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#1 Old 01-23-2008, 04:25 PM
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Canada Highlander Fuel Consumption

I just purchased an 2002 Highlander LTD 4WD. I love driving
it. Very solid and comfortable but my gas mileage is atrocious. I'm getting 18 MPG in
canada so thats per 4.5 liters or 15.69 litres/100km. It is
winter up here but I'm driving very conservatively with
minimal weight inside. The mileage figure on the little info
panel says 13.4 litres/100km average but I've monitored a
few tankfulls and I'm definately not even getting that. It only has 57,000 km on it. What is normal for this SUV?
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I am out here in Edmonton and 'm getting around 400km per tank.

It is pretty usual to use alot more gas in the winter than in summer. Especially during startup. There are some things you can do to improve gas mileage though.

-use of block heater will actually save gas as it will take less gas to warm up
-amsoil atf in transfer case and rear diff or another synthetic will improve mileage slightly
-pump up your tire pressure to 35 psi
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Thanks' I did notice how much more fuel consumption shows on the info meter when the engine is cold. It does warm up quickly though. What is the average km/100 litres on yours?
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Welcome to Highlander world. I have a 2006 HL v6 4wd. Combination Hwy/City I average 19 mpg this winter. I got 25 MPG on a trip to Indy back in November (all Hwy miles). I am dissapointed with the mileage. However, I cannot get that Vehicle Stuck. I like that!
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The EPA highway mileage is 24 and you got 25mpg and you're disappointed? The city EPA rating is 18 and you average 19 mpg and still not happy? Did you not read mpg ratings before buying?
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To typesix. I know of no one who looks at MPG when they are buying a SUV. The 19 mpg is a combination Hwy/City. Probably 40% Hwy,60% City. Anyway you cut it the equation is dismal.
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Average km/100l

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Thanks' I did notice how much more fuel consumption shows on the info meter when the engine is cold. It does warm up quickly though. What is the average km/100 litres on yours?
I have an '06 HL with the 3.5 V6 engine and my readout is usually around the 12.7 mark in the winter. This is with an approximate split of 60/40 hwy/city driving. Last summer I did get a reading of 8.3km/100L (33.3 mpg) with the cruise control set at 80km per hour (50 mph) over a distance of about 24km (15miles). I achieved almost the same when I had my '02 HL. I believe it was 32 mpg. I also do not let the vehicle sit warming up. Even in winter, when I go to work in the morning, it runs for no longer than 30 seconds, if that, before I go. For your info, I'm just outside of Ottawa.

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I have an 01 V6 4WD and I am getting around 19 mpg. I have noticed it consistently going down, I used to get about 23 on highways. I guess mine is due for a tune up.
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From what I know you can keep your oil, oil filter and CAI filter changed regularly. Also if you use higher octane gas it should improve, however my guess is, like most of us you are more concerned about $/mile these days.
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I have a 2004 Highlander V6 and I was having a similar problem with low miledge. Check your brakes. I have about 64000 miles on mine an I have recently had to replace both front calipers because they were grabbing.
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can't really expect much from these cars. I have a 03 4WD... I get around 14L/100km, varies a bit depending what I do for that tank. I can reliably get 440km out of around 62L gas.

Its heavy, its an SUV, it has big tires, and it has power sapping 4WD and 4 spd auto.... None of those bode well for gas mileage.

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'07 Highlander Sport 2wd = ~20 mpg mixed

'07 Highlander Sport 2wd = ~20 mpg mixed

Rated for 18 to 24, so this is about what I expected.
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Mileage

Well, I DID look at EPA mileage numbers when I bought my 05 V6 4wd. I went with the HL instead of the Pilot because that was rated 2 mpg lower than the HL. I wanted a 4wd V6 SUV crossover (car-based) It's my 3rd SUV, starting with a 1989 S-10 Blazer 4.3 V6 4WD. That was a real gas pig, by the way. One can't beat the flexibilty of the SUV platform. I USED to be able to match the 24/19 EPA rating, but the moment they put 10% methanol in the gas around here, that all went to hell. I am lucky to get 22-23 on the highway and can average 18 with mixed driving...IF I watch how I use the gas pedal. I accept it, but with gasoline prices now hitting $4/gallon around here and no end in sight (really ticks me off!), I'm sure I will eventually need to reconsider my needs. I'm not gonna act hastily, though. I love the HL. It's been solid, not a single squeak or rattle, drives extremely well, and provides the high level of sophistication that I've come to expect from Toyota products. I sold my 1997 Ford Expedition last year, and got real good money for it, and I'm really glad I did this LAST year, because if I had waited one more year, I probably would have had to almost give it away. I personally feel that hybrids are not cost effective unless you keep them for a long time, and then if you have kept it a long time, you might have to deal with a very expensive battery pack replacement, which kills any monetary gains you might have accrued. Hybrids, to me, are a "feel good" purchase, andt I don't think they're the answer.
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^ It depends on the Hybrids. Currently in Canada, hybrids enjoy a big rebate. When you are putting down 40k+ for a new Highlander limited, the HiHy Limited is only around 2k away after the rebates, it makes sense to spend that extra 2k.

We have hybrids for taxis, and some have broken the 150k mark and closing on 200k last time I checked and they have no problems with the battery. They will probably do way more charge and recharge cycle than any normal driver would.

Good job selling the Expedition though, you really would have to give that thing away in the current situation.

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It also depend on how you drive

For the past few weeks I have been making a regular trip to St. Louis and back (about 330 miles R.T.) in my 01 V6 4wd Limited. I have been watching mpg at different speeds and it is surprising. At 85 mph I get 16 mpg, at 75 I get 19 mpg and at 65 I get 25 mpg. (I started to try it 55 but I almost got run over by traffic and gave up for saftey sake )

This is fairly flat interstate highway driving with the cruse control set, climate control set at 75F. Wind and temperatures vary each time, so this isn't exactly a scientific evaluation, but I find it revealing. I'm at 92K on the clock and just put new tires on it and did the 90K service about 2 months ago. I want to take the luggage rack cross bars next off and see if that makes a difference.

2001 Highlander V6 Limited 4wd
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