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Kia Optima Real World MPG



  • mikezak1mikezak1 Posts: 14
    Here in St. Paul MN, my 2011 Optima EX gets 24- 26 MPG in the City and 34-35 MPG on HWY. Yes I do keep in on ECO and have approximately 23K miles on it. LOVE the car! One of the best I have owned.

    My only complaint (and its a minor one) is sometimes the Bluetooth acts up - freezes - or does not recognize my voice to any Command.
  • Any ideas on how to get closer to 40 mpg?

    Sure, move to Canada,

    just a little joke!
  • Or just drive downhill only... lol
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,491
    edited September 2013
    I also have an Optima EX, and I also have similar mileage on my 2012. Your mpg is totally within the EPA estimate parameters printed on the window sticker.

    My Bluetooth also acts up, and has exactly the same symptoms. On my Samsung Galaxy 3 I just leave the Bluetooth "on" all the time. So the car detects it as soon as I push start. When I do this it works properly 100% of the time.

    Where people have trouble is when they turn on their phones' Bluetooth system after the car is already running. The car's system, having found no device on startup, is no longer "looking" for a Bluetooth device. You then have to go into the car's setup menu and select your phone manually, or wait until the car scans for devices again.

    Chris Skalski: Network Engineer 2012 Kia Optima EX

  • Picked up my SXL in July 2013, coming out of a 2007 Mazda CX7....the mazda required 92 octane and in my 6 years of ownership, I averaged 14mpg mostly city. My best MPG was 19 on a trip out to pittsburg..the MPG was killing me running 92.

    Thus far I have about 7k on the SXL and have seen my far share of mixed hwy & city.....typically I get about 20 city however if I drive like an 85yr old I've averaged 24 city. On the hwy I average 32 if I keep it under 70 on fairly level ground. I tend to be a spirited driver which means that my real world mileage suffers with numbers 17 city, 26 hwy. Either Way, I LOVE the car and it has exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.....I have the titanium silver with the chrome package and there isnt a week that goes by that I dont have someone tell me how beautiful my car is ;) :blush: ;) !!
  • cskicski West Springfield, VAPosts: 1,491
    Great! I have the Optima EX 2.4, and also tend to drive in a spirited fashion. I typically get 21 MPG in crowded DC/MD/VA area. My average speed is 20 mph. This explains the low mpg.

    On a recent trip to Southport NC, I averaged 31 mpg over 400 miles, even after sitting in a 2.5 hour traffic jam between Springfield and Richmond. That is with all our luggage and 3 tweenage kids aboard. (total of 4 people).

    I also get stopped by strangers asking about my car. LOL.

    Chris Skalski: Network Engineer 2012 Kia Optima EX

  • I have an 2012 Optima Hybrid, live in Toronto and find that mileage drops significantly as soon as it gets cold. A 65 litre tank can support 800 km in the summer city and on two long summer road trips over 1000 km. I'm clocking close to 700 km now if I go on the flashing bar and vapours. Overall it's a great car, I fill it up no more than once a week, my last Chrysler dinosaur saw the gas station every other day. Gas here is $1.27 a litre. That's $5.58 a gallon. Our gallon is 5 quarts.
  • My car is brand speaking new with less than 400 miles and I went across town the other day and my dash said I was getting 39.3 mpg but that was with cruise control and slow driving. Now when I'm in town it's around 19 or 20. I will say that my parents bought theirs in 2012 and they said it seemed to suck just as much gas if not more than the v6 they switched from and I thought that just can't be true. Well with mine being a 2014 and hoping they had worked out some of that mpg issue I see that my parents were right. My tank cost just $5 less to fill than my old v6 and I have to fill up a day sooner than my last car.

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