2016 Kia Optima: July Fuel Economy Update - One Month Forward, Two Steps Back
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor on August 10, 2016
After a two-month upswing in average lifetime fuel economy, our 2016 Kia Optima slips a bit on the efficiency scale as we close out July. The overall numerical value is back to where it was in May — 29.4 mpg — which might seem at first like a negligible change from last month's 29.8 mpg.
However, with each additional month the number of data points grows, so it becomes increasingly difficult to move the needle toward the EPA combined estimate of 32 mpg. And this month we were definitely moving in the wrong direction.
Compared to last month, our Optima gave up nearly five mpg at an average of 27.8 mpg. This is the worst average since we introduced the car in February, back when we were subjecting the new arrival to performance evaluations and sending it out on photo shoots.
It remains to be seen whether this is the beginning of a trend or simply the result of a certain lead-footed editor having spent most of July in the car. Tune in next month for further analysis.
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: 9,229
Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor @ 9,229 miles