Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid

Hybrid

Total=580mi

Seats 5

37.6 ft3 Cargo

L=180.9
W=73
H=67

1.9kWh Battery

Completely redesigned for 2019, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has received U.S. News and Business Week’s #1 ranking for Hybrid and Electric SUVs, and was a finalist for the 2019 Best Compact SUV for Families Award.

The Rav 4 hybrid has sold 29,319 units through June 2019, just beating out the Toyota Prius, which sold 29,241 units. This makes the RAV4 hybrid Toyota's best-selling hybrid overall so far this year. The hybrid model is 15% of overall RAV4 sales.

The outgoing 2018 Rav 4 was not only Toyota's biggest seller, it outsold every other vehicle in the United States except for the three most popular full-size pickup trucks. The top-selling SUV’s dynamic exterior redesign, plushier interior, more sophisticated ride-and-handling balance, and far better fuel efficiency are improving its sales in 2019.

Now in its 22nd year, the Toyota RAV4 was the first compact sport utility vehicle introduced in the United States. It debuted in 1996 with its acronym meaning “Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-wheel drive.” Sales of the RAV4 have increased every year. 2017 was its best-selling edition ever, with 407,594 units sold, including more than 50,000 hybrid models.

The 2019 hybrid sits on a chassis created by Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform technology. In 2015, when the world’s largest automaker decided to completely reinvent itself for the next generation of auto making, it devised a program of structural innovation to modernize and simplify the basic architecture and powertrains of its vehicles. Making them more cost-effective to produce, the new designs improve performance, enhance product appeal and create major cost-savings which are passed on to customers.

The massive improvement is part of Toyota’s philosophy called “aisha” – “making cars that will be loved by Toyota’s customers.” The TNGA-K technology in the Rav 4 Hybrid is shared with the eighth generation Camry, fifth generation Avalon and seventh generation; three other highly successful Toyota vehicles.

The 2019 hybrid comes in four trims: LE Hybrid ($27,850 MSRP), XLE Hybrid ($29,650 MSRP), XSE Hybrid ($33,850 MSRP), and Limited Hybrid ($35,850 MSRP).

All trims come with a 2.5-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine; Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD); 5 driving modes designed for city, highway and off-road terrain: SPORT, ECO, NORMAL, TRAIL, and EV; and All-Season Mud-and-Snow-rated radial tires.

Also standard: an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), and an Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB) system with integrated regenerative braking, which sends power to the car’s batteries every time braking occurs.

The Hybrid System II advance engine produces 219 combined net horsepower, creating impressive acceleration. The smart and powerful grip of the vehicle’s Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive provides an excellent all-weather capability and impressive on-road driving dynamics. The system uses a dedicated electric drive motor to auto-supply power to the rear wheels for an instant improvement in traction when it’s needed. For enhanced power, acceleration and all-circumstances handling, Toyota has given the SUV a sport-tuned suspension with tauter shock absorbers and springs.

Kelley Blue Book considers the Rav 4 Hybrid a better choice than the Rav 4 non-hybrid models: “While the Toyota RAV is all-new from the ground up for 2019, the bigger story is how impressive the hybrid version is. It may prove to be the better choice for many RAV4 buyers, which aligns with the company’s goal to increase the take rate for the hybrid from 11 to 25 percent. Because the 2019 RAV4 hybrid offers such a good mix of power, acceleration from a stop and fuel economy, we expect its share to be higher than what Toyota anticipates.”

For the redesigned Rav 4 Hybrid, Toyota has added two electric motors; smaller and lighter than past e-motors, they create less friction and improve efficiency and fuel economy. The sealed nickel-metal hydride battery pack providing the e-motors with power is small enough to reside under the rear seats instead of taking up space in the cargo area and improves fuel efficiency.

The hybrid has received a 41/38/40 city / highway / combined EPA rating and has a 580-mile total range. The U.S. Department of Energy (www.fueleconomy.gov) calculates Rav 4 Hybrid drivers will save $2,500 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to driving an average new fossil fuel vehicle. All 3 trims are SULEVs – Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. SULEVs are 90% cleaner than the current average year's models, emitting substantially lower levels of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and particulate matter than conventional vehicles.

The 2019 Rav 4 Hybrid received a 5-star NHTSA safety rating – the best possible.

Safety features include: Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Road Sign Assist (RSA). Also standard is the Star Safety System which offers Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

All 4 trims come with a complimentary 3-years subscription of Safety Connect, which includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification.

In-Car Entertainment for the LE trim includes: Entune 3.0 Audio, which includes six speakers, a 7-in. touch-screen, AM/FM, Scout GPS Link compatible with up to 3-year trial, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa compatible, a USB media port (plus four additional USB charging ports on XLE and XLE Premium models), hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. Connected Services include Safety Connect with 3-year trial and Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon with up to 2 GB within 6-month trial. Upgrades are added to the higher trims.

Discussing the Rav 4 Hybrid’s redesigned interior, Kelley Blue Book reviewers offer this praise: “The interior has gone above and far beyond what the previous RAV4 offered. It now has arguably the nicest-looking interiors in its class. The cabin looks and feels more upscale, with plenty of soft-touch materials on the dash and center armrest. The center stack is dominated by a crisp, bright 8-inch screen (7-inch on base LE models), which serves as the control center for audio, navigation, Apple CarPlay and available apps. If you prefer hard buttons to control these features, they are included on either side of the screen, with grippy volume and tuning knobs sit at the bottom. Temperature knobs, also with a patterned grip surround, flank the climate control buttons just below the air vents. Dual-zone climate control and rear seat vents are standard. Available two-tone SofTex seats give the RAV4 interior a touch of style without sacrificing durability, and the seats are comfortable, even on extended drives – but a passenger-side power seat isn’t available. There have been some changes to the interior dimensions; the front row is just a touch tighter, while rear-seat head- and legroom have increased and there’s more shoulder room in both rows. Thanks to the battery pack’s new design, cargo volume is expected to be comparable to that of the non-hybrid RAV4.”

The car’s Hybrid System is warrantied for 96 months / 100,000 miles.

Anyone looking for an SUV with electrifying good looks, a comfortable, refined new interior highly touted by reviewers, excellent performance, a long list of safety features and major fuel efficiency should check out the Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid. Its high marks in all categories make it a hard choice to beat.

Rewritten August 2019

Specs

Performance:

  • Engine: 2.5-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder engine with DOHC 16-Valve with D-4S Dual Injection and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)
  • 219 combined system net hp
  • Multi-electric motor assist with power output of 118 hp, 149 lb.-ft., 650V maximum electric motor voltage and 244.8V sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) traction battery
  • Intelligent Stop and Start Engine System (S&S), with Normal Mode and Extended Stop and Start Mode
  • Drive mode dial, and EV Mode77 button
  • D-4S Dual Injection (direct-injection and port injection) EFI with Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)
  • Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
  • Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
  • All-Wheel Drive Integrated Management (AIM) with Multi-Information Display (MID) monitor
  • Active Cornering Assist (ACA)
  • Drive mode dial with SPORT, ECO and NORMAL Modes; TRAIL Mode and EV Mode
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Reinforced unitized steel body
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension with stabilizer bar; multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS); power-assisted rack-and-pinion
  • Power-assisted ventilated 12.0-in. front disc brakes; ventilated 11.1-in. rear disc brakes with Star Safety System
  • Electronically Controlled Braking (ECB) system with integrated regenerative braking
  • Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)
  • Engine oil cooler, automatic transmission fluid cooler and hybrid system cooler
  • Basic Warranty: 36 months / 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain Warranty: 60 months / 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid System Warranty: 96 months / 100,000 miles

Interior:

  • Dual zone automatic climate control system with dust and pollen filter, and rear-seat vents
  • Integrated backup camera76 with projected path (XLE, LE Hybrid)
  • Integrated panoramic backup camera with dynamic gridlines (Limited Hybrid)
  • Analog speedometer, hybrid power meter, coolant temperature, and fuel gauges; 4.2-in. digital Multi-Information Display (MID) with instrumentation and customizable settings, odometer, tripmeters, clock and outside temperature; rear-passenger seatbelt indicators, hybrid energy monitor, fuel economy information, trip timer, shift-position and scheduled maintenance indicators, and warning messages (LE, XLE Hybrid)
  • Black carpet flooring with driver-side footrest
  • Turn signal stalk with headlight controls and one-touch three-blink lane-change turn signals
  • Wiper control stalk with front and rear window wiper controls
  • Ash-gray-fabric-trimmed headliner
  • Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate with Push Button Start; remote keyless entry with lock, unlock and panic functions, and remote illuminated entry (XLE Hybrid)
  • Power windows with auto up/down and jam protection in all positions
  • Rear liftgate window defogger
  • Power door locks with shift-linked automatic lock/unlock feature
  • Center console with covered storage compartment, two cup holders, drive mode, Electric Parking Brake (EPB) and automatic Brake Hold controls, and front storage tray
  • Passenger-side glove compartment
  • Height-adjustable rear cargo area deck board
  • Five USB ports — one USB media port in front storage tray, and four additional USB charging ports (two in front center console, and two rear-seat ports on the back of center console) (XLE, Limited Hybrid)
  • One 12V/120W auxiliary power outlet in front instrument panel storage tray, and one 12V/120W auxiliary power outlet in cargo area (XLE, LImited Hybrid)
  • One 12V/120W auxiliary power outlet in front instrument panel storage tray, and one 12V/120W auxiliary power outlet in second row (Limited Hybrid)
  • Front reading lights, overhead dome light and rear cargo area light
  • Front-row door panels with storage pockets and bottle holders
  • Eight total cup and bottle holders (four cup holders and four bottle holders)
  • Automatic Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Brake Hold feature
  • In-Car Entertainment: Entune 3.0 Audio — includes six speakers, 7-in. touch-screen, AM/FM, Scout GPS Link compatible with up to 3-year trial, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay & Amazon Alexa101 compatible, USB media port (plus four additional USB charging ports64 on XLE and XLE Premium models), hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. Connected Services — Safety Connect with 3-year trial58 and Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon with up to 2 GB within 6-month trial.
  • Qi-compatible wireless smartphone and mobile-device charging57 with charge indicator light (Option package for Limited Hybrid)
  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) — Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Star Safety System — includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST)
  • 8 airbags — includes driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat-cushion airbag, and front and rear side curtain airbags
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) on all passenger seatbelts
  • Adjustable front seatbelt shoulder anchors
  • Front seatbelts with seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all rear seats
  • Child door locks on rear doors
  • Front and rear side-impact door beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Safety Connect — includes Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance and Automatic Collision Notification. Available by subscription (complimentary three-year trial subscription included).
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) (XLE, Limited Hybrid)
  • Vehicle proximity notification system
  • Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)

Exterior:

  • All-Season Mud-and-Snow-rated radials
  • Spare — Temporary
  • 17-in. 5-spoke silver alloy wheels with 225/65R17 tires (LE, XLE)
  • 18-in. 5-spoke super chrome-finished sport alloy wheels with P225/60R18 tires (Limited Hybrid)
  • LED taillights and stop lights
  • Color-keyed upper front bumper and black lower front bumper, overfenders and rear bumper (LE, XLE)
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators, and folding feature (XLE, Limited Hybrid)
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch open/close (XLE Hybrid)
  • Low-profile black-painted roof rails
  • Aerodynamic underbody panels with vortex generators, front and rear wheel spats, and integrated rear spoiler
  • Active grille shutters
  • Privacy glass on all rear-side, quarter and liftgate windows
  • Intermittent rear window wiper
  • Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antennaDual chrome exhaust tips
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