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Toyota RAV4 Real World MPG

steverstever Posts: 52,683
Please report on your RAV4 mileage here (2006 and later model years please).

Include your odometer reading, city/highway mix, driving style or anything else you think may help others compare their mpg with yours. Thanks!

Steve, Host


  • Do you have the V-6 4wd model?

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    Mine has 6500 miles on it now and it gets 24 MPG with mostly city and some highway miles. It gets 28 MPG with strictly highway miles. The cars I've owned in the past got get better then the EPA ratings. Actually, this is the first car I've had that gets at or less than the EPA ratings. I think I'll wait until I get about 10 thousand miles on it before I decide Toyota pulled a fast one.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    The EPA does the rating, so I don't think you can blame Toyota!
  • katezkatez Posts: 1
    I'm new to this board and finding the discussions very interesting.
    I'm surprised at the poor mpg being discussed here. I have 2500 miles on my new Rav4 and am getting anywhere from 27.6 to 30 mpg. (lower when hubby drives it/higher for me)
    I took it to the dealer today 'cause the front windows rattle when they are down about 1/3 of the way. I was told that they took the panel off and noticed that the window shifted when it was going down and there is nothing they can do about the rattle. They even stated that this is "probably a design flaw". I'm not too happy about that.
    I purchased the 4 cyl and would opt for the 6 next time around.
  • bob777bob777 Posts: 19
    I have a 4 cylinder 2WD. I have about 7500 miles on it now. Gas mileage is still about the same.
  • bob777bob777 Posts: 19
    I hear you, but why is this the only car I've had that does not get at least the EPA rating.
  • lirlir Posts: 81

    What MPG are you getting after 7500 miles? I have 1300 miles on mine (4 cylinder, 2 wheel drive Ltd.) and still only getting 21.6, mostly city. Like you, I get over the EPA for all of my cars (Civic, Accord, Lancer).
  • jimd4jimd4 Posts: 877
    Well the EPA rating is 28MPG Highway I think and your getting 28 MPG highway. And Toyota is pulling a fast one?
  • gpurkgpurk Posts: 13
    25.7 MPG on my limited V-6 4X4 all highway on 3rd tankful.
    Happy because my dealer said it would get better as it gets broke in. Will be happy with up to 30 MPG on all highway and 24 city/highway combo.
  • avrguy73avrguy73 Posts: 26
    Between 21-22 4wd and 4 cylinder 87 octane.
    Real time milage.
  • bob777bob777 Posts: 19
    I have not taken it on the highway recently, but with strictly in town driving I'm getting around 23 MPG with about 7500 miles on the car.
  • wiley1wiley1 Posts: 2
    Just turned 4000 miles on my RAV4 4WD V-6 Limited. I have been consistently been getting between 25-26 MPG on 75% hwy, 25% city driving.
  • rgurinrgurin Posts: 1
    I have 7200 miles on my RAV4 V6 Base (2WD). I average between 25 and 26 miles per gallon. 80 percent of my driving is highway, but I'm also burning extra gas stuck in traffic.

    Recently, my wife and I took a trip to the Smoky Mountains, and for the entire trip, I averaged about 22 mpg. However, there was lots of city driving and idling involved.
  • I have 4x2 4 cyl with 11500 miles on it.

    I am getting somewhere around 27-28 now highway miles, before it was around 24-25, with full load 20 highway.

    But now I the engine got very noisy. :(

    Haave most of the problems described on Edmunds forum.

    Windows rattle, i was told that it is a design flaw. Was fixed,noise came up again, they are going to replace the whole power window system.

    Electronics is glitchy. Had wird stuff with LCDs, nonreadable symbols. VSC and ABS were lit up for several weeks, cruise control didn't work until they cleared computer memory second time.
    These are hard to verify problems... I have to run to a dealer every time I see it, otherwise they wont believe me. They joked on my RAV4 saying I got Ford Explorer. And everytime I come to the dealer all management comes out and looks at the problems saying WOW this is first time we see it. liek it helps. Toyota Motor Corp does not want to do anything yet. Lemon law doesn't fit yet... So I have no clue what to do with it.
  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    I have been tracking my mileage since purchasing the RAV in April. After 2800 miles I'm averaging 24.7 mpg. I would say my driving has been about 60% local (not really city) and 40% highway. I did have one tank where I got 26.2 mpg. That was due to about 70% highway driving. If you use a little common sense - no fast starts or rushing to get to a red light - the mileage seems pretty amazing to me.
  • roman1roman1 Posts: 12
    My first tank of gas on a Base Model 4x2 (4 cylinder)in San Diego, California was 26.44 mpg. :) Not bad if you read the considerations below

    Note: first 1/2 of the tank drove by myself w/out AC. The other half I had full load 4 passengers (still w/out AC). The results were based on aprox 65% highway & 35% city driving.

    I will keep track of the future results ;)
  • jarekjarek Posts: 24
    On my first full tank I have made 17.8 mpg on 91 octane. So bad!
    I drove mix 60% highway / 40% city with the A/C all the time on. Highway speed was 75+. 30% of the distance I drove with 4 people in.
    Hope that my mpg will improve but there is a clear disconnection of my result comparing to all the others that post 20mpg+ on this site.
  • drohrerdrohrer Posts: 37
    Drove our new RAV off the lot and headed home (35 miles) and the next morning headed to PA. (800 miles) We averaged 25.38 mpg on the trip out East. (Me, the wife, my daughter and tons o'crap) Freeways and tollways trying to vary the speed (60-75mph) a few extra stops along the way to admire our new car. Oh yeah I4 4X4 Limted.

    Flying back out tomorrow to pick up my car...and my family. Will report on the return trip MPG.
  • risarisa Posts: 14
    Hi all!

    I cannot make accurate calculation on my mileage use per gallon. When I pick up my rav4 it was full tank, then when it was 1/4 tank left I put about 10 gallons and then when it's almost empty, but empty light not showing yet, I fill it up again about 13 gallons. Is it really 15.5 gallons to fill the tank? now Its almost empty again and I have 860 miles on it.
    So, this is how I figure it out.

    if the dealer put 15 gallons, then i put another 10 gallons plus 13. Total 38 gallons.
    860/38. So I only get 22.63/gallon I'm not impress. This is about 15% highway 85% home to work with few stops with a/c on. :cry:
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    If your tank is "almost empty" then you do not know how much fuel you have used very accurately. You will calculate the mileage by dividing the miles driven by the actual amount of gasoline consumed.

    tidester, host
  • michael47michael47 Posts: 1
    Why doesn't Toyota offer a continously variable transmission or at least a 5-speed automatic with its 2.4 liter engine? It would significantly improve fuel efficiency. I have a 2004 RAV4 now and would gladly purchase a new one if the fuel efficiency was significantly improved.

    Michael in Houston
  • heel2toeheel2toe Posts: 149
    It is especially perplexing that they are only offering a 4 speed AT on the I4 RAV4 given that the Camry uses the same engine and is equipped with a 5 speed.
  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    I don't know about the CVT but I doubt that the 4 cyl has enough torque to use the 5 spd that's used in the v6
  • heel2toeheel2toe Posts: 149
    Toyota sells a 5 speed AT hooked into the same I4 engine in the Camry.

    Unless there is some strange engineering principle at play here, I'd say that means including a 4 speed AT on a new vehicle design like the RAV4 is a cost-cutting measure.
  • selimselim Posts: 4
    I am getting 26 highway and about 20-21 city mileage with 87 octane. No matter what I do I couldn't increase the city mpg. Other than this over EPA problem I really like the RAV4.
  • thecatthecat Posts: 535
    I don't know about strange engineering. It's a rather simple principal. The RAV weights more than the Camry.
  • heel2toeheel2toe Posts: 149
    I highly doubt that Toyota has problems having the engineering expertise to mate a 5 speed automatic transmission to the I4 RAV, but that's just me.

    Manufacturers know how to game the EPA ratings process and it has been compromising highway mileage ratings for years...
  • roman1roman1 Posts: 12
    My second tank of gas (87 Octane) in San Diego, CA was 25.84 mpg. :) . It is slightly lower than my first tank, and it's related to the heavily AC use. It's been hot down here last week. Results based on 70% highway & 30% city. I haven't driven higher than 72 mph yet. Mostly keeping higway speed at 70. :D
  • tadams01tadams01 Posts: 1
    4 cyl. 4x4 base
    1st full tank, city driving with AC on 24 mpg.
    2nd tank mostly rural highway 29.5 mpg, and packed with band equipment and AC cranked.
    So far I'm very pleased with both the mileage and the vehicle.
  • spacewagonspacewagon Posts: 16
    4cyl, 4x2 base, 3700 miles

    today: temperature 75c, tire presure 40 Psi, no wind, speed 70mph, 7 hours pure flat highway, 30.38mpg
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    temperature 75c

    Of course, you meant 75 F. (75 C = 167 F)

    tidester, host
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