2016 Kia Optima: August Fuel Economy Update
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on September 16, 2016
After a subpar July at the fuel pumps, our 2016 Kia Optima got its groove back in August. Overall, we're seeing pretty respectable fuel economy from this turbocharged family sedan, although it's still well short of the EPA combined estimate.
We added 1039.4 August miles to the odometer and pumped in 32.132 gallons for an average of 32.3 mpg, incrementally better than the EPA's projection of 32 mpg in mixed driving. Our man in the Central Valley helped the Optima's cause this month by driving it to Fresno and back, but there's a significant body of work by now, and it's not too shabby. EPA estimates notwithstanding, I'd say 29.7 mpg is quite laudable for a sizable sedan with peppy performance. Spirited acceleration certainly makes any MPG shortfall go down easier.
Average Lifetime MPG: 29.7
Best Fill MPG: 39.9
Worst Fill MPG: 22.6
EPA MPG Rating: 32 combined (28 city/39 highway)
Best Range: 574.7 miles
Current Odometer: 10,633
(NOTE: Cars are sometimes refueled well before their fuel tanks approach empty. As such, the "best" and "worst" entries above are not necessarily the result of an entire tank's worth of driving.)
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 10,633 miles