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Kia Sorento, SUV
#57 of 306 Re: Kia sorento MPG [greped]
Dec 27, 2011 (8:11 am)
That's why I must have test driven the Sorento V6 and 4 cylinders numerous times. I pretty much knew from the start that the 4 was way too weak for this vehicle and noisy too. Put any passengers and luggage in and drive through mountains forget it. That's why I went with a 2011 EX V6 with the premium package. We get about 18mpg around town and 26 on the highway. Our best mileage comes on two lane country roads where the speed limit is 55. I have gotten 27mpg at 60mph. At 70mph I get about 25mpg. You have to manually calculate the mpg on these vehicles. The computer is the worst I have ever had in a car and usually shows about 1.5 to 2mpg higher than the actual. The reason you got the poor mileage is obvious because the engine has to work so much harder than a 6 on hills and it is eating gas faster.
Jan 15, 2012 (11:39 am)
The kia has caught my eye, I seem to change vehicles every 2 to 3 years, that is why I am checking out the write up on the Kia. Now I may not change.
HAVING SAME PROBLEMS WITH OTHER MANUFACTURERS HAVE 2009 TOYOTA VENZA RATED FOR 36 MPG, NOW WITH 22000 MILES ON IT, CAN ONLY GET 28 MPG ON INTERSTATE 75 WITH CRUISE SET AT 65 DURING THE SUMMER, IDEAL TEMPERATURES. TOYOTA CHECKED AND SAID IT IS WITHIN THE EPA PERAMETERS OF WITHIN 20 % OF + OR - GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE MORE SAY ON THIS FALSE ADVERTISING. ALL THE COMPANIES, IF YOU READ MANY REVIEWS, ARE POSTING HIGHER MPG THAN MOST PEOPLE ARE RECEIVING. MOST PEOLE SEEM TO BE GETTING ABOUT 20 % LESS THAN THE ADVETISED MPG (which by the way would be under ideal condition, forget winter calculations)
#59 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [myspringer]
Jan 15, 2012 (1:26 pm)
Yes I have asked the dealership also and they say it will get better after 10,000. First they said after 5,000 and then now the next service person says 10,000. It is ashamed you can't throw it into their face. The Kia is really a nice vehicle but the EPA should really look at mpg better. good luck in your search but all of the SUV's are the same. I drive 60 miles and now probably look for a second vehicle if I continue working.
#60 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [lanshi]
Jan 15, 2012 (8:38 pm)
the government makes the mileage numbers not the car companies. i do think the car companies set up the cars to get best mileage under epa tests standards making it harder for the average person to hit the numbers but the car companies dont come up with mileage numbers. last time gas was as much as it is now in the 80s they passed a law that car companies had to advertise the city number and not highway number. look at any car ad for the 80s.
#61 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [onefunkar]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 15, 2012 (9:00 pm)
True, but the car companies can still get into trouble for their mpg advertising, as Honda is finding out.
#62 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [myspringer]
Jan 16, 2012 (5:48 am)
good luck, have my sorento for 6 mos, still getting 12 mpg city with a 4 cyl, and 19 on the highway. watching to see how the honda lawsuit plays out
#63 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [joehick]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 16, 2012 (6:26 am)
While my link is about the small claims suit, note that Honda already lost the class action. Owners didn't win squat (which is why the one woman opted out and went to small claims), but that's pretty typical with a class action.
If she wins her small claims suit, the floodgates could open for a lot of people. But she has the advantage of being able to show that another court has found that Honda misrepresented buyers about the mpg they could expect to get.
#64 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [joehick]
Feb 15, 2012 (10:52 am)
I am in the same boat. Owne y 4cyl sorento for about 5 mos, and getting 12mpg city. If nothing happens will trade this in this summer.
#65 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [steve_]
Feb 15, 2012 (2:30 pm)
It is my understanding that the Government sets the expected Mpg for a vehicle. Also, even though my Sorento V6 has a 18 mpg city and 26 Hwy it states that the actual could actually be as low as 13 mpg city or something like that. I don't see how anyone would have any chance of suing the Government or the fact that it states that your actual mileage may vary. It seems to me that the bases are pretty well covered and I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see if the Honda owner wins her case.
#66 of 306 Re: REAL MPG [mtnman1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 15, 2012 (4:23 pm)
It may be more fair to say that the EPA requires mpg testing and sets out the standards for the test, and occasionally checks up the manufacturers to make sure they aren't cheating.
Well, the Honda owner won her case; now she's waiting to see if Honda will appeal.
There's language in the fuel economy stuff that says you can't sue the government or the automaker if you don't get the EPA mileage ratings. So I was surprised that Honda lost (or settled) the class action suit in the first place But the basis of that suit was that Honda falsely advertised how much mileage you could expect to get. Plus Honda changed the software and made people's mpg worse.
I'm just loosely talking about the Honda case here - the Honda owner has a web page up with the "correct" details that may interest you.
And yeah, the sticker has the EPA numbers with fine print about the range of mpg you can expect to get. People naturally tend to focus on the big city/highway numbers I think and assume that they will get that mileage too.