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Kia Rio, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan, Wagon
#1 of 101 Kia Rio: MPG-Real World Numbers
by pf_flyer HOST
Jun 12, 2006 (9:14 am)
With the price of fuel being what it is, the mileage you're getting is becoming more important. This is the place to discuss the mileage performance you're getting out int he real world.
Aug 05, 2006 (7:58 am)
What kinda mileage do yall get out of you Rio's old and the newer models??
Sep 15, 2005 (9:02 am)
The new Rio has gas mileage numbers very close together on the 5-speed 32/35. the auto is 29/38. The advantage here on the 5-speed is that you do not have to downshift nearly as much because it geared relativily low, so that when you step on it in 5-gear it can still accelerate fairly well. I would take the power any day especially since it get 3 mpg better in the city, where a lot of my driving is done.
#4 of 101 2006 Rio mpg issues
Nov 26, 2005 (12:20 pm)
I had to settle for a sedan as the dealer STILL hasn't seen a whiff of the Rio5 and I needed wheels pronto. Nice little car, rides fine and actually accelerates nicely. My problem is the MPG. Or should I say the lack of it? I traded in a long paid for pick up at 19mpg for what I'd hoped would be a mileage monster and I'm only getting 23 mpg!!! Now this is an automatic and all my driving is on country roads at 55 mph or so. I don't beat it. I'd be happy if I got 30 as opposed to the 38 advertised but come on! I'm curious just what I can do about it at this point.
#5 of 101 Post your new Rio and Rio5 real-world MPGs on here!
Nov 30, 2005 (7:42 am)
My problem is the MPG. Or should I say the lack of it? I traded in a long paid for pick up at 19mpg for what I'd hoped would be a mileage monster and I'm only getting 23 mpg!!! Now this is an automatic and all my driving is on country roads at 55 mph or so. I don't beat it. I'd be happy if I got 30 as opposed to the 38 advertised but come on!
Say... did anyone else on here take note of the post above? So far it's the only post about the Rio's MPG I've found online.
I sure hope that there's something amiss with his calculations, because 23 MPG is nowhere near the 30 MPG City that the Rio's rated for, yet alone the 38 MPG Highway.
Keep posting those MPG's on here lurking Rio owners, because the Rio's "superior" gas mileage is the primary reason I'd consider the Rio over the Spectra as a commuter car.
16k+ miles on my Spectra EX, and still lovin' it!
#6 of 101 Re: Post your new Rio and Rio5 real-world MPGs on here! [spectraman]
Nov 30, 2005 (9:18 am)
I am going to mention a few things, please forgive me if some of them are really obvious:
* Tires fully inflated? (Important as winter approaches to check the air pressure. You might also try a little higher pressure than normal, e.g. 35 psi if 30 is recommended. Stay under the max pressure on the sidewall, however.)
* Transmission in D and not 3? (I have slipped an auto tranny into 3 before without realizing it, so it's possible.)
* Parking brake off? (I know, this sounds really dumb, but there was a whole thread over in the Mazda3 discussion about a guy driving around with the parking brake partially on.)
* Length of trips? (Short trips will really take their toll on mpg. So will stop lights, if you have those on your trip.)
* Pedal technique? (i.e., do you have a light touch on the pedal, as if there is a raw egg between your foot and the pedal? Do you anticipate stops and have your foot off the gas as much as possible? These things alone account for a 20% difference in mpg between my driving and my wife's driving.)
* Miles on car? (Hyundai engines, which the Rio has, are famous for having a long break-in, during which the fuel economy improves quite a bit. So you should see fuel economy climb after the first few thousand miles and continue to climb after that. For example, I have 15k on my automatic Elantra and it is getting about 10% better mpg than it did at first.)
#7 of 101 Re: Post your new Rio and Rio5 real-world MPGs on here! [backy]
Nov 30, 2005 (5:53 pm)
That is true of it seems of their breakin. With my Sephias, although not built buy Hyundai, not until my last few months did I get good MPG. I have a 2006 Rio and am getting around the correct MPG now. I drove earlier in the month from my home in Virginia to Toronto a distance of about 600 miles and got over 400miles per tank which is damn near 38MPG hwy.
#8 of 101 Re: Post your new Rio and Rio5 real-world MPGs on here! [backy]
Dec 01, 2005 (7:18 am)
I was wondering about why my MPG seemed low. Thought maybe it was just me. My 2004 Rio Cinco which has 4,150 miles on it. So far the best I have done in the city is 25 mpg. I havn't been on the highway yet.
I didn't think about the break-in.
#9 of 101 Re: Post your new Rio and Rio5 real-world MPGs on here! [backy]
Dec 03, 2005 (10:39 am)
Well, I checked all the obvious stuff...It is an automatic and it does indeed have the overdrive engaged. It is very noticeable when it isn't. Tire inflation is correct. Parking brake is not engaged. My daily grind consists of a ten mile trip to and from work on country style highway at 55-60mph. I am pretty much rural and stoplights aren't a factor. I've been real cautious on the gas pedal during the break-in period. I have nearly 1250 miles on it now. All the things mentioned (with the exception of the brake being on)account for about a ten percent or so difference. Unfortunately that would still leave me short of the city estimate of 29 mpg.
On a brighter note my last tank came in at 28.5mpg. I had some longer cruises in there and some expressway drives as well. I actually decided to drive it more in my usual manner and not so delicate and it seemed to like it. Hopefully the burn in period shows considerable improvement but I don't think I'll ever approach the 38 mpg advertised.
As someone mentioned the high mpg is the ONLY reason I got this car over any other. If I wanted 25mpg I could have got a bit more car than this (a bit more in the monthly payments as well).
All in all I have to say I do like the car. It rides like it is bigger than it is. Real good vision for the driver and the seats are pretty comfy. I'm 6', 200# and over 50 so comfort is a must with me and I'm quite pleased with that aspect of things. Oh, and it does look kind of muscular for a little guy.
#10 of 101 Re: Post your new Rio and Rio5 real-world MPGs on here! [frandaman]
Dec 03, 2005 (11:01 am)
So with only 1250 miles you should see continued improvement as the miles build. Since you are now in winter, you might see a penalty from cold weather, longer warmups, winter-blend gas etc., so the real test will see how it does come spring. I am betting you will see 30s by then and by the time of the first anniversary you will be topping 38 on the highway on occasion, since you seem to drive moderately. If I can get 38 mpg on a 135-hp 2.0L automatic Elantra, loaded with five people and gear, driving on country highways at 55-60 mph (in the summer), I am confident you will see better mpg on your Rio.