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#15 of 66 Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage
Apr 15, 2011 (7:50 am)
I recently purchased a 2011 Kia Forte 5 Door to replace my 2003 Hyundai Elantra GT with over 185,000 miles.
The highway mileage with my KIA FORTE 5 door with the 6 speed automatic is absolutely terrible!
With over 4,000 miles on the best mileage I have gotten is 29.68 miles per gallon compared to a highway estimate of 36mpg. I achieved 29mpg after over 300 miles of highjway driving by never going over 69 mph, using cruise control whenever possible and excelerating as slowly as possible. Typical is 26.5 to 28.5 mpg. My Hyundai always provided me with 31-32 MPG no matter how hard I drove it.
Is anyone getting poor gas mileage with their Kia?
#16 of 66 Re: Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage [vtcarguy]
Apr 15, 2011 (12:30 pm)
There's obviously something wrong, like a malfunctioning oxygen sensor. Ask the dealer to check for OBD2 codes. With your type of driving, you should be getting highway mileage in the mid to upper-30s.
#17 of 66 Re: Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage [jimpimms]
Apr 15, 2011 (1:10 pm)
Thanks jimpimms! I'll let you know how I make out
#18 of 66 Re: Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage [vtcarguy]
Apr 21, 2011 (6:17 am)
Strangely enough I also traded in a 2002 Elantra GT for this inefficient 5 door 2011 forte EX. I'm very disappointed with my gas mileage at 4K - averaging 29-30.5 MPG driving highway 40 miles a day between 50-70mph. Car is already in the shop for some horrendous driver side wheel noises - already regretting this purchase.
#19 of 66 Re: Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage [vtcarguy]
Apr 26, 2011 (9:56 am)
I took my Forte to the Dealer and had them check everything out due to the poor mileage I am getting. "Nothing is wrong!" Kia Customer Assistance told me as long as I get at least the city rating of 26 there is nothing they are willing to do.
I even went to so far as to talk to the Dealer about trading and then I decided I'm not giving Kia any more $. So if anyone wants to buy a 7 week old Kia with 4,000 miles on it at a substantial discount drop me a line. I headed back to Hyundai!
May 03, 2011 (8:34 am)
well, I got my 2010 forte EX last December with 1700km (demo??)
and today, I got 18000KM (12000miles) on it.
on my last trip of 1400km, I noticed fuel efficiency has increased to 40mpg or 7.1L/100km
I always carry my tools and parts in my truck that weight about 200Lbs and I drive 110km/h to 120km/h on winter tire 16"
I would say that before last trip it was giving me around 8.2L/100km
My conclussion is that the weather can contribute/affect the fuel efficiency by far.
This last trip the temp was around 7C and week before was around -5 ~-20C in avarage.
So, hopfully, with the spring time and 4 season tire changes, the fuel comsumption gets better.
Gas price: CDN$1.239 / litre
1CDN $= U$S 1.05
#21 of 66 Re: Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage [sschultz]
May 13, 2011 (8:18 am)
First, it is interesting that several of us current Kia Forte5 owners used to own the Elantra GT 5 door. Probably because the newest Elantra 5-door is an ugly, boxy wagon, no longer resembling the true hatchback design of the earlier Elantra GT 5-door.
I have to agree with others about my 2001 Elantra GT - my gas mileage didn't change a lot, whether I drove it hard (95 mph) or easy (75 pmh). With a 5-speed manual, my Elantra got about 31-32 mpg consistently, even at 250,000 miles!
On a recent long roadtrip, I drove my 2011 Kia Forte EX a lot more aggressively. I followed a long convoy of speeding cars along I-75 at speed ranging from 85 to 95 mph. I also used the air conditioner. I got 28.5 mpg driving under those conditions. I was expecting to get better highway mileage, even when speeding, especially since each spark plug has its own "coil" unit mounted directly above it.
I'll keep checking the mileage and see how it changes.
#22 of 66 5000 mile trip
May 13, 2011 (10:46 am)
I returned a month ago from a 5000 mile trip from Pennsylvania to Texas in my Forte EX 2010 with the fuel economy package and 5-speed automatic (see the first post). Over mostly Interstates with the usual secondary roads and towns, I averaged 38.9 mpg, driving at the speed limit. The high was 42 mpg, and the low was 33.2 mpg, with some driving in downtown San Antonio, Austin and El Paso.
A/C was in use maybe half the time. The gas was of course 10% ethanol, and it would have been better mpg without it. I use Mobil I (5W-20) oil, and took a spare quart just in case, but it didn't burn any. I ended up with about 23,000 miles on the car now, and am pleased with it.
#23 of 66 Re: Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage [vtcarguy]
Jul 07, 2011 (2:56 pm)
Gee, you're doing quite well! I get 23-24 in mostly city driving. Have seen as high as 32 on the highway in the wintertime. I got comparable mileage, city and highway, with a 2001 Chevy Impala with the big V-6 engine!
The Impala had lots of mechanical issues since new; so far the Kia seems to be a better car but I am not impressed with the terrible mileage. Kia oughta be sued for false advertising... if that were possible (not sure it is.)
#24 of 66 Re: Kia Forte 5 door - poor mileage [mml1]
Jul 07, 2011 (3:18 pm)
the vehicle depending on the engine is rated by the EPA at 23-26 mpg (US) for the city and 32-36 mpg for the highway. So you are getting what it claims so how can that be terrible mileage?
Mileage has nothing to do with Kia, all vehicles told in the US are tested to the same standards set by the EPA. So in no way is is false advertising, it always claims you mileage may vary due to a variety of conditions, its simply a guide to judge vehicles as they are all tested identical so its a fair assessment.
The previous poster is exceeding the rated mileage. I bet you, that if 10 different people drove your car over a set route with a fixed distance and at the same time of the day, you would end up with 10 different fuel ratings.