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The Good and the Bad with 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MPG Told by New Owners

I recently asked new owners of the red-hot 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid about the mpg they are getting. You will not believe some of their responses. It is crazy.

If you have been searching for a 2019 Toyota RAV4 any time in the past few months, you may have discovered an interesting little fact about them. They are very challenging to locate.

Sure, you may find a few on any individual Toyota dealership’s lot. However, when you start narrowing your choice to a specific trim level (LE, XLE, XSE vs Limited), and then by option packages and color, it becomes much more difficult. At least without having an expected delivery wait time of a few weeks to several months.

Part of this national RAV4 Hybrid buying craze can be attributed to an EPA-rated 40 mpg combined. Drivers doing city driving can expect 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway at higher cruising speeds.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid window sticker mpg

This past weekend I wrote a Torque News story showing four new Hybrid owner accounts of their fuel efficiency. I did not expect the gigantic outpouring of comments from all over the country and the entire world about gas mileage from owners. This blew my mind and I love it.

New Owners are seeing great mpg with 2019 RAV4 Hybrid

While sifting through the comments from my Torque News readers, I found I could group them into those who are thrilled with their gas mileage, those who are seeing lower mpg than they expected, and a different group we will call “the others” for now.

Here is the feedback from 2019 RAV4 Hybrid owners reporting on-location from coast to coast. It is fascinating.

Reader Splaino wrote, “I have a 2019 Rav4 Hybrid Limited and absolutely live it. Been averaging a solid 42.0 mpg! A mix of driving conditions, rural and highway but here in PA no roads are flat.”

Added Lori, “We just bought a new 2019 hybrid RAV4 XLE and we are getting with less than 500 miles under our belt 41 + 42 plus miles to the gallon on average! I wasn't believing it until I read this article but I guess everyone is. That's awesome! We love it!”

“Get 48 mpg. My recommendation is to use the adaptive cruise control (dynamic radar cruise control).” Suggested Srikanth.

2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid interior

Son Do reported back excellent results so far. “My 2019 RAV4 Hybrid LE 4 months 2600 miles overall averaged 50.5 mpg. On one 800 miles trip average highway speed 75-80 mph non-stop it got 44.5 mpg. Toyota is very conservative. I am Prius owner 10 years now RAV4 and continued impressed by Toyota Hybrids.”

Check out the fuel efficiency Arun is seeing. “I am getting between 43 and 48 mpg on my 3 months old Rav4 hybrid XLE.”

“Over the first 5,000 miles averaging 42.5 mpg (combination highway and rural roads).” Commented reader Jay.

Ron found his gas mileage improved over time. “I have had my RAV4 hybrid limited since early August. MPG has been around 40. Yesterday it went up to almost 45 mpg driving the same route.”

Let’s see how Scott and his wife are doing. “My wife has put 10,000 miles on hers in 4 months and she’s seeing between 40-43 MPG average. She went from a 4Runner Limited and we noticed the savings after her first month of driving. We are totally happy with this vehicle so far.”

Some 2019 RAV4 Hybrid owners have seen lower mpg

Just as with nearly everything in life, there are two sides to every story. While I saw an overwhelmingly positive response from new RAV4 Hybrid owners, there were some who are not enjoying the great gas mileage rewards so far.

“I’m averaging 34 to 35 miles per gallon which is disappointing compared to what everyone else is getting.” Lamented Cindy.

“We bought a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Limited. Our mileage averages 38.6-39 mpg.” Commented Michelle.

Watch as I tell 3 reasons why 2019 RAV4 Hybrid sales are skyrocketing in my video review

RAV4 Hybrid is not the only Toyota model seeing great mpg

This is perhaps the most fun part of my story. As we all know, RAV4 Hybrid is not the only kid on the block. Toyota owners reported back on the fuel efficiency they are getting with other popular Toyota models.

David loves his Camry so far. “I have the 2018 Camry Hybrid, and it's a completely new hybrid system and car versus years past. My 49 mpg is either on the open road or in town. It's quite quick too, with plenty of passing power. Hybrids have incredible range and are so friendly to live with.”

“I'm getting 40 mpg in the city with my gas Rav4.” Nikkoli shocked me with his answer about the gasoline RAV4 Hybrid. This makes the debate between gasoline and Hybrid RAV4 even more interesting.

Pbear chimed in. “I can get well into the 40's for mpg in my gas Rav4 for highway. In fact, on trips over 10 miles, I average 44 mpg.”

I sure wish we had the C-HR Hybrid in America. Leon supports my statement with his mpg over the last year. “I have had a C-HR Hybrid for over a year and averaged 60 mpg over 12,000 miles.”

And the comment of the day goes to Tim

“I’m getting 62mpg consistently with my Corolla LE Hybrid, so I am not surprised at the Rav4 Hybrid mileage being so good. Why buy anything else?”

I am happy to have such a great and overwhelming response from everyone about their gas mileage. Tell me about what you own and what your mpg is. How many miles on your current vehicle?

Also, how has your search gone for a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid? Did you have an easy time getting it, or was your wait time longer? Are you still waiting for yours?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story.

2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid interior front seats

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Didn't want to wait until July for 2019 RAV4 XSE hybrid so picked up my XLE on May 14th. Love it! 41 MPG through 5000 miles so far. Plenty of power, 575 mile range with a fill up. My only complaint would be the interface with my Google Pixel phone ... It's not very good ... I may switch to an iPhone next upgrade. Toyota gets a solid 'A' rating so far.
We ordered our 2019 Rav4 Hybrid Limited on June 22nd and it has been held up in Houston at the port by Toyota for the past 4 weeks due to 'quality control'. We are into our 13th week since ordering with no word from Toyota why it is still being held up. When we get our vehicle I hope to see fuel mileage similar to the other commenters.
I drive a 2. 0 PETROL jaguar xe and get 48mpg so what's so good about a HYBRID doing 48mpg - Toyota should be ashamed and so should people sucked Into buying them.
There's a big weight difference between a small 2.0L passenger car (your Jag) and a midsize SUV (RAV4). Take a look at the hybrid Toyota passenger cars and you'll see they get well into the 50-60 MPG range. Also, buying a hybrid isn't all about fuel economy... You're producing a fraction of the emissions of a gasoline-only vehicle with a hybrid.
I guess I belong in the "other" category. I bought a RAV4 Hybrid last April, and I'm sorry I did. The car is, IMO, not quite ready for prime time. I would recommend readers wait for the 2020 models. There are two significant problems. The first is that it's difficult or impossible to fill the gas tank at the pump; automatic pumps keep shutting off. You can make a concerted effort to top off the tank, but this is bad practice both for the car and the environment, and is illegal in many places. Because of the difficulty filling the tank, it's hard to calculate the MPG; you have to measure it over many fills, and take an average. This issue affects many owners, and is well discussed online on RAV4 forums. The second issue is that if you forget to turn off the engine system, or don't push the start/stop button hard enough, the engine can remain enabled, and you won't know it. The car has a so-called smart key, which doesn't need to be in a keyslot for the engine to keep running. This mistake is an easy one to make, as the car is a hybrid and typically completely silent when you park it. The gasoline engine only comes on after the hybrid battery is discharged. If you do this in an enclosed home garage, the car can produce lethal amounts of carbon monoxide; this has been well described for Toyotas in newspaper articles. If you do this at a airport where you leave the car for a few weeks, I believe you can discharge the hybrid battery, which would likely require having the car towed to a Toyota dealer. Discharging the hybrid battery is much more of a problem than discharging the 12V battery in a conventional car; you cannot simply have the car jump started; it needs to be towed to a Toyota dealer. This problem was fixed in American hybrids and other cars with smart keys years ago; Toyota has announced they are correcting it in 2020 models. Which doesn't do 2019 owners any good. These comments are, of course, just one person's opinion. As they say, your mileage may vary.
Actually the petrol engine of the RAV4 hybrid can be jump started. There is a box under the bonnet ( hood for the Americans) where there is two terminals to connect the jumper cables to. It’s all in the owners book.....albeit 700 plus pages
Steve, There are two batteries in the RAV4 Hybrid, both of which must be charged to start the car. One is a small 12V battery, which I think is located in the trunk (boot); this battery can be jumped via the terminals you describe. The issue I was referring to is discharge of the large "traction" battery, which is a crucial part of the hybrid system. This battery cannot be jump started on the road; if it discharges, the car needs to be towed to a Toyota dealer. Now I'm at the limits of my knowledge about the RAV4, I don't know the circumstances under which the traction battery can become fully discharged. I believe it can happen if you inadvertently leave the hybrid system engaged for a long period of time, for example when the car is parked for a few weeks. But I'm not sure. The point of my note is that due to the design of the "smart key" system it is easy to accidentally leave the system engaged. toyota is fixing this in the 2020 model, but it is definitely an issue with the 2019 and earlier vehicles.
Im waiting on arrival of my xse and praying it doesn't have the gas fuel tank issue. I've read many posts about it so it clearly is affecting more than just a few people. Some people have said they don't have the problem too. Ive heard the brake pedal is weird too but overall people seem to love the car. I also don't know if I will be getting an 2019 or 2020 since its in early October... No deal at the dealership though because of the demand which sucked. Toyota def should have guessed the hybrid would sell more this year.
Reserved a RAV4 Hybrid Limited with the technology and weather packages on August 9. It arrived in the US on September 15 and the dealer said it should be ready for delivery in the next few days... so I've been waiting a little over a month and a half. Thankfully I have another vehicle I can drive in the meantime so I was able to wait for the exact color and configuration I wanted. I've been reading about people loving the new RAV4 and getting great gas mileage... I'm super excited!
I say hold off on buying this vehicle. The gas tank issue is happening on a lot of the RAV4 hybrids. Toyota does not have a fix. Sometimes my tank is hard to fill, the gas gauge does not work correctly and the miles to empty is way off. I hope they fix it soon, but Toyota and my dealer have no answers and no idea when they will have a fix A new gas tank is not the answer - design flaw. Wish I had waited for 2020 or later. Buyer beware!