Yes LOL I can see this being printed by them LOL in words of Arnold "Thats a good one".Yes, yes, yes - driving continuously in ECO mode can be EXTREMELY dangerous. It may induce death by boredom in passengers and drivers. And it may induce road-rage in drivers behind you.
Starting 2015 Toyota will include the following warning in the Owner's Manual:
"Driving this vehicle continuously in ECO mode in certain urban areas of United States may induce road-rage. Toyota is no responsible for any material losses, bodily injuries or fatalities that may result from ECO-mode induced road-rage."
Toyota has been dispensed from having to include this disclaimer in Canada, though, as Canadian drivers are less prone to road-rage and usually don't carry guns with themselves.
(OK, I was bored. Slow morning)
Yeah, but going back to Eco mode will be hard now, won't it.I decided after about a month of experimenting with the 3 modes to try only ECO mode. That was last August and I drove almost exclusively in ECO mode all last winter. This spring I decided to switch to SPORT mode and I felt like I was driving a race car. I'm now back to NORMAL mode and am enjoying that mode as well. Maybe it pays to switch modes once in a while to not get blasé about the Rav4.
As far as damage from ECO mode - Nonsense. Where's the proof?
I don't think Eco mode is going to hurt anything. The transmission isn't going to let the engine lug hard enough to do any damage. My Rav4 is a 2013 model. It's the first year model they put the six speed auto in and has the vertical opening rear hatch as opposed the the side hinged version with a full size spare, something I wouldn't mind my car having. Anyway, it's the first car I've owned with the different drive modes. When the car was about five months old, I did a little experiment. I put eight tanks of fuel through it in each of the drive modes, normal, eco, and sport. At the time, I had a rather long commute to work, about 80 miles one way so most of my driving was freeway. Also, I was fortunate enough to have a work schedule that didn't require me to commute during peak traffic times so it wasn't that bad a deal. What I found was, that the gas mileage averages wound up being within 0.5 mpg between all three, and eco mode "was not" the most efficient. That wound up being normal mode and sport mode, while being the worst of the three, was so close that it wasn't worth mentioning. These days, I don't have that commute anymore and I do a lot more city style driving. I leave my car in eco mode these days. Honestly, I don't know if it makes that much difference, but I don't think it hurts anything.Hi,
I think the question stems from the fact that upshifting too early, while reducing RPMs and hence saves gas, can cause extra strain to the engine as the pistons have to turn a bigger gear at lower RPM than a smaller gear at higher RPM. This is a basic fact with manual transmission old fashioned gas engines, but I don't know with all the new computer controlled CVTs and engines nowadays. I can tell you that our RAV4 Hybrid had noticeably better mileage in ECO mode until I turned it off, so it def does something. Does it mean I'll have an issue at 150K vs 200K with the tranny or engine? It would be great if someone with real knowledge (that ain't me) could chime in.
2017 Rav4 hybrid SE