2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited Review – If you had not seriously thought about the Toyota RAV4 before, you might want it now. The 2019 RAV4 is a huge improvement over its anonymous predecessors. The bold styling helps the compact multilooking stand out, and the available hybrid model – now with up to 41 miles per gallon on the highway – means it’s more efficient than ever.
Some minor inconveniences in the technology and towing department could dissuade some particularly picky buyers, but there is still a lot to like about the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as a whole. It’s a well-designed, fun-to-drive crossover that remains competitive in a class filled with many good options.
A front-wheel-drive Toyota RAV4 hybrid offers owners an impressive 41 MPG in the city, 38 MPG on the highway, and 40 handsets. These figures are good for the class and improve the outgoing model of 15, 5 and 11 MPG, respectively. With all-wheel drive (as tested), these numbers fall to 31 MPG city, 34 highway, and 33 combined. It is not as efficient as the outgoing Nissan Rogue Hybrid (33/35/34), but better than the smaller Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid (23/29/25).
The whole RAV4 range is superb, including the hybrid. Where other hybrids often abandon the traditional lines of their gasoline brothers and sisters for more funky clues, the hybrid RAV4 does not sacrifice style for efficiency. Even the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has some strange silver accents on the front fascia that sets it apart from the traditional version. The only thing that separates the RAV4 hybrid from the normal gasoline model are hardly noticeable blue accents on the badge, a staple for Toyota hybrids, and the availability of an XSE model.
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is an exceptional everyday driver. It shines on the highway with a mellow suspension and an awesome dead sound, but it’s just as good in the city, too. The 2.5-liter torque motor and three electric motors and a light, responsive steering make the RAV4 hybrid fast and agile around the city without sacrificing comfort. The Lag throttle that we felt in the Gasoline Adventure model disappears here in part thanks to the extra battery oomph, and the smaller 18-inch Hybrid wheels (versus 19 inchers on the Adventure model) do not feel like back-breaking on imperfect roads.