2024 Toyota RAV4 – Even in the age of next day delivery, self-service checkout and gigabit internet, some things can’t be rushed. The cars, trucks and SUVs shown here don’t reach dealer lots anywhere from a few months to a few years. Some of them are going to lower the assembly line. Others have not yet left the design studio. We are telling you about them now, because they are vehicles that will be important, no matter how many boring crossover car manufacturers spit out. They are worth the wait.
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Reporting of this story was completed before the auto industry began to experience the main consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. As many automakers are now delaying or getting around development programs, the debut and sales dates listed here are subject to change.
Drivers of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid have an unusual problem: they can only access part of the fuel tank capacity indicated in their fuel tank, and thus cannot use the 40 mpg Hybrid’s excellent 580-mile rated range.
Toyota confirmed to Green Car Reports on Wednesday that while the problem is not part of the recall parameters, it has launched a customer support program to provide coverage for the “Fuel Tank and Fuel Dispatcher Gauge Unit” for certain 2019-2020. of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models that will solve the problem.
Complaints filed by owners to NHTSA from last year reported a common thread: they could only put 9 or 10 gallons in the gas tank when the fuel gauge was indicated empty. The tank must have a capacity of 14.5 gallons.
In some cases, owners have been able to recover some of this lost power by using a very slow “refill” after filling the tank most of the way – a practice that neither we nor Toyota recommend.
We would also not recommend what one curious GCR reader did recently: drive 120 miles after his range meter claimed that there were still no gas left at zero miles.
Echoing the previous language, Toyota confirmed that the issue was “mainly related to changes in the shape of the fuel tank and the location of the fuel sender’s gauge”. In 2019, the RAV4 Hybrid adopted a different longitudinal saddle design.
The carmaker noted that it was “currently developing a remedy for this condition”. Toyota, meanwhile, says to follow the owner’s manual and that “customers should still refuel when the low fuel light comes on.”
The problem is widespread enough, or, if we say annoying, that it has prompted more than a few readers to contact the RAV4 hybrids about the problem. Once the fix is there, we plan to follow up with some affected vehicle owners to see if it takes full advantage of the vehicle.
On the other hand, there are many vehicles. In 2019, the RAV4 Hybrid was Toyota’s best-selling hybrid model, beating the Prius. And we think the RAV4 hybrid is worth all the attention.
The owner’s announcement began in late May, but Toyota will again notify the owners when the feature is available. For more information, owners should use their dealer information or call Toyota at 800-331-4331.