Yes, GI Joe is the FLHamster. For some reason I could no longer log into this forum, from my laptop, using the FLHamster name. I was forced to create an AKA.I don't understand all the confusion about the KIA Souls 8th gear. I also don't understand KIA's reluctance to tout it as a selling feature. My salesman never mentioned it! I think that did me a great disservice.
On the IVT, the manually accessed 8th gear is what for decades was called "Over Drive".
Way back when, I've ridden in and even driven cars that had an "Over Drive" gear, that had to be activated by pushing a button, pulling a lever, etc....some form of manual activation from the driver.
So I see the 8th gear on the IVT to be nothing more than an "Over Drive" gear, which runs the engine at less RPM's to maintain an already achieved road speed, and save gas in the process.
At least on my Soul LX, there is NO instrumentation to tell me, moment by moment, what my fuel consumption (MPG) actually is. Some time back, I bought a device (Scan Guage II) that connects to the car and shows me the MPG as well as MPH, in real time.
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This picture of the Scan Guage II, is for reference purposes. It was taken on a Kia Soul, but I'm just not sure which one...
my 2013 or my 2020. I suspect that it may have been my 2013...she got some really good MPG.
On a high speed, late night, road trip, I recently did some experimenting with the CC and with the IVT in 8th gear.
At 80 mph, in "D" and using CC, I was only getting MPG in the mid to high 20's. By dropping my speed to 75 mph, my MPG jumped to the low 30's.
Then I shifted into 8th gear (Over Drive) while keeping the CC set to 75 mph. The MPG, on my Scan Gauge II, which I had been monitoring, jumped into the high 30's to low 40's, depending on the rise and fall of the highway.
Admittedly, I was still not driving for max MPG, but it was near mid-night and I really wanted to get home ASAP.
Traffic on I-75 was minimal and I was having no problem maintaining 75 mph.
The highest MPG can be attained by keeping the speed below 70 mph. That can vary some, depending on a lot of things on the particular car being driven. Those things can include, tire pressure, accessories being used, engine oil, etc.
With all that said, I hope I've answered some questions for someone, possibly the new Soul owners.
Happy Trails, Mates,