2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

7 Nov 2019 | 411 views | No Comment
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD SUV The Car: The RAV4 is the best selling SUV, and for good reason. It is dependable, safe, tough as nails, will last for years, and is really comfortable along with many other laudable traits. And THIS year, the RAV4 is sexy. Very sexy. It stands out from all of those other boxy all wheel drive things I see on the road, and its angular, muscular profile, with character lines in all the right places, along with little things like the showy dual chrome exhausts, come together to make this one cool ride. I found it to be inordinately comfortable, a blast to drive with plentiful acceleration, reassuring handling, and powerful brakes. It does take some getting used to for shorter drivers like me--from the inside it looks wide, tall and longer than it is in reality. The interior has been dramatically updated with above quality materials arranged in a tasteful, futuristic design.  Straight up-- I just fell in love with the RAV4, and I am one who NEVER thought he would want a SUV. I'm in the market for a new car in the next year or so, and guess what goes to the top of the list? RAV4 hands down! Price: Toyota RAV4 prices range from $27,850 to $35,850 without options. Fuel Economy: We got a pretty remarkable average of 44 to 48 miles per gallon. The Feds say EPA-estimated fuel economy is up to 39 mpg combined this year, which is a rather large hike of six miles per gallon over the 2018 RAV4. The battery-assisted powertrain now produces 219 horsepower, making this the most powerful RAV4 since the V6 engine was discontinued in 2012. Performance: All RAV4 Hybrid models have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor with a continuously variable automatic transmission. And an additional electric motor is used to power the rear wheels in low-traction situations. Total system output is 219 horsepower. And it's good horsepower.  The RAV4 Hybrid really scoots on highways, passing and when sudden acceleration is needed. Technology:
All RAV4 Hybrid models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor with a continuously variable automatic transmission. And an additional electric motor is used to power the rear wheels in low-traction situations. Total system output is 219 horsepower. You should be able to find just the right equipment and style that you want, given the wide variety of options that the RAV4 offers. You start out with the LE trim  which has as standard equipment such things as  17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a rearview camera, LED headlights and daytime running lights, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats with adjustable recline, and dual-zone climate control. Infotainment is handled by a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration (Android Auto isn't available), Toyota Connected Services (includes onboard Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, one USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. Next up: The XLE which adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, automatic headlights, integrated foglights, proximity entry with push-button start, a sunroof, upgraded fabric upholstery, sliding sun visor extensions, and additional USB ports (five total, including two for the rear seats). Options for the XLE include the Weather package, which adds a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel and automatic wipers with a de-icer function. The XLE Convenience package equips a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and a power liftgate. An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite radio can also be added to the XLE.
     The model we tested was the XSE, which comes with such standard equipment as h8-inch touchscreen system and the contents of the Convenience package. You also very cool black-painted 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, two-tone exterior paint, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex), upgraded interior trim materials, a digital speedometer, a 7-inch digital driver-information display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, and additional interior ambient lighting.
     Want more? For the XSE and the XLE, you can order at extra cost a Technology package with front and rear parking sensors, automatic rear cross-traffic braking, an auto-dimming rearview mirror (XLE), and a wireless charging pad (XSE only). If you really want to do it up royally, you should go straight for the snazzy Limited version.  For the extra money you pay, you get standard equipment like  18-inch chrome-finished wheels, the parking sensors and automatic rear cross-traffic braking, an integrated navigation system, and two-position memory for the driver's seat. If you are a prospective RAV4 Limited buyer, and you live in areas where the weather is, well, let's say trying--don't overlook the optional Limited Grade Weather package that includes a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear passenger seats, and the de-icing and automatic wipers. You can also get the Limited Grade Advanced Technology package with proximity-entry sensors on all four doors, foot activation for the power liftgate, the wireless charging pad, and a surround-view parking camera system. Safety:
The list of standard safety equipment is pretty extensive, including Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is on all RAV4 Hybrid models and includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, auto high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. Aesthetics/Styling: Since I've already waxed poetic about the exterior, let me say that the interior is a showplace, too. It's very comfortable, with stretch-out room front and back.  I was impressed by the rugged, luxurious looks of the interior, and the Nav system was easy to read with a huge screen, too. But I wasn't real pleased with the Entune infotainment system. It is not available with Android phones, yet we kept getting annoying invitations to downloaded.  And for extra punishment for having an Android phone, it seemed that every time I left the car and returned, I had to reconnect the Bluetooth system. Toyota?  Really?  Please make Entune available for Android phones. Another issue?  Teeny tiny little tabs to operate  the climate control system.  And for my arms at least, at times when I thought that I could intuitively operate the windows without looking at the controls, I kept reaching beyond the power window switches, and sometimes engaged them for the wrong window. Warranty: Three year, 36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty,  

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.

aj on twitter aj on facebook