The RAV4 was one of the first modern crossover utility vehicles and since its redesign in 2013, it's been a better fit for the habits of its most common buyer-- families who want a fuel-efficient, reliable, easy-to-park vehicle. A capable all-wheel drive system makes the RAV4 a smart pick for those needing to commute through snowy winters or a trip to the mountain.
The Toyota RAV4 is offered in LE, XLE and Limited models, each with a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Across the entire model line, the RAV4 comes with a 176-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine under the hood fitted to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features a new flexible lockup torque-converter feature that permits better efficiency, especially at lower speeds.
Note: If you're looking for 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid information after seeing the automaker's new Super Bowl commercial featuring Antoinette "Toni" Harris, you've come to the right place. We've spent a lot of quality time with this new gas-electric version of America's best-selling SUV, and have a full scored review below. If you're looking for info on the conventional gas version, Roadshow by CNET has you covered there, too. Check out our first drive review of the 2019 Toyota RAV4.
Toyota sold upwards of 400,000 examples of its RAV4 crossover SUV last year. So when it came time to redo its sales superstar, the pressure was high to not screw up its golden goose. Fortunately, Toyota's done a great job with this new RAV4, but there's another trick up this SUV's sleeve. Meet the RAV4 Hybrid, a model that takes all of the accolades Toyota's compact crossover has earned and adds a strong dose of efficiency -- and driving performance.
While the majority of RAV4s driving off dealer lots will be gasoline-only models with a 203-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, people who really value efficiency will likely be enticed by the hybrid. It's got stellar EPA-estimated fuel economy figures of 41 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway -- a huge benefit over the 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway ratings of the standard RAV4. All-wheel drive is standard with a rear-mounted electric motor moving the back wheels, and as a whole, the powertrain is a little more powerful than its gas-only sibling, with a combined system output of 219 horsepower.
The Good The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid feature excellent fuel economy, comfortable ride, nice interior and lots of standard tech features.
The Bad Entune infotainment system still doesn't support Android Auto and features dated graphics.
The Bottom Line The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the top electrified compact SUV today.
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