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Just filled up my first tank and based on how many miles I drove and how much gas it took to fill up I got 43.5mpg. I was surprised as the dash mpg indicator said 40. First vehicle I have had that under estimates! Very happy with the fuel economy so far. I’m planning to put on a slightly more aggressive tire that is an inch larger, hoping that doesn’t make too much of a negative impact.
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The same thing happened to us. I was guessing that the dealer topped up the first tank and then the pump at Costco stopped a bit early. Even accounting for that we got over the 40 mpg displayed. We filled at 450 miles with the display saying 44 miles to empty. It will take a few more tanks to be precise but so far so good.
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I thought the tank was 14.5 gallons? Still that is 150 miles better then I am currently getting. What was your combine driving highway versus city?


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I thought the tank was 14.5 gallons? Still that is 150 miles better then I am currently getting. What was your combine driving highway versus city?


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I think the miles to empty actually leaves at least couple of gallons in the the tank. It freaks my wife out but I've gone 50 miles past "empty" in our Prius when on a road trip. For that vehicle, that is using one additional gallon.

That tank included about an even mix of city and highway. We drove from Colorado Springs to Denver, about 70 miles, then back the next day. Displayed MPG to Denver was 44, return was 40. It is more downhill than up to Denver, more uphill coming back. I'm very happy with those numbers, especially at a mile high and above.

Two day ago we drove from home at 6,200 ft to 8,000 to 6,600 to hike, then back again, over 110 miles round trip, no interstate. Displayed MPG 44!
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Three quarters of the way through my first tank and I'm only getting 30.4 mpg. My commute consists of very short trips (3 stops within 5 miles), lots of hills and a stop light/sign at almost every corner. Still much better than the 11 mpg I was getting on my '02 Highlander though.
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Three quarters of the way through my first tank and I'm only getting 30.4 mpg. My commute consists of very short trips (3 stops within 5 miles), lots of hills and a stop light/sign at almost every corner. Still much better than the 11 mpg I was getting on my '02 Highlander though.
Yes, short hops, especially in cold weather, really cut mileage in a hybrid because the gas engine won't shut off at stops until the engine is warmed up.

You need to take a nice road trip and see how you do!
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I think the miles to empty actually leaves at least couple of gallons in the the tank. It freaks my wife out but I've gone 50 miles past "empty" in our Prius when on a road trip. For that vehicle, that is using one additional gallon.

That tank included about an even mix of city and highway. We drove from Colorado Springs to Denver, about 70 miles, then back the next day. Displayed MPG to Denver was 44, return was 40. It is more downhill than up to Denver, more uphill coming back. I'm very happy with those numbers, especially at a mile high and above.

Two day ago we drove from home at 6,200 ft to 8,000 to 6,600 to hike, then back again, over 110 miles round trip, no interstate. Displayed MPG 44!

I was considering the AWD Prius but I figure the RAV4 would be better for long trips. Still 40mpg would be great can't wait until I start seeing better discounts.


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The only 2019 Rav4h on fuelly.com after 5 fillups is showing 34.5 MPG. Lets get more showing there and see what the real number is.
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The first tank was 38mpg... on second tank and a little more then a 1/4 tank used I was getting 41mpg. My reading after filling is now 43 mpg, and I'm doing Jersey hills .... very impressed.
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Normal driving, mixed freeway and city. First tank was 38. Subsequent tanks have been 40-42. Super happy so far. Just turned on predictive efficient drive or whatever. Let's see how that does.
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