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