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2015 Toyota RAV4: 23/30 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 Toyota RAV4 is somewhat fuel-efficient by family-vehicle standards, but it doesn't sit at the top of the small-crossover heap and won't compete with hybrids, such as Toyota's own Prius models.
Fuel-focused upgrades that were part of the RAV4's 2013 redesign included upgrading the transmission from an aging four-speed automatic to a modern six-speed, and cleaning up the aerodynamics, with the loss of the rear-mounted spare tire being an important part.
Front-wheel-drive models manage fuel economy numbers of at 23 miles per gallon city, and 30 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to all-wheel drive and you'll lower the gas mileage to 22/29 mpg. These numbers aren't 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 the RAV4's fuel economy.
The RAV4's gas mileage rivals that of the CR-V, even while working the four-cylinder hard.