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Review: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

For 2016, Toyota expands its RAV4 compact SUV with a new Hybrid version as well as a new, sportier SE trim level that joins the LE, XLE and Limited models. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2017 is powered by a 194-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. When driving in the city, the RAV4 Hybrid achieves 34 mpg, according to the EPA. On the highway, it gets 30 mpg. It’ll accelerate from 0-60 miles (100 km) in 7.8 seconds.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Toyota
  • Model: RAV4 Hybrid
  • First available: January 2016
  • Next Upgrade: July 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Conventional Hybrid
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 8s
  • Range: 100 miles 160 km
  • Price: $29,030
    Price: €26'950
    Price: £23'250

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 245V  nickel-metal hydride
  • Charge time

    • during driving
    • via regenerative braking

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Tilt/telescopic leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio, multi-information display, voice recognition and Bluetooth® hands-free telephone controls
  • 4.2-in. TFT Multi-Information Display
  • Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation
  • USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control

1 User Review on “Toyota RAV4 Hybrid”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    Lack of Plug-In Disappointing
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    Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid - I have test driven this car

    In 1996 Toyota create the crossover SUV when the company introduced the world to the first RAV4, I should know, I owned one for about ten years before I finally traded it in on a new one. This being said, when Toyota brought out the RAV4 Hybrid, I was a more than a little skeptical. This year there are two hybrid trim levels to choose from, the XLE and the Limited. According to the salesman, the hybrid powertrain is basically the same on you will find in the Lexus NX300h.

    All RAV4 hybrids come with all-wheel drive, which is one of the reasons why I bought my first one. Despite the fact the hybrid RAV4 is an all-wheel drive, I noticed that only the front wheels are powered by the 150-horsepower 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and 141-horsepower permanent-magnet electric motor. The rear wheels get their power from a separate 67-horsepower electric motor. There is no mechanical connection between the front and rear wheels.

    This is plenty of power for day to day driving in the city or even out on the open highway. Zero to 60 miles per hour times run a little over 8 seconds, which if you stop to think about it, isn’t bad for a plug-in hybrid crossover. The battery pack and electric motors add an extra 320 pounds to the total weight of the RAV4.

    One thing I really like is how well the regenerative braking system works. This is because unlike many hybrids that use an electric motor to power only one set of wheels, the RAV4 can draw regenerative power from all four, vastly increasing the amount of charge sent to the batteries. The 245V nickel-metal-hydride battery pack sits out of the way under the rear seat where it has virtually no adverse effect on the amount of interior space.

    This battery pack can carry the RAV4 a total of 100 miles on a full charge and at the same time hit 85 miles per hour. Since this is not a plug-in hybrid, the only way the batteries recharge is during driving and via regenerative braking. This is a bit disappointing because unless you do a lot of long distance driving, it can challenging to get the batteries fully recharged. Overall I have to say the Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid XLE offer a fun, comfortable ride with plenty of performance, but if I am going to buy a hybrid, I think I want on I can plug in to fully recharge the batteries.

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