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Kia Rondo, Wagon
May 12, 2009 (7:47 am)
Over the first 2,252 miles our Kia's fuel economy has averaged 24.8 mpg.
(2,252.2 miles/90.783 gal). Not great, but not so bad either imo.
Although I'd still like for her to do better, so far results for the last two tanks in which my wife did all the driving did not calculate below 20 mpg as I had predicted. Instead she was able to average 21.3 & 23.6 mpg in mostly suburban driving conditions.
I'll be driving the family to the Outer Banks of N.C. for a week's stay on the Saturday before Memorial Day and hope to average 30+ mpg over the 400+ mile drive round trip.
#191 of 219 There may be quite a break-in factor at work, me thinx
May 12, 2009 (8:35 am)
For the first 14K miles on my 07 LX I-4 Rondo, my "general mix driving" tankfuls would average about 23-24 mpg. I'm over 17K miles now, and over the last 3K miles, the car's mpg seems to have improved substantively. For example, the mpg of my last 6 tankfuls have been 28, 26, 27, 24, 26, and 28, for a 26.5 average mpg. These readings include at least 1, if not 2, trips per tankful to go to downtown Raleigh with me, my wife, and 500 lbs of musical gear aboard, double parking, and then finding metro parking on city streets or in garages there. None of the tankfuls were of the straight interstate highway sort. I'm a little eager to go on a long interstate hwy trip so as to see what the car will do mpg-wise.
#192 of 219 Re: There may be quite a break-in factor at work, me thinx [garnermike]
May 12, 2009 (8:57 am)
I agree there must be a long break-in period. My 07 EX-V-6 would average between 13-17 mpg (mostly city driving). At first I added ZMax to the gas & oil ... maybe improved mileage by 1 mpg. Then threw in a K&N air filter ... maybe improved mileage by 1 mpg. Still really disappointed. I too had a Scan Gauge (smoothsailin).
Noticed the wild swings in mpg with the slight touch of the accelerator pedal.
Put the SG in my other 2 cars and there was not that wild swing.
But now, at 9,000 miles my mileage has substantially improved and is still getting better ... 21-22 mpg ... not as good as others on this post (keeping in mind this is mostly city driving). I also noticed the brand of gas has made a difference. Whenever I use Sunoco the mileage would drop ... Exxon/Mobil it would improve.
Not sure why since I thought most major brands were similar in their additives.
May 21, 2009 (3:40 am)
mixed city/highway brand new first tank 22.3MPG
#194 of 219 Re: There may be quite a break-in factor at work, me thinx [tsm280z]
May 22, 2009 (5:20 am)
The fuel efficiency of these engines seems to be very sensitive to throttle input. You can get respectible mileage with one if you drive smoothly and carefully, but dip into the throttle much and all bets are off.
My wife has driven the car for the last three tanks which averaged in the 21 mpg range twice and in the 23 mpg range once. Mostly around town driving, but also included at least two over-100 mile round-trips to visit her parents and one sister. I know that the last tank average was in the 21 mpg range even though she had made a 170+ mile round-trip with mostly highway miles. So to me 21 mpg with a half-tank or more driven on the highway is awfully disappointing, However since I've never seen less than 25 mpg and one tank over 29 mpg in our Rondo when I did all the driving, I know it's capable of delivering respectible mileage. In other words, it's not just the car's fault. In this case I chalk it up to a driver who has a spastic foot (ie one who constantly works the throttle instead of maintaining steady pressure), refuses to use the cruise control and has no clue about what it means to conserve momentum!
Bad driving habits can be hard to break-especially when the driver gets "an attitude" any time suggestions are offered by their significant other for how making a few changes could improve their mpg results..
Case in point: Yesterday afternoon after work I was enjoying a pleasant evening outside sitting in our swing in the front yard. My wife drives up in the Rondo, stops in the driveway then sits in the car w/the engine running for several minutes before finally cutting off the engine and exiting the car. Why? My guess would be that she was playing around with her new toy (a GPS) and was just sitting in the car w/the engine running and the ac engaged while she did so. Of course she could just as easily cut off the engine, opened the windows and tinkered with the GPS without wasting gas. An obvious choice to me...but not to her.
Of course had I pointed out that mpg is ZERO and fuel is being wasted when the car is stationary w/the engine running I doubt her reaction would have been positive or something to the effect of..."Thanks for the suggestion honey. I had not considered this!"
Instead, I probably would have been told to make my own dinner.
So I just kept my mouth shut and enjoyed a nice dinner!
What's a guy to do....
May 22, 2009 (5:28 am)
We must be married to the same woman!
#196 of 219 Re: Gas mileage for first full tank [ramblinmo]
Jul 18, 2009 (10:19 pm)
i have 08 v6 getting between 22-26 mix city/highway dependant on road conditions wtih the a/c on
. I used regular gas and kept my tire psi around 38.found it work best on the kumho tires it cam with.
#197 of 219 Sounds about right
Jul 19, 2009 (8:48 am)
About what I would expect from your Rondo. My 07 LX I-4 is averaging about 24-28 mpg (US) for mixed driving.
I am continuing to be very pleased with the car since purchase in Oct. 2007. Never back to the dealer for anything (knocking on wood here). Outside of the cruise control which I do not like (drops down in gear too easily/often and hurts MPG), the car has been one of the very best of the 25 or so cars I've ever owned.
#198 of 219 speedometer Re: Results for the 3rd tank for '08 LX V6. [smoothsailin]
Sep 22, 2009 (9:02 am)
My Canadian 09 Rondo EX i-4 will show 100kph when my GPS says 97kph.
Off by 3%
The odometer is dead on though, i tested for 15KM (about 10 miles) and it was in sync with the GPS disance travel info all the way.
#199 of 219 43 days and 14,377 km (9,155 miles)
Sep 22, 2009 (2:22 pm)
I have recently returned from a 14,733 km (9,155 mile) trip across the northern states and back across Canada to our place in Ontario. We traveled over a lot of varying terrain from steep grades to 75 mph interstates, from sea level to eleven thousand feet. I generally filled the tank up between the 500 - 600 km mark (and sometimes well over 600), so they are not short runs and therefore a lot of variety of driving in that time period. Also experience temperatures over 100 F, so a lot of times the a/c was on almost all the time (it worked great).
My overall average for the whole trip was 35.3 mpg to the Canadian gallon or 29.4 mpg US. The lowest mileage I got was 31.6 mpg CDn (26.3 mpg US) and the best was 40.4 mpg CDN (33.5 mpg US).
Overall very pleased with the mpg and the car was flawless throughout the whole trip.
Canadian EX, 2008, 2.4L