Fuel Economy is good in my Sorento!
I am new to this forum, but I thought I'd throw in my .02 on the fuel economy discussion. I took my 2005 Sorento LX 5 speed manual on a trip from Burlington, VT to the South Carolina low country last December. My fuel economy for the whole trip was 19.4 mpg. I use 87 octane fuel and figure my mpg using the trip odometer. I reset trip 1 every time I fuel up, and when I do fuel up I always fill to the point where the pump clicks off. I never overfill.
By being consistent like this I know my mpg is as accurate as it can be. I take the mileage on trip 1 and divide it by the gallons used on that tank, therefore I use actual mileage and fuel used. When I tow a small 4x6 utility trailer with my Honda Rancher 4x4 on it, I get 17.5 mpg on the highway. I set the cruise to 70 mph when I drive the interstate (I towed this trailer and ATV from northern VT to Mt. Olive Alabama last January. 17.4 mpg was the overall mileage over the 3400 miles driven.) My best mileage on a tankful was 23.2 mpg and my worst is about 14 (using the 4 wheel drive alot in heavy snow around town) Overall my mileage has averaged out to about 17.8 mpg for all types of driving.
As for bhp and mileage, there are so many factors that effect fuel mileage, including vehicle weight, tire size, gear ratios, frontal area, aerodynamics, altitude, speed, engine revs, and the list goes on. My LX is rated for 16 city and 20 highway. My city is a little better and my highway is only marginally worse. I had a Nissan Frontier that had an EPA of 17 and 20. I actually got 13 in the city and a paltry 15.8 on the highway. The Sorento is actually quite good when compared directly to other mid sized, body on frame, truck based SUV's like the Durango, Trailblazer, Explorer, Xterra, 4Runner, Wrangler, and LR3.
I love my Sorento, and I'm actually thinking about getting a new 2006 5 speed LX. I have heard a nasty rumour that the more powerful, better looking 2007 Sorento will not be offered in the United States with the manual shift. It should be offered stateside with the 2.5L common rail diesel and the 5 speed tranny. Wouldn't it be nice to have a Sorento with a 500 mile cruising range!!
Dan ( aka Red Suzuki1)
2005 white LX 5 speed