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    Kia Optima fuel mileage on long trip.

    I plan on taking a 1,000 mile trip in the near future. Just wondered what I could expect for fuel mileage with our 2019 Kia Optima LX with 2.4 engine? I should average 70 mph because the road is near empty of traffic, and 70 mph will be a good speed to enjoy the scenery. The manual on the Kia says 33 mpg with a 18.5 gallon fuel tank. Is that accurate?

    My other option is driving our 2012 Ford F250 pickup that has a 38 gallon diesel fuel tank, so I would not need to fuel up for over 600 miles.
    Both vehicles are very comfortable.
    We have another vehicle, but because I had a supercharger installed, the front bumper has a one inch clearance above the road. Any object, like a 2x4, tire tread pieces etc. would take out the front bumper, and any night driving would be hard to see debris in the road.
    So,,, Kia or pickup.
    Since I will be driving out in the middle of nowhere, it is important to plan for fuel stops.

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    That 2012 diesel 38 gal needs about 16mpg to get to the 600 mile mark, might be close, but as far a the Kia is concerned, regardless of the remarkable mileage some report I'd stick with the 33/35 posted by the EPA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbonut View Post
    That 2012 diesel 38 gal needs about 16mpg to get to the 600 mile mark, might be close, but as far a the Kia is concerned, regardless of the remarkable mileage some report I'd stick with the 33/35 posted by the EPA.
    he should be happy he didn't go with the turbo. 1000 miles in on my brand new turbo car and best average i get is 26 mpg .
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    I get 22-23 on my 2.0 turbo. So YOU are the lucky one! 🤣🤣🤣. I don't really drive it very eco friendly.

    Quote Originally Posted by GalaxyBearZz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Turbonut View Post
    That 2012 diesel 38 gal needs about 16mpg to get to the 600 mile mark, might be close, but as far a the Kia is concerned, regardless of the remarkable mileage some report I'd stick with the 33/35 posted by the EPA.
    he should be happy he didn't go with the turbo. 1000 miles in on my brand new turbo car and best average i get is 26 mpg . <img src="https://www.optimaforums.com/forum/images/smilies/duh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Duh" class="inlineimg" />

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    It's possible to get high-20s / low-30s mpg out of the 2.0 without babying it too much--I've gotten as high as 33 mpg on mostly-highway driving between fillups, and regularly around 28-29 mpg under similar circumstances. In mostly city driving I can regularly achieve anywhere from 23-26 mpg.

    To be fair--if I were to drive mostly in Normal mode and/or regularly drive 10+ mph over the limit I reckon my fuel economy numbers would be a bit lower than what I reported.

    Disclosure--my reported numbers are based on manually calculating the fuel economy (i.e., not taken from the trip computer) after a fillup.
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    mooney201--it would depend on what you plan to do during your trip and/or at your destination--i.e., how you plan to use your vehicle; I'll offer an example to show what I mean--

    Later this summer I need to drive my daughter to college, a 450 mile trip (one way); my vehicle choices are my 2018 SXL rated at 31 mpg HWY and my 2004 Yukon Denali XL (31 gallon fuel tank) rated at 16 mpg HWY (however its PCM has been tuned such that I can get 17-18 mpg if I'm good). On paper the driving range for both vehicles is similar, assuming I can drive at or near the rated HWY fuel economy; obviously the fuel costs will be much lower if I choose the Optima--however, in the end I will be driving the Yukon cuz I will be hauling my daughter's stuff (she will be living in a dorm).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freetree123 View Post
    I get 22-23 on my 2.0 turbo. So YOU are the lucky one! &#x1f923;&#x1f923;&#x1f923;. I don't really drive it very eco friendly.
    Yeah im starting to think im being to nice to my turbo. I only beat on it a few times a week. hmmm decisions.. start driving the car like i stole it and stop caring about gas. Or care about gas and drive like a grandma.... Ugh
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    Quote Originally Posted by GalaxyBearZz View Post
    Yeah im starting to think im being to nice to my turbo. I only beat on it a few times a week. hmmm decisions.. start driving the car like i stole it and stop caring about gas. Or care about gas and drive like a grandma.... Ugh
    My 2018 Optima sxl 2.0 turbo has 9700 miles on it. I only used regular gas and was getting 22 city 30 hwy driving like Grandma. Last week i filled with premium and drove on a 50 mile interstate hwy trip averaging 70 mph. While passing cars 3 or 4 time i floored it and reached speeds of 95mph. When I got home the dash trip info said I got 32.5 mpg on the 50 mile trip. Not sure what this means as far as long term gas mileage. I do know that I will not drive this way consistantly in the future. Speeding tickets etc. considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBQKIA View Post
    My 2018 Optima sxl 2.0 turbo has 9700 miles on it. I only used regular gas and was getting 22 city 30 hwy driving like Grandma. Last week i filled with premium and drove on a 50 mile interstate hwy trip averaging 70 mph. While passing cars 3 or 4 time i floored it and reached speeds of 95mph. When I got home the dash trip info said I got 32.5 mpg on the 50 mile trip. Not sure what this means as far as long term gas mileage. I do know that I will not drive this way consistantly in the future. Speeding tickets etc. considered.
    Yeah after the dealer filled 87 gas was gone i have only used 93 top tier gas around me. I did notice a difference in the car just seems to push better run better. I have had where i was beating on it and then driving normal reset of way and it said 26mpg. but who knows i know everynow and then all cars need to be run decently hard
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    Our 2012 F250 6.7 diesel Ford pickup gets 22 mpg at 70 mph on level ground with no wind. I ordered it with 2 wd and at 70 mph, the tach is at 1400 rpm. I have almost 20,000 miles on it now, and have attained 22 mpg many times. My brothers 2011 Ford 6.7 psd is a 4x4 and he gets much worse mileage than I do.
    The route I am taking is from Northern California through Oregon to Idaho, then back through Nevada and then back to California. Not much traffic. Range is important because of long distances between gas stations.
    Our 2014 Jeep Rubicon gets horrible mileage (17) on a good day, so the range is not that great.
    We have a supercharged Corvette that gets 29 mpg at 70 mph in sixth gear, but it is so low to the ground, it would be a hazard driving at night and not seeing debris on the road, with only one inch clearance, it would not be wise to take it.
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