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#11 (permalink) Old 02-21-2012, 11:00 AM
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Camry 2000 ce: 18.5 Gas tank

2008 Rav4 I4: 15.9 Gas tank

I am guessing this is why she goes to the gas station more often.
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I have a 2008 I4 with 37000 mi. Usually ~20 MPG around town in winter. 21.5-23 mpg in summer. My mpg went down last summer when I got new tires (from 23 down to 21).

Hwy mpg 24-29 mpg. This is all using regular gas (87 octane). The car is driven very gently.

FWIW, the EP rates the 08 I4 Rav at 21-27 mpg (2wd).

My preivous 99 camry with V6 would get 22-24 mpg in town, and 27-30 mpg hwy.

I suspect the I4 is having to work a little harder than a v6 would. Some days I wish I had bought the v6 (that was my initial plan), but I felt it had too much torque steer.
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unfortunatly driving habbits have everything to do with gas mileage, so we dont know if she's driving like every day is race day or if shes being diligent behind the wheel. so many variables coming into play here its almost impossible to tell exactly what the problem is. Bad tires, misaligned tires, altitude, type of gas, driving habits, ignition system problems (retarding ignition timing waists gas), dirty filter, the list goes on and on and on and on

yeah she may not be the most beautiful thing out there, however I wouldn't trade her for anything. There simply is no light SUV comparison. Go ahead Bluebook it... there's a damn good reason why they hold their value so well
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Some days I wish I had bought the v6 (that was my initial plan), but I felt it had too much torque steer.
For me too much torque steer = too much FUN!

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It's the pedal (or the handgrip) on the right!!
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unfortunately driving habits have everything to do with gas mileage, ...
There's no reason to assume she drives the RAV any differently than she did the Camry.
I'm pretty sure the smaller gas tank mostly explains the perceived lower mileage.
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Very good post, but as others have written, "What is the mileage per amount of fuel?" With the V6 I just took delivery of the liters/100 km, metric equivalent of MPG dropped drastically when I zeroed the dash and re-entered my right foot habits into the calculations. I still have to wait until I fill up, run that down against the amount of km posted and see what I get.

But my sense is that the mileage of this 3.5 in not as good as a 3.3 in a 600 lb heavier 4 x 4. Time will tell. Just for your information and from the LCD cluster I'm getting 20.9 miles per imperial gallon combined. Note: 1 imperial gallon = 1.2 US Gallon or about 16.7 miles to a US gallon combined.

How accurate is that cluster gauge? I will see.
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6 months ago I sold my 06 Rav 2.4,2wd and bought a new 2011 2.5. 4wd. Both Ravs got exactly the same milage with both my wife and I driving. All around driving we maintained 25/26 mpg,and highway of 27.5 mpg average. Our son bought our 2006 and he gets 20 mpg around town and tends to have a heavy foot and does not drive mindfully for efficiency. Efficiency is best achieved with a cooperative relationship between you and your vehicle. Most of the time when milage is not what was advertised and expected, the culprit is usually your right foot. The good news is that you have control of that foot if you choose. By the way, I too have found that not all gas is equal when it comes to milage,as ethenol content is not consistant. Find a station that gives the best milage consistantly and fill there when you can.
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