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post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 10:50 PM
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I believe there is a point where any possible MPG advantage of Eco mode is lost....

This would include trailer pulling & hilly terrain where running slighty higher RPM's and maintaining gears longer is desirable.

Lugging an engine is never good, although I doubt Toyota would allow this to happen,
Eco mode sure <at times> seems like it is.
If you have to slam the accelerator in Eco to maintain speed then I doubt there is much MPG advantage.

I ran Eco for the first 2 tanks......since then I've ran Sport mode almost exclusively. It's just so much more fun to drive.

I've gotten around 30.8 MPG (calculated) in Sport mode several times......can't complain about that!

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