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#111 of 306 Re: KIA SORENTO 4-CYL GDI HAS HORRIBLE MPG! [agosto]
May 28, 2012 (8:43 am)
Those are Government estimates. Kia isn't getting away with anything. I would take it to the dealer and try to get some idea why your driving style isn't getting the mileage out of the vehicle you should get. Or maybe it was the gas you used. Maybe the engine needs some tweaking. I have always thought that having a 4 cylinder in a vehicle that weighs 3900lbs was too little. I had the 6 in my 2011 Sorento EX and got about 25 mpg driving in very hilly terrain. The city mpg of about 16 to 17 was always lacking. In fact I am getting the same city mpg in a 4200lb 2012 Highlander 4WD V6. I got rid of my Sorento not because of the mileage, but because of the ridiculous amount of rattles and the extremely harsh ride.
#112 of 306 Re: KIA SORENTO 4-CYL GDI HAS HORRIBLE MPG! [mtnman1]
May 28, 2012 (1:53 pm)
I have talked to the dealer and asked the manager to call me but needless to say it is just like their false advertising on the windows they don't call you back. I talked to the service department and they were honest enough to say I would never get what they say you should expect 20% lower. I have 17,000 on mine and it is only getting 26 so don't let them say when you get more mileage it will change as it hasn't yet. Sorry that I listen to the salesman and am thinking about trading it in back to Nissan.
#113 of 306 Re: Good Luck [joehick]
May 29, 2012 (7:48 am)
Something is definitely wrong with your vehicle. I have a 09 Kia Borrego AWD/4x4 (V6), a 5000+ lb truck that gets 21 mpg at 75 mph with the AC on. We just bought a Sorento with the 4 cyl GDI to supplement the Borrego. It is still being broken in, but around town, we are getting 20-21 mpg. The few times we have been on the highway, the mpg was 28-29 with the AC on. For sure, IMHO, something is off on your vehicle. After driving, check the wheels by touch on your sorento. If the brakes adjustment is off, one or more of the wheels will be hot to the touch, and that could impede your mileage. A bad wheel bearing would also be similar, but you would probably hear that. . Also, make sure your tires are properly inflated, but that would be something the dealer should have checked for already. Good luck.
#114 of 306 FYI- How the EPA estimates mileage.
May 29, 2012 (8:04 am)
How fuel economy estimates are determined:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges that their fuel economy estimates will
vary from actual fuel mileage results in 'Real World' driving conditions. Fuel Economy is not a fixed
number, it differs significantly based on several variables that can affect mileage estimates.
All new vehicles are tested by the manufacturer according to guidelines outlined by the EPA, who
in turn reviews and confirms some of the manufacturers' results with their own additional testing at
the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The vehicle
tests are conducted according to different schedules to produce City and Highway fuel economy
City - Represents urban driving. The test starts with the vehicles engine cold. The car is operated
in such a way as to represent 11 miles of stop and go traffic. The average speed is 20 MPH and
the top speed is 56 MPH. Periods of idling are also included. The test is completed after 11 miles
of simulated driving on a dynamometer.
Highway - Represents a mixture of rural and interstate highway driving. The vehicles engine is
warmed up before the test begins, and an average speed of approximately 48 MPH is maintained.
The top speed is 60 MPH, and no intermediate stops or idling is included in the test. The test is
completed after 10 miles of simulated driving on a dynamometer.
#115 of 306 Re: FYI- How the EPA estimates mileage. [rick2456]
May 29, 2012 (8:23 am)
gas mileage ratings on the gdi 4 cyl are 22/32 not 38. what does it usuually get on the freeway? were you into a big wind? just took a trip with my 2011 ex v6 and averaged 25 to 27 on highway 70 -80 mph.
#116 of 306 Re: FYI- How the EPA estimates mileage. [onefunkar]
May 29, 2012 (9:35 am)
I am not sure what you are referring to as I was just posting the EPA's testing methodology for mileage estimates.
#117 of 306 Re: Good Luck [rick2456]
May 29, 2012 (7:31 pm)
Yes, something is wrong with my Sorento. 5700miles and 17-19 MPG around town, 21-22 MPG cruising 70 on highway with AC on. Everything looks fine. I need to check the break adjustment thing anyway. I will make my complain this week at the dealer, when I go for the first maintenance schedule. Thanks for your reply.
#118 of 306 Re: FYI- How the EPA estimates mileage. [onefunkar]
May 29, 2012 (8:08 pm)
Believe it or not my friend, gas mileage ratings were posted on a BIG sticker on the windshield of the Sorento I purchased. I still have it as a souvenir and can't believe (makes me very angry and frustrated) that it says, exactly: "HIGHWAY 26-38 MPG (Average 32mpg)
THAT is robbery, a scam. I am getting 22MPG after 3 hours of cruising 70 on the perfectly smooth, straight, sunny (and not windy) Florida's turnpike with the AC on.
That is a 31% below!. How about KIA giving me back 31% of the price paid because of this false promise? That would be $9000. THAT is a rip off, no matter how you want to dress it up. It was the biggest selling point for me and I am sure that is very important to a lot of customers and prospect customers ( and i don't care nor need a V6, V8 or V12 engine on my family vehicle) I know for sure that KIA is off my list for next cars.
#119 of 306 Re: FYI- How the EPA estimates mileage. [agosto]
Jun 06, 2012 (7:31 am)
I'm having similar problems. 2012 Kia Sorrento w/ GDI (convenience package), purchased in early January 2012. Consistently am getting 21-22 mpg. This includes several highway trips, and I drive ~350 miles weekly in Wilmington Delaware with a 50:50 mix of city and highway. And, frankly, the "city" driving is along a major thoroughfare with a 45 mph speed limit.
I started tracking fuel econ after 4000 miles, once I realized something wasn't matching up. Now that I'm up over 11,000 miles, and having tested many different sources of fuel, driving fast, driving slow, driving on cruise control, etc.... I've concluded that it's never going to get anywhere close to the low end estimate for highway (26mpg), much less the average EPA estimate of 32mpg. Still..... I'm WAY lower than I should be. Lower, in fact, than the mean value for city of 22mpg.
I contacted my local dealer (Kia of West Chester, PA), and they put me in touch with the service manager. A couple of months ago they told me the engine needed to "break in" for 10,000 miles. Saturday when I told him the problems I was having, he said I needed 15,000 miles.... but that he'd talk to his Kia rep. Now this morning he's telling me he has been authorized to run a 75 mile test. I work in the fuel additives business and am a Ph.D scientist, and know that running a road test for 75 miles is a random number generator. My 7,000 miles of fuel log data apparently mean nothing.
Right now I'm furious, so banging out this post helps clear my head. Would appreciate any feedback. I feel I am being stonewalled big-time.