I recently purchased a 2013 Kia Soul Exclaim, and while I am only on my second tank of gas, my low mpgs are a little concerning. At the time of my first fueling, I was averaging 19 miles per gallon. I thought that maybe time spend idling in the shop for the pre-sale inspection or during the orientation had skewed the average. However, I am one tick into the new tank of gas, and according to my dash I am averaging between 18 and 19 mpgs.
So far, most of my driving has been stop-and-go city/suburban driving and mainly short trips, which I understand has a negative impact on fuel economy. I am also aware that I am adjusting to my new vehicle, as it drives much differently than my old ride. However, while I will improve the eveness of my driving, I would say that my driving isn't enough to explain away the lows mpgs.
So, does anyone have an insights? After reading these forums, I now know that they recently lowered the EPA rating of the Soul, but it seems like I am pretty far below even the revised estimates.
ETA: MPGs have been gradually increasing; here's hoping that they contine the upward trend as the engine breaks in.
Last edited by Driver1; 12-07-2012 at 04:47 PM.