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Toyota Avalon Real World MPG Numbers

kkovakkkovak Posts: 16
edited March 6 in Toyota
Just a question about mileage and expectations.


My 2003 has about 12,500 miles and I bought it in August 2003. For the life of the car I have averaged 20.7 mpg. I average about 175 miles per week. My drive to work is only about 1.5 miles each way. This past October we drove from eastern PA to Ann Arbor, Michigan. The best tank I got on that trip was 29.7 mpg.


I don't think I have a lead foot. My feeling is that I should be getting better mileage than this. Are my expectations unrealistic?





  • abfischabfisch Posts: 591


    That is what most of us get. I am not sure of your expectatins but this marries very well with real world mileage for this vehicle and comes very close to the EPA 21 city/29 highway.


  • I have 7,300 miles on my 2003 xls. The best I have ever gotten is 18.5 mpg in my city driving and I get about 26 to 28 on the road. I would be very happy if my mpg was as good as yours. I took the car to two dealers to have them check it and they both said the everything was set to factory specs and that it should get a little better when I put more miles on the car. I am not sure I buy that argument anymore since it has not changed since I bouhgt it. Did your mpg improve as you put more miles on your car??
  • finfin atlantaPosts: 588
    Your Avalon is doing fine. My '03 gets 27 mpg on the interstate, average, loaded, running 70 plus mph. The '99 XL I traded could hit 30 mpg but not the '03. Town mileage in your case is difficult because the work trip is so short. Nothing gets warmed up. It isn't really possible to get a meaningful average in 1.5 miles (IMO). Take care of the car, you have a good one!
  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    My 2000 XLS is averaging 27mpg 80/20 interstate/city driving. It was bought with 47k miles on it already.

       I have bought several new cars over the last 12 years. It seems that my Foreign cars (Toyota, Honda, Infiniti, Nissans) gas mileage improved a few MPG around 14k miles. My GM's Fords, Buicks really never did. The day I drove them off the lot I got the same mileage as I did 1 year later. Others have posted that the Foreign makers (Japanese) build such a tight spec engine that it takes about this long for the intial friction from a new engine to "loosen up". While I can't support this scientifically, I have seen it in action a few times.
  • We have 3,300 miles on our 2004 xls. The gas mileage has been poor: averaging 17.6, mostly around town (5 mile commute, lots of lights). To me, the alternator sounded too noisy/whinny, like a vacuum cleaner. I took it in and complained about both. The dealer tested the alternator and replaced it, and said they couldn't find anything with the gas mileage. We got 18.8 on the next tank. Maybe that difference was the alternator, maybe not.


    I'm still disappointed with the mileage: we do better with our 93 camry v6, and of course we got better still with an 86 tercel wagon.


    I expected to average 21 with mostly around town driving. Did I get a gas-mileage lemon?
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    This topic is for Avalon owners to report their actual MPG.

    "Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • mikes.mikes. Posts: 335
    With a 70/30 split, 70% being highway, using mostly 87octane gas and doing sustained speeds of upto 80mph I'm getting 28.3 mpg. I have just over 6K miles on my 05 Avalon LTD.

  • kkovakkkovak Posts: 16
    In message #594 I asked for feedback on mileage. At that time with about 12,500 miles on the care I averaged 20.7 mpg and the best I got was 29 on a long distance trip. Now at 17,500 miles the lifetime mileage is up to 21.2 with the last 5000 miles giving about 22.6 mpg. This past weekend was a round trip from Eastern PA to Cincinnati, OH, totaling ~1000 miles and we did 30.5 mpg for the whole trip. Almost all interstate running about 70-75 mpg with a fair load in the car.
    From everything I have read, I guess I am quite satisfied.

  • bobw7bobw7 Posts: 2
    With 700 miles, the two fill up MPG calculation is 17.5. The blue screen MPG gauge has never gone below nor over 17+ MPG. There has been no sustained highway driving. I am concerned because my experience with my 87 Maxima was that the on board computer MPG reading varied from mid teens to the 70s and the actual was 17 to 18 MPG all around and 22MPG highway. Any suggestions? I have not yet contacted the dealer.
  • benkaybenkay Posts: 8
    I am happy to report that during my recent trip, I was able clock 34 MPG on the blue screen. This was done by driving somewhere between 55 and 65 MPH on mostly flat paved road with about 75F ambient temperature. AC was kept off and cruise control was set at all time. Driving at 80 MPH seems to get about 27 - 29 MPG. Does anybody know what the optimum speed is as far as MPG goes?
  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,161
    Does anybody know what the optimum speed is as far as MPG goes?

    A mechanical engineer once told me that you get your best gas mileage at 45 mph.
  • benkaybenkay Posts: 8
    A mechanical engineer once told me that you get your best gas mileage at 45 mph.

    Is that for 2005 Avalon specifically or any vehicles in general?
  • jimw2jimw2 Posts: 2
    With all the features the Avalon has, I'm sure there must be a way to reset the MPG on the screen display. My local Toyota service department says that capability is not available. Anyone know how to reset it on the 2005 Avalon Limited?
  • basikbasik Posts: 1
    I own a 2000 Avalon XL with 43k.
    The problem is Gas Consumption. According certificate, it must to use 21 miles p/g in city and 29 - in HW. I'm using car 70% in HW and 30% in city. But I've got real gas consumption 20 miles p/g.
    In the my local service station told me that "It's OK, don't worry." I was amazing: Toyota promised me one thing, I've got another one...
    Please, help me to make decision.
  • toyotakentoyotaken Posts: 897
    First, the EPA estimates on the window stickers are just that, estimates. If you look at the bottom under the larger numbers, you'll see an average range for the gas milage for this particular vehicle. It will also depend on your driving habits and conditions. Even if you do mostly highway driving, if you only stay on the road for 5-15minutes at a time, you'll have much lower milage than those who run for hours at a time. You'll have to give us some idea of your other driving habits/conditions to give us an idea if there is a problem or not.

  • jimw2jimw2 Posts: 2
    I am sorry to answer my own question, but after further reading of the owner's manual, I now see that the mileage is supposed to reset after each refill of the gas tank. As I have yet to do that, I'll wait to see if the manual was correct.
  • deaniedeanie Posts: 172
    If you want to see impressive mpg #'s, fill up your gas tank at a station near a flat highway (or on the hwy better yet), and then drive at 60-65mph on the highway w/the AC off (or on if you have to) for 20+ miles and you'll see low 30's (high 20's w/AC on). Unfortunately, Toyota wasn't smart enough to realize that most people would really like to know what their instantaneous fuel economy is at any given moment. You'd think that would be the fuel economy readout they'd give us, and not the entire tank average that anyone in any car can calculate on their own.
  • drb05drb05 Posts: 24
    I just bought touring and drove around 75 miles. Blue screen says 21 mpg on highway drive constant speed. Gas was fully topped at dealer when i took the car.

    Please let me know if the numbers are messed up or my car is.


  • gordo7gordo7 Posts: 1
    I've had my black touring edition since February and have consistently seen mid 20s with about 50/50, but on the long highway trips, it easily reaches 30 to 31.

    Great car!

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