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Toyota RAV4, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#222 of 298 2008 RAV4 LTD 4x4 3.5L V6 with ~2k miles
Aug 09, 2008 (4:15 am)
Bought a 2008 RAV4 LTD 4x4 3.5L V6 in March, 2008. Just now (August) getting about 2000 miles on it. It is used primarily by my wife around town although we have taken a couple of long highway trips.
For all of the CITY style driving miles (1,039), I am averaging 16.8 MPG.
For all of the HIGHWAY style driving miles (897), I am averaging 25.3 MPG.
This makes for a disappointing combined average of 19.9 MPG.
The EPA estimates are 19/26; I am close to the HIGHWAY number but no where near the CITY number.
Does anyone know if there is a pre-delivery Toyota procedure that is similar to the Honda pre-delivery procedure known as the ILP (Idle Learning Procedure). The Honda ILP is "supposedly" done by the techs prior to vehicle delivery. However sometimes it is not and, if you do it yourself after delivery, your MPG numbers will increase dramatically. I know because I just did this on my 2008 Honda Fit which only has about 1500 miles on it.
If there is a comparable Toyota procedure, I would like to know about it so I can re-do it myself and possibly get better MPGs.
#223 of 298 Re: 2008 RAV4 LTD 4x4 3.5L V6 with ~2k miles [watsac]
Aug 09, 2008 (7:08 am)
I don't know what the Honda ILP is, and I've never heard of it at Toyota. What I do know is that your LTD is making a lot of short trips; you have the larger, thirstier engine, with AWD, and you haven't come near to breaking it in - I've seen a dramatic improvement in engine smoothness and MPG after 6,000 to 8,000 miles. ['07 I4 AWD Base] All of that said, I find the most important factor is the driver's right foot. Experiment with different driving styles, and let us know what happens.
#224 of 298 06 Base AWD V6 45,000miles
Sep 12, 2008 (6:53 pm)
Just completed a two week road trip using seven tank fulls. All mileage was with the A/C on, tires at 33 psi, avg 80 degrees F, and loaded with people/luggage.
28mpg - Hwy some rolling hills; 60-75 mph
25mpg - Hwy; 75-80 mph
23mpg - Hwy; 75-80 mph
22mpg - city (Oil changed to Mobil 1 synthetic 0W20)
24mpg - Hwy; 75-80
24mpg - Hwy; 75-80
26mpg - Hwy; 65-75
#225 of 298 Re: 06 Base AWD V6 45,000miles [96gc1owner]
Oct 12, 2008 (7:15 pm)
Did the synthetic oil change your mpg's?
#226 of 298 2009 4wd sport 4cyl
Oct 12, 2008 (7:22 pm)
On my second and third tank I got 24.5mpg's (about 1 mpg less then the computers estimate), I only have 600 miles on her yet, I drive conservatively so I anticipate an improvement after break in. Anyone know when I can expect the break in mileage to improve?
#227 of 298 Re: 2009 4wd sport 4cyl [sage3]
Oct 13, 2008 (3:40 am)
Glad to begin hearing about the 2009 model with the new 4-cyl engine and transmission.
What type of driving are you reporting on? ......city, highway, mixed? If it's mixed, what percent is city and what percent is highway?
#228 of 298 Re: 2009 4wd sport 4cyl [sage3] - Breakin Effect?
Oct 13, 2008 (4:16 am)
When new, my '07 AWD 4cyl averaged only about 21 mpg. At about 5,000 miles, things improved to about 24-25mpg. Now, at 12,000 miles, I'm getting 27-28mpg - 1/3 each city, highway and short suburban trips. 32+ in straight highway runs. I try to have a very light foot. I expect winter grade gas and temperatures to knock 1 or 2 mpg off that. Keep us informed!
#229 of 298 Rav 4 mpg ??? ces1938
Oct 13, 2008 (7:24 am)
Boy I sure envy you guys and the fuel economy that you are getting with your Rav's I have 24500 miles on my 2006 4cyl Rav 4 and get pretty well the same gas millage has when it was new, if I really baby it I am getting around 18 to 21 mpg of gas... at least gas has come down to $2.69 a gallon here so that helps.... I would not think quite so much about it but I sold my 2002 Honda minivan to buy the Rav 4 for the increased fuel economy... but would you believe it but the minivan got better gas mileage than the Rav, especially out on the highway.... needless to say I am soooo disgusted with this car...
#230 of 298 Re: 2008 RAV4 LTD 4x4 3.5L V6 with ~2k miles [watsac]
Oct 13, 2008 (10:54 am)
FWIW my 08 AWD V6 has been getting 26-28 mpg highway and 20-24 city. And I am not the slowest driver on the road...I am at about 8500 miles. I haven't noticed any dramatic change in mpg since I got it, but I don't keep obsessive track, I just do the math in my head when I fill up to check for dramatic changes in mpg that might signal a problem.
#231 of 298 Re: 2009 4wd sport 4cyl [barnowl]
Oct 13, 2008 (4:19 pm)
I drive 50% berbs of Buffalo, but then again in this area traffic moves very well, we rarely get bumper to bumper and 50% highway.
I noticed my Rav's computer mpg estimates have gone up from an average of 25 mpg's to 28 mpg's since the vehicle hit about 650 miles on the odometer.I hope that the mileage will actually go up once I do the figures at my next fill up! I drive about 19k annually so I will update as frequently as the true mpg's change.