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Toyota Highlander, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
Sep 30, 2011 (5:39 am)
Hi all, just wanted to add my two cents. Recently purchased a used 2009 Toyota Highlander w/ the 2.7L engine and FWD. Basic car, mileage was 26.6K. With about 70% HWY, driving non-aggressively, and tires inflated to 32 psi, I am averaging 28.5 through 3 tanks of gas. I'm happy with that number. Curious- does anyone know if its possible that driving faster on the highway like, 70 mph, might be more efficient than 60? Seems strange, but my second tank (where I averaged driving faster) was somewhat higher than my first tank.
#285 of 302 Re: 2009 HL 2.7L MPG [chunky_mike]
Sep 30, 2011 (4:45 pm)
No, mpg will be worse at higher speed. More air drag to overcome and engine has to spin faster. Only way I see higher speed being better is perhaps on steep grade, the engine will have more power output and tranny may not downshift and raise rpms.
#286 of 302 2012 HL Base w/4cyl - MPG
Nov 21, 2011 (9:37 am)
We just purchased a 2012 Highlander w/ 4CYL engine and have about 2000 miles on it. My wife is consistently getting 25.5 mpg in suburban Texas driving. I get about 24 when I drive it. We have yet to take it on a road trip but short (20-30 miles) on the highway show us getting about 27 mpg at 70 mph.
We are very pleased with this vehicle. It is quiet, comfortable, seats 7, and still gets 25 mpg in day to day driving. Power is fine. I have a Ford Expedition that feels about the same in the power to weight ratio. The only difference is that it gets about 16mpg day to day.
Will update MPG after a road trip next month.
#287 of 302 Should I buy a 2010 Highlander Limited 4x4?
Nov 23, 2011 (4:50 pm)
I have an opportunity to purchase a 2010 Highlander Limited 4x4; fully equiped with only 11K miles for just 30K (it is a lease repo, and has already been checked out to ensure it is sound). My only concern is that after reading through the forum, it sounds like people are getting crummy mileage with theirs. My driving will be approx 75/25 city/hwy. Should I pass on this? I was hoping to move into an SUV from my older Infinity.
Thanks for your comments!
#288 of 302 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [steve_]
Nov 27, 2011 (8:58 am)
I now have driven over 9,000 miles on my 2010 FWD 4cyl Highlander. I'm still achieving a higher MPG than its EPA ratings (20city 25 highway)... on Avg 50/50% Hy/city driving I can achieve a avg of 24-25mpg & on a avg 80/20% Hy/city I can achive 27-28mpg.
#289 of 302 Re: Expected better miles per gallon? [rma581]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 27, 2011 (11:09 am)
Well, you missed the deadline for the news story by a few months, but I'm sure the other owners here would like to hear your secret.
Do you keep an egg under the gas pedal?
#290 of 302 MPG update after 900 Miles Road trip (4cyl)
Nov 29, 2011 (9:07 am)
This past weekend we drove from Dallas to Houston (320 miles highway each way) and then drove around Houston about 250 miles which was a mix of hwy and city driving.
Dallas To Houston (320 miles 65-80 mph) = 23.3 mpg
In Houston (250 Miles 50/50 City Highway) = 24.1 mpg
Houston to Dallas (320 miles 70-85 mph) = 21.9 mpg (strong head winds)
If my wife drives she usually gets 2 mpg better than I do. We have 2000 miles on the HL now.
*All representations of driving in excess of posted limits are purely fictional and for illustrative purposes only*
#291 of 302 MPG Update (4500 total miles)
Feb 13, 2012 (3:28 pm)
Not much has changed on our 2012 Highlander w/ 4CYL engine.
My wife still averages about 25.3 in day to day suburban driving; including school drop offs and grocery runs.
When I drive it the mpg still drops off by about 2mpg.
We were considering a GMC Acadia type vehicle before but we are really glad to have the HL. I think we have saved about $250 in gas already over that type of vehicle in similar driving conditions based on what my BIL gets on his Acadia. Over the course of a year we will save almost $700 in gas! That might be chump change for some of you but I am glad to keep the $ in my pocket.
#292 of 302 2012 Highlander SE V6 4x4 gas mileage
May 13, 2012 (8:07 pm)
I drive mostly in city (NYC-lots of traffic lights, so stop and go), and my gas mileage is about 12 mpg; about 50% less than listed/advertised/EPA mpg.
On the highway, I get about 20.
May 22, 2012 (11:53 am)
just an update- with 36K miles on my 2009 HL 2.7L FWD base, I am averaging 28 mpg w/ as much hypermiling tricks that I can stand. I'm doing 75/25 HWY/CITY. Switched to Bridgestone Ecopia 422's which has helped w/ handling and NVH.