Toyota RAV4 2019 Hybrid Review

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Partially based on by Bryan Siwik  review 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid( March 18, 2019 )

Toyota fully redesigned the RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid for the 2019 model year. Revamped interior and exterior styling, a slightly stronger powertrain (previous was fully sufficient), and class-leading fuel economy. The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid comes with either a 7- or 8-inch infotainment display, up from the 6.1- or 7-inch variants in the 2018 model. A built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, made their RAV4 Hybrid debut for 2019. It allows using regular tablet as navigator. The standard Toyota Safety Sense package now includes traffic sign recognition and automatic lane tracing assist, while rear cross traffic braking is available for the first time.

It was named it a finalist for US news 2019 Best Compact SUV for Families award and has very good predicted reliability rating. The RAV4 Hybrid boasts  swift acceleration.

All-wheel drive is standard in the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid. This model has a better braking distance then 2016 RAV4 hybrid.

The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid gets on average 41 mpg in mixed driving (50% highway 50% in the city). Pure highway can be as high as 42 mpg.

LE is the most the most attractive price/performance ratio. Model with Blind spot monitor (BSM $ 590) and floor mats is around $30200 which corresponds to 2016 RAV4 XLE price. While LE has a high price tag for a compact SUV its standard all-wheel drive and standard safety tech makes it a good value in the current market, although is you need cheaper base model Honda CR-V can be bought for around $24K.  

If you drive long distance (say over 12K miles a year) then the RAV4 Hybrid's fuel efficiency makes it a compelling alternative to the gas-only Toyota RAV4.  Please note that the hybrid variant costs just $1K or so then the RAV4 AWD. The RAV4 Hybrid is also has more important features included in base trim  than rival hybrid SUVs like the Nissan Rogue Hybrid

You lose quite a lot of features in 2019 LE in comparison with 2018 RAV4 XLE ( with convinience package) which has the same or even lower price ($29-31K new, $22-25K certified pre-owed with low mileage) according to KBB

  1. Ability to regulate speed of intermittent wiper mode. This is a blunder. This is the first vicke with MSRP over 30K that I drive that does not have this feature.
  2. Packing obstacles sensors
  3. Fog lights. Which offer slightly improved visibility in difficult driving conditions. they work only with low beam.
  4. Headlights control sensor; automatic switching off and on of lights. This is "must have" feature for vehicles over 30K that for some reason is absent in LE.
  5. Proximity keyless entry and start. Nice to have but not a game changer.
  6. Moon roof (I do not need like it anyway)
  7. Leather covered wheel. Nice to have but not a game changer.
  8. Better looking alloy wheels in XLE. Nice to have but not a game changer.
  9. Power lift to cargo door. I actually resented it -- it is too slow.
  10. Initial high power/blast mode for ventilation is present only in XLE. Nice to have feature which is really convenient/important in a very hot days.  but you can simply open  4 doors for a couple of minutes and then start air conditioning.
  11. Smaller and less convenient buttons for ventilation control in LE. Yes they are both smaller and less convinient.
  12. No satellite radio (but LE has built-in Wi-Fi which is even better)
  13. Much worse, primitive construction of rear seats headrests (no incline mode). To improve visibility I usually remove them and then lost them ;-)
  14. Cruse control buttons are now on the steering wheel not on a separate handle like most driver get used to. Old habits die hard...

Fog lights and packing obstacle detection absent on LE and present on older XLE are useful safety features that definitely have a safety value.

Initial high power/blast mode for ventilation is another feature missing in 2019 LE which makes a substantial difference in hot days.

RCTA (Rear Cross Traffic alert) work in both models.

What you gain

NOTE: BSM and RCTA function can be enabled/disabled on  the "settings" screen of the central 4.2" multi-information display (see pages 282-283 of the manual)

Shortcomings

Lease Deals:

$229 per month for 36 months with $2999.00 due at signing on RAV4 Hybrid. (Expires: 07/08/19)

Tips

Selected review from Edmunds.com

Lloyd Marks, 06/07/2019
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
 
Bought this car one week ago. As far as Iím concerned, I would not take any other car regardless of price even if given to me. All kidding aside, this car has great acceleration, great mileage, great storage space, amazing electronics, and remarkable safety features.

I particularly like the rearview mirror which is a electronic and has no obstructions. Many other things to rave about. Great car!

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 and its hybrid variant are similar Ė they have comparable interior dimensions and features, and both have similar scores in our rankings. The RAV4 Hybrid feels a little peppier when driving thanks to its brisk acceleration, and it is expected to get much better fuel economy estimates. Deciding between these two will probably come down a question of value proposition, as the hybrid model is more expensive but will save you lots of money in gas. The RAV4 Hybrid gets up to 41 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway Ė according to Toyota Ė while the nonhybrid RAV4 earns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid (which comes with AWD) starts at $27,700, while the 2019 RAV4 starts at $25,500 with front-wheel drive and $26,900 with all-wheel drive. With your fuel savings, you can likely make up that relatively small price difference in just a few years.

Which Is Better: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a much better choice than the Nissan Rogue Hybrid. The Rogue Hybrid gets great fuel economy for the class, but it can't match the RAV4's manufacturer-estimated numbers. You'll get better overall performance with the RAV4, thanks to its peppy powertrain and balanced handling. The Toyota also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which will cost you extra with the Nissan. Both rivals have quality interiors and plenty of passenger room, but the RAV4 has the edge in cargo space. Its infotainment features are also more user-friendly than the Rogue's. These two hybrid SUVs have similarly high starting prices, so there's little reason to go with the Rogue over the RAV4.

RAV4 Hybrid Cargo Space

The RAV4 Hybrid boasts up to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row of seats. That's one of the highest values in the class. Models with the regular or panoramic moon roof lose a tiny fraction of that space.

The second row folds flat to aid in hauling large or boxy items, and the cargo floor is low, so it's easy to lift in heavy things. The optional proximity key entry works with the hatch, and a power liftgate is available. A package for the highest trim level includes a hands-free liftgate that allows you to wave your foot under the bumper to open the hatch.

RAV4 Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The RAV4 Hybrid features the latest iteration of Toyota's Entune infotainment system. This interface comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. It also features standard Apple CarPlay, which was not available in most Toyota vehicles for a long time. Android Auto is still unavailable.

Higher trims feature an 8-inch screen, and you can spring for other options like satellite radio, navigation, an 11-speaker JBL stereo, wireless charging for enabled devices, four additional USB ports, and a 7-inch digital driver-information display.

The Entune system functions smoothly and is simple to operate. The screen is easy to reach from the driver's seat, as are dedicated volume and tuning knobs that flank the screen on both lower corners. Large knobs control climate and temperature functions, and they're in an ergonomic position midway on the center stack.

 

RAV4 Hybrid Performance

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RAV4 Hybrid Reliability

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

RAV4 Hybrid Safety

Like many Toyota vehicles, the 2019 RAV4 is among the best in its segment for standard safety technologies. All models come with a rearview camera and the latest iteration of the Toyota Safety Sense suite. This bundle includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and lane tracing assist, which works to keep you centered in your lane on the highway, even when the road turns.

Optional driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera, and rear cross traffic automatic braking.

Which Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes in four trim levels: LE, XLE, XSE, and Limited. All models come with the same hybrid powertrain, which includes a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The base model is  the best choice because it comes with a wide array of driver assistance features, as well as infotainment amenities like Apple CarPlay and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

If you have room in your budget, consider the XLE. You'll a moonroof, proximity key entry, four additional USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE  $27,700. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable driverís seat, a four-way adjustable passenger seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard Entune 3.0 infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera.

    LE comes with cloth seats and only manual adjustments for the driver and passenger. Taller front-seat passengers might wish for a little more headroom, given the seat's high position and the car's low roofline. The driver's seat is comfortable, and optional eight-way power adjustments make it easy to find a good position.

    There's plenty of leg- and headroom in the second row, even for taller occupants. Additional amenities include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and leatherette upholstery; leather is not available.

     

  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE $29,500. It adds a moonroof, proximity key entry, push-button start, four additional USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The optional Weather Prep package includes a heated steering wheel and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Convenience package features an eight-way power-adjustable front seat, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. The Technology package has rear cross traffic braking, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener.
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE Starting at $33,700, the RAV4 Hybrid XSE comes with sporty styling elements, a sport-tuned suspension, a power liftgate, a 7-inch digital driver-information display, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable front seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, satellite radio, and an 8-inch infotainment screen. The Weather Prep package comes with a heated steering wheel and rain-sensing windshield wipers. An infotainment package includes navigation and an 11-speaker JBL stereo. The Technology package features rear cross traffic braking and wireless device charging. A panoramic moonroof is optional as well.
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited $35,700. Additional features include navigation and more appearance upgrades. The Weather Prep package for this trim comes with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers. The Advanced Technology package requires buying the JBL stereo, and it includes a hands-free liftgate, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, and a surround-view parking camera.

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