Originally Posted by Fecalboy
winter gas + cold weather = crappy mileage
it will get better in the spring
i have 2009 rav4, 2.4L, base 4wd
i second to this ... since i bought the vehicle end of july this year ... and consuming gas is not a burden until end of the fall ... :--),
but now, it's WINTER time, dropped to -28 to -31C ... wow!!! my vehicle is a DRUNKEN MASTER !!!!
just for info, estimated from regular distance from 30 to 45KMs: from July to middle of November, i purchase 20$ (22-23L of regular gas) that lasts for 5-6days ... now, winter time, lasts for 3-4 days ....
so we speak: plugging your block heater 2-4 hrs before using the car may reduce gas consumption just from heating your engine, and it helps to reduce pollution :--)