Toyota Rav4 Hybrid First Drive

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Read our most comprehensive review of the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid standard features, trim levels, and available options. Additional new features for the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid include a heated steering wheel, and optional heated and power operated front seats on lower-trim models with cloth upholstery. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. In addition to the gas-only model, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is also available as a hybrid with all-wheel drive as standard.


  • Spacious interior
  • Fuel efficient hybrid variant
  • Active safety features come standard


  • Choppy ride in SE trim
  • Subpar interior fit and finish
  • The V-6 engine could use more power

In a 2018 comparison test that included the other cars, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid placed fifth. Handling also proved to be another Toyota Rav4 Hybrid weak spot and we found the steering to be numb. 

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Specs and Review

The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, on the other hand, is a better package, as we noted in a 2017 First Test, thanks to its smooth powertrain and well-calibrated brakes that smoothly transition between regenerative and mechanical braking. However, since it isn’t a plug-in hybrid, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t have much EV mode range and can only travel around 0.5 miles on electricity.A rear view camera with rear parking sensors is now standard on all models.

The car is the only Toyota Rav4 Hybrid trim level that can be had with a cool two-tone exterior color scheme. The ride itself was smooth, and road imperfections were barely felt.”

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Exterior

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