Does running the AC burn gas..?

Asked by Kitty Apr 22, 2020 at 07:42 PM about the 2004 Toyota Avalon XL

Question type: General

Can you burn gas w actually on
Please explain
Greatly appreciate your time

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Do you mean does your MPG go down if you use the AC vs opening the windows? It is negligible.

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In today’s vehicles running the AC has only a slight drop on fuel mileage. On my truck running the AC only drops the mpg by .5 at freeway speeds on a 90 degree day.

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It's 6 of one and a half dozen of the other. Running the air conditioning does put an added load on the engine. But riding with the windows down makes the vehicle less aerodynamic. Both scenarios cause a slight loss of gas mileage that's about equal to each other! So if I'm going to lose a mile or two per gallon, I would rather be comfortable with the air conditioning on while doing it! Hope that helps! Jim

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