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"Thus it was we found ourselves pedalling the new RAV4 through South Australia's Flinders Ranges, with the car's assistant chief engineer Takeshi Sakai in the passenger seat (and his interpreter in the back) asking him why the RAV4 now has a front-wheel-drive/on-demand rear-wheel-drive system when Toyota, in its own advertising, has always championed the cause of permanent four-wheel-drive? Also, how is it possible to claim a fuel economy gain when you're using the same engine in a much larger, heavier machine?"

http://www.drive.com.au/editorial/article.aspx?id=11307&vf=2&bg=31&pp=0


He should have known that :

- Electric power steering (not constantly sapping power from the crankshaft)
- Part-time 4WD (2WD most of the time, 4WD when needed) reduces friction, wear and tear
- Drive-by-wire throttle (giving the computer greater control over the throttle opening)

...should signficantly reduce fuel consumption :roll:
 
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He should have known that :

- Electric power steering (not constantly sapping power from the crankshaft)
- Part-time 4WD (2WD most of the time, 4WD when needed) reduces friction, wear and tear
- Drive-by-wire throttle (giving the computer greater control over the throttle opening)

...should signficantly reduce fuel consumption :roll:
But his point still is somewhat valid - if the car got heavier, the mileage/performance will go down with the same engine all things being equal. Fortunately your points, the alternator setup, and also the lower Cd help fight the extra flab that must be carried around ...
 

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But his point still is somewhat valid - if the car got heavier, the mileage/performance will go down with the same engine. Fortunately your points help fight the extra flab that must be carried around...
Everybody knows that more weight gives poorer mileage, I'd say 99.999% of the people will say it's valid..it's like saying 1+1=2....everybody knows :lol: . But it's possible to compensate for that with the changes in the 4.3 as compared with the 4.2.
 
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