Saturday, 10 December 2011
Fuel Consumption of the 240G Variant
Toyota Harrier Japan CBU Spec (240G)
There has been lots of queries with regards to the fuel consumption of the Toyota Harrier given its bulk. Well, generally, the 2nd generation Toyota Harrier comes in 2 main guises ie 240G (2AZ-FE timing chain engine) and 300G (MCU-30 timing belt engine). Both engines are used extensively in its product run-up eg Camry, Estima, Alphard and Veilfire.
As the government imposed the road tax based on the cubic capacity size in the Malaysian market, the 240G is the preferred model as its annual road tax is RM780, compared to the 300G which attracts RM2,130.
Moreover, the general maintenance of the 240G is easier on the pockets compared to 300G's V6 engine. The latter has more torque definitely, but it is also very much of a fuel guzzler if you intend to use it as a city runabout. The 240G, being commonly used in the Camry 2.4 model (from previous XV30 to current XV40), is very much a sipper compared to its more powerful variant.
240G : 158 hp, 221 Nm
300G : 216 hp, 304 Nm
Harrier : 2,235 kg dry weight
Camry : 1,430 kg dry weight
On the Camry, the 2AZ-FE moves the sedan briskly; while on the Harrier, the same 2AZ-FE has to work harder due to the extra 800kg bulk.
Now for the million dollar question : How is the fuel consumption of the Toyota Harrier 240G?
Well, not too bad at all! The official Toyota Japan website gives the fuel consumption as 11.0 litre per km, in the ideal driving environment of course. Try doing that in the real world and you'd be left wondering why is your Harrier sipping more fuel than the official nos.
Factor in the traffic jam, occassional running engine while idle, sittig inside listening to your fave track, etc, my fuel consumption was between 8.9 - 10.9 litre per km, the latter with more highway driving. Based on the few refuelings that I have had recently, the fuel consumption was as per the following :
1st refill : 21 sen per km
2nd refill : 21 sen per km
3rd refill : 19 sen per km
4th refill : 22 sen per km
As such, the average fuel consumption was in the region of 21 sen per km. Not a bad figure at all, IMHO!
Even the smaller Honda Civic's fuel consumption was in the region of 17 - 18 sen per km, so I think that the Toyota Harrier's fuel consumption is acceptable. Just don't stick in the Toyota Prius or Honda Insight for the comparison.