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Toyota Highlander, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#52 of 302 Re: Toyota Highlander: MPG - Real World Numbers [steve_]
Jan 18, 2007 (10:15 am)
My 2003 HL 4cyl. 4x4 has 37,000 miles. City driving,(and I mean NYC stop signs every other block + traffic lights at every main intersection), yields a consistant 16 mpg.
My highway driving is mostly upstate NY, Rtes. 87 & 17 (mountainous), gives me 24 mpg. My best recorded mileage was 26. The sticker said 17/24, so it's not that far off. Of course tire condition and driving habits affect mpg's dramatically. LOVE MY HL.......
#53 of 302 Re: Toyota Highlander: MPG - Real World Numbers [rpell46]
Jan 20, 2007 (6:20 pm)
Believe you're mistaken about sticker rating. V6 awd has 18/24 rating and 4 cyl awd has 20/25 rating.
#54 of 302 Re: 2002 Highland 4 Cyl. Front WD Auto Trans mileage [fcblaze]
Jan 20, 2007 (6:22 pm)
My 2004 4 cyl fwd at 65 gets at least the 27 rating. Heavy stop and go traffic is 18-19 mpg with 30 mph max.
#55 of 302 Re: Toyota Highlander: MPG - Real World Numbers [typesix]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 20, 2007 (7:08 pm)
Edmunds says the 2003 Toyota Highlander 4 cylinder AWD is rated at 19 mpg / 24 mpg. (2WD 4 cylinder gets 22/27 and the 2WD 6 gets 19/23; 4WD 6 gets 18/22).
#56 of 302 Re: Toyota Highlander: MPG - Real World Numbers [steve_]
Jan 22, 2007 (7:05 am)
Thank you for the correction....except that now I don't feel as good anymore..
Kidding aside, NYC "city" driving is horrendous when compared with the "city" driving of any NON-major city.
All trips are "short-hops" with constant stop signs and traffic lights....not to mention the "snails and drivers who have no clue where they are going".
So, even with a 19/25 rating, my 16/24 average is acceptable in my situation.
#57 of 302 Re: Toyota Highlander: MPG - Real World Numbers [rpell46]
Jan 22, 2007 (7:21 am)
16/24 is excellent in those driving conditions.
#58 of 302 Re: 2002 Highland 4 Cyl. Front WD Auto Trans mileage [typesix]
Jan 27, 2007 (3:39 pm)
Glad to hear that some are achieving the 27mpg. Do you still have original tires? I'm wondering if a different kind of tire might help.
#59 of 302 138000 mile report
Jan 27, 2007 (5:56 pm)
I hope this forum is a proper place for this message, just a random report after 138,000 miles.
I bought a 2001 V6 AWD LTD with leather, heated seats, JBL, moonroof, tow pkg and more.
We've loved in since before day 1. Mileage is a problem. Not the MPG's. I just can't stop driving it. Real world New England, mix of hi-way (no towing, just the package), city, suburban has constantly shown 18.9 on the car's message board, matched by tank-by-tank mileage checks. First 30,000 was 19.4 on Bridgestone OEMs, but after switching to Michelin Cross Terrains, 18.9 has been the norm (premium every time, though).
Sadly, despite the 18.9, I can't seem to get over 23 on the hi-way (72 on cruise most times). The '01 had a 4 speed and newer 5 speeds should be better.
Reliability has been, as expected, bullet-proof. The car was purchased on 3/31/01, 6 weeks after the New England debut. Battled quite a bit to get a remarkable discount (end of quarter?). Brakes replaced front (rotors too) and rear at 70,000. Fresh natural oil every 3k, rotate 8k.
Between traction control, vehicle skid control, AWD and ABS, I have never been able to skid or spin a tire on this vehicle (and believe, as a Massachusetts driver, there are more than many opportunities to try both often!
One disappointment is the interior color choices. Perhaps marketing it as 'an SUV your wife will let you buy (or will buy herself), two pastels seem proper to Toyota, but I hope that new Tundra has graphite or darker inside or they blew it big-time in the USA.
Hope these experiences help someone. They helped me. We just added a 07 RAV4 LTD for my wife. Expecting more of the same.
#60 of 302 Re: 2002 Highland 4 Cyl. Front WD Auto Trans mileage [fcblaze]
Jan 28, 2007 (5:38 pm)
Yes, still have the original Toyo Transpath A11 tires. The tires are not very good in anything more than light snow.
#61 of 302 Cold weather effect on mileage
Feb 04, 2007 (10:00 am)
Drove 205 miles yesterday, about 80% freeway at 72-74 mph, the rest around town. It was single digit (F) temps most of the day. Averaged 18.1 mpg. Same trip in the summer would yield around 21 mpg.