Comparison Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima

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Expert hypermilers Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius just set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption by a gasoline hybrid car traveling through all 48 contiguous US states. The two drivers travelled 7,899 miles over two weeks in a Kia Optima Hybrid with no modifications or special equipment, achieving an astounding miles per gallon average. Guinness World Records verified the attempt and presented the drivers with a certificate during a ceremony held Monday at Kia Motors’ West Point, Ga., manufacturing facility. Thomas Oh, Kia’s Senior Executive Vice President & COO, said the Optima Hybrid “has been specifically designed to achieve maximum fuel economy in all driving conditions, not just in the city.” Gerdes remarked that the trip effectively tested the Optima Hybrid in a wide range of real-world conditions. The drivers maximized efficiency through careful driving in outside temperatures ranging from freezing to 118 degrees F (both in Nevada), elevations from sea level to 7300 feet (all in Flagstaff, AZ), and traffic conditions from light volume to heavy stop and go congestion (rush hour in Chicago and New York.) Gerdes, founder of the popular site , coined the term “hypermiler” to describe “a driver who strives to exceed their vehicle’s EPA fuel economy rating.” The Optima Hybrid is rated at 40 mpg on the highway, an already impressive figure, which Gerdes and Bernius exceeded by over 60% in their record run. The team employed a host of hypermiling techniques to maximize fuel economy on their transcontinental journey, achieving as much as mpg on one segment. Gerdes does not expect that most drivers will achieve such high efficiency in Kia’s first hybrid, but predicts they will typically exceed EPA estimates, even with normal driving habits. Chevy Volt, Fisker Karma, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Prius V, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybridm, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Civic Hybrid, Mitsubishi I-Miev, kia optima 2013, kia optima 2012, kia optima review

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Comparison: Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima

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What’s the best American sedan? To be fair, we didn’t include all of the mid-sized sedans built in the U.S.—which most of them are—and decided to compare the…

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