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8 of 8 people found this review helpful
False MPG, but lovely car
By optimahybrid on
2013 Kia Optima LX Hybrid 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
The 2013 Kia Optima Hybrid is pretty to look at! It is also comfortable to drive and has good pick up. BUT...the fuel economy under real world driving conditions is substantially lower than the estimated 36/38/40. We drive 85-90% hwy miles and our mpg is a pathetic 33 mpg. We've driven 10,000 + miles and have calculated the mpg each time. Worse, the fuel gauge onboard display overstates the mpg by 4-5 mpg. It is easy to be lulled into thinking the mpg is decent, but when isn't.
Favorite Features
Comfortable to drive, beautiful exterior.
Suggested Improvements
Improve MPG or revise the stated fuel economy. The blind spots when changing lanes are pretty is dangerous.
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By shredderc
on 05/26/14 16:37 PM (PDT)

If 85% of the miles are highway, I do expect fuel economy to be lower. Hybrids and electrics get better fuel economy during local driving because the regenerative captures energy and puts it back into the car. On the highway, you don't use the regenerative braking nearly as much, so the fuel economy will be worse. With a standard combustion, all braking is a complete waste of energy, so fuel economy will be best from 50 to 70 mph.

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