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Kia Optima Real World MPG

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  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    That is the answer cmh,lighten up on the gas pedal.Unfortunately,that has not helped me in town.Hwy is satisfactory,but city is only 14 or so.What is your secret?Maybe my trips are just too short resulting in a cold engine.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 194
    Basically I'm not out to set any speed records. I'll let anyone beat me to the next red light. I get there when I get there. If it's not fast enough they can pass me.

    City driving is soooooo subjective and can vary a vast amount. Here I don't get into much stop and go but traffic does bottle neck a lot during certain time periods.

    Length or trip? Sure that also makes a big difference. My normal daily trip is about 13 miles one way, average speed 35-40 MPH.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    That explains it.Our city driving rarely exceeds 2 miles at a time and never faster than 35 MPH.I have never hit the 37 MPG yet,but just for fun,I'll post my more recent MP Gs.All have at least a little city driving. :shades:
    36.1 -- 29.2 -- 28.8
    33.9 -- 33.7
    20.8 -- 30.6
    35.1 -- 29.7
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Tank full including 100 mile road trip: 22.5 mpg
    100 mile road trip (coming back): 30.3 mpg (running about 70)

    Not great for a four automatic, slightly worse than my v-6 malibu maxx, hopefully things will continue to improve after the car is totally broken in. (Only 5000 miles in 9 months).
  • Sounds like a head-wind.30 MPG isn't all that bad at 70 MPH.I believe the new EPA has the Kia rated at 31 or 32 on the highway.
  • I finally hit 40 MPG just this week.To be accurate it was 40.7.....just had to share that...Typically I get around 34 on straight hwy driving,so maybe I had a tail wind.Whatever...I'll take it :)
  • I get 25.5 MPG in mountain driving. So far that's not bad- I made a trip a while ago to the coast (Asheville to Wilmington, NC) and got approx 32 MPG all hwy and sustained 65 MPH with the cruise on. I thought that was pretty good considering that the car was originally rated at 20/27 or was it 19/27? either way it was pretty good. The new EPA figures are 18/26. I don't think I've ever had less than 22 MPG! My odometer is now at 61450 and it drives almost as good as it did when new. I'm completely satisfied with the car.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 194
    Last July we made a trip from north of Philly to central No. Carolina. Our overall mileage on our 06.5 I4 W/Auto was 39, with about 1/2 of the driving on the Interstate.

    These cars will do pretty good on the fuel budget if driven with some common sense and in good weather.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    That is pretty amazing..I've actually topped 40MPG on one fill up and 36 on another,but never as high as 39 for a whole trip.I drive the speed limit,so it's not me.Anyway,I'm quite satisfied with my highway fuel consumption.I pretty much can depend on 33-34 for any trip.Thats good enough. :)
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 194
    I too was surprised when I ran the fuel slips/mileage. In fact I even went so far as to verify the odometer against a known distance.

    FWIW we did a second trip about 2 weeks ago and averaged 37. The only difference was the temperaters were about 25 degrees cooler this time, which would account for a bit more fuel useage plus there were 2 extra passengers and about 75# more luggage. The July trip temps were in the mid 90s.

    I have our tires a bit over inflated, 38 front 32 rear. Did also run a small amount of moly substance in the oil during its' break-in and first 2 oil changes, which I've used over the years and has shown a small improvement.

    I'm using Amsoil's 5W-20 XL oil, which I'll soon swap out for Amsoil's 0W-20 oil.

    Other than that it's pure stock.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I run my tires at 35...that was at the suggestion of a local tire dealer.Anyway,congrats on your excellent MPG.Is yours an auto?
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 194
    Ole fat fingers here had a typo. Our most recent trip with the extra luggage and 2 passengers averaged 35 MPG. not 37. Still happy either way.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    mixed, mostly local driving. The Optima, like my old Elantra, has an engine that slowly breaks in. Less than 6000 miles in eleven months. I put about 22,000 on my Malibu Maxx in the same time period.
  • CMH...I know this is a belated question,but why do you run 32-38 instead the same all aound.

    PS Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 194
    Because there's more weight on the front tires.

    I've been staggering my tire pressure for 30+ years. Wherever the weight is the most, that's where the pressure is the highest.

    Basically I try to have the "squat" in all 4 tires about the same. Have found this gives me very even tire wear.
  • I have owned many cars over the decades.From a 1950 Ford to my new KIA Optima.This is the first car that I have ever owned that has earned the admiration of strangers.Two people have told me how "beautiful" my black Optima was.It was a new experience,and kinda pleasant to hear.After all they were complimenting not only KIA but my taste as well. :blush: (just kidding)
  • Kia body designs rock! They really do...I took a look at the new world order Kia Optima but decided to go with the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. The Lancer's body style has me mesmerized it's so cool.

    But Kia outdoes Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in body designing. The Optima's design lines are clean and smart. Kia's and Hyundai's aren't "perfect" cars, crossovers and SUV's but they are right up there with the Japanese rigs in quality, reliability and better body designs.

    You made a great choice. Drive your Optima proudly, man. Oh, yeah. The Kia Optima is priced so affordably as well, adding to it's great package overall.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • "new world order".....what does that mean? Is KIA taking over the world? :confuse:
  • you and I are just two of the people that know this....the answer is yes.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Previous fill up mostly city driving was 20. I suspect that topping problems made the later reading about a mpg too high and the earlier one one too low. Still only 6600 miles after more than a year. Lowest mileage ever recorded on one of my cars, I should ask for an insurance discount.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Here is an odd MPG story for you CS...Going to PA last month my fill up on highway driving was under 27MPG,then my next one coming back was over 38...of course I did spend an hour going 3 miles in the traffic jam created by the toll booths in I80 in Indiana. That's what we get for leaving on a Saturday before the Christmas holiday...but still a 10 MPG difference?????? :confuse:
  • barguglbargugl Posts: 26
    I have had my new 2008 for a few weeks now. Here is what I have so far:

    Tank 1 - 22.33MPG - 65% Town/35% Highway
    Tank 2 - 24.39MPG - 65% Town/35% Highway

    I suspect that I did not get a full fill after tank 2, so that number may be a little high. If I am right in my estimate, its probably too high by 1 MPG. I will update after the next tank and will know for sure. So far, I am satisfied with the mileage. I previously had a Dodge Caravan that was EPA rated 17/24 by the 2008 standard. I generally got about 19 on the same driving route as these two tanks. It generally got around 16-17 in in town mileage. The first two tanks on the Optima seeem to indicate I am getting pretty close to the rated 21 City for the Optima. We'll see what happens when I have an all city tank. Given that its brand new, its still breaking in and that also might be part of the difference between tank 1 & 2. If my car holds true to the mileage increasing as it breaks in, I will be quite happy. I would be very satisfied if I can average over 24 on the 35/65 drive and over 21 all city. I can't wait to see what it will do on all highway driving. The Caravan usually did 23 and sometimes 24. I hope I can get over 30 on the Optima.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    If it is really 65% city..you're doing pretty well.
  • barguglbargugl Posts: 26
    Yes it is really 65% city. To be fair, it is more of a small town/suburban environment and I have worked out routes through town where I go through residential roads and avoid a lot of stoplights in exchange for some four-way stops. (I find the routes I use are generally quicker than the beaten path, except in those rare times where traffic is very light and you hit all the lights green.) Looking at the charts of the EPA city test, the routes I take seem to approximate the same type of drive as what is simulated which is probably why I generally get pretty close to the 2008 standard city ratings on vehicles I have had in the past.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    The problem I have is that here in Kewanee my Optima never goes more than 2 miles at a time so it never gets quite warmed up. Accordingly the gas consumption is horrible. I do however get excellent mileage on the highway. As much as 40.7 MPG and never less than 27 and that is only on extremely windy and cold conditions.
    PS I too take the side roads to avoid the lights.My average is no more than 14-15
  • barguglbargugl Posts: 26
    Mileage update:

    Tank 1 - 22.33MPG - 65% Town/35% Highway
    Tank 2 - 24.39MPG - 65% Town/35% Highway
    Tank 3 - 19.7MPG - 100% Town

    I estimate that there was about a 3/4 gallon underfill after tank 2, so if I adjust those numbers accordingly, its about 23.3 for tank 2 and 20.7 for tank 3, which is about what I expected. It will be interesting to see if the mileage goes up as it break in more and as the weather warms up. I would estimate that my average one-way in town trip is about 4 miles. I do keep the car in an attached garage. It is not really heated, but it never drops below 40 degrees F (at the coldest) so I never worry about long warm-ups and idling and having to defrost windows, etc.
  • pedrogpedrog Posts: 2
    I have a 2006.5 V6, auto. My driving is about 50% city/highway roughly about 300 miles / week. I'm lucky if I get 21 MPG, often I get 17-18. The only time I got 1/2 decent MPG (about 26) was on a long trip. I think something is wrong....
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    For mixed driving,(50% cty) that isnt all that bad. I have an Optima I4 and get less than 15 MPG in town,but does well on straight highway. You probably would get 30 or more if it was just hwy driving.
  • pedrogpedrog Posts: 2
    I don't drive aggressively (RPMs rarely go above 2500, on purpose), I would expect that mixed city/hwy driving would yield MPG above the city rating. I was driving a Dodge Neon (4 cyl, 3 spd auto) before on the same routes and was getting about 24-26 average. This is a V6 but also 5 spd and most of the driving is on the 5th gear. I'm seriously considering downsizing....
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