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#25 of 306 2011 Sorento SX - poor gas mileage
Jun 30, 2011 (1:34 pm)
Our 2011 Kia Sorento SX - V6 - does not come close to the mileage ratings shown by Kia. Our typical city mpg is about 15 mpg per the car computer. We are not hotrodders, and do not commute in stop and go traffic. We are very disappointed as better economy was a reason we moved up to this new vehicle.
As a side note we were also disappointed to find that this vehicle does not have daytime running lights since Kia touts safety.
Also be aware that this top of the line model has NO backup audio system as do their other models. We were told after the fact that the upgraded "chrome" bumpers forced the removal of this feature to the highest model in their line up.
Color offerings are severly limited. Hope you like "black".
#26 of 306 Re: 2011 Sorento SX - poor gas mileage [rgnmgr]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 30, 2011 (1:47 pm)
How many miles? See post 14 for another view.
#27 of 306 Re: 2011 Sorento SX - poor gas mileage [rgnmgr]
Jun 30, 2011 (2:22 pm)
I've owned my 2011 Sorento EX 4 FWD for about 18 months now and have been terribly disappointed with the mileage, which was stuck at about 22mpg no matter what. City driving was poor, freeway driving 70 mph or higher stunk. It was basically good only if going 55mph.
All that changed last week. I took it on a trip and hit 22,000 miles at the beginning of the trip. The first fill-up averaged 23.6 mpg, next was 24.9, next 26.5, and finally --- wait for it ---- 28 mpg. Most miles were freeway 70 or better. Hopefully this trend continues.
I guess the break-in period on this Sorento must have been 20,000 miles.
#28 of 306 Re: 2011 Sorento SX - poor gas mileage [velcrodad]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 30, 2011 (2:24 pm)
Or maybe you hit three non-ethanol stations in a row.
Whatever you are doing, keep it up, lol.
#29 of 306 Re: 2011 Sorento SX - poor gas mileage [velcrodad]
Jun 30, 2011 (2:36 pm)
My Sorento EX V6 has actually gotten worse and it has almost 12,000 miles on it now. I have posted in this thread how happy I had been with the mpg, but now we have been getting around 16mpg in suburban driving. Don't know why it has gotten worse. We are taking a trip to Pittsburgh this weekend and I'm hoping our highway mileage is still good.
#30 of 306 Re: 2011 Sorento SX - poor gas mileage [mtnman1]
Jul 04, 2011 (6:48 pm)
Took our Sorento on our trip to Pittsburgh this past weekend. Happy to report that we got about 26mpg going and 25 on the return trip. This was strictly highway and about 30% two lane driving. A/C was used the entire trip. Speeds varied from 60mph to 70mph and was able to use my cruise almost the whole way going. Traffic was heavier this morning which made it more difficult to use the cruise in the 2 lane parts. Haven't been able to figure out why the in town mpg has been so low. My wife drives it about 90% of the time except for trips, so it may be caused by her driving habits. Tried to watch to see what she might be doing or not doing that may cause the lower numbers. So far no luck.
#31 of 306 Expected better miles per gallon?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 14, 2011 (10:23 am)
A reporter wants to talk with people who expected to get better gas mileage in their relatively new vehicle. Please email predmunds.com by Tuesday, July 19, 2011 with your daytime contact information and a few words about your experience. Thank you.
#33 of 306 No problems with MPG on 2011 Sorento
Aug 10, 2011 (8:23 pm)
I bought my 2011 Kia Sorento in Feburary 2011 brand new no miles. I currently have 9000 miles and realized at certain gas stations I get less MPG, the average was about 25. Some gas stations use a cheaper quality gas which effects all vechicles MPG. I found a local Marathon gas station, and I average between 32-35 MPG highway. Street I average 27 MPG. If you are getting a lower MPG try different gas stations and test them like I did.
#34 of 306 2012 4cyl GDI sorento
Sep 03, 2011 (3:33 pm)
have a new 4cyl gdi and getting mileage lower than expected. dealer says let it break in of course, but the gap seems too large. car has 500 miles now. i had the dealer check the computer and they say its functioning to spec.
when resetting the trip computer at 70-75mph, flat road, etc it will pretty consistently get 24ish. oddly, putting the AC on Max, rather than the normal setting seems to make a slight improvement. turning ac off makes a difference too - gets 26ish. car is rated for 32hwy.
drove a 6cyl for a couple of days and doing the same resetting at highway speeds was easily getting 26ish with the AC on. so more inline with rating and better than my 4 cylinder. it had 700 miles on it. (the 4 works for my commuter needs but the 6 was MUCH nicer to drive, btw)
i'll be checking by filling up the tank. also thinking i might go ask to drive another 4cyl on the lot.
what are others experiencing?