The Toyota RAV4 MPG can get up to an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway with front-wheel drive (FWD), and 27 MPG city and 34 MPG highway with all-wheel drive (AWD).1
To help you get the most out of your RAV4 efficiency capabilities while driving in and around Nashville, Madison, and Gallatin, our team at Ron Hibbard Toyota put together this review of the Toyota RAV4 gas mileage.
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Toyota RAV4 Performance and MPG
One of the reasons why the RAV4 is so efficient is because of what’s under the hood. It’s powered by a 2.5L I-4 engine that delivers 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
To help you maximize on your gas mileage, certain trim levels also include a Stop and Start Engine System as part of the powertrain.
This system helps to prevent unnecessary fuel use by powering down the engine during extended waits at red lights or stop signs. When you take your foot off the brake, the engine seamlessly starts back up again.
It also utilizes a drive mode select system to tailor your driving dynamics to your needs. If you want a more efficient ride, you can quickly switch to ECO mode, which will adjust your acceleration and electrical components to improve your MPG ratings. This system also includes Normal and Sport driving modes that let you personalize your drive.
Drivetrain and RAV4 Efficiency
Another factor to consider when talking about the Toyota RAV4 MPG is the drivetrain. This SUV gives you a choice between two: front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD).
In general, FWD is more efficient than AWD. This is because FWD tends to be a lighter system, and a lower curb weight can improve fuel economy. For example, on the base-level trim, FWD RAV4 models have a curb weight of 3,370 pounds. Meanwhile, AWD models have a curb weight of 3,490 pounds.
However, if you prefer the multi-terrain handling capabilities of an all-wheel drivetrain, then you’ll like that the RAV4 AWD comes with the Multi-terrain Select system, which optimizes performance for your particular driving conditions.
This gives you another set of selectable driving modes and prevents your engine from having to work too much harder to keep a firm grip. To get a more capable and efficient performance on tough terrain, you can conveniently switch among four modes, including MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, NORMAL, and SNOW.
While there’s a slight difference between the FWD and AWD models’ curb weight, every trim of the Toyota RAV4 features a streamlined design that not only looks great, but reduces drag and improves your aerodynamics.
This SUV stands 67 inches tall and 73 inches wide. For both efficient airflow and peace of mind when you’re driving over rocky terrain, it features up to an 8.6-inch ground clearance. You can also enjoy its maneuverability. At 180.9 inches long, it can pull off a tight 36.1-foot turning diameter.
Overall, its specs help it deliver agile handling and an efficient drive that will help you get the most miles out of its 14.5-gallon fuel tank.
Trim Levels and Toyota RAV4 Mileage
The Toyota RAV4 is all about versatility, so it offers five different trim levels for you to choose from to ensure you’re getting the right SUV for your needs. These trim levels are:
- XLE Premium
All trim levels with FWD get an EPA-estimated efficiency of 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.1
Since it has the lightest curb weight, the LE gets the highest fuel economy rating with AWD, at an EPA-estimated 27 MPG city and 34 MPG highway.1 This mileage rating may also be due to the fact that it’s the only trim level with the Stop and Start Engine System.
All other trim levels with AWD get an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.1
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The Toyota RAV4 is also available with a hybrid powertrain. This efficient SUV combines the same 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a multi-electric motor and a 244.8-volt Nickel-Metal Hydride traction battery. The result is up to 219 total system horsepower.
This combination works with an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) with sequential shift mode. Together, they help the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid get up to an EPA-estimated 41 MPG city and 38 MPG highway.1
While this hybrid SUV also offers driving modes, including ECO mode, it takes things a step further. When you switch to EV mode, your SUV will start to take most of its power from the electric battery.
While this Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) is obviously efficient, it’s just as capable as the gas-powered models. It has standard Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive and can tow up to 1,750 pounds.
Learn More about the Toyota RAV4 MPG
If you want to know more about how to maximize your Toyota RAV4 MPG ratings in the Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison areas, contact Ron Hibbard Toyota and we’ll gladly talk to you about your RAV4 performance and efficiency needs.
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1 2019 EPA-estimated 26 city/35 hwy/30 combined mpg for RAV4 LE FWD, XLE Premium FWD, and Limited FWD; 27 city/34 hwy/30 combined mpg for LE AWD; 25 city/33 hwy/28 combined mpg for XLE AWD, XLE Premium AWD, Adventure, and Limited AWD; and 41 city/38 hwy/40 combined mpg for RAV4 LE Hybrid, XLE Hybrid, XSE Hybrid, and Limited Hybrid. Actual mileage will vary.