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Being that the Sport Mode IS selectable (at the push of a button), I usually drive in normal mode. And just select Sport Mode on an As-Needed basis. I usually return to normal mode to take advantage of fuel economy. I see no need to stay in Sport Mode.
Yeah same here. Usually in Normal and Sport when going to an on-ramp or need some extra performance. Works well.
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I was told, when towing put it in Sport Mode all so.
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I have been using Eco on the freeway and Normal the rest of the time. But I am wondering how many MPG I am really gaining with Eco, and what exactly it is doing for me? I should switch to just using Normal all the time and see if the trip summary MPG stays about the same on my commutes.
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I have been using Eco on the freeway and Normal the rest of the time. But I am wondering how many MPG I am really gaining with Eco, and what exactly it is doing for me? I should switch to just using Normal all the time and see if the trip summary MPG stays about the same on my commutes.
It really depends on the way you drive. Yes you can save fuel. But probably not a lot unless you look at long-term.

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I have been using Eco on the freeway and Normal the rest of the time. But I am wondering how many MPG I am really gaining with Eco, and what exactly it is doing for me? I should switch to just using Normal all the time and see if the trip summary MPG stays about the same on my commutes.
I can't say for certain what is happening under the hood of a 2019 RAV4 but generally, Eco can include:

Dulling the throttle response so that the engine receives less throttle than it would from a given user input (i.e. you do the same thing with your foot but the engine throttle result is 80% of normal.

Shifting at lower RPMs

A lower RPM at a fixed cruising speed (say 300 RPM less at 60 mph).
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One thing I’ve discovered is that if you have a model with “rear driveline disconnect” (Adventure/Trail and Limited, I believe), using sport mode seems to disable that. Watching the power-distribution graphic on the mid, I can see all 4 wheels engaging even at highway speeds, whereas in normal or Eco, only the front wheels are powered.


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One thing I’ve discovered is that if you have a model with “rear driveline disconnect” (Adventure/Trail and Limited, I believe), using sport mode seems to disable that. Watching the power-distribution graphic on the mid, I can see all 4 wheels engaging even at highway speeds, whereas in normal or Eco, only the front wheels are powered.


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I noticed the same thing, however with a very very light throttle application, I got the display to just show the front wheels being driven in sport mode. Not sure if that was actually the case 🙂
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I noticed the same thing, however with a very very light throttle application, I got the display to just show the front wheels being driven in sport mode. Not sure if that was actually the case 🙂


No argument there, but that wouldn’t indicate that the rear driveline has been fully disconnected, just that it’s favoring power to the front wheels


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No argument there, but that wouldn’t indicate that the rear driveline has been fully disconnected, just that it’s favoring power to the front wheels


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Yeah, it’s too bad the AWD graphic doesn’t show the state of the rear disconnect system. Highlighting the rear axle without showing power to the rear wheels would work well.

Would be nice to see it during decelerating too.
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My question is really stupid - how do you get it out of eco and into normal? Pushing the button doesn't seem to do anything - what am I missing? When in normal or sport mode, is the mode displayed anywhere? It always just says eco on the dash. I'm sure I'm being stupid so I apologize for that but I would love to have an answer. The car is so jerky and I thought I could try the other modes to see if there are differences.
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