Does the V-6 Toyota RAV4 get better mileage than the four-cylinder?

I was told by a Toyota salesman that the RAV4 six-cylinder gets better gas mileage than a four-cylinder. Is this true?

This is only true when you’re comparing all-wheel-drive models, where the six-cylinder is rated at one — let’s restate that for emphasis: ONE — mpg better on the highway than the four-cylinder. The four-cylinder still gets one mpg better in the city. Otherwise, the four-cylinder gets better mileage, but not by more than one or two mpg.

We’ve been impressed with the RAV4’s six-cylinder since it first showed up in the 2007 RAV4. The 269-hp V-6’s mileage ratings are among the engine’s strong points and are partly due to the fact that it’s teamed with a five-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder only comes with a four-speed automatic. The extra gear with the six-cylinder helps highway mileage, and the pairing nets mileage estimates extremely close to the four-cylinder‘s — all while generating 100 hp more than the little one.

If you’re torn between the V-6 and the four-cylinder, the V-6 makes the RAV4 a fun-to-drive, surprisingly quick small SUV. The larger engine also gives the RAV4 a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when equipped with the trailer package. If you don’t need to tow anything and the fun-to-drive factor doesn’t do anything for you, though, then the four-cylinder should suit your needs just fine — and save you about $2,000, too.

Here are the 2008 EPA mileage ratings for the four-cylinder and six-cylinder:


Drive typeCity (mpg) Highway (mpg)
2WD19 27
AWD19 26


Drive typeCity (mpg) Highway (mpg)
2WD21 27
AWD20 25

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on December 4, 2007 in I'm Just Wondering , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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