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Toyota RAV4, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#276 of 298 Re: Toyota RAV4 2006+: Real World MPG [steve_]
Mar 06, 2011 (9:46 pm)
Just bought Toyota Rav4 2004, 2WD 2.5L. I drive 90% on heighway with no traffic jam (65-75 mph, 35 miles each day), and around 10% city. It's my first 500 miles on the car. Avarage consumption is 21mpg. What might cause this huge consumption?
#277 of 298 Re: Toyota RAV4 2006+: Real World MPG [yumv]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 06, 2011 (9:57 pm)
2.4L or 3.5?
Either way, the highway mpg should be better. Maybe if you put it on cruise control at 65, maybe that'd help.
Otherwise, check the easy stuff first, like your tire pressures.
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#278 of 298 Re: Toyota RAV4 2006+: Real World MPG [steve_]
Mar 06, 2011 (10:16 pm)
2.5L 4cyl (http://www.toyota.com/rav4/features.html?trim=4430). I tried to drive both with cruise control and without it, no difference. Engine revolutions are usually between 2000 and 3000, I try to keep it close to 2000.
#279 of 298 Re: Toyota RAV4 2006+: Real World MPG [yumv]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 07, 2011 (5:55 am)
That's funny, we call it a 2.4l. I didn't think the 2.5l came out until 2009.
Anyway, you should be closer to 27 on the highway per the EPA rating. Not sure what's going on though. The other easy thing to check is the air filter.
Any owners have any feedback?
#280 of 298 Re: Toyota RAV4 2006+: Real World MPG [steve_]
Mar 07, 2011 (6:55 am)
I was under the impression that the 2.5 liter was introduced in the '09 RAV4s,and models before that used the 2.4L.
Lots of things can contribute to good or poor mileage. Our RAV4 is primarily driven by my wife. She generally averages 22+ mpg commuting the 24 mile round trip miles to work, plus local running around. I generally better that by 2+ mpg.
Where she drives 65-75 when possible, I drive 55-65 mph. She gets 27ish on the freeway and I get more in the 30-32 mpg under the same conditions. While she leaves her foot on the throttle until the last minute when approaching a stop then braking rather hard, I coast to it and need very little brake pedal. While she accelerates to get back up to speed going up hill, I maintain speed and gain the speed going down the next hill on on the flat . She also tends to run close to the car ahead, requiring a lot of getting on and off the throttle.
Try to remember that using the brakes waste fuel, And the more often and harder the breaking, the more fuel is burned. The major difference between hyway mileage and local driving is the use of the brakes. And of course idle time.
Here is a good example of mileage differences. We took a trip of 100+ miles each way.
Giong, the traffic was light and the temp was in the 70s. AC was not used. I drove the posted speed limits in the local portions and set the cruise on 55 on the freeway. Occasionally running the speed up to 65 for a couple of minutes while going down hill. Mileage according to the dash gauge was 35 mpg.
Coming back, Used the AC, drove 5 mph over the posted limits and set the cruise on 65 with the occational run up to 75. Mileage was more like 30 mpg.
Calculated mileage at the pump, end of trip, yielded something like the mid 32 MPH range for the entire 200+ miles.
I expect that the mileage at a consistent 75 X-Way, 5 over local, and AC on all the time would have been more in the 25-27 mpg range.
#281 of 298 Grinding noise - RAV4 2008
Mar 07, 2011 (5:44 pm)
When I back out of my drive way (in reverse), or when driving and press the brakes, sometimes I hear a grinding noise like the brake pads are worn. I took the car to get checked and the brake pads are okay (front and rear).
Has anyone else had this problem.
#282 of 298 Re: Grinding noise - RAV4 2008 [barbara51]
Mar 08, 2011 (3:46 am)
Both the RAV4 and the Honda Ridgeline make a scraping noise when backing out of the garage and/or using the brakes the first time after the car has sat for a period of time, like over night. Worst if it has been raining.
As far as I can tell, it is the light rust that has formed on the rotors while the car was just sitting. The pads are always touching the rotors a bit whether you are using the brakes or not. So as the wheels first start rolling the pads scrape the rust off. If you use the brakes, first thing, the noise will be louder.
You can see the rotors by looking through the "spokes" of the wheels. When you get out of the car, after driving, the rotors will be shiny. The next morning they may have a light coating of rust.
#283 of 298 Re: Grinding noise - RAV4 2008 [kipk]
Mar 08, 2011 (5:54 am)
Exactly correct, barbara51. Although I once owned a Buick that sometimes had a little rust on the rotors, it never made that scraping noise. Harmless either way, in my experience. Makes you wonder about the quality of those RAV4 rotors, though.
#284 of 298 Re: 2010 RAV-4 MPG very disappointing... [tinkerbell07]
Mar 30, 2011 (3:43 pm)
I do not want to make excuses for Toyota but I have a 08 Tacoma that gets 21mpg in the summer but only gets 17-18 in the winter. My friendly non Toyota Mechanic who also has a Toyota tells me that Toyota's do not do well for MPG in cold weather. He says that it might be the fuel additives or the sensors that decide the fuel mixture.
Feb 27, 2012 (7:30 pm)
25.8mpg on daily commute into DC today. No a/c on and 2/3s rural roads with 1/3 downtown DC traffic. Max speed was 60mph on the open roads. Remember the drag is exponential with the increase in speed.