2015 Kia Sedona: Road Trip Lifts Lifetime Average MPG
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on October 1, 2015
With our 2015 Kia Sedona out of commission post-accident, we hadn't added many miles since we welcomed it into the garage back in July. My 1,700-mile trip to Bend, Oregon, changed that. It also raised its rather pathetic "lifetime" fuel economy of 17.6 mpg, a figure we'd recorded in predominantly city driving, to essentially the EPA combined figure at 19.2 mpg.
Total Road Trip Fuel Economy: 22.6 mpg
Best Road Trip Fuel Economy: 27.1 mpg
Worst Road Trip Fuel Economy: 19.8 mpg
Current Lifetime Fuel Economy: 19.2 mpg
Essentially I was able to match the EPA's highway rating of 22 mpg. That best tank was accomplished in the 208 miles between Bend and Weed, California, at speeds of mostly 65 mph. My next-best tank of 25.3 mpg between Weed and Manteca, California, included a gradual 4,000-foot drop in elevation. The only way someone is going to beat those numbers is with a similar one-way, downhill trip. Consider that a challenge.
James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor