2013 Kia Optima Consumer Review: False MPG, but lovely car

2013 Kia Optima - Consumer Review

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LX Hybrid Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. Hybrid 6-speed Automatic)

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False MPG, but lovely car
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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 calculated...it isn't.

Best Features

Comfortable to drive, beautiful exterior.

Worst Features

Improve MPG or revise the stated fuel economy. The blind spots when changing lanes are pretty huge...it is dangerous.
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By happykiadriv1
on 09/25/14 09:51 AM (PDT)

Response to shredderc: Unlike most hybrids, Kia lists hwy mpg (40) as higher than city (36) so in fact, highway mpg SHOULD be higher in a Kia.

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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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