29 Aug '11, 2pm

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid On Economy Drive, 69 MPG So Far...

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid On Economy Drive, 69 MPG So Far...

We've learned to take official EPA gas-mileage ratings with a pinch of salt in the past. They're useful for comparing model to model, but not always representative of the figures real people out in the real world will achieve. That's not to say that the EPA's fuel efficiency numbers can't be beaten, however. Australian couple the Taylors have proved it possible in several record-breaking fuel economy challenges, most recently managing 64 mpg over 9,000 miles in a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. Wayne Gerdes and his friend Chris Bernius are hoping to set a similar record in a 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid, as they travel through 48 states and over 8,000 miles to set a new record for lowest gasoline hybrid fuel consumption. The strikingly-styled Optima Hybrid is rated at 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, while offering the performance to reach 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.2 seconds. It does so us...

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