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Toyota RAV4: 24/31 mpg or 26 mpg combined (FWD); 22/29 mpg or 25 mpg combined (AWD)
increases of one to three miles per gallon across the board
More importantly, fuel economy takes priority now. Last year's 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the sole engine on the 2013 RAV4; a hybrid version might show up later.
the real secret is a smooth yet crisp-shifting six-speed automatic transmission with both Eco and Sport modes.
Official EPA numbers aren't out yet, but Toyota says a front-drive model should return 31 mpg on the highway, which is right in line with the competition.
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is quite fuel-efficient by most family-vehicle standards, although if you're comparing the RAV4's numbers to those of hybrid models—or even some with class-leading gas mileage, you're likely to wonder why Toyota isn't in the upper echelon, as it is with the Prius.With last year's redesign, the RAV4 did make frugal advances, and one of the main reasons for that was the transmission upgrade, to a modern six-speed automatic. Engine technology hasn't changed significantly in several model years, however.
Front-wheel-drive models manage fuel economy numbers of at 24 miles per gallon city, and 31 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to all-wheel drive and you'll lower the gas mileage to 22/29 mpg.
All considered, those numbers aren't particularly class-leading. The Mazda CX-5, for instance, achieves up to 35 mpg highway, and the most efficient versions of the Ford Escape also top it.
The Toyota RAV4 is on par with the Honda CR-V in fuel efficiency; but it's nowhere close to hybrid models.