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#1 of 163 Kia Sedona MPG - Real World Numbers
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Jul 04, 2006 (9:10 pm)
With gas prices escalating, the mpg issue becomes more and more important. Share your actual mileage numbers with other Sedona drivers here.
#2 of 163 5K miles on 2006
Jul 06, 2006 (8:34 am)
Now getting 22-25 on Highway and 14-18 in town with a very short driving distance to work. George in Wisconsin
Jul 23, 2006 (6:29 pm)
So far around 14-15 rural driving/small town, noticed approx 20 MPG today on turnpike only. Got better on my commutes to work with my 2002 than I am on my 2006. Very disappointed so far in the gas mileage. I guess that is why they call them estimates on the window stickers.
#4 of 163 Varying gas mileage
Aug 14, 2006 (5:51 am)
Some people report getting pretty good gas mileage, and some report getting very low mileage, below the estimated mileage on the sticker, all from the very same vehicle. Did anyone ever consider that maybe people's DRIVING HABITS could be a big part of that? For example, does the driver take off quickly from stoplights and then drive full speed up to 10 yds from a red stoplight before hitting the brakes; does the person tailgate so they hit the gas, hit the brakes, hit the gas, etc; do they look ahead down the road and leave space between them and the next car so that they can just take their foot off of the gas when traffic slows; on the highway do they drive 65, 70, 75, 80; do they use their cruise control or are they the types that slow down going up hill and speed up going down hill; do they keep a cell phone glued to their head so that they don't keep track of their speed? The list could go on. But all of that can mean a difference of several miles per gallon. Unless you know how each person drives, the gas mileage figures they give are meaningless.
Also, while I would not have believed this in the past, I have seen it with my cars that an engine is not really broken in, and you don't get your best mileage until the engine has several thousand or maybe even tens of thousands of miles on it.
#5 of 163 Re: Varying gas mileage [hrngffcr]
Aug 15, 2006 (7:45 pm)
All very good points about gas mileage. And your very correct that bad driving habits can and will adversely affect it.
In our case, we never drive over 65, Alaska roads can't handle it and though my wife's driving isn't perfect, it isn't bad either.
However, the van is getting 4 - 4.5 mpg less than the bottom EPA figure. I agree motors / and the vehicle itself (disk breaks) do break in but it is my experience with the new motors (really don't have a break in period) is that at best one or two mpg increase. That still leaves our van well below the bottom EPA rating.
Well I used that rating in determining the purchase of the van. If they printed 15 mpg, I would not have bought it, I would have spend the extra $2K for the Sennia.
My two cents.
#6 of 163 Re: Varying gas mileage [akolive]
Aug 16, 2006 (4:20 am)
Well I used that rating in determining the purchase of the van. If they printed 15 mpg, I would not have bought it, I would have spend the extra $2K for the Sennia. >>>
My friend owns a new Sienna and he gets no better mileage than the Sedona and the Sienna has an obvious lack of power. We get about 22 MPG on the highway and 17-18 around town. You don't buy a giant mini van with a big engine and expect great economy, but the Sedona is just as good as my Subaru Tribeca was and it's quite a bit more powerful due to the torque.
#7 of 163 Re: Varying gas mileage [b9driver]
Aug 16, 2006 (12:56 pm)
However, some people do buy vans and cars based on EPA estimates of fuel economy. Automotive dealers use them as a selling point. I understand key word, estimate. But to be off by so much is not acceptable, IMO. I owned a 2002 Sedona, with the same driving habits that I used when driving that, I get 2-3 MPG less with the 2006. We all know the 2006 is estimated to get more fuel economy.
#8 of 163 Re: Varying gas mileage [betht27]
Aug 16, 2006 (4:21 pm)
Very well put betht27.
I would be happy with the 17-18mpg that RB's friends are getting with the Sennia which is what the rating indicated. With the options and the price I figured the Sedona would be a wash with the Sennia over time because of what I figured (based on the rating) it would get in mileage. Not at 14.5mph though.
I know whaaaa.
My point is, I just wish those ratings were more accurate. With the 06 being a new model there was little in the way of other information to base our decision on.
#9 of 163 Re: Varying gas mileage [akolive]
Aug 16, 2006 (5:31 pm)
4 cents more per mile to drive adds up fast.
#10 of 163 Re: Varying gas mileage [hrngffcr]
Aug 20, 2006 (2:51 pm)
At 3800 miles we are experienced a best tank at 24.8 MPG while steady highway driving, a low of 17.5 MPG in town. We only use regular fuel. Our biggest challenge is to keep from enjoying the 240+ horsepower this van has, and we have found a direct correlation between how deep we put our foot into it and the mileage. Whatever the cost, the fun is worth it!!