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When to use ECO/SPORT modes

Just purchased 2013 rav4 this past week. Began a new job that is 60 miles round trip on hilly highway. I usually set cruise around 70-75mph. If I wanted to achieve best MPG, I am assuming to keep the rav in Eco mode. Im hoping to reach 30+mpg. Thanks for the input!
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Page 209 in the manual will give you a bit of insight.

ECO Mode
- Gas pedal less responsive--helps prevent jack rabbit starts and unnecessarily quick acceleration when resuming cruise control
- Softer shifts
- Transmission shifts into higher gears sooner to maintain lower engine RPM
- Reduces air conditioner compressor draw on electrical system

Sport Mode
- Essentially the opposite of ECO Mode
- Transmission holds gears longer to keep engine at higher RPMs
- Firmer shifts
- Gas pedal very responsive to actuation

I drive in ECO mode 90% of the time. I find that the vehicle provides more than what I need under normal driving circumstances. If for some reason I need a shot of power, I just put the pedal to the floor.
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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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Don't forget there is also a normal mode which is neither Eco or Sport. For the first week I drove exclusively in Eco mode now I keep it pretty much in normal and still average around 30.5 mpg.I use sport mode to enter & exit the highway/interstate system.

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If you have the cruise set at 70-75, you probably will get closer to 28MPG unless you have a tail wind. Although at 65MPH on a long road trip, I have gotten 34.4, but that could have been with a tail wind.
From my unscientific testing though, it seems somewhere between 65 and 70 there is a significant dip.

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During my city commute (w/ light traffic) I don't notice a whole lot of difference between reg & sport. On the HW with a lot of lane changes sport is great. Eco didn't improve my mpg, as it seems the engine is lugging (as mentioned above...). Eco might work better at sea level.
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On my way to work today I stayed in normal mode. I noticed a pretty significant difference between eco and normal. In eco mode the hills sounds like they are going to destroy the engine lol.. def like normal better. hopefully I can get the mpg up to 30+ right now I am averaging 22.7. Granted the car only has 200 miles on it.
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Sport is great if you're stuck in traffic and need to shift lanes quickly. Got stuck behind a stopped bus as the other lane moved freely, hit the sport and juked in easily. The gas and steering response makes this a breeze
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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!
Glad to hear you say that because I plan to drive almost exclusively in Sport mode - it is way more fun.
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Glad to hear you say that because I plan to drive almost exclusively in Sport mode - it is way more fun.
I have driven in eco mode for every tank except one. I have 4000 miles one the vehicle. I have kept track of my mpg on fuelly.com, and I have averaged 27 mpg, with a high of 29.5, and a low of 25. I wish I could average over 30 like some of our members. But then I think there a lot of people that would be ecstatic with 27. I will have to try sport mode once and see what it does. I have a feeling that it will be doing a lot of gear searching on the interstate though.
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