2016 Kia Optima: Overall MPG Continues To Increase
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on July 6, 2016
For the second month in a row our 2016 Kia Optima failed to reach our goal of 1,700 miles. It covered 1,200 in May and 1,500 in June. The sedan worked its way into the favor of editors living near the office and settled into the city life as a result.
One obvious downside to this trend is that the lack of mileage means less data. That extends the amount of time until we reach the Kia's combined mpg sweet spot. But there is an upside. Despite being relegated to local streets, overall fuel economy increased for the second month in a row.
It wasn't much. Still the overall increased from 29.4 mpg last month to 29.8 this month. A string of low-to-mid 30 mpg fill-ups accounted for the uptick.
Average Lifetime MPG: 29.8
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: 7,950
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 7.950 miles