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Owners Reveal Their “Real-World” Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MPG – Shocking

We hear from people who own RAV4 Hybrid about their real-world gas mileage.

I recently wrote a Torque News story about Toyota RAV4 Prime and mpg.

It was interesting for me comparing fuel efficiency estimates from RAV4 Prime window stickers versus what owners are actually reporting.

People left many comments about their RAV4 Hybrid mpg, so I thought I would dive a little deeper for you on this topic.

With gas prices climbing so high these days, it is more important than ever to achieve as much fuel efficiency as possible.

No need to spend any extra money on gas, right?

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MPG

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid window sticker MPG

The vehicle window sticker for a 2021 RAV4 Hybrid shows its estimated miles per gallon. Owners can expect 41mpg in the city, 38mpg on the highway, and 40mpg combined.

However, it is important to note this is just an estimate of what you can expect under ideal or even average driving circumstances. Many factors play an important part in what you actually see with your vehicle.

I will list a lot of these factors later in my story, but for now, we can try to pick up clues from what current RAV4 Hybrid owners have to say.

People Discuss RAV4 Hybrid MPG

2021 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Blueprint profile front end

I received many comments from my “ToyotaJeff Reviews” YouTube channel viewers and my Torque News / Toyota News column readers. It is fascinating learning about what type of miles per gallon they have been getting.

Bob wrote. “I have 2020 RAV4Hybrid. Get 40 mpg if take it easy, 36-37 if I don’t.”

“We bought our Rav 4 Hybrid in early Oct 2021. We have 2300 miles on the odometer and avg. 41.7 MPG. We love the vehicle. It has exceeded our expectations so far. Only thing I didn't like was The State of Ohio charging additional $125.00 for annual license fee due to hybrid. I am not certain the additional gas savings will recoup this additional tax.” Wondered a pleased Jim.

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Jonathan added. “We bought a 2019 used Rav4 hybrid Limited last year with just over 14k miles on it. During winter months we average around 40 and during warmer weather have achieved 50-55 on numerous day trips that were over 150 miles. Wife couldn't be happier.”

I believe the phrase “Happy Toyota RAV4 Wife…Happy Toyota RAV4 Life” applies here. In fact, I am sure of it. Wow I just coined a new phrase. Feel free to use it. No charge.

“I drive a 2020 Toyota rav4 hybrid xse. I'm getting about 41mpg…weekly.” Conveyed Adrian.

Tracy explained. “I have a 2021 rav4 hybrid. I drive usually about 80 miles a day in heavy northern Virginia traffic. I am averaging 44 to 45 mpg. Love it.”

“Got mine February 1 this year, exactly like this one. I'm averaging 41 mpg.” Said MassacMongo99.

Denny laid out his types of driving. “Mostly work commutes for me. I work about 15 miles from home. I am getting around 45mpg in my RAV4 Hybrid XLE but it’s a flat drive for me.”

What Factors Impact RAV4 Hybrid MPG?

And it is really interesting what Denny said here. He told of the kind of drive he does most of the time, along with the type of road he travels on.

Many factors can affect a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, which leads to such a wide range of real-world mpg for different people.

Driving style is the biggest one that I see. More aggressive (heavy accelerator pedal) driving equates to lowered mpg. People living in colder climates will often report lower gas mileage as well.

Other factors may be vehicle tire pressure, whether someone drives on flat vs hilly roads, other weather conditions, and how much weight you store in your vehicle while driving.

Time for Your Toyota RAV4 Comments

2021 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Silver profile view

Do you own either a Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, or RAV4 Prime? Maybe another model you would like to comment on?

How similar is your actual driving miles per gallon compared to what your window sticker says?

What factors do you think have the biggest impact on what you are seeing for your vehicle fuel efficiency?

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I was averaging 40 to 41 miles per gallon in my RAV4 hybrid Limited with the OEM tires. I just install a set of Michelin CrossClimate 2 tires. I read others were getting poor mpg so I up the inflation 4 pounds over the recommended pressure to help. Even with the higher pressure I’m now averaging 34.5 miles to the gallon. EV and hybrids get a triple hit from high rolling resistance tires. Once while on gas, another from faster battery drain while on battery power and a third from a loss in regen for the battery. I suggest checking the rolling resistance of a tire before buying new tires.
I have a 2021 RAV 4 Prime and it gets at least 40 mpg and since I charge it on a 240 volt charger I also get over 52 miles on the battery. My only concern with the car is the darn seats. They show signs of abrasion or dirt, and Toyota is no help. I have to buy seat covers for the front. Car is great. I had to import it from New Jersey as you cannot buy one here in Florida.
I took ownership of my XLE July 28. I now have 3,800 miles on it. A lot of it is mountain driving. While gas mileage goes down when going uphill, it is fully recouped going down. So it's a wash. I'm averaging 45-46 mpg. Couldn't be happier.
Early this year I bought the heavier Highlander rated 35/35. My driving is all <55mph or much slower with no city mileage. I live in the hilly part of WV. I baby the throttle, so few will get what I'm seeing. This summer I was getting 39/40 even 41 on one tank of gas. Now, in colder weather I'm getting 37/38 mpg.
I bought a 2021 RAV4 Hybrid XSE in mid November this year and it has about 1700 miles now. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I have not been able to average even close to 40mpg. Given it currently has Blizzak tires on for winter at the moment, but my tank averages have been between 32-33 with VERY conservative driving <60mph. Even before the winter tires went on I didn’t get much above 35.
We bought 2021 RAV4 limited hybrid in February here in Las Vegas area. We are retired and averaging 42.2 mpg with city driving. Love vehicle, but wife was disappointed because it didn't have power passenger seats! We will be testing it on highway in near future.
I really don't believe the 40 mpg claims. Every Rav4 owner, I have spoken to, gets the same as me at 32 - 36 mpg.
2.5 years into a 2019 Rav4 XSE Hybrid and I'm at 37.7 mpg with a healthy mix of highway/local, hills, flat, mountains, etc. Living in Maine we get to take it through all of the rigors. It's a great vehicle, but I'm skeptical of the 40 mpg claims outside of ideal yearround conditions. 37.7 is still a great number!
I got a new 2021 Rav4 Hybrid LE in summer 2021. It was getting about 38 MPG on a couple of trips long distance trips that we took over the summer. However lately things have gone terribly wrong. For the last five weeks (from December 17 to January 20) it's been getting under 27 MPG. During that time I've driven about 400 miles in the city. No, this is not cause I was driving up a 400 mile hill. This is general city driving in and around Pittsburgh. Five weeks and 400 miles is enough to get an accurate measurement. And the mileage sucks.