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Kia Optima, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#182 of 211 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid
Apr 16, 2012 (7:14 pm)
I've read with interest the postings about this car. I took delivery of my new 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid last Saturday afternoon. I traded a 2009 Chrysler 300 Touring. I've only driven 135 km, playing with the eco button and still at the bottom of the learning curve as to how to properly and economically drive this spaceship. At this point next to good BBQ, this is the best car I've ever owned. It's unbelievable how it performs visa vis handling, comfortability, roominess and best of all I can see it'll be cheap to operate. The gas gauge has not moved, to the point where I stopped to put gas in to see if it was working and it immediately overflowed all down my nice shiny black fender. The six cylinder Chrysler would have used a half a tank over the weekend with the same mileage. I have all the confidence in the world that this will be an amazing car moving forward, even if the gas mileage drops to the same as the moaners' and groaners' who have written their comments on this page. My Korean Cadillac rocks!
#183 of 211 Re: Optima EX 2.4 2012 MPG [ijennings1]
Apr 17, 2012 (5:17 pm)
If you are getting 33mpg with 1500 miles on it then you have the best built Hyundai 2.4 engine I have ever seen.
With a lead foot? Wow. Good for you. I barely broke 17 until 2300 miles.
I know she will get those numbers, but it's been my experience that this engine needs to break in. -C
May 11, 2012 (5:39 am)
I finally got a chance to take my new 2012 Optima EX on a long trip to FL from Atlanta. On the highway, I average 32 mpg at ~77 mph with the AC on. I did note that the steering seems to be a bit over assisted, thus I wonder just how variable, the variable assist power steering really is. As the car still has less than 2000 miles on it, I expect the mileage to be a bit better as the engine gets broken in. All in all, not bad.
#185 of 211 Re: Almost 7000 Miles Still not losing money [johnjj]
May 11, 2012 (5:45 am)
If the money you save in gas (over your previous car) is higher than your car payment, that would make it free...or close to it. At least in my humble opinion.
#186 of 211 Re: Trip to FL [rick2456]
May 11, 2012 (6:06 am)
I have an Optima Hybrid (2012) with 3200 km on it, the longest trip I've done so far is Toronto to Ottawa which is 450 km. With the combined highway and city driving I got close to 950 km out of the tank. This car rocks on gas mileage.
#187 of 211 Re: Trip to FL [fenderbass]
May 11, 2012 (1:14 pm)
Yeah us United States backward folk still use miles, but 950km does sound like a lot. I am soooo tired of googling. Please post how many MPG it got. Very curious. -Chris
#188 of 211 Re: Optima EX 2.4 2012 MPG [cski]
Jun 21, 2012 (5:24 am)
Thanks for posting your info... I am a new 2012 Optima EX owner, and after 350 miles on the car, I am averaging about 19 MPG (doing stop and go, side street driving back and forth to work, with the ECO button on).
Looking forward to my first 3-hour-freeway-drive road trip in a couple weeks, hopefully will see the MPG go up a little. I did hear it takes a while to get the MPG as advertised, need to wait for the engine to break in a little.
#189 of 211 Real world MPG now up to 24...
Jun 22, 2012 (3:04 pm)
After my last post, I have a new job downtown, and have been running at steady 60-65 mph in moderate to heavy traffic for 24 miles each way. (but not stop and go unless there is a pile up or a lovely car-b-que).
I am now getting 22 to 24.8mpg after driving this route (395 into Wash DC from Burke VA) for the past 2 months.
It took 4000 miles to break 20mpg. I now have 6,600, and I have also noticed that the transmission has "learned" my driving style. The car is just a pleasure to drive at cruising speeds, with great pickup between 50 and 80mph for passing...if I can get around the thousands of Prius' during the morning grind. Still no problems at all with the car.
#190 of 211 Re: Trip to FL [cski]
Jul 03, 2012 (8:20 am)
Wondering if you ghat your tomaters planted yet? I check back after ah use this here outhouse over yonder.
#191 of 211 2012 sx loaded first road trip
Jul 14, 2012 (7:45 pm)
The family and I took our first road trip today, 600 miles round trip 95 degrees no wind. With cruise control and eco on 65mph. sustained 36.4 mpg. 75mph cruise and eco on 33.3. 85mph
and cruise, eco on 30.7. We started with 875 mile on the car. What a pleasure to drive, we hit some heavy rain and wind for about 30 miles near the end on the return trip..handled flawlessly.
By far the best vehilcle we have ever owned. We are in our 50's and have owned well over 100
cars and trucks.