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TOYOTA RAV4 HYBRID REVIEWS | 2019-2020 MODEL

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How economical is a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid? We put its green creds to the test

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Driven review

SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2020 | WORDS: DEAN EVANS

Evil Smurf has arrived! And though the white RAV4 we handed back last week was neat, the Eclectic Blue on black alloys is much meaner — or at least bolder.

Six weeks into our three-month RAV4 test, there are two common questions: how much and how efficient?

Looking at just RAV4 Hybrids, at $42,990 for the entry level GX, $45,990 for the GXL, up to $52,990 for this Limited Hybrid (and those are drive-away prices) they all run the 2.5-litre four-cylinder, and claim the same fuel economy figures: 5.0 litres/100km for city running, dipping to 4.8 litres/100km for both the highway “and” combined city/highway cycles. That is impressively frugal and interesting, suggesting that the hybrid system is most efficient with a mix of city and motorway kilometres. But how does the claim stack up?

Sounds like the perfect excuse to slap a golf glove across the faces of our team and create the Driven RAV4 Eco Challenge. For the win, simply get as close to the claim as possible over at least 100km, in any way possible – and in the spirit of fair play.

So with my Hamilton-to-Auckland commute, I’ll set the standard. Having driven the majority of the white and blue RAV4’s mileage so far and seeing an average of 5.6L/100km, I’m confident of bettering that with a lighter right.

2019 TOYOTA RAV4 HYBRID REVIEW – A HYBRID WITHOUT COMPROMISE?

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid NZAutocar review

SOURCE: NZAUTOCAR | YEAR: 2019 | WORDS: KYLE CASSIDY | PHOTOS: TOM GASNIER

Toyota’s ‘mainstreaming’ of the hybrid continues with RAV4 now adopting electrical assistance.

The popularity of the hybrid Corolla (and Camry) has seen the regular Prius dropped from the local line-up. Clearly people prefer their hybrids to look normal. The current Prius seems to have been a victim of the Fukushima disaster, radiation clearly affecting its development during the styling phase.

The RAV4 hybrid doesn’t look any different from the ‘normal’ models but packs a fuel sipping punch. It’s the most powerful RAV4 too, so is the quickest and yet uses the least gas. Plus it drives well and doesn’t carry a cost premium. The hybrid uses a version of Toyota’s new 2.5-litre engine which loses 21kW and 22Nm for the sake of emissions but the electrics bolster total system output to a combined 163kW.

There’s no torque figure given but the pull certainly feels healthy. The drivetrain comprises the hybrid gubbins and an 88kW/200Nm motor on the front axle with a 40kW/120Nm motor on the rear enabling AWD. The system decides which motors are used when. There’s a 245V NiMH battery under the rear seat that is charged by the hybrid system’s generator.

Like the styling, the controls of this hybrid are conventional; no funny gear lever, no regenerative braking to play with, just an EV mode button you might press occasionally.


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