Last post on Nov 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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Toyota RAV4, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#289 of 298 Re: terrible mpg [rulaku]
Nov 05, 2012 (5:12 am)
My wife manages 23-24 mpg since 2009 and 30K miles with her 2wd Rav4 (4cyl). She definitely is no Hyper-miler! A 24 mile RT commute to work daily with plenty of traffic lights and moderate traffic. Then on weekends she does lots of "garage sale" shopping and other short trips.
We've taken several trips in it and usually run the posted speed limits. Generally we get 31-33 mpg using the AC and cruise on North Georgia rolling hills.
The Rav4 pushes more air and likely weighs more than the VW you refer to.
You also have 4wd which will consume a bit more fuel, whether it is engaged or not.
The wife's is the "Sport" model and does ride rough.
If we had gotten 4wd, it would have also included the V6 engine.
#290 of 298 Re: terrible mpg [rulaku]
Nov 12, 2012 (2:51 pm)
I feel the same way with my 05 2.4L 4WD Rav4. It gets the same overall milage (21-23) as my 03 3.5L Maxima. On the highway when speed is above 60mph, it actually gets worse milage (3-5mpg lower) than the Maxima.
I'm keeping an eye on the Mazda CX5 as a potential replacement.
#291 of 298 Re: terrible mpg [maxima03]
Nov 14, 2012 (4:51 am)
Consumer Report sure seems to like the CX5.
#292 of 298 Re: terrible mpg [kipk]
Nov 15, 2012 (1:48 pm)
I understand that it has a much smaller engine with lower hp and torque. But I'm not dragracing anyone. I just need a small SUV that has a capable AWD system and better FE. So far, the CX5 seems to fit the requirement.
#293 of 298 Re: terrible mpg [maxima03]
Nov 16, 2012 (4:41 am)
My wife had a 95 Maxima. Purchased new, when they first hit the dealers. It was such an improvement over the 94s.
Interesting that, with the 3.5, the HP was rated at 190 and required Premium fuel.
Seems her '09 RAV4 has 170hp from the 2.4l four banger on regular fuel.
It certainly doesn't run as strong as that Maxima did, but the fuel mileage is slightly better with the RAV4. Bout the best we could get from the Maxima was 21 local and 28 Hyway. Of course we (I) probably ran the Maxima a bit harder!
#294 of 298 not bad
Feb 27, 2013 (5:16 am)
2013 rav4 first tank 24.46 mpg.
#295 of 298 2012 V6 FWD initial fuel consumption
Mar 23, 2013 (9:42 pm)
New 2012 V6 FWD, slightly over 1K miles on odometer, getting around 23-24 MPG in city & heavy stop-n-go daily commute, a little over 28 MPG at 70 MPG on clear freeways. Fuel consumption will almost certainly continue to improve as driveline gets fully broken-in. On our 1998 Camry and 2000 4Runner, fuel consumption continued to gradually improve until full break-in was achieved at ~6-8k miles. 270HP V6 acceleration is shocking in a vehicle this light, and engine is turning less than 2k RPM at 70 MPH.
#296 of 298 Re: Bad Gas Mileage [gunga64]
Aug 19, 2013 (4:00 pm)
This is interesting, I came across this old thread by mistake and didnt remember it. I had to add that Mythbusters tested MPG and AC and if I remember right the AC and windows open without AC. The AC actually was slightly better If I recall the episode. No way in hell do I drive a car with windows closed in Florida.
Also you can adjust your driving habits and really crank out MPG, I drove to GA one year with my Santa Fe and on cruise I got 30 MPG if I set the cruise say at 58 miles per hour for hours of driving. If I went like 60 MPH it could drop the MPG by 5% easily.
The funny thing is recently, I drove from the dealership to home it was about a twenty mile drive. I reset the MPG indicator on the SUV. I basically set the cruise to like 40-45 and somehow missed every light. I was totally amazed to make it all the way home with 29 MPG.
I read how some people in Prious can push their MPG to like 100 by doing all kinds of tricks while driving. They would coast or drive so they didnt stop at lights etc.
#298 of 298 2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE
Nov 17, 2013 (4:13 pm)
2nd tank computer recorded 45.2MPG (ECO mode on) 52-58mph highway miles. City is at least 35+MPG. I bought it new under 200 miles.