2016 Kia Optima: Fuel Economy Update for May — Still On an Upswing
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 13, 2016
May was an uneventful month for our long-term 2016 Kia Optima. We amassed about 1,200 miles by primarily commuting to the Edmunds.com offices. But even without any major road trip mileage, we recorded another month of positive gain in our Optima's lifetime fuel economy.
For the month, we averaged 29.1 mpg. This helped boost our lifetime average to 29.4 mpg, a rise from 28.8 mpg last month. We're still below what the EPA says to expect for combined driving (32 mpg) but historically most of our long-term test vehicles have ended up with averages a couple mpg below EPA combined.
We were worried early in our test on about our Optima's underperforming averages, but I think those concerns can now be put to rest.
Average Lifetime MPG: 29.4
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: 6,413
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 6,413 miles