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RAV4 Hybrid Reviews & Information

 

Looking a lot like it's gasoline only powered sibling, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid differentiates itself by delivering more horsepower and better acceleration while improving fuel economy via hybrid performance. One year on from its introduction, the RAV4 Hybrid mostly carries over, while upgrading all trims to include the Toyota Safety Sense System that features a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

The five-passenger hybrid is offered initially in two premium level trims, the XLE and top-rated Limited, while adding an SE trim late in the model year. Sleek exterior styling with a bold front fascia accented by silver-painted bumper garnish, both front and rear, imparts a dynamic appearance to the RAV4 Hybrid. Standard exterior equipment includes projector beam automatic head lights, fog lights, power side mirrors, and a rear lip spoiler.

Ease of use convenience wins the day.

Inside the RAV4 Hybrid, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display provides helpful hybrid system information to maximize fuel economy while driver's selectable ECO, Sport, and EV modes customize the driving experience. The XLE features a 6.1-inch touchscreen and tune infotainment system with HD radio and Scout GPS Link cellphone-driven navigation, while the Limited gets a 7-inch touchscreen system with integrated navigation, as well as upmarket amenities such as heated front seats. Folding the 60/40 split rear seats expands cargo space to 70.6 cubic feet.

DRINK HOLDER:

Bring your favorite refreshment along for the ride. RAV4 features mug holders designed to accommodate your favorite travel mugs — handles and all.

FOOT-ACTIVATED LIFTGATE:

Loading cargo when your arms are full has never been easier. Leave your key fob in your pocket and simply wave your foot under the center of the rear bumper. The liftgate can be programmed to stop at your desired height every time. Getting ready for the road is easier than ever.

CARGO ROOM:

RAV4’s large cargo area lets you take your stuff wherever you go. Whether you fold the 40/60 split second-row flat or leave it upright, with RAV4’s up to 73+ cubic feet of cargo capacity, there’s always tons of space in the back. So go ahead: Bring your kids and all their gear. There’s no reason to leave any of the equipment behind.

Available exclusively with all-wheel drive, the RAV4 Hybrid delivers a combined hybrid system output of 194 horsepower, seamlessly utilizing either the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine or the electric motor or both as needed. Impressive 206-pound foot lbs. of total system torque contributes to an acceleration times of zero to 60 miles per hour in 8.1 seconds, nearly a second faster than the conventional RAV4. Power goes through a continuously variable transmission, while electrical energy from regenerative braking is stored in a Nickel-Metal Hydride battery pack. Here are the estimates for fuel economy.

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