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Hi everyone,

Going on my first long trip (736 km or 457 miles) with my 1.8 corolla. For anyone that has done a long trip drive with their corolla does using the eco mode make a difference when going at a steady speed? Propably going to stay at a relaxed 110 kmh or 68 mph with cruise control active. 

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Hi , 

I have done a long trip in eco mode and after that I realised how uncomfortable eco mode makes you feel your foot, constantly hard pressed to maintain speeds on motorways especially if there are hill climbing, just drive in Normal and you will be much better off. Efficiency is simply the same. Eco mode only ok in city with traffic jams.

Have a nice trip 🚗👍

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All that ECO mode does is reduce the effect of the accelerator pedal. I don't believe it changes anything in how the engine actually runs. It just means you have to move the accelerator further/faster to get the desired response. It will save fuel for those who lack finesse and/or who struggle with fine muscle control but for everyone else it's just a way of making the driving experience more annoying.

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In the Prius, the Eco drive mode also puts the air conditioning into Eco mode, so there's a small economy saving from that, I guess it's the same in the Corolla?

Certainly agree that the driving experience of going up hills in a hybrid in Eco isn't good, I put mine into Eco shortly after I got it and didn't pay much attention to the modes, then found myself with foot to the floor trying to get it up a hill, concerned I'd made a mistake going for a hybrid rather than a turbo-diesel. Normal is much better.

If you put it in Eco, just remember to change modes as needed when the road conditions need something more responsive.

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2 hours ago, King Crimson said:

Hi everyone,

Going on my first long trip (736 km or 457 miles) with my 1.8 corolla. For anyone that has done a long trip drive with their corolla does using the eco mode make a difference when going at a steady speed? Propably going to stay at a relaxed 110 kmh or 68 mph with cruise control active. 

Ac on eco mode. Car on power mode. Equals a relaxed drive

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Yup, I just did 600 mile road trip in normal mode and returned 67mpg (combined) in my 1.8 Corolla hybrid plus luggage and 2 other passengers. ACC at 70mph on motorways (reduced to 65 or 60mph for uphill stretches)

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1 hour ago, HybridLover said:

Yup, I just did 600 mile road trip in normal mode and returned 67mpg (combined) in my 1.8 Corolla hybrid plus luggage and 2 other passengers. ACC at 70mph on motorways (reduced to 65 or 60mph for uphill stretches)

Wow 😳 loving your mileage & mpg. Is yours a hatch back or estate?

Just ordered a 1.8 Corolla Estate.

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On 8/13/2021 at 4:31 PM, King Crimson said:

Hi everyone,

Going on my first long trip (736 km or 457 miles) with my 1.8 corolla. For anyone that has done a long trip drive with their corolla does using the eco mode make a difference when going at a steady speed? Propably going to stay at a relaxed 110 kmh or 68 mph with cruise control active. 

I'd stick with Normal as others have mentioned. I did a 700-mile round trip on an early June weekend in my 1.8 HB, just my wife and I plus a couple of small suitcases. Mostly motorway and sticking to the speed limits so major use of ACC. Climate control on, Android Auto for navigation and streaming music, averaged +/- 63mpg and hybrid driver score average across all segments of the trip of 84. Very acceptable.

If I'd turned all that off, I'm sure the numbers would be even better. But that's no fun!

ECO is focused on maximum fuel economy and minimising emissions embracing everything to achieve that, concisely described on page 408 of the PDF manual as: "Helps the driver accelerate in an eco-friendly manner and improve fuel economy through moderate throttle characteristics and by controlling the operation of the air conditioning system (heating/cooling)." I've not used ECO mode at all in the year since I bought my Corolla.

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I do a lot of distance driving, often 200 to 300 in a day, I find eco mode fine.

 

Others disagree,  but perhaps thats why a poor mpg in my 2.0 is 57 to 60 on a trip, and an average is a ridiculously easy 63.

 

I also have the clim control on eco too.

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