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Toyota Yaris Real-World MPG



  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    36.8 mpg in town on my first fill-up for a manual hatchback. I was only down to 1/2 a tank after the initial dealer fill-up.
  • Glad to see your MPG is within the sticker parameters. Most people do not take accurate readings and are always overstating their MPG to make their car look good. I don't know how many SUV owners I have encountered that say they are getting 5-10 MPGs over sticker. NO WAY. They are just trying to feel good about paying $2.95 a gallon and only getting 15 MPGs...

    Love the YARIS S!!!!

  • ctyankee1ctyankee1 Posts: 6
    I have a Yaris Sedan-automatic. I got 36.2 mpg after my first fill. Mostly city and some highway. I have been trying to keep it around 60 on the highway. I absolutely love driving the car (and I am not a car person at all, so this love thing is highly unusual!)
  • solarjeepsolarjeep Posts: 3
    We picked up the Yaris last Saturday. Took a 356 miles trip yesterday of highyway and city (70/30) and at the mileage came out at 38 mpg.
  • I drive I-81 in Virginia and if I drove only 60mph, the truckers would run over me. YIKES. The Yaris supposedly great crash ratings, but I don't want to try it out.

  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    So, just don't drive in the fast lane and people can pass you on the left.
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    So, just don't drive in the fast lane and people can pass you on the left.

    That may work for lightly travelled roadways, but there are many occasions where driving 10-20 mph under the prevailing speeds constitutes an extreme hazard to yourself and everyone around you.

    Try I-95 along the East coast when the center and right lanes are choked with trucks that want to go 70-75! Cars that want to travel at 80+ are in the left lane.

    I drive a sub-compact and my safety isn't worth a couple of mpg. Better to move with the pack.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    If the speed limit is 65 or 70, I'd do that rather than drive below it at 60, but I won't do 80 just to keep up with everyone else. I just don't drive in the fast lane in that case.
    I guess speed enforcement doesn't happen where you drive or you can just take your tickets and pay them. "Everyone else is doing it" isn't a defense.
  • gwschgwsch Posts: 8
    Average mileage over the first 2,000+ miles and 2 months is 33mpg, mostly city driving on hilly Kansas City roads. Liftback with Automatic. Highest single tanks (twice) was 36mpg, 2/3 interstate driving. Kicking in to serious A/C season here, so not likely to do a great deal better.
  • renkairenkai Posts: 1
    How do you guys drive? The yaris is my first car and on my first tank i only got to 280 miles. Do u guys start slow or something? (i drove in streets only)
  • micwebmicweb Posts: 1,617
    Street driving is really punishing to overall gas mileage. I have a freeway commute, my wife is a street only driver. When we switch cars the mileage doubles, or MORE, for me.

    So for an automatic (sticks get better mileage even though the EPA tests don't show that) take the "combined" mileage as a starting point for actual freeway mileage and then subtract 3-5 mpg as a handicap for EPA "optimism" (that you'll drive moderately); then halve that for city driving only. That is a good estimate in my experience.

    Finally, disregard the first tank mileage since dealers are in a hurry to get things done and usually don't "fill" the tank all the way.
  • azyarisazyaris Posts: 5
    I have put 6 tanks of gas in my Yaris S averaging 37.2 MPG althogether. I did notice that the air conditioning takes about 1 MPG off the mileage. I have a 5 speed stick and drive both streets and freeway. I must say that I am pleased so far!
  • randydriverrandydriver Posts: 262
    how many miles have you got on your car?
  • loulloul Posts: 8
    We have about 1,600 miles on our stick-shift Liftback.

    Have seen as high as 38 MPG, but 35.5 - 36 MPG seems more realistic given need to run at decent speed on Freeway and using A/C when doing so for Defrost (during our frequent PNW rains) or for cooling in Summer.

    We did get 38 MPG on one tank, and I am sure by babying it, we could do that more regularly.

    The problem is that my wife drives it faster on the freeway than I do. She says, "It's happy going fast".

    So guess we will settle for 35-36 MPG.
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    37.3 mpg in city on second fill-up for manual hatchback. Took 9.65 gallons with two bars (1/4 tank) still showing, meaning only 1.45 gallons left in tank. I think I will be looking for the nearest gas station if it ever gets down to just one bar.
  • msibillemsibille Posts: 275
    I don't know how many SUV owners I have encountered that say they are getting 5-10 MPGs over sticker. NO WAY.

    Not necessarily true.
    I had a 1994 4 Dr Suzuki Sidekick, 1.9litre, manual tranny that consistently gave me 2 to 4 mpg over sticker. Surprised me. (And yes, as a prof. engineer w/ 20, uh something, years experience, I am adept at basic division of trip meter miles divided by gallons req'd to refill.)

    The bottom line is that the tests do not truly reflect actual driving that most people do, and the effects of those differences may vary w/ different vehicle designs, particularly box vs. sleek and tranny/differential ratios which shift the "sweet spot" of the mpg curve.
    The epa mpg values are meant only for comparison of one vehicle (of the same class) to another. So, I may get more than sticker w/ a boxy Suzuki Sidekick and slightly less w/ my wife's Honda Ody (as the case happens) because the effects of the difference btwn my patterns and the test are not the same for all vehicles I might drive.

    OTOH, if you maintain the vehicle, and operate it conservatively, but still get 20% less than the published estimates, I would look into whether there are other issues.
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  • ronald711ronald711 Posts: 44
    Does anyone know, I am still waiting for my Yaris, but what the manual or real world experience has been on the Yaris, as far as does it have a low fuel light? I heard the last light blinks, sowhen you get down to one bar its solid for a bit then it starts blinking and then your suppose to have a certain amount of gas? maybe 50 miles? or does all the bars disaapear when you are pretty much running really really low? From the sounds of what the person wrote, there is no real way to know how much you really have easily.
  • You are correct on what you say. The light blinks on one bar and you probably do have 50-70 miles left. Just make yourself a note that when it is blinking to fill up soon (doesn't have to be ASAP).

  • camaicamai Posts: 5
    I've got a somewhat unique perspective on the Yaris liftback automatic - we have two of them. Anyway, one has been driven from Houston to LA and averaged 38 mpg. However, three tanks (2 in Houston and 1 in LA)of primarily city driving averaged 25 - 26 mpg. The other car has only had Houston city driving and has averaged a similar 25 mpg on all four of its tanks. Very disappointing. I could say it is my two sons' driving style but the LA tank was mine and I was conciously trying to drive conservative. :(
  • That is what I'm talking about, REAL city driving. I am assuming you mean Los Angeles by LA? Driving 20 miles on LA and OC freeways is completely different than driving on "hilly Kansas roads". The hills mean nothing compared to stop and go gridlock for 40 minutes.
  • azyarisazyaris Posts: 5
    I have about 2600 miles on it. I do drive over 70 on the highway, (when not stuck in traffic!)
  • jrlncjrlnc Posts: 48
    Camai, I'll bet you mean Louisiana by LA and NOT Los Angeles.

    Anyway, I've heard that Texas uses Ethanol blend gas which cuts your MPG significantly. Some Honda Fit owners in Texas have been reporting similar results.

    I drive a Honda Fit in NC which does not use ethanol. I average ~37 MPG in 50/50 city/hwy driving with 100% a/c use. I think that your results would be very similar if you were not using ethanol. The Fit is very comparable to the Yaris in EPA ratings. (The Yaris is just a tad higher.)

    Also, try bumping up your COLD tire pressure to 2 or 3 psi above the recommended level. It won't hurt your tire wear or affect ride quality that much, but it will help improve your MPG. Also consider switching to synthetic oil (like Mobil One) once you do your oil change. They are a little more expensive, but can possibly add to your MPG. Anyway, it's worth trying.
  • camaicamai Posts: 5
    LA is Los Angeles. The ethanol blends have only shown up in Houston the past few weeks. I think only one tank was with a blend and that was the one that averaged 37 mpg on the highway going to west Texas.
  • psu91psu91 Posts: 4
    My first fill up was at 435 miles, and it took 9.7 gallons. My calculations were 44.8 MPG, mostly all highway with 2 bars still on the gauge. Sedan/5 speed.....
  • asa805asa805 Posts: 29
    Ive been doing primarily city driving (probably around 90%) in my Yaris liftback Automatic and have just had my first fillup. IM incredibly dissapointed to be getting 27 MPG!!! I did 270 miles and filled the tank up 10 gallons.

    I havent driven above 70. Admiitadly i do press hard on the brakes and accelerate quickly but i cant see how that would cause 10MPG difference between other Yaris owners.

    Does anyone know if NYC (Queens) has ethanol blended gas and how could i tell which gas stations do or do not use that? Did i get a dud?? :(
  • wave54wave54 Posts: 211
    Admiitadly i do press hard on the brakes and accelerate quickly but i cant see how that would cause 10MPG difference between other Yaris owners.

    I have a 4cyl w/auto and you can indeed lose 10 mpg in heavy city driving. Hard on the gas and brakes will do that!
  • lhansonlhanson Posts: 268
    If the station is selling ethanol, it will state that on the pump.
  • violinviolin Posts: 20
    The entire NYC region (which includes parts of NJ and CT) is required to use reformulated gasoline. Since they stopped using MTBE, we've been getting ethanol. I'm getting very disappointing mileage with my Yaris liftback automatic (I live in NJ). Granted I generally drive 70-80 mph on the highway but I've only been averaging about 30 mpg. Next time I'm in South Jersey, I'll fill up with non-blended gasoline and see what I get.
  • asa805asa805 Posts: 29
    Ok so let me get this straight. Ethanol is cheaper and more readily available than petrol and gas stations are getting tax credits from the fed gov. by using it. And yet we are still being charged well over $3 a gallon at the pumps for significantly less miles per gallon. I understand the whole saving the enviroment bit but somehow I feel like im getting really ripped off here. Please correct me if i am wrong.
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