Miss Lori’s path to vehicle purchase is set back by the Kia MPG scandal

Last night the majority of the country voted for Barack Obama to continue his work as President of the United States. This act was partly a positive referendum on his work to bailout the auto industry. One of the conditions of the bailout agreements was to initiate or increase American production of fuel efficient cars. This has resulted in thousands of jobs and some fantastic car options for many people. Many people yes, but not all, particularly families. As you are probably aware this is the exact issue I am personally struggling with at present. I am desperately trying to put my family on a gasoline diet, but I am finding it very difficult to identify vehicles that fit my MPG expectations, my children and my budget. After checking out the Dodge Dart at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, I test drove the Chevy Sonic for a week, and then I went to the dealership to check on the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Soul. I left feeling fairly hopeful, particularly about the Kia Soul. But then the unthinkable happened. Federal officials announced the results of a probe into the MPG listings of Hyundai and Kia. Turns out they were way off. The worst offender, the Kia SOUL. According to officials, it was off as much as 6 miles per gallon.SIX! So what was looking like a solid fuel efficient compromise for a minivan mom, is now just a smaller, cheaper car that performs only slightly better than a minivan for the savings. I no longer feel like I am in the driver’s seat, more like stuck in the trunk. Ugh!

The one bright spot of this probe is a professional confirmation about my practice when demoing cars. It proves that my effort to produce video reveals of my personal gas on the cars that I have had the good fortune to demo these last two years is vital for my community members who are putting a lot of time and effort into researching the best vehicle option for their life and work. Let me be fully transparent, I have never demoed any Hyundai or Kia cars, only GM and Chrysler vehicles, and neither of those brands were investigated at all in the probe. No one is questioning the numbers of any GM or Chrysler vehicles. But the basic truth is that no two people are going to experience the exact same gas mileage in the exact same cars because there are too many variables. Life is not driven on a test track. But yes, the listings on the sticker price sheets should be a realistic ballpark, no doubt. And that is indeed what I found this past week with the Chevy Sonicand in previous weeks with the various vehicles I have had the pleasure to get behind the wheel of.


GMC Acadia Denali 2011 Dodge Durango 2011 Dodge Caravan 2011 Cadillac Escalade 2011 Buick Enclave 2011 GMC Terrain 2011 Chevy Cruze 2011 Chevy Equinox 2011 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid 2011 Buick Regal Turbo 2011 Chrysler Town and Country 2011

I am happy to report that Hyundai and Kia are taking steps to financially correct the damage from their misleading information. As for me, I’m back to square one, without a car to fit my gas diet, my family, or my budget; a vehicle priced under $20,000 with a confirmed MPG over 30 that can comfortably fit a long legged family of five between the heights of 5 feet and 6’5″ (yeah, he grew again). So I am back up on my soap box preaching to all who will listen. I believe in this second half of the Obama legacy it’s time to bailout families by requiring auto makers to produce highly fuel efficient vehicles that are big enough for growing families and priced small enough for them to keep growing. What do you think?

SMILE  (and DRIVE) On!


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  1. How frustrating!

  2. Thanks for noticing my research Colleen. I appreciate the compliment. Yes searching for a family car that can withstand this economy is a little like searching for a needle in a haystack. But it’s got to be done. I’m glad that you still have a few years left of wiggle room. Enjoy it!

  3. THANK YOU for the work you’ve done so far on vehicle research! I remember a few years ago researching cars and feeling the same way…only then (and still now) my family is smaller. (Both in people count and people size – at 5 and 7 I have a few years yet before my boys are taller than the 5’9″ me…) I agree with you — affordable cars that actually FIT families are a necessity. Hopefully they’re achievable in the near (NEAR) future!