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Hi Im new. I just came out of last 10 years of Prius so I am spoiled with gas consumption.. I had a 08, 10, and a 13 Prius. I just filled my 2017 Rav 4 Xle 4wd, with first tank and only got 20.06 mpg. I live in south Florida, I had it in ECO mode I tried to drive carefully knowing I was going to be in for a shock in my gas consumption, but 20 is unacceptable. I put 231 miles of mixed local and highway 50/50 .My trips average 20-25 minutes. I realize a car needs to break in ..please tell me I will do better than 20 after a while.
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I've been averaging 30 MPG with 50/50 city/highway. Do you use the little green ECO leaf light on the dash for a reference for how much you're depressing the gas pedal? Do you do a lot of heavy braking?

First, make sure your parking brake isn't on. Second, where does the indicator for your coolant temperature sit and how long does it take to stabilize from a cold engine to fully warmed up?

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I was getting 22-23 when my FWD was new, now that it's broken in I'm getting 26-27. That is with 30/70 city/hwy. I only use sport mode now "IMO drives a million times better" and it hasn't really effected my mpg.

Every vehicle I've owned got better after about 1500 miles.
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My point in stating I was a previous Prius driver is that we are VERY aware of breaking, gas pedals, stealth mode. In other words we are "crazy " about how much gas we use and driving correctly to maximize our gas consumption....

seriously..who drives with their parking brake on??
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seriously..who drives with their parking brake on??
People who aren't aware that it's on. 20 MPG is trash gas mileage, break-in period or not. So if it's not something mechanical, then it's your driving habits.

I ask about the parking brake and the coolant temperature because those are the two most common things that you can look for. A stuck caliper is also possible, but extremely unlikely in a brand new car. If the parking brake and coolant temp check out okay, then re-evaluate how quickly you accelerate and decelerate. If you're moving with the flow of traffic instead of focusing on driving economically, you'll get poor fuel economy because everyone drives like a knucklehead.
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My point in stating I was a previous Prius driver is that we are VERY aware of breaking, gas pedals, stealth mode. In other words we are "crazy " about how much gas we use and driving correctly to maximize our gas consumption....

seriously..who drives with their parking brake on??
I was wondering that as well. It's not like the car doesn't flash "Brake On" if you even attempt something like that.

Another thing to try, make sure you don't have a pair of underwear hanging out of the trunk and acting like a parachute.

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My point in stating I was a previous Prius driver is that we are VERY aware of breaking, gas pedals, stealth mode. In other words we are "crazy " about how much gas we use and driving correctly to maximize our gas consumption....
FWIW, driving techniques that maximize MPG in a Prius aren't always the best approach for a gas powered car.

I'm surprised you didn't go for the Rav4 HV instead of the gas model.

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FWIW, driving techniques that maximize MPG in a Prius aren't always the best approach for a gas powered car.

I'm surprised you didn't go for the Rav4 HV instead of the gas model.
The lease was not very good on the HV or the Prius that is why I went with the Rav..they suckered me into a GREAT lease..thinking....

1) I dont drive as much as I used too
2) Price of gas is stable...for now
3) Even at 25 MPG it would cost me the same as the Prius....

I hope I havent made a HUGE mistake
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The lease was not very good on the HV or the Prius that is why I went with the Rav..they suckered me into a GREAT lease..thinking....

1) I dont drive as much as I used too
2) Price of gas is stable...for now
3) Even at 25 MPG it would cost me the same as the Prius....

I hope I havent made a HUGE mistake
I would think that if you've had 4 new vehicles in 10 years, the amounts lost to depreciation on those resales would make the fuel expenses completely secondary.

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I would think that if you've had 4 new vehicles in 10 years, the amounts lost to depreciation on those resales would make the fuel expenses completely secondary.
You obviously do not lease cars..its a different animal than a purchase and too complicated for this forum..Its all about business..
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