I have never owned a Kia before. This was my first Kia. I genuinely liked almost everything about the vehicle, until I saw the mpg I was getting. Consistently 3-5 mpg less than advertised. Would not have purchased if I knew this. Want to get rid of this car for that reason alone. Buyer Beware!
Many people probably decided on a Kia, and specifically a Sportage over other makes and models because of the advertised fuel economy numbers. Since day one, this vehicle ALWAYS, I want to stress ALWAYS, underachieves advertised mpg numbers. Took 2 round trips that were 360 miles one way, ALL highway, and best mpg were 26.2. That is 6 mpg LESS than advertised, and even with new EPA ratings, still 4 less. When driving a combination of 1/2 highway, 1/2 suburbs, attain 21-23 mpg which is less than "combined" mpg rating. Haven't driven an entire tank of city driving, but after measuring MPG for mostly suburb driving, get 17-19 mpg which is 3-5 mpg less than advertised city rating. Horrible.
Didn't let the dealership hoodwink me, but they definitely tried to misstate things and do circles with inaccurate math. But I guess that is no different than other dealerships in general always trying to twist truth of numbers.
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I'm just really ticked off that the fuel economy is nowhere CLOSE to what was advertised. Want to return this vehicle and get a vehicle from a different Company. For anyone else affected by the fuel economy, there is a "compensation program" that uses low estimates for every facet of calculation, so they want to pay you about 1/5 of what you really should receive for fuel compensation. Just despicable of KIA. Will never buy one again, and forewarn others. This is a really dirty practice done to boost sales over other companies. Fuel economy is completely unachievable. It is fraudulent advertising. Never KIA again.