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Kia Optima vs. Volkswagen Passat MPG

Chart is based on 150 fuel economy reports for the Kia Optima and 472 fuel economy reports for the Volkswagen Passat.

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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Volkswagen Passat MPG

Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2014 44.0 MPG Highway Percentage 88 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2014 16.0 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2013 42.2 MPG Highway Percentage 48 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2013 40.3 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2013 29.4 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2012 43.0 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2012 26.6 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2012 28.7 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2011 63.4 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2010 30.2 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2010 25.1 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2010 31.0 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2009 23.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2009 39.2 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2009 23.6 MPG Highway Percentage 32 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2008 26.4 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2008 29.0 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2008 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2008 28.2 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2008 29.0 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2007 26.5 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2007 30.5 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2007 27.1 MPG Highway Percentage 68 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2007 22.5 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2007 27.7 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2007 28.3 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2007 31.0 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2006 26.8 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2006 29.9 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2006 24.7 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2006 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2005 26.4 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2005 28.0 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2005 25.3 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2005 34.6 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2005 20.3 MPG Highway Percentage 49 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2005 34.5 MPG Highway Percentage 49 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004.5 23.8 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004.5 24.7 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 27.7 MPG Highway Percentage 26 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 27.0 MPG Highway Percentage 19 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 23.1 MPG Highway Percentage 87 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 68 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 18.1 MPG Highway Percentage 39 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 21.2 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 25.2 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 32.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 35.6 MPG Highway Percentage 54 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 24.5 MPG Highway Percentage 84 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2004 24.8 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 26.8 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 19.9 MPG Highway Percentage 39 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 26.0 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 27.0 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 30.6 MPG Highway Percentage 63 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 21.3 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 20.2 MPG Highway Percentage 15 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2003 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 2 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002.5 30.5 MPG Highway Percentage 83 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002 24.4 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002 21.5 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002 22.1 MPG Highway Percentage 77 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002 24.3 MPG Highway Percentage 26 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002 32.4 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002 23.7 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2002 23.2 MPG Highway Percentage 66 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2001.5 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 15 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2001.5 26.9 MPG Highway Percentage 69 percent Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Passat 2000 32.5 MPG Highway Percentage 98 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
2014 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat med none 3 3 8 88 75 44.0  
2014 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light light 5 75 20 0 0 16.0  
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
flat v.lt light 0 0 52 48 84 42.2  
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
hills light light 3 8 26 63 69 40.3  
2013 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 50 50 65 29.4  
2012 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat light none 3 17 26 54 68 43.0  
2012 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed automated manual FWD
hills med light 33 14 3 51 65 26.6  
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
5-speed manual FWD
flat light none 2 0 88 10 60 28.7  
2011 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 15 10 10 65 75 63.4  
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat light none 10 10 40 40 110 30.2  
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat med none 4 10 53 33 72 25.1  
2010 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat light light 1 8 15 76 104 31.0  
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat v.lt none 20 10 40 30 70 23.0  
2009 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
flat light none 27 0 7 67 110 39.2  
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 15 17 36 32 69 23.6  
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 6 22 17 55 75 26.4  
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 0 29 11 61 78 29.0  
2008 4dr Wagon 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 0 75 0 25 75 18.0  
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 7 17 22 54 70 28.2  
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 5 20 35 40 70 29.0  
2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med none 1 2 43 55 67 26.5  
2007 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat light none 16 16 9 59 70 30.5  
2007 4dr Wagon 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 0 10 22 68 68 27.1  
2007 4dr Wagon 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 0 23 43 35 63 22.5  
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 10 12 15 63 71 27.7  
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med light 5 17 27 51 76 28.3  
2007 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
mtns med light 0 5 5 90 73 31.0  
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 9 16 24 50 79 26.8  
2006 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat light none 1 6 27 67 68 29.9  
2006 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills med none 0 0 70 30 70 24.7  
2006 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 0 48 13 40 70 24.0  
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills med light 10 10 30 50 70 26.4  
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 0 0 30 70 70 28.0  
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 5 10 10 75 60 25.3  
2005 4dr Wagon turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light light 9 15 22 54 81 34.6  
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 10 10 32 49 68 20.3  
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 5 15 31 49 74 34.5  
2004.5 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light none 30 18 0 53 65 23.8  
2004.5 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual AWD
flat light light 5 5 10 80 110 24.7  
2004 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills med none 6 3 65 26 70 27.7  
2004 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
hills med none 19 43 19 19 60 27.0  
2004 4dr Wagon 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
6-speed manual AWD
mtns med none 8 3 2 87 70 23.1  
2004 4dr Wagon 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 18 15 0 68 70 17.8  
2004 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light light 0 0 61 39 61 18.1  
2004 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 5 5 10 80 60 21.2  
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 16 30 21 33 66 25.2  
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat lead light 5 25 40 30 70 32.0  
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 6 11 29 54 63 35.6  
2004 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 3 10 5 84 65 24.5  
2004 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
hills light light 9 24 30 37 70 24.8  
2003 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light none 4 18 28 51 86 26.8  
2003 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med none 18 22 21 39 64 19.9  
2003 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed manual FWD
flat lead light 0 20 40 40 80 26.0  
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 18 3 23 58 66 27.0  
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 2 15 20 63 67 30.6  
2003 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med hvy 20 20 0 60 75 21.3  
2003 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 10 27 48 15 70 20.2  
2003 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 48 26 24 2 70 19.0  
2002.5 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med none 0 0 18 83 70 30.5  
2002 4dr Wagon turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 23 23 29 25 63 24.4  
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 10 5 85 70 21.5  
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
mtns light none 0 0 23 77 60 22.1  
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med none 15 30 29 26 67 24.3  
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat med light 19 5 0 76 64 32.4  
2002 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 6 12 12 70 65 23.7  
2002 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light none 5 8 21 66 75 23.2  
2001.5 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 5 75 5 15 60 20.0  
2001.5 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 11 20 69 120 26.9  
2000 4dr Wagon turbocharged 150hp 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
flat light none 0 2 0 98 60 32.5  

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Kia Optima vs. Volkswagen Passat 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
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
2007 4dr Sedan 161-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
25-30 city/hwy 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
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2015 Though as powerful as the 170-horse 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine it replaced, and stronger through the midrange, the Passat's new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine earns significantly better EPA fuel economy ratings: 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway vs. 22 and 32, respectively. Fitted with the six-speed automatic transmission, the difference widens: 24/36 vs. 22/31. Alas, the Mazda6 scores a bit higher: 25/37 with a six-speed manual and 26/38 with a six-speed automatic. In my real-world driving, I observed similar numbers in both cars, and the Passat managed the highest observed one-time average on my standard route to my son's school: 39.9 mpg. The Mazda's best on this route was 38. More typically I observed averages in the low 30s when driving both cars casually in the suburbs. Push them, and averages can fall into the mid-20s, even the low-20s. On the highway, the Passat's trip computer reported an average of 35, the Mazda6's an average of 36. Too close to call. What is clear is that both sedans deliver much better fuel economy than could be expected when the current Passat was introduced three years ago. This said, those seeking to maximize fuel economy, and who drive enough miles to offset a higher initial cost, have an even better option in the Passat's available diesel engine. The TDI engine has been further improved for 2015. It now peaks at 150 horsepower rather than 140. And it now rates 30/44 mpg with a six-speed manual transmission and 30/42 with a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission; plus owners often beat the EPA ratings. see full Volkswagen Passat review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Routinely getting 45-51+ on the highway and 35-38 in town with the TDI see full Volkswagen Passat review
2013 4dr Sedan turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual FWD
really exceedes my expectations. based on what i read and the fact that i do 95% hwy driving i expected to exceed the epa estimate of 43 mpg. in reality i can obtain upwards of 54mpg (computer) or ~51 mpg (corrected) on rural highways (62mph) and 47mpg on interstates (75mph) without a problem. that is in the neighborhood of a 10-20% improvement ABOVE epa estimates. simply amazing. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Great gas mileage...I commute about 45 miles a day for work (all highway) and I average about 33 mpg. Plus, the car does not require premium fuel, which is an added bonus. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2012 4dr Sedan 170-horsepower 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Average economy for the 5 cylinder engine is 27mpg see full Volkswagen Passat review
2010 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
Very good, for a car that is actually fun to drive (I feel that a hybrid is the equivalent of automotive novocaine). see full Volkswagen Passat review
2008 4dr Wagon turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Highway > 30mpg see full Volkswagen Passat review
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Average 24 MPG in mostly city driving so far. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Good fuel economy see full Volkswagen Passat review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
I get 5-7 MPG above the (pre 2008) EPA sticker on this car but with a similar driving style on a previous car was returning 2-3 MPG below the (pre 2008) EPA sticker. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Average 31 MPG overall. Great for a gas-engine car. Outstanding for one with high performance. see full Volkswagen Passat review
Volkswagen Passat Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 4dr Sedan 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
26 mpg on roard trips see full Volkswagen Passat review
2005 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
19.5 overall mpg see full Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For the lack of power and performance I would have expected 15% - 20% more mileage that getting. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I expected 23-24 overall, and 26-28 highway. I get 25 highway and 22 overall, tops. Have to use premium or a mix of plus and premium. Tank is small. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 170hp 1.8L I4
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
ok MPG, but requires premium. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Sedan 270-horsepower 4.0L W8
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
As an 8 cylinder engine, the overall fuel economy is not as good as the Passat 6 or 4 cylinder versions. Expect, on average, to get 18 mpg city and 22 mpg highway with a mixed of around 19-20mpg. 21 Gallon tank can be quite expensive to fill. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Averaging 21mpg in suburban/highway driving for a long time... not so great. A high-torque engine and heavy chassis requires lots of gallons of premium fuel. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2003 4dr Sedan 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Fuel economy could be slightly better, city driving usually gets about 17 mpg. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
V6 is very thirsty in the city. see full Volkswagen Passat review
2002 4dr Wagon 190-horsepower 2.8L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
I don't think 21 mpg is that good! see full Volkswagen Passat review