Toyota joins the new crop of electric vehicle makers with its RAV4 EV, using a driveline sourced from partner Tesla Motors. Toyota's is the first SUV among the new crop of electric vehicles, although it's the second time Toyota has put an electric drive system in the RAV4 model. Read full review
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The view under the hood consists of an inverter and power control electronics. Deeper down is a 154-horsepower electric motor driving the front wheels, connected to a 41.5-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack. Read full review
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The battery and other electric drive components do not intrude on the cabin space, keeping the RAV4 EV as a five-passenger SUV. Read full review
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One perk of the RAV4 EV for Californians is access to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, a particular benefit in the heavy traffic of Los Angeles. Read full review
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The RAV4 EV boasts more cargo space than most of the new electric vehicles on the market, but that probably won't be a big factor for most buyers. Read full review
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The cabin, with surfaces covered in hard plastics, feels somewhat less than luxurious. Read full review
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The rear seats fold down to maximize cargo space, and offer plenty of legroom when in the up position. Read full review
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The electric power steering has a very neutral feeling, while the extra 800 pounds from the battery, slung low, making cornering an adventure. Read full review
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Toyota uses an LCD for the instrument cluster, displaying vehicle speed in a digital format. A gauge on the left shows power usage and remaining range. Read full review
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The center LCD in the dashboard can show a split view, with navigation on the left and power usage on the right, in this configuration. Read full review
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Toyota programmed some electric-vehicle-specific screens into the RAV4 EV, such as this energy usage monitor. Read full review
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As in other Toyota vehicles, the RAV4 EV gets Entune, Toyota's connected vehicle technology. Entune depends on the driver having a smartphone running the Entune app, and uses its data connection to power apps in the dashboard. For the RAV4 EV, Toyota adds some electric-vehicle-specific functions. Read full review
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Entune's charging station map is really more of a list, and displays 24 results near the vehicle or centered on another location. Read full review
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Entune also includes Bing search, making it possible to search for local businesses, then feed an entry to the navigation system. Read full review
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On a smartphone, owners can use Entune to remotely check the RAV4 EV's charging status. Read full review
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The app also shows charging stations in a map format, making it easy to find concentrations of stations in a particular area. Read full review
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Of course, the RAV4 EV has typical cabin technologies, such as a Bluetooth hands-free phone system. Read full review
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The car uses its satellite radio connection to bring in traffic, weather, stocks, and sports information. Read full review
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HD Radio is included standard in the RAV4 EV. Read full review
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The audio system supports iOS integration, USB drives, and Bluetooth audio streaming. In addition, Entune includes Pandora and iHeartRadio. Read full review
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The RAV4 EV comes with a rather mediocre six-speaker audio system. Read full review
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The only driver assistance feature is a backup camera, which is useful considering the SUV style of the vehicle. Read full review
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