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Toyota RAV4, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#173 of 298 Re: mileage gets better but less than 30 [haha11haha]
Dec 02, 2007 (11:29 am)
I have a 2007 RAV4, 4X2. The best estimates that I have come up with when I track it. Is 29/30 MPG Hwy., 23 in town with a mixture of A/C thrown in. Insofar as glitches or problems with the vehicle are nil at 9100 miles. My problem is with Toyota not including the prewiring in the "tow prep package" as they did with my 2002 Highlander.
In essences you must do the pre-wire yourself (or dealer) with an OEM wiring harness from the fuse box down through the tunnel to the receiver. This is a rip-off!
#174 of 298 Re: Increase Toyota RAV4 mileage [michael47]
Dec 02, 2007 (11:45 am)
Mike, It has if you consider the fact that the V6, (4X2) (same as the Avalon) is 269 HP v the RAV that your driving now. I'm getting 23 in town/ 29-30 hwy. 70-75 MPH with a mixture of A/C thrown in for good measure. Plus a 3500# tow rating. If your looking for a mixture of max HP the best gas mileage in a SUV, you'll be hard pressed to find better.
Thanks, Nitecap in Arizona
#175 of 298 Re: Increase Toyota RAV4 mileage [nitecap]
Dec 02, 2007 (4:47 pm)
#176 of 298 A Big Engine.....
Dec 02, 2007 (7:17 pm)
Apparently, the old rule of thumb that a big engine in a small car will use less gas than a small engine in the same car is true for the current RAV4. That's real world mpg. In other words, go for the V6, enjoy the pocket-rocket performance, and save gas over the 4cyl.
#177 of 298 RAV4 08 Limited 4cyl. 4WD
Dec 02, 2007 (7:42 pm)
I just took my RAV4 with 1,150 miles on it on it's first 500 mile roundtrip on the NY State Thruway. I tried babying it and set the cruise for 67 mph and averaged 28 mpg. Since everyone was passing me, there were long stretches when I never touched the gas pedal, one time I didn't touch it for over 100 miles. Is this about the best I can expect? Thanks for your input.
#178 of 298 Re: RAV4 08 Limited 4cyl. 4WD [markc514056]
Dec 03, 2007 (3:51 am)
markc, I can't say if 28 mpg is the best you can expect, but it's about the best that I've gotten. If, like me, you're disappointed in your RAV 4 4cyl's mpg, what would be your guess as to what it should get?
#179 of 298 Re: RAV4 08 Limited 4cyl. 4WD [verdi942]
Dec 03, 2007 (4:34 pm)
I'm not sure, was hoping for about 30 mpg, I make the same trip with a 2006 Vibe and average 36 mpg. I guess it really doesn't matter, I'm stuck now. No, just kidding, it's a nice vehicle so far and a couple of mpg's really doesn't matter. Thank you for your reply.
Dec 04, 2007 (6:11 pm)
My heart is totally broken... Honestly, I searched long and hard for a new car, researching mileage, storage space, etc... In reality, I shopped for 2.5 months and test drove over ten different cars... The RAV4 had the best mileage for an SUV thus far and was not a HYBRID... Which I could not afford one of those at the ticket price that was offered.. However, for what I spend in gas, maybe I should have...
The reason, I chose this car was because it seemed to offer more benefits in the long run for the money... My honda civic hatchback rarely needed any extra maintenance and lasted 16 years with over 130, 000 miles... and still I got better gas mileage than my Toyota RAV 4... GAS is outrageously priced today...
Consistently, I am paying over $40 to fill my tank... the gas mileage advertised at 25- 30 mpg...With that thought in mind, I decided to give it a shot... Instead of purchasing a SCION or another smaller car...
Boy, did I make a mistake...
It is a JOKE driving this car... and believing the so called experts who rated this car, they should be embarrassed... But, of course.... all they want to do is SELL cars...
Well...I THOUGHT WRONG... Although, I baby this car and love it...Unfortunately, I have never gotten over 21 mpg... Which is disgusting... Since, I cannot afford to DRIVE it now... Because, I cannot afford the GAS... I expected at least 25 mpg... The very least... I may have to sell this car and take a LOSS now... that sucks royally... Not to mention, I had to take back to the dealer 4 times to repair the steering column... They broke that when they installed an alarm system...Oh, also, if you hear buzzing in your MP3 player, they are willing to install a filter... The dealership just realized that the music WINDS when you accelerate....
You know, when I bought my HONDA....I got the mileage that they said, "I would".... I don't get it...
Really, I should have stayed with HONDA... they have never failed me yet..AGAIN...WHAT WAS I THINKING...
When you find something great, you should stay with it...
#182 of 298 Re: gas mileage [curvigurl]
Dec 04, 2007 (9:20 pm)
Hang in! It costs too much to trade cars. Wait a few years for a Honda diesel. Good luck.