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My very last highway fill up was 37.9,that was almost all highway,maybe 98%.
Like I said,very good on the highway,and very mediocre in the city,mostly because my car makes such short trips,less than 2 miles,that it doesn't get a chance to get warm.Somewhere between 14 & 15.
If the driving was split even, 50-50,it's about 23-24 MPG.
I have not filled up recently,but after driving from Sandusky Oh to Kewanee Il,my computer indicated I had 130 miles left to empty.I have no complaints with that.
According to Consumer Reports, real world MPG on a 4 cylinder Optima with automatic tranny is 15 city 33 highway.BTW I have 35lbs of air in my tires. That seems to help. I have gotten as much as 40.7 on a long interstate drive.
I have not noticed any worse gas consumption with the AC on. Matter of fact,I get better MPG in the summer with the AC on than in the winter.
Also, decided to poke under the hood and was surprised to find a loose, detached hose from the air intake to the filter. Reattached and hopefully will help. I guess the dealer's new car check was not too thorough.
Max tire pressure depends on the tire. Look on the sidewall...better yet, if you have a tire store nearby, ask them the max. PSI they would suggest running in the tire. Realize that there are some tradeoffs, more PSI means less contact with the road (less friction) for stopping but also less contact with the road (again, less friction) for better gas milage. So, realize that a happy medium might be the best solution...I would much rather spend more money in gas than several thousand in repair costs and higher insurance payments...not to mention the precious cargo.
I have an '02 Optima and here is what I have learned over the 120K I now have on the car.
1. I run the tires at about 35 psi. This is about 2/3s max psi.
2. I actually get better gas milage by not using the cruise control. It allows me to feather the gas to speed up or slow down instead of the hard on/off that the cruise seems to have.
3. I use Mobile 1 7500K oil. This seems to be the best as far as viscosity breakdown vs cost. Mobile 1 is excellent oil...the only one I will use.
4. I have experimented with speed on the freeway, from 55mph to 80mph (max I'll admit to) which is 5mph over the posted limit. These experiments on long trips have led to an understanding that air resistance is a huge factor in the MPG factor. If you want the best MPG, stick to 55mph...it's that simple. At 55mph I get 37 MPG on the freeway, at 80mph I get 18 MPG.
5. I use a K&N air filter. It's expensive, but will outlast your car. You can let it get very dirty and it will still have far more airflow than a new paper filter. (I know, I know...K&N let's small particles in that will ruin the engine... Well, after 120K I have no pressure loss which tells me that this is crap! It might also be that I let the filter run a little dirty most of the time which helps trap more of the small stuff.)
6. I use Lucas Oil additive in every oil change.
7. I use a product called ER (Energy Release). After I had an experience with a Honda Accord transmission that I thought was trashed and got the gear shift handle so hot that it burned my hand, put in some ER, drove it around town for three months, after that 3 months there was no excess heat or noise. The trasmission lasted for another 60K before the I lost the overdrive. So, ER reduces friction extremely well, allowing for more power and less engine wear.
8. Replace the timing belt at suggested intervals as well as other components.
9. Use softer brake pads. The lifetime pads are very hard on the rotors and require them to be replaced. Soft pads may wear out faster but the pads are much easier and cheaper to replace and the rotors...much cheaper.
10. Look in to BG products. If you can't get ER, use BG. There are products for every system on the car. Expecially, the MOA and 44K.
11. Every oil change, spray off the MAF sensor with some MAF sensor cleaner. This sensor is located right after the air cleaner. It can be removed with a phillips screw driver. Just spray off the metal sensor inside...you don't have to clean the whole housing. Believe it or not, this is a HUGE maintance item!!!
12. Keep the wheels aligned. It's worth having checked whenever you get new tires put on.
Well, hope this helps.
That is about the same mileage as mine.I also go into manual mode when on the highways for the same reason as you..how about that?
Unfortunately,sometimes I forget that it's in manual when I stop and the when I start....it stays in low much too long,until the light goes on in my old brain and I shift it back to normal auto.
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.
The 28 mixed was more highway than around town by far. Still I'm happy with the highway mileage.
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".
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:
2021 Kia Soul LX 6-speed stick
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.
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.
I recently took about a 250 mile trip with most at 75mph or so, over hilly terrain. I ended up with 31.3 mpg actual with about 90% highway. I have 3200 miles, and my mileage seems to continue to improve.