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#132 of 163 Re: 07 Sedona with terrible mileage [dogwaggin]
Apr 12, 2008 (3:02 pm)
I think that 10. something in town in cold weather is not that unusual. I have a Chrysler Town an Country and that is about what I get too,On the other hand,on the highway i get between 23-25 . If 16 is all you can get it should not be acceptable.The moisture in your car is pretty much like it does in my Optima. Make sure that the AC is set for outdoors,not recirculating
PS you sound a like a doggie person.Are you into showing>? My doughter has been showing for over 30 years.
#133 of 163 Re: 07 Sedona with terrible mileage [mickeyrom]
Apr 12, 2008 (4:35 pm)
Yes, actually...I do agility with a 9 yr old pound puppy, a 7 yr old lab mix (he's the dockdog wanna be) and a 5 yr old Swedish Vallund. Competing with All-Americans (as we like to call them) means I have to travel quit a bit, hence my decision to get something that was more "fuel efficient". And being outside requires lots of gear, as I'm sure you know. So much for my attempt at practicality.... man, do I wish I had my Yukon XL back!!
#134 of 163 Re: Kia Sedona MPG - Real World Numbers [ptink]
Apr 14, 2008 (8:56 am)
I'm wondering if Sedona owners should be using premium gasoline? I've been using the cheaper Arco 87 octane and had some problems with the fuel injector. Following the advice given in this forum, I added some high end cleaner to the gas tank and my mileage improved significantly. Perhaps with using higher octane on these so-called "high-performance" engines we can get better mileage? Just a thought..
#135 of 163 Re: 07 Sedona with terrible mileage [mickeyrom]
May 11, 2008 (4:00 pm)
All 6 cyl vans get that gas milage. A few thing you have to remember tires, air pressure, filter changes, gas quality, season and so on. Also when was it tuned up last. Also driving habits..... The speed limit on most highways is 55 mph, I almost never see anyone drive below 65mph except when a state trooper has pulled someone over. Then they drive 45 mph. One guy compared the pt cruiser to a sedona. They are not the same. I have had a few mini vans and there about the same mpg. I also have a hybrid that gets about 50 mpg. Now that is a great feeling to fill up every two weeks instead of every few day. It is a small car but I don't need it to carry the kids or large stuff around town. The government has had 30 years to raise the mpg on all vehicles, we are just started on that road. I think they set the new standards for 2020. By then we will be paying $10 a gal and the SUV as we know it will be no more. These gas recomendations are too little and to late. As far as the sedona I bought it for the reliability, safety and price. I am very happy with my van and will keep it for a while until Kia makes a hybrid van. Safety is key with Kia....
#136 of 163 07 Sedona matching sticker predictions
May 15, 2008 (12:41 pm)
I've been driving my 07 Sedona since August. It's consistently gotten 18 mpg around town. On long distance highway trips it delivers 24mpg.
Those long trips were lightly loaded, with one or two people.
Not miserly in its gas usage, but roughly equivalent to the 98 Caravan it replaced.
Jun 29, 2008 (3:02 pm)
I haven't posted on this board for a very long time, but I wanted to see if others are getting bad fuel mileage?
I have a 2002 Kia Sedona LX which currently has 70K miles, and was tuned up at 36K with new plugs, air filter, fuel filter, etc. My last fill up I averaged 12.8 miles per gallon.
My wife is the primary driver and drives to pre-school 3 days a week for grand total of 5 miles round trip. With the weather now warm, I don't see why we're getting bad fuel mileage. I maintain good tire pressure (36lbs) and run 10w-30 syn fluid.
I have a Ford F150 with V8 that averages 18 mpg....
#138 of 163 Re: Bad gas mileage [marriedmanw]
Jun 29, 2008 (3:22 pm)
I'm driving my 07 Sedona just like I did the Yukon XL that I traded in and wish I had the Yukon back!! Just filled it and it's down to 9.6 miles to the gallon!! Got 10.5 in the cold months and was up to 12.5 - the only difference is that I am now using the AC - that shouldn't have changed anything. Believe me, I will be on the phone tomorrow with the dealer. I am ready to call a local news reporter - maybe that will get something done for me!
#139 of 163 Re: Bad gas mileage [dogwaggin]
Jun 29, 2008 (3:45 pm)
Yes, my 2002 LX is only getting 12.5 to 13; 55,000 miles; lots of hills driving where I live, about 10 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge; I've tried putting in the best air filter, adding fuel injector cleaner, new drive belt, new plugs, etc....nothing seems to work to get the mileage higher. I'm thinking of asking a KIA dealer again if they can make any recommendations.
#140 of 163 Re: Bad gas mileage [marriedmanw]
Jun 29, 2008 (5:29 pm)
The engine will not warm up in a 5 mile trip. This is extremely short trip travel which gives the worst mpg. What kind of trips are done otherwise? Short trips to the grocery store? You have accounted for only 15 miles per week. At 12.8 mpg this is only 1.17 gal per week. The Sedona does get poor mpg on short trips, but if you don't go far then it doesn't matter if the mpg is lower than you'd like; the amount fuel is small.
The Sedona excells in transporting multiple people and lots of gear around the city and on highway trips. It's not the best vehicle to haul two or three people on short distances.
Jun 29, 2008 (6:36 pm)
There may be a few Sedona's out there getting very poor MPG for what reasons I do not know but what it boils down too is usually driving habits. Try an experiment. Reset your mpg computer and with engine warm go out for a bit of city and then some highway driving never letting the rpm's go over 2,500. A 3.8L engine is pretty decent size and especially if it is capable of producing 253 lbs of torque. If you are easy on the gas and brake and for the most part keep the engine under 3000 rpms then you will get the advertised MPG. If not then you have a problem with YOUR particular van. You can't have strong power and good MPG. More power means more fuel. Drive conservatively then you will get the MPG's you want otherwise you will not. Also the 25 highway is rated at 55 mph just FYI. They all do this. Flat road, no A/C and 55 mph. Does anyone drive 55 no, but by being conservative and keeping the rpm's low you should be able to still get 22 - 24 at 70 - 75 mph.