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Toyota RAV4 Prime Owners Report Their Real MPG – Wow

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

A vehicle window sticker lists several important pieces of information that people may find useful or important.

We can learn what features are standard, what is optional, and what additional accessories have been added. Pricing is detailed on a window sticker, too, along with safety ratings.

And we also know miles per gallon.

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime MPG

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Fuel efficiency is listed on a vehicle window sticker. But this is not the exact gas mileage you are sure to get with your car, truck, or SUV. Rather, it is an estimate of what you could get under the right circumstances.

A 2021 RAV4 Prime, for example, is listed at 94MPGe. This is a combination of “Electricity + Gasoline” as stated on the window sticker. Drivers can expect around 38mpg if only gasoline is used without the help of electric power.
If in EV electric mode, a RAV4 Prime can travel up to 42 miles on one single electric charge. No gasoline.

How Your Miles Per Gallon is Determined

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Many factors determine a driver’s real-world fuel mileage. Temperature, weather conditions, flat versus hilly roads, tire pressure, and how you drive your vehicle all play a part in the all-important miles per gallon.

Driving modes on a Toyota RAV4 Prime absolutely impact how often you must fill up at the pump. When traveling, you can choose between “HV” and “EV” modes. HV is Hybrid Vehicle and utilizes a combination of gasoline and electric. EV is Electric Vehicle and only uses electric power that has been built up and stored.

People Report on RAV4 Prime MPG

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I am a member of the Facebook online forum “Official Toyota Rav4 Prime Group.” Members post and comment on all things RAV4 Prime – including miles per gallon.

This question was recently posted, and it gave me great insight into how people were doing with fuel efficiency:

“All the Rav4 prime owners. Are you really getting 94mpg like the sticker says? What are you really averaging?”

Wade responded this way. “Between 64-69 usually. I have a 40-mile one-way commute though to work three days a week.”

“99 mpge currently. Perhaps more. Currently utilized a lil over a quarter tank and at 517 miles since full up.” Added Ali.

Bonnie answered. “80 MPGe.”

“I've been getting 2.8 mi/kWh now that the weather's colder, which is about 94 MPGe. In the summer I was getting upwards of 3.4 mi/kWh, or 114 MPGe!” Commented a thrilled Brian.

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Wendy said. “I think I’m around 180 mpg. Currently over 1800 miles with about 1/4 of my first tank left. about 20 miles round trip. Around town errands is usually

“Dash readout will only go up to 99.9. Infotainment screen/stats will be able to show more. Think my wife was around 115 before we reset it for a trip.” Commented Kyle.

Michael calculated his RAV4 Prime fuel efficiency. “I do about a 50/50 split (hybrid and electric) and I average just over 70mpg. I drive sensibly most of the time.”

Rick had several thoughts on the matter. “Depends on your driving needs. I am at about 85mpg. 2 tanks of gas at 2200 miles. but if I drove a great distance all at once, this is going to drop to a bit over 40mpg since I would be running in Hybrid mode only after first 40 miles. This car to me, works great for my normal daily needs; commute daily in EV mode mainly; gas for day trips. People who are looking at EV's, Plug-in Hybrids, Hybrids, really need to examine what their habits and usage will be. And choose what fits best. If I could not plug in at home, this car would not make sense; other than satisfying my "want" for acceleration performance.”

“I'm 28,000 miles in, with several cross-country trips under my belt. My lifetime MPG is just over 53.” Keep it up Margie.

“52.5, but I've taken a number of multiple day-long trips with only the first 42 miles fully EV.” Added David.

“About 90, but I’ve yet to fill up in 3 months.” Lisa you just gave support to one of the biggest reasons people might want to buy a Toyota RAV4 Prime.

“Depends how long your average trip is in between charges. I have a charger at work and home, so I average >99.9 MPGe.” Dropped Ben.

And then there is Roman, who has my favorite comment of the day. “Who cares? Such a fun and fast car! And most of my driving is on electric mode anyway. Zippy.”

Time for Your Toyota RAV4 Comments

Do you drive either a RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, or RAV4 Prime? If so, how do you like it so far? How is your miles per gallon efficiency?

How about any tips on getting better gas mileage that have worked for you?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I discuss what owners are seeing with their RAV4 Hybrid mpg.

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I have 2020 RAV4Hybrid. Get 40 mpg if take it easy,36-37 if I don’t.
I have a 2016 Toyota Rav Hybrid Ltd. I rarely if ever have gotten the advertised 31 hwy miles! When I questioned the Dealer I was told it's probably the way I drive. That was a dubious statement. I feel mileage is misrepresented by Toyota!
I would do a mileage check. Fill it up, record the mileage, set the trip meter then drive a specific amount, first in town, then do it for highway mileage. Push it on the company. Google a previous client who sued due to incorrect mileage claims.
Maybe not. Of you have a hybrid, and do longer freeway trips, the gas mileage will be more like an ICE version. With little to no regenerative braking recharging and drag from higher speeds, it's running on gas. Case in point: our Pacifica PHEV gets about 50mpg+ for short errands. Round trip to SF from my home, about 70 miles, I get about 30 MPG. Taking the family to Seattle, it's a bit less than 20 MPG. PHEVs are like BEVs for very short trips and like ICE for very long. City driving gives lots of stops to Regen, freeway doesn't. I'm not a dealer, I'm a physicist. That's just the way they work.
We own a Rav4 Prime XSE and love it. Bought it for the MSRP in February after two months on a waiting list. We get 148 MPG according to the onboard display. We get well over 1,000 miles per tank. Phenomenal car and zero range anxiety. Most of our trips are all EV, less than 40 miles.
How many owners have confirmed the dash display to be accurate, by noting milage at filling and doing the math? Is the cost of charging via plugging in ever considered, when calculating the cost per mile? Does the car recharge the battery while running, like a gas-only car’s alternator does? I have a 2019 AWD Limited, gas only. The dash display is entertaining, but if I want to know, I do the math. No, I didn’t shop and compare; in August 2020 I desperately needed a car right away. I went to look, and drove away in a last year model clearance Rav. Leather seats, nice trim package, heated seats & steering wheel, remote start, midnight black. No, I don’t get the mileage that the electric and hybrids get. I’m ok with that, it’s the nicest car I’ve ever had, was available the day I needed it, and was even the right color!
Cost/mi is a bit more complicated. MPGe is calculated using a constant that 1 gal of gas contains 33.7 kWh of electricity. To calculate cost per mile you would need both fuel and electricity cost and consumption separately. That being said. My crude calcs from here suggest it's about $0.04/mi electric and $0.08/mi on gas based on 0.11 kWh electricity and $3.00/gal gas
I have Toyota rav4 prime. Boston MA. Electricity 0.25 kWh and about to go up by another 25%(I got an email from eversource). Gas is ~3$ but for the last 5 years, it used to be more like ~2$. I fill up my car with electricity only when it is free charger or super cheap one (next to my office).
Wondering what the size of the fuel tank is?
Wondering what the size of the fuel tank is?
Fuelly is only showing 52 mpge or about half of EPA estimates.
It really depends on your proportion of electric driving. I do 90%+ of my daily driving on electric, and in warmer weather got up to 53 miles of range per charge @ $.15 per kWh charging at home. Road tripping on a full tank I have gotten 38-41 mpg in HV mode only (so I could do the calculation myself) Purchased in September and have a out 3600 miles on it at the moment. Love the car, meets my desire for all electric daily driving with the flexibility of hybrid for bi-monthly road trips to see family.
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.
We had the 2021 Rav4 Hybrid. Head on collision in August 2021 and demolished the vehicle. We both survived. Over 60mph. All airbags went off. Glass everywhere. Legs banged up bad. We had all the features. $40,000. We had 2 Priuses. Avg 48 mpg. 2021 Rav4 was a straight 40 in Florida. We only had it 3 months. Very sad.
I have a 2021 rav4 prime xse. I average about 3.2 miles/kwh on all electric, & my combined is over 99.9 mpg. I can drive 48 miles on all electric, which is about my commute to work, which is also mostly a highway commute, btw. Luckily, i can charge at work when the spot is open, so i cam get home on all electric too. I drove 2200 miles before needing to fill up with gas for the 1st time. This put my average mpg at 180 mpg based on how many gallons it needed to fill up.
We bought a 2019 used Rav4 hybrid ltd 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 don't have a RAV4 but I do have a Tucson plug in. The Tucson does not include battery usage in mileage (mpge) and I suspect the RAV4 does the same. That means even if you climb a steep hill in electric mode, you'll see 999mpg avg until the gas engine kicks on at some point. Can anyone confirm/deny this about the RAV4 prime?
The issue with the comments here is like "I can 1up that!" "No, I can name that song in 1 note!". Brag blah brag blah... You need to state how you drive and the road you drove on. I have a Rav4 Hybrid XSE. Depends on how I drive. Moses Lake WA to Everett WA via I-90, that is approx 200 miles, if I peg my cruise control, mostly at 70mph and pass semi or turtles at 80mph and back to the slow lane, I get 35mpg. If I feel like a grammy that morning and not much cars around me, between 65mph to 75 mph, I get 38mpg. But real time driving cruise at 75mph and pass at 85mph, I normally get 32mpg.
I drive a 2020 Toyota rav4 hybrid xse.. I'm getting about 41mpg.. weekly
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.
Some of the comments here are nonsense -- namely the ones using gallons of gas to calculate MPGe; they refer to miles driven per gallon of gas used, without saying how much they recharge. MPGe is measure of how far you go per Kwh - without using gas. If you go 2.97 miles per kWh, then your mileage is 100 MPGe. If you get 2.79 miles/kwh, you're getting the advertised 94MPGe; people who drive <40 miles per trip and always recharge between, that is, never use gas, can measure this. Conversely, if you never charge your car (or if you take a real long trip without charging), then you can only measure your MPG which should be around the advertised 38MPG. When you've used both electric and gas (like most people), its impossible to calculate either MPG or MPGe. Best you can do is take the kWh and gallons of gas used, multiply by 2.79 and 38, add together, to get the number of miles toyota says you should get -- to compare your miles to. At least the sensible comments here look positive, they're not so positive at kbb.com
I get really bad mileage in my prime SE. Worse than my wife's 21 limited hybrid, I pretty much floor it in hybrid sport mode all the time. After a fill-up my distance to empty estimate reads 600KMs. It's too torquey not to rip it everywhere. That and I have 20inch wheels on so that affects it a bit
Why are you driving in sport mode all the time? Do you live in the mountains? You’ll get better mileage if you drive in normal or eco mode.
For heavy EV users, how do you keep your gas fresh when it takes you 6 months to burn a tank of gas? Maybe only keep 1/4 tank in case you need hybrid mode?
Most PHEV's will monitor gasoline age and will also monitor engine run time. If the minimum is not met the engine will run when it can to meet run time threshold. You can usually delay the engine on time for about a day in our 2018 CT6 2.0E plug-in and when I'm monitoring mpg I will put it in drive with parking brake on and initiate engine on time. It usually only takes a few minutes. If the tank is about 6-months old the engine will run as it would in hybrid mode unless gasoline is replenished.
We've had a 2020 RAV4 hybrid XLE for about a year. Averaging about 45 mi per gallon. I bought it during the pandemic when nobody was going to the dealership so drove out for $30,000. Carvana is offering me $36,000 for it now. Lol
I have a 2021 Rav4 hybrid and only get 31 mpg. Calculated by amount of miles divided by gas filled. Also, the miles to empty constantly lowers. It started at 600 mikes to empty and now it says 475 at full tank.
An attractive but essentially now unobtainable vehicle. I ordered one in August 2021, but in the 4 months since, delivery is always predicted at 18-24 months from when I inquire afresh. So, I have now cancelled my order reluctantly.
I own a RAV4 LE and have gotten 40Mpg
Im getting around 56 electric range if I drive less than 60 mph. 99+ mpge... really happy with this car