Originally Posted by Carbon
To compare against the V-6 RAV4, you would have to compare against the Forester XT (turbo) for comparable performance.
Absolutely, but I'm not comparing the 4cyl vs. the V6 in terms of power. I know I absolutely want the V6. I am curious about what to expect in gas mileage with it. I'm not comparing to the Subaru, I am just thinking about compromising over getting an undesirable 4 cylinder at a significant price difference with a supplier discount. Don't want the turbo as I want to gain over what the Tribute got ($150/week gas is killing me.) That's why I stated cheap enough to sway me, as in cheap enough to sway me from my definite V6 to an undesirable 4 cyl.
Originally Posted by SuperT
Also keep in mind the Forester XT requires 91 octane or higher where the Rav's 3.5 V6 only requires 87, so there's an additional cost as far as MPGs go.
My wife just purchased her Sport V6 4x4 two weeks ago and so far she's averaging 19.2 MPG, but that's in stop and go traffic and running around town, no real highway cruising.
Yeah, already use to premium (93, can't get 91 around here) with my VW. As I said though, not interested in the turbo and not comparing the performance of the Subaru and Toyota engines. As for the city driving, the biggest complaint of the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute when we bought it was 19 city rating and everyone getting 16 mpg. I was like
because I beat the snot out of a car when I drive it and I was getting 21 when I drove it for a while. That's the other reason I sat scratching my head was Wifey was averaging 18-19 (before she was working,) then my car broke down and I start driving the Tribute to work and I averaged 22.
Originally Posted by vanib
May be that's because when you are aggressive you get out of the lower gears faster, which is not necessarily bad. Plus you might be getting the engine warmer faster.
Did she start working in the summer/warm weather so weather is just helping the numbers
I think it is the fact that there is more momentum making it up hills. We have a lot of fairly steep and lengthy hills we travel on. I notice when traffic is on the roads, people can't hold their speed on them. They are put putting around at 50 mph, then when they get to a hill, putting it on the floor to try to hold speed. Then again, I may be running 65 mph normally, but I can't stay out of the throttle in my VW when I hit the hills because I love the pull from the torque just rolling the throttle in sticking with 5th gear and hauling some you-know-what up the hills
Wife working, she's been working for 3 years. Drove the Trib 3 years back and forth doing mom stuff, then these last 3 years commuting to work further than I do. Not a quick look at MPG, this is 6 years of numbers (we had a stupid 6 year loan, had 1 payment left when she rolled it from the ice last week in the freak flash freeze we had here in western PA.)
Originally Posted by Carbon
I was suspecting mrogers meant to say she increased her fuel consumption ...
Nope, definitely decreased fuel consumption/increased MPG.