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Sorent(o) Torrent. Of the Kia Sorento’s gas mileage…

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So there was no doubt that I really enjoyed my time spent with the Kia Sorento.  Unexpectedly.  I was also hoping to post some better fuel economy numbers compared to my dad’s Chrysler Town & Country minivan with the Pentastar 3.6.  After all, the Kia has .3 liters less displacement (they call it the 3.3- kind of an odd size in a world dominated by marketing 3.0 or 3.5 liter 6 cylinder engines).

I had to look up what the GDI badge meant on the trunk lid.  It stood for Gasoline Direct Injection.  And on the monroney, it states the Sorento has CVVT technology.  What the?  This thing does not have no droning transmission- I felt gears!  Then I read that CVVT in the Hyundai/Kia greek alphabet engine world is Continuously Variable Valve Timing.  OK.  But that should help reduce the amount of dinosaur oil burned…

And the result is 21.4 MPG by the vehicle’s calculation.  Not too bad.   Especially when considering you are powering both sets of drive wheels.  But it does run about the same as the Chylester

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