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.