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I just installed a new set of Denso IK16 plugs and the K&N filter in my 4cyl manual with 27000 miles on it. I am on my second tank of gas with the new parts, and I can tell a positive difference. I drive probably 50/50 city highway and I used to always get 24-25 mpg and so far that has increased to 28-29. Not a huge difference for the $100 but over the next 25000 miles I figure it will save me over $250 in fuel prices.
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I have a 06.5 2.4 5sp. it has almost 30k on it and I drive it on the city most of the time in not so heavy traffit, I'm a very agressive driver, and it makes about 300 miles in 14 gallons, that's about 22mpg, but when I go on a trip and if I keep not to much over the speed limit, it can give me about 400 or a little more miles on 14 gallons, that's about 28-29mpg. I think that's exelent for a midsize sedan that weigths about 4200 pounds

ooohhh!!! I forgot!!! I have 2-3 more people with me in the car most of the time!!!!!
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I have a 07 optima with 27k
I drive in town most of the time, and I get 28mpg if I dont drive hard
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I have an '07 with 25k miles, 4 cyl, 5-spd auto and get around 25 with a best so far of only 27. Not terrible, but Kia of Greer told us it would get at least 35 and up to 38 (we bought it used). That's not the only thing dishonest in that deal either but overall I guess I'm satisfied with it. For comparison, my niece has an 07 Camry with the 4 cyl and 5-spd auto and she gets about the same.
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Very happy with my latest fuel economy numbers! To recap, my v-6 usually gives me an all around average of 25mph. I just went on a 840 mile trip, all highway. (I fueled up just before getting on the turnpike). Heading out I ran with the "flow of traffic", speed limit was 65mph but there was a significant portion where it was a steady 80-85mph. This 420 mile leg averaged just over 27mpg. On the trip back, the car was about 300 lbs lighter and I set the cruise at 65mph. That gave me an impressive 31mpg. ( tires at 36psi, just filled with 5w20 Pennzoil synthetic, and installed a new air filter. )
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I have a 2007 Optima 4 cyl. automatic, and I also drive in Charlotte and get the same mileage!
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Man, I seem to be getting way better mileage than everyone else who commented so far. With my '06.5 Optima 4cyl 5-spd manual, I've been getting anywhere from 27-34mpg with roughly 70% hwy driving. It must help a lot to drop it in neutral for up to a mile at a time! LOL
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I just passed 15,000 miles on my 06.5 Optima V-6. Window sticker said 22 city, 30 highway. My average combined economy is 25mpg. I'm pretty happy with that . Anyone else about the same?

I have the 2008 Optima LX manual transmission. I use the car to commute to work (about 68 miles round trip, 90% freeway driving of which 50% stop and go rush hour Southern California traffic) 4 days a week and errands around town the rest of the week. Iím averaging about 280 trip meter reading miles between stop at the Costco gas station for a fill of about 11 gallon of gas. That gives me an average of about 26 miles combined city/freeway driving.

A trip to Las Vegas with the car proved the 31 mpg estimated freeway rating is attainable and was exceeded.

My trick of driving in gridlock freeway traffic is, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, at least 3 cars length in slowly moving traffic. I let the car free roll (no gas, clutch engaged) with the appropriate gear for the traffic speed, maintaining that safe distance giving me enough time to shift to the proper gear without sudden surge in rpm beyond 2,000, unless itís necessary. I even start from a stop in 2nd gear, modulating gas and clutch pedals to maintain the tach needle below 2,000 without stalling the engine. I found that the LX I-4 engine has the torque enough for me to be able to do that.

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I have the 2008 Optima LX manual transmission. I use the car to commute to work (about 68 miles round trip, 90% freeway driving of which 50% stop and go rush hour Southern California traffic) 4 days a week and errands around town the rest of the week. Iím averaging about 280 trip meter reading miles between stop at the Costco gas station for a fill of about 11 gallon of gas. That gives me an average of about 26 miles combined city/freeway driving.

A trip to Las Vegas with the car proved the 31 mpg estimated freeway rating is attainable and was exceeded.

My trick of driving in gridlock freeway traffic is, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front, at least 3 cars length in slowly moving traffic. I let the car free roll (no gas, clutch engaged) with the appropriate gear for the traffic speed, maintaining that safe distance giving me enough time to shift to the proper gear without sudden surge in rpm beyond 2,000, unless itís necessary. I even start from a stop in 2nd gear, modulating gas and clutch pedal to maintain the tach needle below 2,000 without stalling the engine. I found that the LX I-4 engine has the torque enough for me to be able to do that.

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If you're on flat terrain, you can take off in 1st without using any gas if you ease on the clutch slowly. I do that at times. The best fuel economy is not having to use the gas pedal at all.
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In metric we get 8.6L per 100km consistent by the trip computer and the gas pump. Which is 27.5 MPG in US spec.
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