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No offense intended but I strongly suspect your disappointing mpg may be a combination of driving style and carrying "4-5 ppl" in the vehicle on a regular basis. Folks coming from lighter and/or more powerful vehicles in search of better mileage often carry over their driving style and expect to achieve the same kind of acceleration in a much heavier vehicle. Consciously or unconsciously this often leads to a "heavier foot" on the pedal to achieve the same "seat of the pants" feel. Furthermore, you should realize that transporting "4-5 ppl" is not the load on which the mpg estimates are based. Adding that heavy a load to a smaller engine may also trigger a heavier foot on the throttle. As noted, no criticism intended but the laws of physics are difficult to evade. You have a two ton+ vehicle with 4-5 occupants and your feeling that the Sorento is "underpowered" may well be leading you to try to compensate with more throttle. That's not a free lunch. You'll have to pay for it with mpg's.Report it
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