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2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid evaluate: Essentially flawless, on paper

2017 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid evaluate: Essentially flawless, on paper

Not solely is it a compact crossover, however this specific RAV4 is a hybrid compact crossover. For lots of our workers, that’s two strikes earlier than you even get to the spec sheet, however the skeptics shall be silenced: This little ‘ute is essentially flawless at its mission of frugal, comfy household transportation.

Positive, you’ll be able to carp about subjective options like styling, however the RAV4 Hybrid is so good on the type of around-town errand-running transportation most of us want, it’s a surprise Toyota doesn’t promote greater than the bazillion they already transfer every year. Journey and dealing with are clean with out getting floaty, there’s ample energy in the event you want it and there’s quiet, EV-only cruising whenever you don’t. The inside is made from high-grade supplies with logical controls, and it’s roomy, open and ethereal. I used to be shocked to not discover seat heaters at this worth/trim stage, however I’m positive there’s an choice bundle that may be checked.

The RAV4 is yet one more occasion the place the hybrid model is so good (or conversely, absent any drawbacks) there’s no motive to not get it. Toyota is aware of its stuff in terms of fuel/electrical tuning, and engineers made good decisions between energy/smoothness and absolute most gasoline economic system on this ‘ute, contemplating its mission in life. In different phrases, you’re not going to get Prius mileage, however you’re not going to get Prius slowness both.

It’s a superb execution; the RAV4 Hybrid exhibits why Toyota is the undisputed grasp at bread-and-butter transportation immediately.

–Andrew Stoy, digital editor

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Gallery: 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid inside


The in-dash mpg meter says I acquired 28 mpg driving to work this morning, all metropolis. In order that’s cool.

I reread our on-line RAV four Hybrid drive from 2016 and I don’t essentially agree with all of the carping about the way in which the little SUV seems. For essentially the most half I discover it inoffensive. It does really feel slightly low-cost and plasticky inside however I suppose there’s some tried weight saving concerned…The format is ok and props to Toyota for the great large knobs for radio and warmth/ac.

It drives, properly, like a hybrid. Thus pushing the fuel pedal from a cease means the engine will get louder and the little SUV leisurely cruises away because the too-complicated-for-me-to-understand powertrain does its whirring, coupling, charging and de charging and no matter else is occurring beneath. I felt like I used to be sensing the additional weight, practically 500 kilos greater than an everyday RAV. It’s not an entire canine, however didn’t beg me to drive quicker or more durable.

And that’s all okay, I didn’t anticipate any of that. Like I stated it drives like a hybrid and Toyota makes among the many finest. It appears to me Toyota has labored out its hybrid brake points (at the very least I assumed it was a problem): these brakes felt effective and much more linear. Not just like the on/off swap I bear in mind.

Moreover, not all the pieces must be a scorching rod. There’s tons of room within the auto world for vehicles to get you from level A to level B tremendous effectively. If that’s your factor the RAV four Hybrid does that properly.

–Wes Raynal, editor

On Sale: Now

Base Worth: $29,970

As Examined Worth: $31,965

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter DOHC I4, AWD, repeatedly variable transmission

Output: 151 hp @ 5,700 rpm, 194 hp mixed; 152 lb-ft @ four,400 rpm

Curb Weight: three,925 lb

Gas Financial system: 34/30/32 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Noticed Gas Financial system: 28 mpg

Choices: Comfort bundle together with top adjustable energy liftgate, blind spot monitor with rear cross visitors alert, entrance and rear parking sensors, Entune premium audio with built-in navigation and app suite ($1,905); tonneau cowl ($90)

Professionals: Effectivity, consolation, total straightforward to reside with

Cons: Polarizing seems, smallish dimension

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