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Kia Optima Real World MPG

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  • 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....
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    How do you mean downsizing...like a KIA Rio? May I suggest the Hyundai Elantra? Great mileage and quite roomy.
  • broonsbybroonsby Posts: 13
    I know your pain. I recently rented a 4 cyl. auto Optima w/ 5k miles. It got 20 mpg with mostly highway miles and 1/3 the time with the AC on. That's pitiful. I should have seen mid 20's in the flattest state (Florida). I wanted to see what the real world said about the mileage. Now I see I wasn't the only one to see poor MPG. I recently bought a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer (2 liter, auto) and am averaging 32 mpg (mostly highway). Talked to another owner of a Lancer who hasn't seen less than 25 mpg which is consistent with EPA standards. My wife and I think it's a nicer, albeit slightly smaller car than the Optima. Just my 2 cents. The Saturn Astra is also one heck of a deal right now and a really fun car to drive, just a little too much money for my budget (we haggled a great deal on the Mitsubishi).
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Speaking of my 2006.5 KIA Optime with the I4 engine and automatic,The only time I get less than 33MPG on the highwy was when there is a terrific head wind.Then I got just under 25MPG.My only complaint is the gas I use in the city.That is not too good,but I attribute that to the fact that those locar trips are so short that the car never gets a chance to warm up.
  • farmer7farmer7 Posts: 2
    We just purchased an 2008 optima and think the ride is a little harsh with lots of noise in the cabin going over the tar strips on rough interstate roads. we had the body undercoated thinking it might help but much difference. and comments?
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    The Optima is a fairly hard riding car,but not any more than my friends Jag. If you have 17 " wheels then it would even be harder.I fill my tires with 35 Lbs of air and it helps the mileage but makes the ride even harder.I'm used to it now and just accept the reality that it's a KIA Optima,not a Mercedes. It's not a luxury car.On good roads I like the ride just fine.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    do you have the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS? Or the DS or GL? All are good cars. I bought a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS in Rally Red and automatic CVT tranny, Sun and Sound Package(650-watt Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo ;) and sunroof) but the lower-cost models would be a good deal and would be a good, solid car. I have the P205/45R18 Dunlop Sport Performance radials and the 10-spoke alloy wheels. With the wrap-around bodykit the car is an absolute knockout!

    I do like the Kia Optima a lot, too, hence my interest in coming to this thread on Edmunds.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • broonsbybroonsby Posts: 13
    I do you have the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS? Or the DS or GL?
    I have the 2008 ES (red) w/ 2L I4, CVT, Sun & Sound package, 5 spoke alloys. Stereo is easily one of the best factory installs on the market period. And I'm picky about my stereos. The low profile tires aren't such a great suggestion in Maine with our bad winters. Potholes abound & more than once I've seen low profile tires peeled right off the rims. And as for the trim kit, unfortunately that's a place for road salt to collect and rust out the fenders. Further south and I would have done it in a heartbeat. That said, the car is still a looker. Get lots of interested looks.

    I do like the Kia Optima a lot, too, hence my interest in coming to this thread on Edmunds.
    I'm not saying bad things about the KIA. I think they have made huge strides in quality improvement. It is cavernous inside and the seats are good. The controls except the steering wheel stereo and cruise switches are intuitive. I just think the Mitsubishi represents a better value despite the smaller size. :)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    primo. Mitsubishi enrolls in the Paris-Dakar races with their Outlander's and Lancer's and wins them, then rolls whatever they learned from those racing experieinces in to the production of their new automobiles. I am totally smitten by my '08 Lancer GTS.

    What color is your Lancer, broonsby? I put this new Lancer bodystyle right there with the '65 Ford Mustang as my favorite car bodystyles in automotive history.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    No offense, but isn't there a site dedicated to Mitsubishis? As an aside,when I was stationed in Nagoya Japan back in the 50s,my base (Ozone coumpound) was accross the street from a huge Mitsu. factory complex.I guess that is where they built Zeros.
  • broonsbybroonsby Posts: 13
    No offense taken. As I've said in my previous posts, I just didn't like the gas mileage (20mpg is unimpressive) and was nit-picking about the controls. The mileage could easily have been affected by abuse the car has taken earlier since it was a rental.

    And as I would like to point out, KIA is Killed-In-Action - Korean style. We are at least not at war with Japan anymore (not militarily at least). Yes, I know it is made in South Korea, a country we don't have an issue, but we spilled a lot of blood there for a stalemate.
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