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Kia Optima vs. Kia Sorento MPG

Chart is based on 150 fuel economy reports for the Kia Optima and 162 fuel economy reports for the Kia Sorento.

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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Kia Sorento MPG

Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2016 20.4 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2014 23.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2014 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2013 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2012 25.0 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2012 19.8 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2012 21.0 MPG Highway Percentage 27 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2011 29.0 MPG Highway Percentage 39 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2011 22.4 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2011 21.1 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2011 24.6 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2011 21.9 MPG Highway Percentage 32 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2011 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2009 22.5 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2008 20.4 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2008 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2007 23.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2007 14.8 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2007 19.3 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2005 24.4 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2005 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2005 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 15 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2005 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2004 21.7 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2004 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 64 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2004 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2004 15.2 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2003 21.2 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2003 16.2 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Kia Sorento Kia Sorento 2003 17.3 MPG Highway Percentage 53 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 SUV 290-horsepower 3.3L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 10 30 30 30 65 20.4  
2014 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.3L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med hvy 0 50 0 50 70 23.0  
2014 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.3L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat v.lt light 0 55 10 35 70 20.0  
2013 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 5 9 33 54 66 18.5  
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med hvy 0 0 0 100 65 25.0  
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 13 25 28 35 83 19.8  
2012 4dr SUV 191-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med none 11 44 17 27 68 21.0  
2011 4dr SUV turbocharged 194hp 2.2L I4 Diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 0 28 33 39 80 29.0  
2011 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 13 10 22 55 64 22.4  
2011 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 11 19 19 50 74 21.1  
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 1 17 29 53 66 24.6  
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 3 17 48 32 71 21.9  
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med none 2 35 12 52 87 24.0  
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 168hp 2.5L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 5 10 15 70 60 22.5  
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 168hp 2.5L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 8 37 19 36 77 20.4  
2008 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
flat light none 0 10 30 60 60 19.0  
2007 4dr SUV turbocharged 168hp 2.5L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 8 3 40 50 85 23.7  
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD w/low range
hills med light 7 10 54 29 65 14.8  
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 5 20 17 59 69 19.3  
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 138hp 2.5L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 5 10 10 75 65 24.4  
2005 4dr SUV turbocharged 138hp 2.5L I4 Diesel
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med hvy 15 54 21 10 60 19.0  
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 5 65 15 15 60 17.0  
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 3 7 29 61 72 19.2  
2004 4dr SUV turbocharged 138hp 2.5L I4 Diesel
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 30 20 10 40 70 21.7  
2004 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills med none 0 26 10 64 75 16.4  
2004 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic AWD w/low range
flat light hvy 0 42 0 58 60 18.0  
2004 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 2 52 9 38 90 15.2  
2003 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 5 25 25 45 65 21.2  
2003 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic AWD w/low range
hills med light 25 25 25 25 80 16.2  
2003 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 7 10 30 53 64 17.3  

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Kia Optima vs. Kia Sorento MPG

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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
 

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

Kia Sorento Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 0 I average about 22-25 miles/gallon, but only if I use a fuel addative every 5,000 miles. If not I get at best about 21miles/gallon. see full Kia Sorento review
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Average fuel economy at 22.5 MPG is lower than expected but still not bad. see full Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
30% better than my previous vehicle see full Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Always want more MPG but it is at least 25% better than my 2006 Ford Explorer. After 15K miles of highway, city and occasionally pulling a 5'x10' trailer, I'm averaging exactly 20.9 MPG. see full Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I average 22 mpg in mosty city driving. Not bad for its size and weight. see full Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed manual FWD
For a rather large crossover the fuel economy is absolutely amazing, check it out, it speaks for itself, and in the frist month we are getting exactly the rated efficiency, very pleased. see full Kia Sorento review
2007 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
For a bulky and powerful SUV, it achieves a greater gas mileage than expected. see full Kia Sorento review
Kia Sorento Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I expected the fuel economy to be somewhat better than 22.5 MPG. see full Kia Sorento review
2012 4dr SUV 276-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Horrible fuel especially in stop and go traffic. I drive approximately 30 miles per day and within a week the take is nearly empty. see full Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
The window sticker said it would get 29 mpg on the highway. I did a 500 mile trip and averaged 25 mpg. On my last 5 vehicles I averaged 2 to 3 mpg more than the window sticker when on the highway. Something is wrong with this picture. see full Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
my commute is very short and I am averaging 16mpg despite the 'eco'light being on, which sucks see full Kia Sorento review
2011 4dr SUV 175-horsepower 2.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
About 20 to 25% less than EPA estimates see full Kia Sorento review
2008 4dr SUV turbocharged 168hp 2.5L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Not been brave enough to calculate fuel economy yet, but my Audi A6 1.9tdi used to return 33mpg whilst towing. I doubt the Sorento will get near that even solo! see full Kia Sorento review
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Not great but we knew that going in. I try to drive as economically as possible and can usually squeeze 18-19 mpg in mixed driving (70%/30% split between highway and local). see full Kia Sorento review
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Put simply "It sucks" see full Kia Sorento review
2005 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Getting 14-15 MPG out of a V6. Wish it were closer to 20 MPG. see full Kia Sorento review
2003 4dr SUV 192-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic AWD w/low range
15MPG - not good see full Kia Sorento review