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Toyota RAV4 Real World MPG



  • ces1938ces1938 Posts: 61
    Yes drohrer, I certainly believe you are right about the 4 speed transmission, other than the difference in aerodynamics my 2005 Camry with 4 cyl and 5 speed transmission will avg all most 30 mpg with no problem, and the car out weighs the Rav by about a 100 lbs...I would be happy if my Rav average gas mileage did as well as yours , but it does not, I blame it on the transmission and the cruse control with no doubt, I sold my 2002 Honda minivan and bought the Rav to get better gas mileage and I will be darn if the Rav gets worse mileage, the van out weighed it by almost 1000 lbs and had a 240 h.p. V6 engine... GRRRRRR
  • lirlir Posts: 81
    I thought the MPG was revised to 23-29...Still seems like the range is huge, even with the same kind of vehicle. I get 21, but I've seen people getting a lot more. Doesn't the 2006 get the same as the 2007?
  • gilvkonagilvkona Posts: 31
    I have a 2006 2WD. My average driving is mostly around town and about 30-40% on the interstate. I average about 24 mpg. If I do a little more highway driving, I get about 25 to 26 mpg. The worst I have ever done is 22mpg when it was almost all around town. I have driven it cross country and on mostly highway trips. On those jaunts, I get 29-30 mpg at 70-75 mph and the A/C at full blast. Also, I have luggage for 2 plus a 70lb dog. The best I ever did was a long mildly downhill route from AZ to somewhere in UT. The A/C was off, I had the cruise control on, and I did the speed limit or less which was 55mph. I got 32mpg.
  • gpurkgpurk Posts: 13
    We also purchased our 2006 RAV V-6 4X4 for hopefully better mileage. We had a 1999 V-6 Toyota Mini Van that was getting about 20 mpg and the RAV is only getting about that. Best was 24 mpg on all highway.
  • gerardgerard Posts: 4
    I have a problem i parked my veh on flat surface and when i went to take out the key i was not able to remove from the ignition i tried turning the steering wheel and shift selecter on console but to no avail , has anyone had this problem, i used to have a problem where wheel(steering) would lock up once in awhile but i could move it and it would then allow me to start or shift. any info would be appreciated
  • I have a 2007 V6 4wd, and I'm not pleased with this vehicle at all. Now granted I live in California with its awful, watered down fuel, I've been completely let down by the Rav4 on the highway. With my speed set at 70mph, which is the limit here in so-cal, I've managed at best 22mpg, with my city averages down in the teens. One time I managed only 206 miles to an entire tank of gas with mixed driving. I only have 7300 miles on this thing and I bought it back in March. I'm truly disappointed with the performance of this thing considering the stereotypical claims that Toyota gets great gas mileage and is extremely reliable. :mad:
  • I bought my Rav4 a month ago and though I love it, the mileage is nothing that it's supposed to be. I am getting about 21mpg at the most and I'm not happy about that. I just called the service dept at the dealer where I purchased it and was told that you cannot go by the EPA estimates....ummmmm, yes I can. It's wayyyy off and not ok. He said that unless you live where there are no hills, with no A/C on and don't go over 55 mph, you won't get the 24-30 mpg that they claim.
    Well, I had a Highlander for 6 years and the estimated 18-23 was exactly right so how can this be so off? Something is not right here at all.
  • dtowndtown Posts: 20
    2007 Toyota RAV4 2WD
    Average user estimates are based on data from Your MPG users rather than official sources. Since the source data cannot be verified, neither DOE nor EPA guarantees the accuracy of these estimates.

    6 Cylinder, 3.5 Liter, Automatic (5 speed)
    We have revised the 1985-2007 EPA MPG estimates to make them comparable to EPA's new 2008 MPG estimates! Click to learn more about EPA's new MPG estimates.

    Number of Vehicles: 2
    Average User MPG: 22.2
    Range: 21 - 24 MPG
    Updated On: 09/17/2007

    Average MPG State Driving Conditions Estimate
    Last Updated
    Stop & Go Highway

    1 23.6 TX 09/15/2007
    2 20.9 GA 50% 50% 08/24/2007
  • Well considering that disclaimer and the fact that I've owned two Hondas that actually performed better than their claimed fuel mileage averages, I guess I have a great excuse to return to the big H huh?
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    I dont believe AC drops MPG that much at all if any. I have run my cars with AC off and gotten exactly the same MPG. As far as hills living in florida I dont have to worry.
  • I agree with gunga64, I have driven cars with A/C for nearly 50 years and other than back years ago when they had the old piston type air conditioners I have never seen the A/C lower the mpg, in fact there have been tests that show on the highway with the A/C off and the windows down the mpg was worse... I think the problem that causes our lousy mpg is two things, the four speed trans. and the lousy cruse Camry has a 4 cyl, five speed trans. and cruse control and will get 30 mpg on the highway under any driving conditions.. what it boils down to, is Toyota screwed up big time with our Rav 4 and we are paying for it... GRRR :lemon:
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Our tests back that up: We Test the Tips

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  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    Well, my former 4 cyl 89 Camry with auto tranny got 40 mpg on highway with no AC and 36 mpg with AC on, verified on many trips at speeds of 60-65 mph. Consumer reports states that their testing on a sample of vehicles indicates a 10 percent penalty with AC on. Yes, windows up with AC on may save compared to windows down and no AC, but if you really want to see if AC eats gas test with windows up with no AC and then windows up with AC. Of course windows up with no AC in hot weather is not desirable.
  • I had a 96 Camry and I have a 2005 Camry all four cyl and automatic, they both would easily get 30 mpg plus, but I never could tell the difference with or with out A/C, and usually around here with the turnpike driving the speed usually is 75 to 80 mph, speed limit is 75 mph here in Oklahoma on the turnpikes.... but boy this Rav 4 with auto and 4 cyl sucks... Charles
  • I don't mean to be rude but I don't see how anyone would buy a four wheel drive SUV four cylinder or not and expect to get similiar gas to a sedan. The SUV weighs more and has more drag applied to it because of the taller driving position.

    Also and I am not sure if anyone has mentioned this but I do not believe the gas tank of the rav4 is 15.9 gallons. I have run my own down past empty a few times and upon refilling I haven't needed more then 14 to 14.5 gallons. I also use a tool called scanguage II which works like a standard car trip computer and have proven to be very accurate ( only a few percentage points off at most compared to paper calculations) and my mileage is consistently in the low to mid 20's for an average. Consumer reports gives a rating of 22 mpg combined driving of the v6 and i concur. Now this is based on standard driving. Hills and other things will decrease mpg. Just look closely on those window stickers they give a range of mpg for city and highway and just display the best numbers in large bold print. I think if u reasses u will find that the gas mileage is right where it should be
  • ces1938ces1938 Posts: 61
    The Rav 4 and the Camry's weight the is same except for only a few pounds, I believe it said the Camry's weight was around 7 lbs heavier with the same equipment... You are right about the drag tho, the SUV has more, that was one reason they rated the Camry's mph higher...I don't have a V6 or a 4X4 or I would not be unhappy with the mpg...I was going by what they told me it would get, my Honda mini van beats the Rav and it had a big V6 and weighed 4100 to the Rav' 3300... don't make sense does it...Charles
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    Don't understand your response as it doesn't address AC topic.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    I don't see how anyone would buy a four wheel drive SUV four cylinder or not and expect to get similiar gas to a sedan.

    I don't think anyone is suggesting that you should get the same mileage in an SUV as you would get in a sedan. Many people do like to compare their mileage with what others get and try to improve their mileage.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • ces1938ces1938 Posts: 61
    Reference messg. 139, I didn't say anything about the A/C because I can not tell any difference using or not using the air conditioner, to me since the rotary compressors on A/C' they just don't take much power away from the engine as the piston compressors..again to me the A/C is irrelevant to fuel economy...I just se :lemon: :lemon: :shades: t mine where I want it and never turn it off, if it is cold than the heater kicks in and the A/C does not work unless the heater is set on defrost...
  • I was getting around 24-25 highway mpg until it was mentioned to me to use the cruise control. I comute 70 freeway miles per day and I try to keep it under 70mph and I now get 27mpg with my Rav4 6 cylinder.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Had a unique opportunity to drive two different trims this weekend. The onward journey (one-way rental) was in a 2007 Rav4 Limited/4WD (15K miles), and I got 23.8 mpg with 90% freeway driving.

    The return was in a friend's brand new Rav4 Limited/2WD (63 miles at the start of the trip). This one returned 24.9 mpg with 90% highway driving. I drove it with the idea to allow proper break-in (kept speed around 65 mph, minimal braking).
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    I used 8.5 gallons of Toyota's full tank to go 225 miles for a 26 mpg average. That was equal amounts of Jersey suburban errands, parkway cruising @ 60mph and Manhattan traffic, taking things VERY easy with the new car.
  • pathtomaxpathtomax Posts: 215
    I know a lot of people comment about the MPG they are achieving on their RAV. Do any models actually have a trip computer?
  • cbmortoncbmorton Posts: 252
    Not in North America (overseas models are available with one). But you can buy a small device like the Scangauge that plugs into the OBDII port and performs all the same functions as a trip computer, and more.
  • ces1938ces1938 Posts: 61
    Hey what the heck is a "Scangauge" or a "OBDll" I think you went over my head with that one guy, ha,ha... :cry:
  • I have a 06 Rav4 Sport 4x4 and have the same issue with my gas mileage. I consistantly average 22mpg which is way off the sticker amount. So, you're not the only one with this issue. It's making me think about looking elsewhere too.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Or you can calculate. :)
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    Took my third tankful into maximum Manhattan traffic; went 150 miles on 6.5 gallons [including 100 miles of parkway driving] for a 23 mpg average. Not good enough, but I'm hopeful a straight run to Montauk coming up soon will give better results.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    If you drove quite a bit in serious traffic, 23 mpg on AWD doesn't sound too bad.
  • verdi942verdi942 Posts: 304
    I'm seeing 60mph @ 2200rpm in top gear on my '07 4cyl RAV4 AWD. It seems about right, but I can't find any specs about this anywhere. Does anyone know? Thanks.
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