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Toyota Corolla Real World MPG

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,092
This topic is for Corolla owners to report their actual MPG.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates


  • jim56jim56 Posts: 3
    My 2003 Corolla (standard trans) gets 44 MPG on the highway - no kidding!
    I live in Texas. I usually drive 60-70 mph.

  • ganggang Posts: 16
    MPG seems to depend on quite a few factors: driving habits, road condition, weather (wind, rain, temperature, etc), speed, traffic condition, etc.

    My experience with '03 Corolla LE Automatic is that the car is VERY sensitive to weather temperature, much more sensitive than a couple of other cars I have driven. With 70% highway driving, my numbers vary between 32 MPG under 20 F in winter and 40 MPG above 90 F in summer.

  • toyotacortoyotacor Posts: 2
    My 2 week new corolla gave me 32 mpg with mixed city and highway driving with AC on all the time in hot TX weather. I know that my driving is not fuel efficient friendly so i will be happy that i get 35 mpg once the car goes through its first oil change. Still this 50% better than my old car - 1996 infinity g20 which gave 20-25 mpg in the city-highway driving conditions.
  • Hi all,

    I have a 2005 Corolla S, Auto - purchased March 30, 05 and now has 7741 miles on it. (100 mile commute per day).

    Of my hour long commute, 1/2 is at 75mph 1/2 is in stop/go 20 - 55mph.

    May actual fuel economy is 31.93 mi /gal with an average fuel cost of $2.06 per gallon. I use 87 octane, and have changed oil once - planning to switch to synthetic at my second oil change at 10k.

    I track everything on my PDA with Two Peaks Personal Vehicle Manager, so I have up to date stats all the time.

    I've replaced the stereo and speakers - just didn't like the sound of the stock stuff, but other than that nothing on the car has been changed. Though I am thinking about putting in a dash kit to make it look a little more fun.


  • giantkillergiantkiller Posts: 273
    I'm getting 38 MPG in mixed city and highway driving here in Houston and nearby suburbs. For trips of 50-100 miles on the freeway, I'm getting 42 MPG. I have an automatic and always have my AC on.
    I have the S model with extra value package and I paid 15500+TTL last January. The fit and finish, the sporty look, plush interior and MPG, I'd say it is a good buy.
  • toguytoguy Posts: 20
    My 2002 Corolla LE has consistently returned MPG in the high 20's in (Toronto's!) winter and low 30's in summer (35% city/65% hwy). Despite the fact that those numbers are lower than what most people quote here, I'm happy with them since my driving style is probably the reason I'm getting them (i.e. a/c-heating on all the time, frequent revving to 4000+ rpm to overtake slower traffic and jackrabbit stop-light starts/stops!)

    Having said that, Consumer Reports had 29 mpg on average with the same Corolla, so I'm not doing too bad.

    Also, I had a 96 civic before and, despite the fact it was much less powerful, it consumed about 15% more fuel under the same circumstances.
  • I have a 2004 Corolla LE with an Automatic transmission.

    When i am not using the A/C in normal driving conditions I get about 29-30 MPG in the city. During the Summer when I am using the A/C (90-115 degrees) I get about 26-29 MPG.

    With about 90% freeway (65-75 mph) and 10% heavy city driving I get 35+ MPG on a tank.

  • nmrtnmrt Posts: 56
    my corolla gave me 39-40 mpg on a drive from atlanta to philadelphia. i was driving at 70-75 mph all throughout with the ac on.
    nowadays i get 34-36 mpg highway and city combined but i know that just on the highways i still get 39-40 mpg consistently with ac turned on.
    my driving habits are between two extremes -- at times i meticulously follow the corolla owners's manual guidelines for optimum fuel efficiency by chaning gears the the therin mentioned speeds. but at times i become a maniac trying to suck every once of horsepower the car has by changing gears at high rpm.
    in all, i am very happy with my mpg but i wish the car had more POWER!

    people, if you get a change upgrade your stereo and speakers. i did and you have no idea what you are missing. perhaps thays why you havent upgraded them yet ;)
  • City gas mileage 27 with air conditioning, 30.5 without. Highway mileage 36.4
    at 65 mph, 34 mpg at 75 mph. 7700 miles on the car.
  • My poor S was totalled last week....trying to decide if I should get another. I had it for 13 months. Mixed driving I usually got around 34...mostly highway I would get around 40. I miss my car and have to buy a new one soon, although no dealer seems to be able to find "my" car, ABS/Sidecurtain etc. :cry: Stupid 16 yr old kid
  • Whoops...forgot to say that I had 13600 miles on my car (used it to commute).
  • I purchased a 2005 Corolla S automatic with expectations of getting good gas mileage. I started out getting about 33 on the highway and 26 in the city. With only 4000 miles on the car and primarily city driving, I am now getting about 20 in the city. I am confused and somewhat upset. My husband's Highlander is getting close to 20 in the city.
  • How do you drive?
  • Hi- I am in the market for a new car. I am particularly interested inMazda 3, Honda Civic, and Toyota corolla. I am having a hard time finding 5 speeds and one of the toyota dealers I visited told me that the automatic corollas actually get better MPG than the 5 speeds do. Oh by the way he only had automatic corollas on the lot. He was incorrect wasn't he?
  • Yes. Stay away from him. Consider this, the guy lied about an information that are readily available to you as a consumer (brochure).
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,682
    Even if you find a stick to test, you may have to do a special order to get a stick with the options you want. I had to do this back in '98 when I was trying to buy my '99. Takes up to 3 months, but it's worth it.

    The salesman was probably lying, but maybe just mistaken. Some automatics do get better mileage than the same car with a stick. It just has to do with the gearing of the final drive ratio.
  • Still get about 700,000 km on a 40L full tank. Driven at over 70+ mph most of the time. Change the oil every 4,000 miles or so. Just a beautiful dependable car. I can't believe it, but is still have all the original exhaust system parts. Haven't had to change the muffler yet. This car is like the energizer bunny. It keeps going and going and going.....

    I wish women were as dependable as this car is.
  • I am getting about 35mpg in city and 41 mpg in highway.
  • earthearth Posts: 76
    I am getting about 35mpg in city and 41 mpg in highway

    How in the dickens are you getting 35 mpg in the city ? Was it rated at 29 mpg city on the sticker, which normally no one gets ? Don't you have any stop lights ? I have the new Civic EX coupe and starting out with 25 mpg city only driving and the lights are red real long here in my city, sometimes between 2 minutes up to three minutes...The window sticker said it might get 30 city and 40 highway, which I have not driven on yet....
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    What year is your Corolla? I just bought a '99 LE manual and I'm hoping to get that many trouble-free miles from this one as well. It currently has 64.6K and it's probably just getting broken in. What kind of fuel economy do you get with your's? Is your's a stick or an auto? I'm hoping to see at least 40 MPG with mine on the highway. Because it's a manual, it should do a little better than the auto.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    I know many vehicles don't get what the EPA ratings says they'll get, but there are exceptions to that. I had a '98 Intrepid that was rated at 28 highway, and I consistantly got over 30, and one time I actually got 36 with it. My '93 Tercel consistantly gets over 40 (and that's city/highway combined), and I have actually gotten as high as 52, and I doubt its EPA rating was anywhere near that high. Also, one of the secretaries who works at our office has an '03 Corolla with a stick which she says pulls a consistant 44-45 on the highway. I'm also expecting to get over 40 with my newly acquired '99 Corolla manual, but I haven't had it long enough to check the mileage yet. I will report my results when I do.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,682
    My '99 LE manual gets 38 mpg on a 60/40 highway/city summer gas using AC.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    That's pretty good. Could I assume your strictly highway mileage would then be in excess of 40 MPG, or have you never checked that? I'm also guessing (because I haven't seen any published figures) the latest generation Corolla gets slightly better fuel economy than the previous generation? Toyota seems to be pretty good about not only increasing the power output of any given engine as it becomes more technically advanced, but they tend to increase its fuel economy as well. Honda is good for this as well.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,682
    Hard for me to get a good check on strictly highway miles, because this is my commuter car. If you look at the EPA estimates, the latest generation ('03-06) does get a little better mpg than my '99.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    looking at EPA estimates as they don't give you "real world" numbers. For example, the EPA highway rating for a new Corolla (equipped with a manual) is 41 MPG, but real world numbers are considerable better than that. I'd rather get the numbers straight from the horses mouth as I believe they are more representitive of what actually goes on.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,682
    I agree with you about getting real world numbers, but since I don't have them for all highway, the best I can tell you is that the '99 is EPA rated at 39mpg highway. The newer generations are rated higher, so I would assume that you could do better with a newer model. I have also read many people are not getting what the EPA says - much lower. But since everyone drives differently, and in different situations, the best you can do is the EPA ratings. What YOU actually get is something else.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    ....the mileage on my '99 5 speed. I drove 355 miles on my last tank of gas. 318 miles of that was all highway driving with the cruise set at 70 MPH. The rest was city driving. I averaged 35 MPG. I suppose you could 38 or 39 MPH out if you were to drive an entire tank on the highway with the cruise set at 55 or 60. Though I was expecting more than 35, I guess tha't not too bad and I can live with it.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    ....I drove 394 miles (again mixed city/highway, but mostly highway), this time achieving an average of 39 MPG. I don't know why my mileage was so much better this tank than during my last. My driving habits were about the same. At any rate, I'm not complaining, 39 aint too bad!
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