2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: Best Hybrid SUV On The Market? | For its New generation launched in January 2019, the Toyota RAV4 is revitalizing its lines, modernizing its endowment and putting on a 100% hybrid offer available in two or four-wheel drive.
Sometimes mocked, rarely copied, the full hybrid system Toyota launched in 1997 with the Prius is worth its undeniable success today, most of the Toyota sold in 2018 “fuel” hybridization, and the disappearance of thermal offers on the C-HR and the imminent Corolla will further accentuate the trend in 2019.
Despite its superior size (4.60 m long) and as the previous generation since 2018, the new Toyota RAV4 makes the same choice. The old RAV4 hybrid peaked at 197 hp cumulative power.
Built on the new TNGA platform (the “K” version of the Lexus ES and Toyota Camry, different from the “C” of the Prius, Corolla, and C-HR ), the RAV4 adopts a new 2.5 gasoline 177 hp direct injection and indirect. It is supported by an electric motor of 118 hp or two for the version 4×4 which adds one on the rear axle (54 hp).
Now stronger as a couple, it also allows a slight reduction in fuel consumption over the homologation cycle. It thus displays CO ² emissions of 100 g / km, just enough to exempt it from tax on company vehicles for three years (the RAV4 4×2 “fails” at 102 g). The upper towable weight (1,650 kg instead of 800 kg) is an additional argument and offsets the extra cost of the AWD: $2,331 to add to the attractive price of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Price & Equipment
The prices of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid start at $39,746 in Active finish, already well equipped in terms of driving assistance (adaptive cruise control to stop, active assistance to maintain the track, auto fire management road, reading panels, etc.). The top Dynamic finish will, however, be more popular and adds the essentials: hands-free key, parking radar AV / AR with reversing camera and an 8-inch touch screen, unfortunately, no GPS navigation.
Unlike the Honda CR-V Hybrid, its direct rival, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid pays no penalty, regardless of the transmission retained. The latter version was launched in May 2019, our first test was the RAV4 hybrid two-wheel drive, marketed in January. On the way!
Despite all its technical innovations, the RAV4 starts its first kilometers in the city like any other Toyota hybrid: smoothly. It advances like magic on the first meters and, if the right foot remains (very) light on the accelerator, remains propelled by the only electric motor up to 25 km / h approximately.
Beyond that, the 2.5 thermal takes over without any jerk, and can even go back to sleep once the car is launched at a steady speed (up to 70 km / h). A need for power? Blocks electric and thermal hands then, develop 218 ch in concert and secure overtaking on the road. In the test of raises, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has nothing to envy to SUV with powerful turbo-diesel.
Finally, it is on highway that this family SUV becomes less convincing. Firstly because the consumption is nothing extra (less than 6 l / 100 km in the city, less than 7 l on the road and almost 9.5 l on the motorway), then because the soundproofing air and rolling noises disappoints, at 130 km / h. Finally, it is more difficult to limit the engine runaway to acceleration (due to the continuously variable gearbox), especially when raising above 110 km/h or on steep hills.
This trend also discourages dynamic ride on a winding road where, although the new RAV4 has improved steering precision and lateral grip on dry ground, it retains a low dynamic cornering balance and limited traction in the rain. (The 4×4 version should fix it, but it is also 60 kg heavier). No, at the wheel of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, it is better to adopt a peaceful pace, to enjoy the softness of the drivetrain and the comfort of suspension, which has become soft beyond 70 km / h.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Interior
The first glance in the central mirror does not fail to surprise: it is actually a screen, connected to a camera behind the rear window. In case of transport of a Norman wardrobe (or of a big teenager in central place!), There is thus no more problem of retrovision, even if it becomes difficult to gauge the distance with the following car. The allergic to this equipment (included in a pack at $1,478 minimum) can always press the lower tab, to turn off the screen and recover the classic mirror. Convenient !
This technology is not isolated on our high test finish which embeds a 360 ° parking camera, a 7 inch screen between the counters (instead of the 4.2 inch monochrome on-board computer), three USB outlets at the front and a smartphone charging by induction.
Remains a central touch screen 8 inches with a little intuitive interface, and private compatibility Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Coyote or Toyota “MyT” applications (foot guidance to find your car or your final destination, advanced onboard computer, maintenance reminders) do not compensate for this oversight.
At the rear, the RAV4 has lost none of its sense of hospitality: generous legroom, long and comfortable sitting despite batteries housed below, reclining backs in two positions. Not to mention the two 2.1-amp USB ports under the aerators, ideal for quickly charging passengers’ tablets and smartphones.
Only small regrets: a central backrest strengthened by the armrest (as often), and rare storage (narrow door bins, a single pocket chaplain on the right). From 508 to 580 l of volume, the trunk finishes convincing with the use thanks to a particularly low sill, folding backs-almost-flat, and a concealed under-floor retractable luggage cover. All that is missing are the folding knobs from the entrance and a foldable front passenger seat to perfect the modularity.
Optionally at $1,478, the RAV4 finally welcomes a panoramic glass roof, welcome to brighten up a dark-hued cabin. In terms of perceived quality, the Japanese SUV climbs a small step, thanks to its foamed and stitched plastics in the center of the dashboard and at the top of the storm doors. But in terms of adjustments or quality of certain materials, a Volkswagen Tiguan remains better.
On The Road
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid now faces a competitor size: the new Honda CR-V hybrid. A little less powerful (184 hp against 218 hp), it then cumulates the similarities with the RAV4: hybrid technology non-rechargeable, reasonable consumption and good driving smoothness in town, neat comfort, generous rear space, availability in 4×2 or 4×4 version .
The resemblance also concerns fares, since the Honda oscillates between $39,348 and $52,313, against $39,803 to $53,450 for the Toyota! Despite its hybrid-rechargeable technology, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV manages to maintain its prices at the same level: $42,066 to $56,236, and 50 km of autonomy in 100% electric mode.
The broadened technological endowment, better-perceived quality, improved suspension comfort, the new Toyota RAV4 progress in all respects and perpetuates its beautiful sense of hospitality. But in a segment of brilliant compact or family SUVs, the public should especially come for its hybrid proposal. Always ideal in the city, more efficient on the road, it keeps its limits in dynamic driving and remains more greedy than diesel on the highway. But the match with the new CR-V Hybrid will be very interesting and does not slow down Toyota’s ambitions for its new RAV4.
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