2015 Kia Sedona: Disappointing Fuel Range
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on April 8, 2016
Our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona has a 21.1 gallon gas tank. Do the math at its 22 mpg highway rating and that's 464.2 miles of fuel range.
But in the real world, that ain't gonna happen.
In the real world the Sedona has less than 400 miles of range. Usually much less.
Fact is, after 14,000 miles of driving (all on 87 octane), we've never been able to eek over 400 miles from the Sedona's fuel tank. Our best is 395.3 miles, which was certainly courtesy of the hypermiler of our staff because the next best is 360.1 miles and most fill ups have occurred after about 300 miles of driving or less.
I don't think this is acceptable. I think a modern car should have at least 400 miles of real world highway range. And the Sedona does not. It ain't even close.
I just road-tripped the Kia from Los Angeles to Sedona, Arizona and back. Yes, I drove the Sedona to Sedona. My best tank range was just 356.1 miles and when I stopped to fill up the van's trip computer said the range was down to just 9 miles, essentially dry.
At that point the Kia drank 18.096 gallons of 87.
That's right, the Sedona's tank still held three gallons when its trip computer was telling me it was essentially empty. I was averaging about 20.5 mpg on that run. So if I had driven it down to the last drop, which of course shouldn't be necessary, I would have covered about 416 miles.
In the future I might remember that the Sedona's trip computer calculates range pretty conservatively and there's more there if I'm willing to risk it. Although, considering the Sedona's not exactly a fuel sipper (the Honda Odyssey is rated at 28 mpg on the highway) Kia should consider equipping it with a larger fuel tank.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,065 miles