach them. I need some insight before making my choice. Thanks
  • I'm getting about 19 MPG city, and about 22 Hwy. I've got about 2600 miles on my 2011 Sportage, so I'm hoping the mileage gets better with time.... :)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    A reporter is interested in talking with consumers about how fuel economy requirements are changing what people drive. He is looking for consumers who consider fuel economy their top consideration while shopping for vehicles that range from pickups to luxury cars to EVs. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply with your name, phone number and email address to no later than 5pm Pacific this Wednesday, September 21st.

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  • I have a 4 month old SX 2.0 T-GDI A/T AWD that I cannot coax more than 16-18 miles per gallon out of. The gas milage computer reports higher numbers, but the actual miles per tank averages 220. I put more fuel in this car than my '98 ford explorer. The sticker on the car said 21 city, 28 highway.

    My nose isn't very good, but my wife swears she smells gas in the car and is almost to the point of not wanting to ride in it. My father also smelled it. I've smelled it good only once, but I drive it every day.

    I suspect a gas leak, but I cannot prove it. It's been to the dealer twice for this problem, and each time they cannot find any thing wrong. The last time they had it for nearly a week, got the same gas mileage as I reported to them, but still did nothing.

    My driving is 70% surface roads, average mph is 22. I'm not an aggressive driver - I'm rarely the first out of the stoplight.

    Should I be expecting more out of this car, or do I have a real problem that needs to be addressed?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    If you are a Hyundai or Kia owner and have a reaction to the company’s announcement today re: EPA fuel economy ratings, please email today to talk with a reporter.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency audit finds inflated gas mileage in Hyundai, Kia models (

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  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    A reporter would like to speak to Hyundai and Kia owners who agree or disagree with the latest controversy over MPG. If you own a Hyundai or a Kia and would like to speak to a reporter about your experience with your car's fuel economy, please send your daytime and evening contact info to no later than Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET.

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