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Old 03-20-2014, 02:55 PM   #61 (permalink)
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That may contribute, but it's not the only reason.

Automakers are also free to submit numbers that are *below* the figures generated by following the test procedure.

I've wondered if some have done / are doing this with certain models to avoid disappointing customers.

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Old 03-20-2014, 03:30 PM   #62 (permalink)
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The highway figure for my Fiesta is 38 US. The wifes Sorento was 32 US. On the exact same route under similar conditions I might barely break 32 in the Sorento. The Fiesta would easily beat 50 MPG. Kia later dropped the highway figure to 29 if memory serves me, but the basically identical 2014 model is down to 27 highway. Kia is paying her about $100 a year as their proposed settlement, which covers the difference in fuel based on her annual mileage. They have considered a one time payment. I don't think either method covers the difference in used value when it does not get 32 highway as they claimed when we bought the SUV.

I think they should give her a couple of grand in a lump sum.

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Old 03-20-2014, 04:19 PM   #63 (permalink)
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We have a Kia Sedona that can easily beat the numbers, it can also easily be less, just depends on how I drive it. I have no doubt the epa number is proper.

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