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Kia Optima, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan
#192 of 222 If you have an SX and drive mainly city...terrible MPG
Jul 30, 2012 (11:38 am)
I drive in LA, 70% city and 30% highway. Gas mileage is terrible at 18mpg. This is my ONLY gripe about the car. The city gas mileage is way off from sticker. With ECO enabled (which destroys driving fun IMHO), i get 19mpg. The car has 2200 miles on it...looks like I am screwed.
#193 of 222 Re: If you have an SX and drive mainly city...terrible MPG [rhinofiber]
Jul 30, 2012 (4:43 pm)
Wait! Dont give up on getting good mileage on your SX. Your engine has not broken in enough yet. There are hundreds of similar complaints online. I drive the same way you do, and I am now getting 23 on my EX, up from 17mpg that I was getting before about 5k miles. It should get better for you.
Go to www.optimaforums.com for more feedback on this issue.
#194 of 222 Re: Optima Hybrid MPG poor gas mileage [lakerfan24]
Sep 28, 2012 (5:03 am)
I actually had an opportunity to get real world MPG on my 2012 EX during my commute. I got 26.5 MPG round trip. (36.2 miles).
My commute is from West Springfield, VA to 23rd St NW Washington DC. It is 18 miles each way. 4 miles of it is suburban stop and go, then higher speed driving on 395 for 14 miles.
I never use the econ button. It slows up throttle response, and I need to be on my toes during this commute. It is dense, fast, and just plain dangerous at 6 am. (I went in and right back home this morning, just had to get my cell). I work from home on Fridays
I have 10,200 miles on the car, purchased last December 28th. My fuel economy has steadily improved from horrible; to as-advertised. Folks with brand new Optima's should be just a little patient.
There have been no problems or issues with my EX 2.4. Great car.
Nov 05, 2012 (2:56 pm)
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#196 of 222 Re: Optima owners [steve_]
Nov 14, 2012 (7:54 pm)
Steve, I am about 4K miles in on my 2013 Optima EX and my MPG ratings are absolutely horrible! And...when I heard Kia owners were going to get reimbursed for the MPG rating errors, I was excited, BUT the basic Optima is not included in the wrong MPG ratings.
I drive a mix of hwy/city to work and get about 19 mpg, my wife drives the car on the weekends to her job, 30 miles one way at a steady 65 mph and has yet to get over 29 mpg. That is at least 5-6 MPG off of Kia's stock 2013 EX MPG ratings of 24/35. We are getting 18/27 to be precise.
We always have Eco on, and after the first week of the driving the car, we have both been coasting to lights, and driving economically to see if we can boost the MPG on our ends...no luck. This is really frustrating, especially since we budgeted for decent MPG out of this car and actually went with the Optima over other competitors because of it's solid MPG rating....now we are getting hosed on the road!
#197 of 222 Re: Optima owners [bgkob]
Nov 15, 2012 (4:25 am)
Next time you fill up; reset the MPG indicator while you are clearing the trip computer. Some folks don't know they can do that. I was not happy with MPG when I had 4000 miles too.
I have a '12 EX; and I drive hwy/city too. Traffic is thick all the time here in the DC area. My average speed struggles to get above 26 mph.
On a recent road trip I got 31 mpg (89 miles). I was happy with that.
#198 of 222 Re: Optima owners [bgkob]
Nov 25, 2012 (3:18 pm)
I have a 2013 Optima, base model. 3100 Miles, ,mostly city. Eco on. avg 18mpg.
one serious rd trip of 400 miles I avg 33mpg.
I took it to KIA dealer and they told me to be patient because of break in period. I thought those were things of the past.
I am a conservative driver basically less than 10k per year and this MPG is frustrating and disheartening.
#199 of 222 Re: Optima owners [landresen]
Nov 29, 2012 (9:34 am)
Your 33 mpg is great on the highway. It's only 2 off of the not-easily attainable EPA figure of 35 mpg.
You really have to drive like grandma to get that 24 mpg city, and most of us can't; due to clogged suburban streets. There is a stoplight every 1/2 mile here in Northern VA.
I usually get from 20 to 21.5 mpg. It is just too densely populated and all of the fun back roads are clogged with cars. Stop and go = bad MPG.
Maybe a hybrid would have been better for your needs.
#200 of 222 Re: 2012 Optima Hybrid MPG [ennui5000]
Dec 01, 2012 (3:12 pm)
I drive Leesburg, VA to Alexandria, VA, about 38 miles, eco mode and am getting 37 MPG.
I try and drive 60 - 65 mph and am in lite to moderate highway traffic most of the way.
Any ideas on how to get closer to 40 mpg?
#201 of 222 Re: 2012 Optima Hybrid MPG [leesburg_va]
Dec 01, 2012 (3:49 pm)
To get 40 I suspect you'd have to have ideal conditions: non-stop 55-65 mph speed, flat terrain, little to no headwind, moderate weather (for peak engine efficiency + no a/c), properly inflated tires (maybe a bit over spec), and a very light foot on the gas if not using cruise. Using hyper-miler techniques would help, too, but I'm not a fan of some of them e.g. drafting.
Under those conditions I've been able to get low-40s mpg in my 2010 Sentra which is rated 34 highway, just under the Optima's 35. I've noticed on my wife's 2013 Sonata that at 65-70, the rpms are about where they are on my Sentra. So I think 40 mpg on the Optima is possible... but not easily obtainable.