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Kia Optima Real World MPG



  • He Cs...long time ole pal...
    That is about the same mileage as mine.I also go into manual mode when on the highways for the same reason as about that?
    Unfortunately,sometimes I forget that it's in manual when I stop and the when I stays in low much too long,until the light goes on in my old brain and I shift it back to normal auto.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Another weekend jaunt. Averaged 28 mpg mixed with around town driving in Little Rock and Memphis. Got 40.1 mpg on straight Interstate driving between West Memphis and Cape Girardeau. 70 mpg with air on part of the time. I can't believe that I got the tank completely full but maybe, know that the mpg goes way up on straight highway driving.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    My mileage is not affected by AC use.Your mixed mileage is very good though.
    I think consumer reports had mixed driving at 25MPG.
    I get excellent highway mileage,but I don't drive as fast as you do. Since the jump of gas prices I tend to drive Interstates at 5 mph under the posted limits.Believe me,you get used to it.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    I have gotten used to 60-65 but this was a longer drive (although not the thousand miles a day I used to log).

    The 28 mixed was more highway than around town by far. Still I'm happy with the highway mileage.
  • bob912bob912 Posts: 2
    No way you can touch a V6 camry 3.5 0- nothing,stop telling lies. :P The Kia 2.4 with 175 hp will do 0-60 in aprox. 9.6 seconds with the 5 speed. This is about the same as the camry 2.4 158 hp at 9.8. Don't just make up numbers to make your kia seem like a perfect car. :( CHANGING THE SPARK PLUGS AT BEST MIGHT GIVE YOU 3-4 MORE HORSEPOWER AT BEST. I can see you just throw things out there for someone. Let the car make a true name for itself not made up stuff. The Kia 2.4 is a Dodge engine redesigned by Korea. As we all know dodge does not make the best 4cyl engines, so lets hope Kia did the homework on the blueprints and did'nt just copy what they saw. Only time will tell the story. ;) :surprise: Until then keep away from the V6 camry it will suck the paint off your little grasshopper 2.4 Kia Optima.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Let the car make a true name for itself not made up stuff. The Kia 2.4 is a Dodge engine redesigned by Korea.

    That is (unintentionally) hilarious. You tell someone not to make up stuff, then you make up stuff about the Optima's I4 being a Dodge engine redesigned by Korea. Please get your facts straight--especially before you accuse someone else of "making up stuff".
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    You tell him Backy :P Defend the KIA's honor!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Eating dry roasted, in-shell, or the cocktail variety tonight?
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    Hmmmm.....this is interesting.I take your side in a discussion and I'm nuts?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    No, that's not what I said. Sorry you missed the little joke. Anyway, it's a HYUNDAI engine design, not a KIA engine. Let's move on, shall we?
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    discussion that I've read for years on the net. I like to gather my own data independently and I know you do, too, backy and mickeyrom. backy, one thing I've learned about you is you do your research, and you are honest in your car reporting. I have learned many a car thing from you, and we all learn from each other.

    But, it took only a year or two on the net to spot those that are intentionally spamming a car brand. There are those sent out that just put down other brands of cars. And they're a lot of times not doing their homework ahead of time. If you like a car you'll often know way more about it than these put-down characters. Not only that but you'll most of the time know more about the car you really like or would like to buy than the salespeople selling that model of that car brand.

    Keep up the comedy, trollers, you're givin' me belly laughs over here in the SW desert. :shades:

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    ILUV--I don't want to repeat the post that I made on the main 06.5+ Optima thread but if you want to see negative trolling take a look at the "dissatisfied owner's reports" on the 07 Optima report form on Edmunds.

    I'm not as upset about the negative comment regarding the Optima v. Camry as I the ability of either Optima-- four or six-- to keep up with a much more powerful Camry six would require some proof, not a post from years ago.

    Speaking of Toyota, I recently rented the new model Corolla while on vacation. Frankly, the previous platform wasn't outstanding but a generally pleasant car to be in. I bought Prizms for my kids about a decade ago and thought the Corollas/Prizms in the early nineties were very nice cars-- certainly better designed than most of the competition.

    I was shocked that the 09 Corolla had deteriorated so much-- especially the interior, and this was the S model, not the base car. Also very uncomfortable with no lower back support, the last 07 that I rented was much more pleasant. Toyota (IMHO) is selling on past reputation and trolling salesmen (or someone with a vested interest) is taking broad aim at Korean brands.
  • Would you take Wikipedia's word for it ? You already said a hyundai engine and you are spot on but there is a curve to hit. Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance is a joint between Dodge,Kia,and Hyundai to make the 2.4 engine that is used in your Kia and as I said before many Dodge products. Don't take my word for it just go to Wikipedia and if you want the facts type in{ World engine } and read the story about Global engine Alliance and notice that the 2.4 Kia,Hyundai,and Dodge engine are the same. Now who has done Homework ? :P :( Please know who you are taking too. Cars are my life and it is my job to know what is what. Not trying to knock Kia but you were lying and saying you could beat a Toyota camry with your new Kia Optima 2.4. Things are cheaper for a reason rather it be for the best or in most cases the worst. :lemon: Stay happy and do more homework.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    ...notice that the 2.4 Kia,Hyundai,and Dodge engine are the same

    No, they are not. I have done my homework on this, sir.

    Under the new joint venture, Hyundai will have the lead responsibility for implementing the decisions of the joint venture company for design, development and engineering.

    The initial design of the engine block was handled by Hyundai. It features siamesed bores, meaning that there is no coolant flow between cylinders. The aluminum block has cast iron cylinder liners, and different liners can be fitted to alter the engine's bore.
    Each manufacturer has configured their variants of the basic GEMA design differently based on their engineering needs and standards, so consumers may experience very different power, fuel efficiency, and "feel" from each manufacturer.

    Chrysler Corporation began production of a modified version of Theta, dubbed World Engine, in Dundee, Michigan in October 2005. Chrysler engineered their own air intake system and exhaust manifold which is made of gray cast iron. The World Engine also differs in the EMS as it measures the amount of intake air indirectly using a MAP sensor, to lower production costs. Contrary to what Chrysler Corporation has stated, the Theta engine factory in Asan, South Korea is not a part of the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance. Construction of the Korean factory began in August 2003 and it came on line in April 2004. It is owned and operated by Hyundai Motor Company.

    And the latest is, Chrysler has pulled out of GEMA and will be using the Michigan plant to produce Fiat-design engines as well:

    So, hopefully it is clear to you now that:

    * The Kia 2.4 is NOT a Dodge engine redesigned by Korea, as you stated. It is in fact a Hyundai engine, designed by Hyundai, with some common components including the block co-designed by Hyundai, Chrysler, and Mitsubishi with Hyundai in the lead.

    * The Theta II engine used in the Optima (and other Hyundai/Kia vehicles) is NOT the same as the 2.4L Chrysler/Dodge engine, as you stated, although they share some components.

    Also, I don't own an Optima and never said anything about the relative performance of the Camry and Optima.

    So, stay happy and do your homework. Since cars are your life and it's your job to know what is what with cars, you should be more careful about your research. Also, a bit of advice: if you are going to tell someone he is wrong and is a liar, you should be REALLY sure of your facts.
  • Thank you for clearing up that for me.I read that the Chrysler I4 is not as refined as other 4s,yet the KIA and Hyundai 4 cyl engines are praised as being "refined".So,which is it? Obviously they are not the same.
  • maringamaringa Posts: 36
    Interested in hearing about owners reactions to Turbo version miles per gallon. Hyundai Sonata Turbo's owners are reporting disappointing low mileage ratings. Insile Line is testing an SX Turbo and the best mileage it is reporting is below the city mileage rating...20 mpg.
  • johnjjjohnjj Posts: 81
    I would also be interested in hearing real world mileage for the 2011 Optima. Turbo, non turbo and hybrid (when it's available).
  • dash5dash5 Posts: 417
    Right now I'm sitting at low 20's in MPG, 22.1 I think. This is with only 500 miles on the car at this point. Mostly back road driving. The onboard MPG calculator seems a bit off to me so I'm trying to track it via now. We'll see.
  • johnjjjohnjj Posts: 81
    edited April 2011
    Thanks dash5. I look forward to a later update.
  • arumagearumage Posts: 922
    I have a 2011 EX w/ Premium Package (Non-turbo). I'm getting about 28mpg right now. I'd say the mix is 40% highway, 40% suburban, 20% city. It only has 790 miles on it. When I was driving steady at 55mph and staying light in the throttle, the computer was showing about 39mpg.
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