Originally Posted by Methix
how fast do you drive? how much do you accelerate? i usually drive 70-80mph and i noticed that my mileage drops horribly going that speed. the MPG for cars is calculated going normal speed (~55mph) and going any faster really kills mileage unfortunately..
I remember reading ages ago that once you're over 60mph the mpg really drops off..
I don't wish to drive like a granny but I do now tend to stick to around 65mph and you're with a different set of drivers - no mad-eyes breathing down (or up) your exhaust - and you get there just the same, less frazzled and with more fuel left over too.
I'm really aware of the accelerator pedal feel now so I only give the car enough to make it go (at the local speed limit) and no foot down hard to shoot off anywhere - in town there's little point as there's either a queue or traffic lights in 50 yds anyway. That does help a bit.
When on the motorway I usually take my shoes off and drive in just socks and that trains you very well to feel where the point between power on and off is - it translates to town driving and is a good education for your right foot.
Calculated and quoted mpg is done on a rolling road at a constant speed in artificial conditions so although the claim is genuine for the mpg it doesn't relate to the real world and driving situations.
There's no getting away from the fact that the RAV is inefficient though