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Toyota Corolla Real World MPG



  • I have almost 15000 mi. on the 06 LE now (auto trans). The milage has improved a little, but I felt it was always good. Oh, I've used a full synthetic oil from the beginning (Mobile 1). The literature states the milage as slightly higher for the standard trans as opposed to the auto, but I believe thats because you pick the shift points in the standard. To actually see the increase you'd probably have to shift a little early, rather than winding out the transmission between each shift. I still get just about 40 mpg on the highway at ~80mph (not too shabby). My only beef with the car is that it rattles somewhere in the rear dashboard. I believe I've isolated it to the area behind and over the rear passenger side seat. I'll probably glue some felt backing on the plastic panels in that area so they dont rub against the metal under the dash. That should stop the problem, otherwise I really like the car. Feels like a much bigger car than my wife's 04 Civic EX. ;)
  • flpcguyflpcguy Posts: 24
    There is a tech service bulletin for models before iNXBR3#E#6Z596819 regarding the air fuel sensor. Supposedly the mfr. process has been improved. The part number is 89467-12010 Sensor, air/fuel ratio. Warranty OP Code 895131 Remove & Replace A/F sensor. This is covered under the Federal Emissions warranty 3yrs/36,000 miles.

    If your dealer's service dept. gives you the run around, go to another dealer or complain to Toyota/EPA in writing.

    Normal drivers should get about 35 City, 41 Hwy even with the A/C on by avoiding hard acceleration. I get 35/41 on my 2006 5-speed so far (only 850 miles). Automatics get about 3 MPG less as the EPA numbers indicate. Those EPA numbers are 78% of the actual test loop mileage under ideal conditions, to better approximate real world driving.
  • rar256rar256 Posts: 2
    Thank you for verifying my mileage with 2006 standard trans. People think I do not know how to compute mpg. I have been driving Toyota's since the downfall of VW in the 70's and except for early rust problems they have served me very well. MY only wish is that Toyota would develop some form of a heating element for cold weather driving so mileage would stay the same year round. Thanks for the new info.
  • theflushtheflush Posts: 100
    I finally used a full tank of gas on my new used '00 Corolla VE 5 spd. In about 80% rural highway (2 lane, no lights or stop signs, but lots of hills and curves causing lot a braking and acceleration) driving, mostly with the AC off since the weather has been nice lately, I used 9.848 gallons to travel 394.9 miles, which is over 40 MPG.

    I can live with this kind of fuel economy.
  • 40 mpg at 80 mph in auto? Outstanding. I wish I would get close to 40 in my 03. I know that 06 has drive-by-wire, but the diffrence in mpg should be nominal.
    What's your secret?
  • duster497duster497 Posts: 7
    I bought my Lola on May 19th after my money sucking 98 Olds Cutlass wound up in the shop again. With the Cutlass, we were getting about 18-20 around town and about 25-28 on the highway. Granted, that's a V6 and a lead foot. After a month of mostly city driving, some A/C usage and cruise control usage, I'm averaging just under 31MPG around town. I'm a lot easier on this car with my driving habits, but once in a while I get the car a movin'. Took my first 'highway' trip that had a dash of big city traffic thrown in, with some A/C and big hills, we still got 34MPG on that trip. Per, that's right where the numbers should be for my car. I'm super thrilled that my 10yr old Corolla with 159,XXX is still cranking out great mileage.
  • I bought my 2006 Corolla S last September. My commute is 100 miles per day 85 of which is on the interstate. With the cruise control at 65 mph, I get 38 mpg. Exactly what the EPA estimate is for highway. The worst I have had is 35 mpg when most of the tank is used for running around town and driving hard. Using the AC backs it down to 36 mpg highway. The price is gas is no longer an issue, unless I want to compare how much money I'm saving compared to what I was spending on the same commute with my Tundra or the young guy blasting by me with the dodge super bee pickup truck.
  • Is Engine Braking with the manual transmission hard on the engine or transmission? I use 3rd gear to coast down a mountain. The engine is turning about 4000 RPM at 55 MPH. I have read that this is detrimental to fuel economy, but I usually get my best MPG on Skyline Drive(driving between 35-40 MPH;mostly in 4th gear). My overall summer average is 39 MPG with 50-50 city and highway driving. On my mountain trips, I get about 41.5. Best ever mileage has been 43 MPG. What a great car!
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    No, but it is hard on the clutch if you are not rev-matching on the downshift into 3rd.
  • serbradserbrad Posts: 2
    before my accident :mad: , my 97 DX was giving me 33 mpg in the city
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    My old Corolla DX was consistently giving me 33 mpg's with mixed driving so I was pretty happy. But in '03, the paint had faded beyond repair, white, and I was just itching for something cheap & new.

    The Sandman :) :)
  • i just got this car and it had 9000 miles on it. I went to on a road trip (Raleigh,NC to Athens, GA). I kept the AC off the whole way and obeyed the speed limits (well pretty closely) and averaged 39mpg. Any thing else i can do to get better mpg
  • We took our first trip in the Corolla. It was just under 1000 miles round trip from Rochester, MN to Door County, WI. About 1/3 of the trip was interstate ranging from 70-75 mph. The rest was anywhere from 25-60 mph. There are some steep hill in Door County that strained my engine a bit. We had the A/C on about 3/4 of the trip. I was very good with my driving habits in Door County. On the trip out we got 37 mpg, around Door County 38 mpg and the trip home got 39 mpg. I'm so thrilled with these numbers, it was almost the highlight of my trip!
  • da_ctda_ct Posts: 1
    My 2005 Corolla LE (Automatic) gets 30 to 31 MPG on average, using regular (87) gas and doing about 2/3 highway and 1/3 town driving. Best it has ever done with all highway driving is 34, and that was on 89 octane gas. It seems quite low compared to the EPA. Wondering if anyone thinks this MPG is within reason or would it be considered poor?
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    .....was getting 39 highway with the AC running 75 MPH. I have recently changed to full synthetic oil and I now inflate the tires to 33-35 PSI instead of the 30 psi that's recommended. I'm now getting 40 MPG. The secretary at our office has an '03 5 speed and she said she has gotten as high as 43 MPG with hers. I don't know any of her driving conditions though. Also, I'm not buying the claim that the '97 model is more aerodynamic than the later models as was claimed earlier.
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    My wife has a 2006 Corolla S ( auto ) with 3,000 miles, and with mostly city driving she is averaging about 34 MPG on 87 octane. Couldn't be happier with it. :)
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    My '99 5 speed also gets 39 highway with A/C, 73 MPH, not in mountains. I set my tires at 32 psi.
  • beantownbeantown Posts: 228
    Also, I'm not buying the claim that the '97 model is more aerodynamic than the later models as was claimed earlier.

    I never saw anyone make this statement in this thread myself, but I can tell you that I have a '97 Corolla and it is 5 inches shorter than the current model. It may or may not be more aerodynamic, but it definitely deals with less wind resistance as a result of its (lack of) height.
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,030
    dsouth posted a message in this topic (post #43) saying the '97 was more aerodynamic than the '99 model. What he said he experienced can hardly be considered accurate. He could've very well experienced totally different conditions while driving the '99 as compared to the '97 because the comparison wasn't conducted by experts under controlled conditions. Also, it's very rare in this day and age that a newer model ends up having a higher drag coefficient than its predesessor. The newer models are almost always more aerodynamic. While vehicle length has no effect on aerodynamics, vehicle height does, but I'm not so sure the '99 is any taller than the '97. If it is, it's very marginally so and probably not enough of a difference to make it noticeable while driving.
  • nomikalnomikal Posts: 3
    Does the CE get lower gas mileage than the LE. I see from a couple of sites that it gets around 33mpg highway while the LE and S types get around 38...Is this true or a misprint?
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,680
    The automatic from those years was a 3 speed, instead of 4, so yes, the CE only gets 33 mpg. Now, all automatics have the 4 speed auto.
  • 2006 Corolla LE Manual.

    Driving from Telluride to Denver -- 322 miles, I used exactly 7 gallons. 46 mpg on the dot. I had one adult passenger and luggage. Speed ranged from 50 to 80, averaging 70. Maybe there was a tailwind. I doubt the total elevation lost of 3000' made a difference.
  • Before my 98 corolla le gave up the ghost in a car accident (see my post under the 200K miles section), I was getting a solid 33 mpg on the freeway and 30 about town. Then I got a rooftop kayak rack and the numbers plummeted to about 24 highway. I always kept the tires well inflated, didn't really carry around any extra weight, and mostly just drove with another passenger. I usually do btw 65-75 mph in dry, mild california weather. Given that our gas prices are well over $3/gallon, I looooved that mileage without the rooftop rack.
  • I think they are already dumping the winter fuel additives in... average is down to 35mpg (granted, 60/40 city/highway)
  • I love my new 06 Corolla S - great look and ride. But after 3 tanks - still only getting 22MPG around town (no highway driving at all). Can I expect this to go up to the 30's like everyone else gets around town?
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    My wife has a 06 Corolla S ( auto ) with about 3800 miles on it and she is getting 30+ with all city driving. We live in North East Ohio and I don't think they started adding the winter fuel additives yet, so this may change. However the mileage has been very good with only one tank full under 30 mpg since we purchased the car in May and that was in August when she ran the A/C constantly. If you are use to driving a bigger car with more power you may have to adjust your driving habits.
  • So far, I filled up 3 times in the 3 weeks that I have the 2007 LE. 2/3's highway miles and 1/3 city. Averaging 31 MPG. Hope to do a little better soon. It's got 900 miles on it.
  • My average is right around 37-38mpg highway. During the summer I'll peak at around 44 and in the winter drop down to about 34.

    My '88 FX has 207k miles on it and is in tip top shape.
  • kenymkenym Posts: 405
    I live in North East Ohio and I believe they start using winter fuel additives around the end of October. My wife's 06 Corolla S was averaging 30+ since she bought it in May.
    However since the end of October her mileage has dropped to about 27 or 28 mpg. Nothing in her driving habits has changed. We still fill up at the same place. Still use 87 Octane and the car seems to run and idle the same. Just the difference in the mpg. I was told the reason for the winter fuel additives is to prevent fuel line freeze up. The gas itself wont freeze but the condensation in the lines could freeze and cause the car to stop running. I believe they remove the additives around the end of March or early April.
  • Wow. You really keep track of your car's MPG.
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