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Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Optima MPG

Chart is based on 653 fuel economy reports for the Hyundai Elantra and 150 fuel economy reports for the Kia Optima.

Hyundai Elantra MPG

Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2017 40.6 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2014 36.7 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2013 31.2 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2012 29.7 MPG Highway Percentage 62 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2012 38.3 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2011 31.2 MPG Highway Percentage 32 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2010 34.5 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2010 30.5 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2009 33.5 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2009 31.4 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2008 30.7 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2008 29.4 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2007 30.1 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2007 28.4 MPG Highway Percentage 39 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2006 25.3 MPG Highway Percentage 26 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2006 24.9 MPG Highway Percentage 17 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2006 24.7 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2005 30.7 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2005 28.5 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2005 30.6 MPG Highway Percentage 86 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2005 29.3 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2004 28.3 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2004 32.8 MPG Highway Percentage 71 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2004 31.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2004 26.9 MPG Highway Percentage 28 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2003 30.2 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2003 24.3 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2003 36.2 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2003 30.3 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2002 27.9 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2002 25.0 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2002 31.6 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2002 26.2 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2001 22.7 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2001 23.5 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Hyundai Elantra Hyundai Elantra 2001 28.0 MPG Highway Percentage 19 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2017 4dr Sedan 147-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 5 65 30 120 40.6  
2014 4dr Sedan 145-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat v.lt none 0 25 23 52 110 36.7  
2013 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 3 22 25 51 72 31.2  
2012 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat lead light 2 10 26 62 73 29.7  
2012 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
hills light hvy 0 0 15 85 85 38.3  
2011 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 4 8 26 32 65 31.2  
2010 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 5 10 10 75 60 34.5  
2010 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 2 5 34 59 73 30.5  
2009 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
hills med none 1 25 13 61 64 33.5  
2009 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med light 8 31 11 50 76 31.4  
2008 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med light 4 13 31 52 71 30.7  
2008 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 5 20 18 58 69 29.4  
2007 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med light 14 29 13 44 72 30.1  
2007 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med light 3 30 28 39 69 28.4  
2006 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med light 16 43 15 26 83 25.3  
2006 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
hills light none 10 18 55 17 75 24.9  
2006 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat v.lt light 6 36 21 36 86 24.7  
2005 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 5 8 22 65 79 30.7  
2005 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med light 6 20 30 44 66 28.5  
2005 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 3 3 7 86 80 30.6  
2005 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 12 30 18 40 66 29.3  
2004 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 6 40 28 25 71 28.3  
2004 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 2 15 13 71 62 32.8  
2004 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 0 13 38 50 75 31.7  
2004 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
hills med hvy 7 20 45 28 77 26.9  
2003 4dr Sedan 135-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 2 8 32 58 67 30.2  
2003 4dr Sedan 135-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat med light 5 42 9 44 79 24.3  
2003 4dr Hatch turbocharged 111hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 1 4 10 85 60 36.2  
2003 4dr Hatch 135-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 6 11 26 57 63 30.3  
2002 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med light 13 13 17 57 67 27.9  
2002 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
hills med none 2 16 24 57 98 25.0  
2002 4dr Hatch 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 7 15 16 63 83 31.6  
2002 4dr Hatch 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 13 25 30 33 60 26.2  
2001 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light light 20 40 10 30 70 22.7  
2001 4dr Sedan 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 30 40 20 10 110 23.5  
2001 4dr Hatch 140-horsepower 2.0L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat v.lt light 31 27 23 19 100 28.0  

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Kia Optima MPG

Kia Optima Kia Optima 2016 39.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2013 25.5 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2013 27.1 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2013 32.5 MPG Highway Percentage 71 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2012 25.6 MPG Highway Percentage 39 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2012 32.3 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2011 28.0 MPG Highway Percentage 68 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2011 28.7 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2011 30.0 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2010 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2010 36.2 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2009 29.1 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2008 26.3 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2008 26.2 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2007 29.5 MPG Highway Percentage 78 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2007 23.2 MPG Highway Percentage 15 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2006.5 24.6 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2006.5 28.9 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2006.5 30.0 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2005 12.1 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Kia Optima Kia Optima 2004 30.0 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2016 4dr Sedan turbocharged 178hp 1.6L I4
7-speed automated manual FWD
hills light light 6 0 14 80 67 39.0  
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 24 21 56 69 25.5  
2013 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 32 14 54 83 27.1  
2013 4dr Sedan 159-horsepower 2.4L I4 Hybrid
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat v.lt none 2 13 15 71 102 32.5  
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light light 4 18 39 39 72 25.6  
2012 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med none 0 4 20 76 69 32.3  
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills med light 0 5 28 68 70 28.0  
2011 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light none 4 7 21 67 66 28.7  
2011 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 0 5 20 75 75 30.0  
2010 4dr Sedan 194-horsepower 2.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 0 10 70 20 75 20.0  
2010 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 63 36.2  
2009 4dr Sedan 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 5 12 16 67 65 29.1  
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 20 60 10 10 60 26.3  
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat lead light 30 15 30 25 75 26.2  
2007 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med none 7 13 3 78 108 29.5  
2007 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills med none 1 36 48 15 63 23.2  
2006.5 4dr Sedan 185-horsepower 2.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 6 4 33 58 66 24.6  
2006.5 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 18 16 9 56 63 28.9  
2006.5 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light hvy 0 0 10 90 60 30.0  
2005 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills lead light 5 95 0 0 0 12.1  
2004 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light hvy 0 0 5 95 70 30.0  

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Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Optima MPG

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
After the first 10K miles, the AVERAGE MPG has risen from the low 20's to the high 20's on my average commute, but is nowhere near the advertised efficiencies. NOT a happy camper with this! see full Hyundai Elantra review
2013 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I have over 1,100 miles on the car as of today. My first long trip of 450 miles yielded an average of 38.6 mpg. I am consistently seeing over 33 mpg in city driving. This is as good as advertised. see full Hyundai Elantra review
2012 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Impressed with fuel mileage, and I'm getting better than touted. Couldn't do that with the last car, unless I could find pure gas (no ethanol). With the Elantra I'm getting 40 mpg mixed driving with ethanol. see full Hyundai Elantra review
2011 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Over 35 mpg, even on backroads see full Hyundai Elantra review
2011 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Consistant 35 MPG with mixed HWY and City see full Hyundai Elantra review
2010 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
We average about 31 mpg. see full Hyundai Elantra review
2010 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I get about 30 mpg mixed driving which I consider pretty good see full Hyundai Elantra review
2009 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
not bad see full Hyundai Elantra review
2009 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I keep fueling record and I get 36 miles per gallons so far ever since i purchased this vehicle. see full Hyundai Elantra review
2008 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
gets great gas mileage 28-32 hwy see full Hyundai Elantra review
Hyundai Elantra Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Just don't seem to be able to hit any of the gas mileage reported amounts. 10 to 15 litres per 100 KM seems to be the norm with combined city and highway driving. Dealer keeps telling me I need to "break" the vehicle in to get good gas mileage. Range odometer doesn't reset to 591 kms on fuel ups either. Takes several fill ups before it seems to work correctly for a while. Dealer can't find any issues with it. see full Hyundai Elantra review
2012 4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This is one of the most disappointing aspects of the 2012. The Active Eco is no longer anautomatic feature, and I've found I don't get the great gas mileage that I used to. I would consistently get 40mpg highway, and about 30 mpg in the city. Now I get 32 highway, 28 city. My parents live an hour and a half away, and I have other family living further away. I find it frustrating that I don't get the great mileage I did previously, especially since gas prices just keep going up. see full Hyundai Elantra review
2009 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Engine is 132HP PZEV, not 138 SULEV. Diff in power seems smal but is significant for this car. Mileage worse AND power is less. Unfortunately, states dictate what you can get; CA emissions rule for PA = stupid cop-out/liberal cave-in to greenie-weenies see full Hyundai Elantra review
2005 4dr Sedan 138-horsepower 2.0L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Not nearly on par with the competition. see full Hyundai Elantra review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2013 Many auto makers are substituting turbocharged fours for V6s because of their theoretically superior fuel economy. The Kia Optima SXL earns EPA ratings of 22 mpg city, 34 highway. The similarly turbo-foured Ford Fusion comes close, 22/33. The most fuel efficient V6, in the new Honda Accord, manages 21/34 without paddle shifters, but 21/32 with them. Trip computer numbers suggest a one-to-two mpg advantage for the Kia in real-world suburban driving--perhaps too close to call since these devices aren't terribly precise. Figure just under 20 with a heavy foot, mid-20s if you resist the temptation, and just over 30 with a very light foot and luck with the lights. All of these figures are with the engine warmed up. In cold weather, fuel economy is in the mid-teens for the first mile or two. An eco mode makes little noticeable difference in either how the car drives or its fuel economy. These numbers don't seem particularly good? Recall that the Kia Optima SXL is a very quick car. You won't find a 274-horsepower sedan that does better without the aid of a battery pack. see full Kia Optima review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Kia Optima

Kia Optima Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I find fuel economy, in mixed driving, to be on par with a V6 of comparable power. I usually get about 24 MPG in combined driving. However, on a recent road trip, I had 32 MPG on one tank. It's perhaps slightly better than the Acura TL I had, but one big bonus: the Acura required premium unleaded. On the Kia Optima, however, the manufacturer only calls for regular unleaded. Over time, that can mean a significant savings. see full Kia Optima review
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
This is my biggest (and only real) complaint with the Optima. It advertises fuel economy of 22 city, 34 highway. I drive a lot (100 mile round trip daily, with more than half of it being highway miles). Admittedly, I have a heavy foot, but I regularly get about 24-25 mpg combined, with the car in ECO mode. The best tank of gas I ever got was a little over 28 mpg. (I calculate it manually, don't rely on the on-board MPG estimates, as they are always 3-5 MPG more generous than reality.) see full Kia Optima review
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
33 mpg on 200 mile trips at about 65 mph avg. see full Kia Optima review
2011 4dr Sedan 200-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
High 30s on the highway and 29-30 overall with a lot of power. Active eco. setting for better economy. see full Kia Optima review
2008 4dr Sedan 162-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Decent fuel mileage at this point for a mid-size sedan. see full Kia Optima review
2007 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
25-30 city/hwy see full Kia Optima review
2007 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
got 42 mgh yesteerday on a 120 minute drive 25%/75% in town/highway driving. Like paying $2.25 per gallon, see full Kia Optima review
2007 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
It may be a bit borderline in 100% city driving (19-20 mpg), but it gets 33mpg+ on the open highway, with only a 1-2 mpg penalty for using A/C. see full Kia Optima review
2005 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.7L V6
4-speed shiftable automatic FWD
AS above see full Kia Optima review
Kia Optima Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 274hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I'd recommend this car in a heartbeat. I honestly like this styling even more than the updates they've made since 2012. My biggest cons are the fuel economy and the lack of a manual transmission on any models other than the base model. see full Kia Optima review