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Hi Folks,

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!!

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You mentioned the mileage on your Honda pulling a small utility trailer. Have you checked your Sorento while pulling the same trailer? I pulled a 5x8' trailer - behind our '05 EX auto - to PA and back last Christmas and we averaged right at 15mpg.

The best we've gotten is ~18mpg highway and average closer to 16 for everyday driving. While we love the Sorento, I am sorely disapointed with the mileage. We had a 4.0L Explorer 4x4 before this and averaged at ~21 highway and ~18 around town.

Even at 19.4, I would find it disappointing considering our Sorento is only 2wd, is smaller and has a smaller engine than the Explorer.
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Well my 04 lx showed a best of 20.79 mpg headed east on I-10 and gave me 20.1 mpg headed west across the same stretch. Now my 06 tundra double cab with a vvt4.7L v8 is rated 16/19 and even though it is not broken in yet I'm seeing the same in town mileage figures as I was with my sorento. The sorento is a pig considering it's size and kia needs to work on improving its fuel efficientcy.

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Be interesting to see what the new 3.8 is like on fuel, pity you guys can't get the diesel there.

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You mentioned the mileage on your Honda pulling a small utility trailer. Have you checked your Sorento while pulling the same trailer? I pulled a 5x8' trailer - behind our '05 EX auto - to PA and back last Christmas and we averaged right at 15mpg.
He said he was pulling a trailer with a Honda ATV on it, not pulling the trailer WITH a Honda.
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i get around 19.5 mixed and 22 hwy on my 3.5 v6
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i dont think that fuel mileage is anything to brag about. considering it's size i think that's horrible (someone already said that i noticed) i've got a trailblazer ss (LS2 and AWD) and it's getting about the same 15/20 (roughly). and the fun factor is 10x that of a kia SUV.
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Love it when someone digs up an older thread just to make a subjective opinionated post about it... sigh
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Trailblazer 10 x Sorento ?

I would never say a Trailblazer is 10x the vehicle of a Sorento. Trailblazers are a nice vehicle, but they have that "straight six drone" sound on the road (one's with sixes) and the back end's on them are butt ugly. They have that always dirty tire hanging there and that huge can muffler that hangs out in plain sight.
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didn't say 10x the overall vehicle. i said the fun factor of having a LS2 (corvette motor) in an AWD (not 4wd) SUV is 10x the fun. and i'll agree, i dont even like regular trailblazers, just the SS's. only trailblazer i would even consider.

and i wasn't putting the sorento down, i was just stating that for an SUV it's size i feel it should be getting better gas mileage. either my SS get's great gas mileage or the sorento gets crappy gas mileage. and i think it's the latter

benjamin: 2 months isn't very old. and like you said, it's an opinion. i've got one i'll voice it, you've got one and you voiced it. so get over it

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