i just bought mine over the weekend. my main reason of buying it is because of the gas mileage it had. And this is coming from a truck user, so saving gas was going to be a HUGE transition, and i was excited. When i left the dealership, i left with "7mpg" and i got off the ramp of a freeway at "32.4mpg". i was impressed. then i took a 3 hour drive back home and my mpg literally maxed out to 34.2! i let it slide, thinking that it's breaking out its dealership wings. it's been 3 days and my city mpg has been from 18 to 20.1! i'm starting to panic and was really looking forward to a 33 mpg average around city. i'm very disappointed because it's an AMAZING vehicle to drive. now i've got to call someone to help me fix the mpg issues. i'm glad i'm not alone though!I'm only getting about 29-30MPG in new EX. This is also a lot of highway miles as well. What type of mileage are others getting in their cars? I'm driving pretty conservatively as well with the ECO on.
I averaged 29mpg on my last fill up. Here's basically my route to work: Columbia St to N Gene Autry Trail - Google Mapsi just bought mine over the weekend. my main reason of buying it is because of the gas mileage it had. And this is coming from a truck user, so saving gas was going to be a HUGE transition, and i was excited. When i left the dealership, i left with "7mpg" and i got off the ramp of a freeway at "32.4mpg". i was impressed. then i took a 3 hour drive back home and my mpg literally maxed out to 34.2! i let it slide, thinking that it's breaking out its dealership wings. it's been 3 days and my city mpg has been from 18 to 20.1! i'm starting to panic and was really looking forward to a 33 mpg average around city. i'm very disappointed because it's an AMAZING vehicle to drive. now i've got to call someone to help me fix the mpg issues. i'm glad i'm not alone though!
I avg no less than 35 mpg and my route is similar to yours. Not sure whats going on ..but it's not the norm to get 30 mpg from your description of highway and light city driving. I would avg a bit better, I stopped using my ECO button. My trip computer is off by 2 to 2.5 mpg.I bought the 2012 kia Rio SX automatic back in Late April and am having much of the same experience. It's been really frustrating since then because I haven't been able to talk to/find a single Rio driver that could attest to their mpg experience.
So far, the best I've ever seen my Rio average is between 28mpg-31mpg. While I do some city driving, the ratio of my driving is 75% highway 25% city; however, the breadth of my city driving is just 1/4 of a mile from my house to go to the grocery store and back. In addition, most of my city driving has only 1 stoplight and minimal traffic. Also, the highway driving I do is 90% flat straightaways with no hills. I've found that with the Eco button on the car gets less MPG as compared to with it off and this has been reflected in the data you'll find on fuelly.com. Many drivers note their mpg with an eco button status and you'll see that the MPG is comparatively less. So far, the best combo I've come up with for optimizing your MPG in this vehicle is to drive with the eco button off until you hit highway speeds and then flick on the Eco and throw it in to cruise control.
Now as readers are going over this posting, keep in mind that I determine my mpg the traditional way: Fill up the gas tank, drive until its empty, refill, note the miles you drove since the last fill up, and diving by the gallons of fuel you consumed.
Now much to a Kia Rio owners dismay, I found that the digital read out added between 3-5 mpg than what I was experiencing each and every time.
I live in New England, and so far with the owernship of my car, the vehical has experienced cool days and hot muggy days but between that the car still averages the same mpg. I find that with the air conditioner, I've seen the mpg go down significantly (and by significantly I mean below the range I provided above).
So far, my Kia has 6k miles on it and the mpg has only gone down. At first, we averaged the best 31mpg, I complained to the dealer and they said that initially a new car will get back mpg until about 5-7k miles when it is supposed to improve. Now the best I've seen this car get (especially on the highway) is between 28mpg-30mpg. Again, I know readers will say that it's all how you drive, but I drive VERY conservatively and so does my wife.
I'm starting to think that something very fishy is going on with Kia and the EPA estimates. On the surface, when you begin to analyze how the car is put together, you can really see how Kia aimed to make a fuel efficient vehicle. On the outside, the car appears aerodynamic - on the inside, they used lightweight plastics and seating. In terms of when the vehicle operates, the eliminated things that would draw from the alternator and the engine that would consume more fuel such as daytime running lights. They provided the eco button which in theory limits the power the engine delivers at any one time, but now I'm seeing it as a superficial way to appease buyers in to thinking that the car had tremendous economic potential, but now I see it as Kia's patched way to compensate for building an overpriced car that doesn't deliver - comparatively speaking - to other cars in its class.
Now in retrospect I see this car as a joke and at the buyers expense. I think that if you want a sporty car and don't care about the mileage, then this is the perfect car for you;however, a majority of car owners today need to invest their money in an economical vehicle. When buyers talk about MPG, they really NEED to get that MPG. Think of the average price you pay for fuel these days, it's outrageous! The technology is there, we can make a fuel efficient vehicle. But whatever let this car slip through the cracks needs to be addressed. Edmunds release their final report on this car about a few weeks ago and said that they got between 3-5 mpg less than what is reported on the sticker and I think that is a more accurate estimate. I've found the drivetrain to work much harder than it needs to and all I have to say is "why?" there's nothing special about this car, there's nothing that's is adding to the engine's overhead.
I think that car manufactures need to be held to an independent standard and subject to independent review separate from government. While it's common knowledge to disregard the EPA estimate as not-to-be-experienced by everyone, those days are over. You make a claim, you hold up to it, or you take it back.
Kia, if you're reading this, I have a lot of points and a lot of ideas and you need to reach out to me.
Are those figures from the gauge on the vehicle or measured by gallons at fillups and miles driven?I have a 2013 RIO 5 EX and just got off a trip of 1800 MI. I am getting 38 to 39.5 at 70MPH loaded with baggage, two dogs and the boss. I have the ECO system with auto engine stop, which works some days and not otheres, I have my AC fan speed set at 2 and not on max cool, I also have got 42 MPG local driving and we live out of town by 10 MIL. I do know if the gas you are getting in above 10% ethanol your gas mil will drop down, down, down. we have some places that will sell stright gas, no ethanol, have not gone to it yet but if I do I expect 45 MPG or better
Time before last I got 30MPG finally, though last night I filled up and only had 24.8 but that's understandable as I did a lot of driving up and down grades. I've been ranging between 28-29 MPG. All done at the pump with math.Bills, that's amazing. You must have a lucky car. Is your's the automatic? Like I said, I have the 2012 SX auto and not once have I ever hit that kind of mileage, with, or without the Eco button on the highway. And that's including just myself in the car - no other passengers - without the a/c on and the car being on cruise at 68mph. Had I ever gotten that kind of mileage I wouldn't be posting to this forum right now.
To be honest, I think a lot of people on these forums can be exaggerating in their reported fuel calculations, however, now that I've experienced some discrepancies between EPA reported and experienced mileage - as far as the Rio is concerned, I believe them.
Does the original author of this thread have any update on their mileage?