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Toyota RAV4, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#265 of 298 Re: Recently bought 2008 V6 Toyota Rav4 - dissappointed with mileage [barbara51]
Jul 16, 2010 (3:14 am)
I don't know that the tanks are different sizes, just suggesting that a size difference could affect perceived mileage.
I hope the seat adjustment will make a difference for you, as it did for us. Seems to be very critical as 7 clicks down wasn't nearly enough and 9 clicks down was way too much. Your perfect spot may be different.
Just try to adjust so with the seat back in a comfortable spot, the seat bottom is adjusted so your head is just barely off the head rest and your arms "naturally" rest on the door and the console.
Please let us know how this works for you and your gas mileage results.
#266 of 298 Re: Sometimes things are so obvious [kkkk1]
Jul 27, 2010 (7:36 am)
So far my MPGs are
1. 23.99 (mostly city)
2. 22.46 (mostly city - may be I got too many red signals)
3. 25.28 (Half city + Half Hwy + Hills)
4. 27.32 (85% hwy + 15% Hills)
#267 of 298 Re: Sometimes things are so obvious [kkkk1]
Jul 29, 2010 (8:51 am)
What speed were you traveling on #4 ?
What engine and drive train do you have?
#268 of 298 2010 RAV-4 MPG very disappointing...
Jul 29, 2010 (6:12 pm)
I recently traded a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe gas guzzler for a new 2010 RAV 4 FWD 4 cyl. base model, fully expecting to see a vast improvement from my 18 mpg achieved on the old Santa Fe (1st model year of a car not known for good gas mileage). Afraid I didn't trade up very well. After 1100 miles on the odometer, consisting of mixed street and highway, I just found myself getting an average of 20 MPG. The prior tank at least gave me 22 MPG and when I first drove the car out of the showroom in June, I believe the figure was more like 23 or 24. What kind of malfunction could cause such a rapid deterioration in gas mileage, from 23 or 24 MPG down to 20 MPG in such a new vehicle? No change to driving habits or roads: same course to/from work about 125 miles per week, and the usual local shopping mileage (around 25) on the weekend. Already I'm beginning to question whether I should have gone with the Subaru Forester, my other choice. Too late now.
#269 of 298 2010 RAV 4 -4MPG very disappointing..tinkerbello7
Jul 29, 2010 (6:36 pm)
Well my friend, you have just experienced what I did five years ago... with the same type of car, I sold my 2002 Honda mini van and bought the RAV 4 to get better MPG, instead it got worse.... pretty disgusting, but lesson learned, I have owned 4 Toyota's since 2007, believe me this piece of crap will be my last one...ces1938
#270 of 298 Rav4-It is obvious there is a problem
Aug 01, 2010 (2:23 pm)
After reading all reviews, etc. regarding mileage and seat discomfort with the Rav4, there are some issues that Toyota will need to resolve if they want to stay in business. First, they (Toyota) had the recall issues on numerous vehicles, and now I believe there will be lawsuits from customers with back problems due to the discomfort from the driver seat of the Rav4. No matter how much I adjust the seat, after driving for 15+ minutes, my back hurts. The arm rest on the door, and in the middle do not align properly with the body.
I'm more upset that I have to make car payments on it, for the next 3 years. I doubt if I'll be able to trade it in for a good price, since there have been so many complaints.
Any suggestions on how to get rid of the car quickly and painlessly, expense wise?.
#271 of 298 25.1 combined
Aug 12, 2010 (5:11 pm)
With 35,000 miles, my 2009 base 4wd 4 cyl is averaging 25.1 mpg combined. I drive 75% highway, 5% city and 20% suburban. I drive 75-80 mph on the highway and pretty much have a lead foot.
#272 of 298 Re: Rav4-It is obvious there is a problem [barbara51]
Aug 13, 2010 (3:55 am)
You're already into the "it's a used car so it's worth less than new" area; but new RAV4's are selling well, so you might do best with a private sale. JMHO.
#273 of 298 Re: 25.1 combined [a_b]
Aug 13, 2010 (3:58 am)
Those are good numbers for a "lead foot". At least 2 mpg better than my 2007 with a light foot. They're a testimony to the efficiency of the revised I4 engine.
#274 of 298 Re: Rav4-It is obvious there is a problem [barbara51]
Aug 16, 2010 (4:08 am)
Used RAV4s sell fairly quick. They also bring good trade-in value. You can go to Edmunds, or Kelly, and NADA for value of your used RAV4. You need to know that before attempting to trade or sale.
ONE MORE THING ABOUT THE SEAT ADJUSTMENTS:
I don't know which year model you got, but our 09 has a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes. Yours may have it also. That does a lot for "Fine Tuning" the driving position.