2011 Kia Optima SX Turbo: Ranger
July 28, 2011
With two bars remaining in the electronic fuel gauge (sigh) by the time I neared the office, I could've pulled a Richard move on Niebuhr, leaving him to fend for his own gas when he took the Optima home that evening. But we try to stay classy here at the Edmunds/IL. And anyway, I like engaging the aimless Deadhead who hangs around the station, thanking people for gassing up at Shell (something about how the station owners treat him right). Hey man, no problem - always happy to funnel money to oppressive African governments.
Pleasantly surprised to see the Optima pull almost 400 miles on its last tank. The computer says we could've gone another 40. Sans the optimism, let's call it 425. Not a bad mark for a 274-horsepower directed-injected turbo four that weighs about 3,500 pounds and drank 15.7 gallons of 91 premium.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor