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Normal, ECO or Sport

I recently purchased a 2013 RAV and love it. I live in a rural area and was wondering which mode to drive in normally. Normal, ECO or Sport? Would appreciate any feedback. Also, when traveling on the Interstate which mode is recommended? Thank you
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Welcome! First course of action when you have questions is check the owner's manual, if you don't have one, you can download it on the Toyota Owner's site, read the Driving Procedures section. You'd use normal mode for highway travel, eco mode for city to help achieve low fuel consumption during trips that involve frequent accelerating, sport mode for powerful acceleration and driving in mountainous regions.

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Personally I never use Eco. Too f'n annoying. I use normal in winter and sport in summer.

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Eco mode is like throwing out a boat anchor. Sport around town and Eco on the Highway.
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Sport is more fun, that's what I drive normally.
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FWD or AWD? I have a 2014 LTD AWD and go back and forth between normal and eco. Wondering what kind of mpg you get on sport only? Hwy I see no difference between the three, but city there's a huge difference.

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5 months ago I got a 2013 Rav4 Limited.
I just hate driving it on eco mode, so I drive in sport all the time.
Coming from a '99 Dodge Durango 5.2L V8, gas on the Rav4 in sport mode is pretty good.

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I much prefer ECO mode. Throttle response is more linear. Power is still there when you need it, only have to press the go pedal more.
I would bet that full throttle in all modes delivers the same power and transmission response.
My GF likes the Sport mode.

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2017 Hybrid XLE AWD and I always do ECO. I just enjoy 32-41mpg using it.
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I use SPORT sometimes, but most of the time NORMAL in manual mode. I feel like the transmission tries to get into a higher gear too quickly, which makes the RAV4 feel lethargic.

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