2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited AWD
Class: Compact Crossover SUV
Miles pushed: 474
Fuel used: 13.9 gallons
Real-world gas economic system: 34.1 mpg
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Comfort||B+|
|Power and Performance||B+|
|Fit and Finish||B-|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Value grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and will not mirror Consumer Guide’s impressions of your entire mannequin lineup.|
|Big & Tall Comfort|
|Big & Tall consolation scores are for entrance seats solely. “Big” score based mostly on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score based mostly on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||219-hp 2.5L|
|Engine Type||4-cylinder hybrid|
|Drive Wheels||All-wheel drive|
Driving combine: 60% metropolis, 40% freeway
EPA-estimated gas economic system: 41/38/40 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Fuel sort: Regular gasoline
Base value: $37,575 (not together with $1215 vacation spot cost)
Options on check automobile: Limited-Grade Weather Package ($815), Premium Audio with Navigation package deal ($1040), Limited-Grade Advanced Technology Package ($1225), Ruby Flare Pearl paint ($425), panoramic glass roof with entrance energy tilt/slide ($500), carpet flooring mats/cargo mat ($269), door-edge guard ($140), blackout emblem overlays ($175)
Price as examined: $43,379
The nice: Fuel economic system, cargo capability, plenty of high-tech options
The good: Acceleration, highway manners, management format
The not so good: Limited entrance headroom for taller people
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The current-generation Toyota RAV4 debuted for the 2019 mannequin yr, and it has acquired a couple of nip-and-tuck updates since then, together with a pair noteworthy new variants: the TRD Off Road trim stage (new for 2020) and Prime plug-in-hybrid model (new for 2021). For 2022, the RAV4 lineup will get minor tweaks, equivalent to restyled headlamps for many trim ranges, slight alterations in normal/accessible tools, and a midline Hybrid SE trim stage that gives sporty styling touches at a cheaper price level than the XSE mannequin.
The concept that hybrid automobiles are weak-kneed gradual pokes is totally outdated, and automobiles just like the RAV4 Hybrid have carried out rather a lot to dispel that false notion. The RAV4 Hybrid boasts extra horsepower and is appreciably faster than its common gas-engine counterpart. The mixed output of its gasoline/electrical powertrain is 219 horsepower, in comparison with 203 horsepower for the common RAV4’s unassisted 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Hybrid is no less than a half-second faster in a 0-60-mph dash too, and the speedy response of its electric-motor-assisted powertrain means it feels appreciably faster off the road and in around-town driving.
Another bonus of the hybrid powertrain: normal all-wheel drive. The RAV4 Hybrid makes use of two electrical motors—one assists the gasoline engine in powering the entrance wheels, and the opposite powers the rear wheels throughout acceleration, or when slip on the entrance wheels is detected. So, along with notably improved gas economic system and acceleration, you get the inclement-weather/rough-terrain advantages of all-wheel drive.
About that improved gas economic system—in our check of this explicit RAV4 Hybrid Limited mannequin, it wasn’t fairly as improved because the official EPA economic system estimates would recommend. We averaged 34.1 mpg in a check that consisted of about 60 p.c metropolis driving in cold-weather circumstances—disappointingly shy of the EPA’s numbers of 41 mpg metropolis/38 freeway/40 mixed. However, in a earlier RAV4 Hybrid check performed throughout milder climate and consisting of about 80 p.c freeway driving, we averaged 40.3 mpg, barely topping the EPA estimates. It’s additionally price noting that even the numbers we achieved on this check are nearly 9 miles per gallon higher than our check of a non-hybrid Limited AWD mannequin in an analogous driving combine.
The Limited is the top-line trim stage of the RAV4 Hybrid lineup, and our check automobile was additional gussied up with a number of choices. The Limited-Grade Weather Package provides a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, rear outboard heated seats, and rain-sensing wipers with a de-icer perform. The Premium Audio package deal provides a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation and an 11-speaker JBL-brand audio system. The Limited-Grade Advanced Technology Package provides smart-key entry to all 4 doorways and the rear liftgate, in addition to a hands-free foot-activated energy liftgate, wi-fi charging pad, a digital-camera rearview mirror, and a 360-degree surround-view digital camera show with perimeter scan and a curb-view characteristic.
All of that provides as much as a bottom-line sticker value of $43,379. That’s very a lot on the excessive finish for a mainstream-brand compact SUV, particularly compared towards the equally spectacular Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson hybrids. It’s additionally about $1200 greater than a comparably outfitted non-hybrid RAV4, although we expect that’s an affordable premium for the Hybrid’s improved acceleration and gas economic system. And, forgoing a couple of of the spendy choices and/or selecting a lower-line mannequin makes the RAV4 a extra compelling worth.
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