Long Term Updates
Long Term Updates
Date: August 2019
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has just joined our long term fleet. The 2.5-liter inline-four and Toyota updated hybrid system produce a combined 219 horsepower. Like the Highlander Hybrid, the rear axle electric motor brings on quick and smooth all-wheel drive.
“Toyota has been making hybrids for some time now and it shows in this RAV4. The system operation is seamless and it’s quicker than you might think, which is nice on the highway. Also nice is the fact that the engine doesn’t sound buzzy at 70 MPH.”
Wheelbase is up more than an inch over the previous RAV4, and the battery pack is under the rear seats. So, it’s very roomy inside. Actually, nearly as roomy as the original Highlander! We’ve only put 13-hundred miles on it… but already we’re seeing 39.7 miles per gallon, and that’s heavy on highway miles. So, summer outings should prove to be frugal ones.
Date: September 2019
Our 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has now racked up almost 4,000 miles during its first two months with us. Many of those miles were added on long road trips… so we’ve had some real quality time behind the wheel. The 219 horsepower 2.5-liter I-4 and Toyota’s Hybrid System combine with an electric motor on the rear axle for all-wheel drive… resulting in excellent power for passing and pulling away from tailgaters… with only modest CVT noise. Out on the highway it is very stable… never getting blown around by passing big rigs.
While it is comfortable overall… the seats are getting mixed reviews among our drivers. The console provides a good amount of storage… and we appreciate having a real shifter… as opposed to buttons or a rotary switch.
So far the infotainment works well… but we’re already spoiled by personal assistants in other brands, so we wish the voice control was more extensive here. While Hybrid fuel economy doesn’t often shine brightest in highway travel, at 37-point-3 miles-per-gallon we have no complaints. We’ll see if that number rises as more routine daily duties take over.
Engine: 2.5 liter