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#266 of 306 Re: KIA SORENTO MPG - REAL LIFE MILEAGE [par732]
Jan 07, 2013 (10:21 pm)
I bought my Sorento EX GDI 4cyl in Aug of 2012 and have been experiencing the exact same scenario as you. I drive 90% hwy and only pull 22mpg when the car was rated for 32mpg(est.) I purchased my car because of the advertised and therefore expected mpg with some minor variation of the 32mpg not 10mpg off. I will not be accepting the 1mi mpg adjustment as I feel it is as bogus as the original advertised mpg. I am currently looking into Lemon Laws in California to make Kia refund my $$. Please keep us posted on what your attorney advises and what is the result of your recourse action.
#267 of 306 Re: 2013 Sorento EX V6 AWD -- 21.66 mpg Highway (adverse conditions) [picante]
Jan 08, 2013 (4:47 am)
#268 of 306 Re: KIA SORENTO MPG - REAL LIFE MILEAGE [f_speedster]
Jan 08, 2013 (4:50 am)
DO NOT TAKE THEIR ONE MILE COUPON THEY OWE YOU UP TO 6 MILE, I WILL KEEP YOU IMFORM.
#269 of 306 Re: 2013 Sorento EX V6 AWD -- 21.66 mpg Highway (adverse conditions) [par732]
Jan 08, 2013 (4:53 am)
ALSO KEEP THE ISSUE IN THE ILIMELIGHT AND PUT IT OUT THERE FOR POTENTIAL BUYERS TO KNOW.
#270 of 306 Eco system
Jan 14, 2013 (6:54 pm)
I only have a couple of tanks of gas on my V6 AWD model so I can't say much about what mileage I will get. However, one thing I have noticed is that the Eco monitor is a complete joke. Today I was accelerating pretty hard on an on ramp and the Eco was still lit. The tranny downshifted and the engine was revving pretty high (sounded high, I didn't notice the tach) DO you have to floor the car for it to go off?
My wife has a Honda Odyssey with a similar feature and that is much more realistic. If you are accelerating or driving above 70 mph or so it goes off, which makes much more sense than what I see with the Sorento system.
#271 of 306 Don't buy if fuel economy is important to you!
Jan 19, 2013 (11:39 am)
First, I apologize for the length of this post, but wanted to include all the information I have. Second, oh how I wish I had found and read this forum before I purchased my 2013 Sorento. I bought the LX 2WD in July 2012 and paid extra for the convenience package which gave me the GDI engine. The sticker indicated it would get 2 mpg more than the standard 2.4L engine for a total of 32 mpg highway. I had been a faithful Honda Accord owner for years but wanted a vehicle that sat me up higher off the ground so I started shopping for a SUV. I test drove several vehicles but kept coming back to the Sorento. It was hands down the most comfortable seat for me and I liked all the features that were included. The fact that it would get 32 mpg highway and 26 combined was the thing that sold me in the end. Boy do I now feel duped by Kia. Now that they have revised their sticker, the GDI engine is projected to get no more than the 30 mpg for highway shown on the sticker of the standard engine. Well, Iíd be happy to get 30. My mpg doesnít even come close to that. In fact, it is getting worse instead of better. I didnít keep track of mileage when I first bought the car but I soon realized I wasnít getting what I should be so I started a spreadsheet and every time I fill up I calculate my mileage. At the end of October, I took a road trip that was strictly easy highway miles at speeds of no more than 70 mph and I got 21.3 mpg. With my last tank of gas, 64% was highway miles at speeds of no more than 68 mph. The balance was city miles. I got 19.8 mpg which didnít even make the 21 mpg city figure. I use unleaded, 87 octane gas.
I first complained to the local dealerís service department the first part of November when I had about 3000 miles on the car. They did some software updates, gave me the excuse about the engine not being broke in yet and said that wouldnít occur until 6000-8000 miles, and that it could also be the way I drive the car. Well, on the highway I normally set the cruise at 68, I keep the vehicle maintained as I should and I live in the Midwest where roads are flat. I donít know how much better my driving conditions could be in order to improve my mileage. They also said the gas companies put an additive in the gasoline during the winter months that will reduce my mpg. They said to let them know how things are this spring, after the engine is broke in. The funny thing is this visit to the shop was one day before Kia announced the mileage reimbursement program and they never even mentioned this program to me. I just happened to hear about it on the news. Plus the service department never even contacted me after it was announced to make sure I was aware of the program.
On 11/14/12, I wrote a letter to Kia Customer Service. I told them I felt the 1 mpg reimbursement was not enough since I am getting several miles less than their stated mileage. I also told them I felt I should be reimbursed for the extra money I paid for the GDI engine when it is rated to get the same mileage as the non-GDI engine. I ended up calling them when I didnít hear anything after several weeks and the first person I spoke with made note of all my complaints and said someone would contact me. It was interesting that she told me you cannot go by the average mpg showing on the cars odometer because it wonít be accurate. Well, I had figured that out pretty quickly but why wouldnít it be accurate?? She said someone would call me in a week. Well, I did receive a call after a couple weeks time. Of course, I was informed the mileage reimbursement is the only thing they can offer. He said my low mileage could be attributed to how I drive so I explained my conservative driving habits. He said lots of people are reporting getting higher mileage than the sticker. Really? Iíd like to talk to someone who does. He even suggested some driving at 48 mph get better mileage. So Iím supposed to drive 48 mph on the interstate? Seriously? Bottom line is they wonít do anything other than the 1 mpg reimbursement which amounts to nothing in my opinion.
I feel Kia is guilty of false advertisement and companies should be held accountable for lying to the consumer. As somebody else has mentioned though, the only winners in class action suits are the attorneyís. I do not know what a consumer can do, but I think I will send a letter to the EPA for a start. I couldnít be more disappointed with this whole situation.
#272 of 306 Re: Freewheeling&Suspension [stilhavfaith]
Jan 19, 2013 (2:33 pm)
What you need to do post the real world mileage against the Kia's mileage on your windows and drive around the card and posted on the internet anywhere you can post. If you can convince one buyer not buy their car you won. thats what I am doing. Also with holidays and being busy, I have not had a chance to talk to a lowyer.
#273 of 306 Re: Freewheeling&Suspension [par732]
Jan 20, 2013 (6:21 am)
I have been saying this on this board since I bought this pig last year. I still get 12 city and 18 hgwy. I have written to the pres. and have spoke to cust. serv. three times, and you guessed it, nothing, nothing but a glossy telling me how to drive for better mileage. I mailed it back to the president with some nice words. I must tell you though, I have in fact made a difference when people asked me about the sorento and what I thought. I did my part, I know they lost more sales than they got me for.
#274 of 306 Re: Freewheeling&Suspension [joehick]
Jan 20, 2013 (9:15 am)
I went to vistaprints online and ordered window stickers for $11 each which I designed and are yellow and black. They state: KIA BUYERS BE AWARE --KIA ESTIMATES 22-32 MPG---- MY AVERAGE 16-19 MPG ..
I also purchased 4 x 6 banners which I have occasionally used along with balloons.
I have gotten honks, thumbs ups, waves, lots of smiles and laughs from people and the finger from a KIA employee.
If I save a few people from the same problems I am encountering it will be worth it. Good luck.
#275 of 306 6 cylinder not bad
Jan 20, 2013 (3:50 pm)
That 4 cylinder engine really sux. I've got the 6 cylinder and am getting much better mileage, ~ 19-21 combined and I usually get much less MPG than advertised on other vehicles I have owned. Only about 1k miles on the car so far though. The 6 cylinder has a bit of juice, too.