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I have be doing a lot of reading on this and other forums. Iwant to create a place where technical ininfomation could be accessed easily. What I am insterested in is what makes the V6 in the RAV4 is unique (both in power and fuel efficiency). I have seen posts that mention The electronic power steering system contributes to the fuel efficiency and other posts that point out that the alternator alters the rate that it recharges the battery base on driving conditions and that affects the the fuell economy. Those are just two examples....I'm sure they're more. That's not to mention the dual VVTI which should impact power and economy. I am not the most technical engine guy, but I think it is helpful to know what we are buying and why. LET THE EDUCATION BEGIN!!!!
 
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With all respect due, no other manufacturer's 3.5 or better v6 in an SUV application matches both the power and fuel efficiency of the Rav4 V6 as of this writing (correct me if I'm wrong). Your response is factual in regard to the competition, but I don't want this tread to be a debate. Just facts about why this 269hp V6 SUV can get 21/28 mpg.

Another example would be the 4WD system being intelligent enough to decide when to be two wheel drive and when to be four wheel drive (appears to be done to remove undue burden from the engine).
 

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Syadasti -- The VUE (which didn't get Honda's V6 powertrain until 2004) is EPA rated for 20/28 in front-wheel drive configuration only... Slip an AWD transmission into the mix and it drops to 19/25. :roll:

The RAV4 with a more powerful V6 (that was not borrowed from Honda) achieves 22/29 in 2WD and 21/28 in 4WD. The four-cylinder is an even more miserly 24/30 (2WD) and 23/28 (4WD), again beating the VUE's 23HP lighter four, if only by a point or two. :D


Boombstc -- Something like these? 8)

Toyota's "Simple Slim" Cuts Cost of [RAV's] 3.5L
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3050

Details on Toyota's direct-injection 3.5L V6 (Lexus IS350 variant)
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2989
 

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If it was delivered in Oct 03 it was an 04. Tony is correct.

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Karrock, I have a FWD V6 J35 vue and it was delivered in october 2003, not 2004. The latest version of the J35 puts out even more power and is even more fuel efficient with VCM.
 
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karrock said:
Boombstc -- Something like these? 8)

Toyota's "Simple Slim" Cuts Cost of [RAV's] 3.5L
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3050

Details on Toyota's direct-injection 3.5L V6 (Lexus IS350 variant)
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2989
Exactly like that !!! Thanks Karrock :wink: Just so you know I ordered the exact same model and color as you did. Can't wait til it comes.

Can we stop talking about Saturn now? This supposed to be a techinical thread about the rav's V6 and thefeatures that help it operate economically.
 

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Syadasti -- Yes, you specifically said "I got it in 2003". But I know for a fact that the 2003 VUE V6 had an anemic 181HP General Motors V6. Just so we're clear here (which you should have clarified in your original reply), what model year is your VUE? 2004 or not?

RAV4: 0-60 in 6.3 seconds -- VUE: 0-60 in 7.0 (check Car & Driver) -- You seem to like arguing the little details... The RAV4 is 0.7 seconds faster, not 0.5. Chew on that.

Boombstc -- maybe we should abandon this thread and rename it "RAV4 vs. VUE"... LOL :wink: Sorry it got hijacked... :?
 
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