2015 Kia K900: Road Trip Fuel Economy
September 12, 2014
"It can't be this bad," I muttered to myself last week as I tabulated the first three weeks of fuel consumption data for our new 2015 Kia K900 sedan.
The average worked out to 15.3 mpg, which compared poorly to the V8-powered Kia's EPA Combined rating of 18 mpg. A closer look at its component parts, 15 mpg City and 23 mpg Highway, suggested a distinct lack of freeway miles. More of them, I reasoned, would put things right. But there was only one way to confirm my theory.
Fortunately, I had one coming up. I was headed north to Monterey for the weekend, the perfect occasion to stretch the big Kia's legs a bit.
The route north consisted of Interstate 5, Highway 46 (an arrow-straight two-lane road) and the 101 Freeway. My calculator says these first 346 miles came and went at 22.4 mpg. Now we're getting somewhere.
Next was a 315-mile tank that included trips to the racetrack, some unknowable valet miles, a bit of touring north of the city through artichoke fields, and the obligatory picturesque drive down the coast on Highway 1, with multiple photo stops thrown in for good measure. Slower going, a mix of steep hills and corners, a dusting of city traffic and numerous sightseeing stops resulted in a 20.4-mpg tank, but this still bested any single line entry in the August Fuel Economy summary.
The final homeward leg was all freeway, beginning in San Luis Obispo and ending at the Shell station around the corner from my house. Going with the flow of traffic, those 238 miles slid serenely past at 25.3 mpg.
This outing made it clear that the K900 can meet and even exceed its highway fuel economy rating without too much trouble.
But that's not all. The big Kia proved to be smooth, quiet and comfortable over the entire distance. The K900 is well-suited to the open road, and there's no doubt it's going to rack up many more road trip miles in the 11 months to come.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,668 miles