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Hi everyone,
I am thinking at buying the Rav4 hybrid but have no experience of them. I have test driven one and was impressed to the point i'm ready to order.

Just want some info before i do. Does the electric side of things come into play at motorway speeds of 70mph and above or is it non functional or does it assist the engine. if it doesnt then surely running a 2.5 litre engine at them speeds would not be very economical.

Is it only town driving where i would benefit.

Hope thats clear.:laugh
 

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The 2.5L 2AR-FXE Atkinson cycle engine itself is very efficient at highway speeds and the traction motors do assist at highway speeds when conditions are right, you can see it on the energy monitor display. Consumer Reports got 36mpg @65mph on their 20 mile highway test which is a 10 mile section of public highway, both ways to account for terrain and wind, fuel measured independent of the vehicle system. I get at least that.


http://www.rav4world.com/forums/109...world-mpg-your-hybrid-rav4-7.html#post2020065


http://www.rav4world.com/forums/109...2-2900-mile-road-trip-report.html#post2182418


http://www.rav4world.com/forums/109...brid-beats-epa-mpg-highway-falls-well-sh.html


http://www.rav4world.com/forums/109...d-ev/226817-highway-speed-sweet-spot-mpg.html


http://www.rav4world.com/forums/109...eak-fuel-efficiency-speed-highway-speeds.html


http://www.fuelly.com/car/toyota/rav4/2016?engineconfig_id=288&bodytype_id=&submodel_id=


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_AR_engine#2AR-FXE
 

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I recently averaged 35.7 mpg over an entire 2800+ mile trip. It was 90% highway driving, usually at the legal limit +1 or +2 (i.e., 71 or 72 mph). As already mentioned, if you accelerate rapidly or encounter a steeper than average grade (my trip took me through Pennsylvania on I-80), you'll see the electric motor activate in the energy monitor. It is totally transparent and as soon as the load is removed, you are back to the gas engine only.

Around town, it is possible to get up to 35 mph or so on the electric motor but this requires painfully slow acceleration so it's not practical if anyone is behind you. You could certainly motor around your mall parking lot on electric only though.

Here is the link to the thread I started for that trip.
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/109...rid-ev/235602-2900-mile-road-trip-report.html
 
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