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Hyundai Santa Fe, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#413 of 506 Kia Sorento
Jul 08, 2010 (11:39 am)
I am only adding this to this thread because I believe the Santa Fe V6 is the same engine used in the Kia. I have a 2011 Sorento EX V6 Fwd with just over 1000 miles on it in which about 360 of those miles were put on this past weekend on a trip from Columbus to Pittsburgh and back. I started tracking our driving on the tank prior to our trip and we filled up as we left Columbus and got an actual 19.1 mpg which was about 90 to 95% city driving. The second fill up on the way back which was on road that at times was 2 lane 55 mph with traffic and other times 4 lane expressway at 70 mph. Ran into a good amount of construction and also had some city driving while in Pittsburgh visiting relatives. Also, anyone who has traveled between the two cities will tell you there are many long steep hills to go up and down. The Actual MPG was 23.92 and the cars computer read out was exactly 24 mpg. I thought both fill ups MPG was outstanding on a vehicle that will only get better as I put more miles on it. I had a 2003 Hyundai Sonata V6 that I gave to my daughter a couple of years ago and it didn't really start getting it's full MPG potential until it had about 5000 miles on it. It was rated 27 on the Highway, but I usually got 30 mpg. I only bring up the Hyundai because I consider Kia and Hyundai pretty much the same company.
#414 of 506 Re: Kia Sorento [mtnman1]
Jul 09, 2010 (10:56 am)
This actually is quite useful information to me. You are right, the powertrain is basically the same for the 2011 Sorento and 2010 Santa Fe. I appreciate the input. I could certainly live with that kind of gas mileage from a(n) SUV/CUV. THANKS!
#415 of 506 Re: Kia Sorento [dvancleave]
Jul 09, 2010 (8:49 am)
Your very welcome. Glad I could help. Have you test driven a Sorento? I was looking at the Santa Fe one day and saw that the dealership also sold Kia vehicles. I decided to go ahead and test drive the Sorento. I thought it was beautiful inside and out. The ride was great. Very smooth and quiet. I got the EX with the premium Package 2 I think it was. It was the package with Heated Leather Seats, Panoramic Roof, and a couple of other things that I can't remember off the top of my head. Also got carpeted floor mats, Security cover for the cargo area, and wheel locks. It Retailed for $31,100 and my out the door price was $28,673 which included Tax, Title, and Fees. There are many great offer out there on this vehicle in my area such as $1000 under invoice and a $2000 Rebate. There is also 0% for 36 months on a loan in lieu of the rebates. I went with the rebate and 3.24% for 36 from a bank that the dealership came up with. Sounds like you are sold on the Santa Fe, but I just thought you may want to look at the Sorento.
#416 of 506 Re: 2009 Santa Fe GLS poor gas mileage [maddog611]
Jul 11, 2010 (5:52 am)
Greetings, I recently purchased a 2010 Santa Fe Limited. Now it has about 1,500 miles. I am getting between 17-18 mpg in suburban area driving and 25 MPG on the highway. The computer says I average 24 miles an hour. This seems a bit low compared to the mpg stated on the sticker.
Do you think I should bring it back to the dealer for a check up?
Thanks Big Bruno
#417 of 506 Re: 2009 Santa Fe GLS poor gas mileage [bigbruno]
Jul 11, 2010 (9:42 am)
I wouldn't. My 2010 Limited got about the same mileage as your getting, but after about 3500 miles the MPG really changed. I'm now getting 22-23 MPG in town and 27MPG in the highway. See my posts #397, 405 and 410.
#418 of 506 Re: 2009 Santa Fe GLS poor gas mileage [obkt]
Jul 11, 2010 (3:29 pm)
ok thanks. I'll take you advice. For now I only drive the car on weekends as I still have my 98 Camry...they didn't want to give me much on a trade-in but the car is in fine condition. Hopefully as the milage goes up I will improve on gas milage. I still LOVE the car though. I will be using it in retirement when I begin volunteering to transport pound dogs to and from the vets, and to others who adopt the dogs. Too cool. Thanks again.
#419 of 506 Re: 2009 Santa Fe GLS poor gas mileage [edgarheil]
Jul 12, 2010 (8:26 pm)
Edgar, I feel your pain. When I purchased my 2007 3.3 Limited SF 2WD almost three years ago, it averaged less than 14.5 miles per gallon. And like your dealer told you, my dealer told me that I could expect my mileage to improve as the car aged and was "broken in." But the number NEVER budged.
After 33,000 miles, it broke down. All repairs (due to a "leaking front valve cover gasket causing oil saturation & failure of the alternator") were covered under warranty. But here's the funny thing: after we picked it up from the dealer, our mileage jumped to 17.3 mpg.
I'm at a loss. Why did my mileage improve so suddenly? More to the point, does this mean I've been overpaying at the pump all these years because of a factory fault?
#420 of 506 Re: 2009 Santa Fe GLS poor gas mileage [designingwoman]
Jul 12, 2010 (9:37 pm)
Thanks for your post; it validates what I suspected (which is that the car should get a higher mileage - as some owners report - and, therefore, there is something 'wrong' with it). I also think about how much I overspent in gas due to this and it makes me sick. I'm going for one more round of trying to get this resolved with the dealer / Hyundai...
#421 of 506 2009 Santa Fe Limited AWD (3.3 liter V6) - questionable highway mileage
Jul 13, 2010 (8:20 pm)
I own a 2005 Hyundai Elantra that gets 30 miles/gal in the city and it's been a great car. Really impressed with Hyundai's build quality. That good experience, and some thorough research is what led me to purchase a new 2009 Sante Fe Limited AWD to replace our aging Chrysler minivan. The only thing I'm dissapointed with so far is the highway mileage. It's rated at 17 city and 24 highway which I would be satisfied with if I could average that kind of highway mpg. It had 5000 miles on it when we purchased it 2 weeks ago. We took it on a long trip last week to Big Sky Montana from Minneapolis (2200 miles round trip). We had 4 people in the vehicle and the back was loaded with gear and we drove 75 mph the whole way out and back. We had the air on most of the trip and we were bucking a pretty strong head wind about half the way on the trip out. The elevation was climbing the whole way out (Minneapolis - 900 ft, Big Sky - 7500 ft). We averaged 19 mpg on the trip out. I wasn't too concerned about that given the elevation climb and the head wind. However, on the way back we only averaged 21.3. I did notice that the instantaneous mileage seems to improve by a couple mpg if you slow down to 65 mph. We now have 7900 miles on the vehicle ... so I assume it would be considered "broken in". We have only driven it around town (metro driving) for a couple of days (with 1 person in the vehicle) and so far it's averaging around 20 in the city (which is fine with me).
#422 of 506 Re: Gas mileage on 2010 Santa Fe [wetsfee]
Jul 15, 2010 (4:24 am)
Greetings, when you say you got 20 to 22 MPG with urban driving, do you know what your "average miles per hour" was? Thanks, Bruno