The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid takes the appeal of the Prius and Camry Hybrid and puts it on a pair of stilts. While affordable gas prices mean consumers aren't thinking too much about fuel economy as they devour new crossovers, the RAV4 Hybrid is a reminder that electrification and crossovers are not mutually exclusive concepts.
What's New for 2018
After 2017’s safety update to include the Toyota Safety Sense suite to all trims, the 2018 RAV4 Hyrbid enters the year with a new Hybrid LE base trim but, otherwise, there are no major feature or styling updates.
Choosing Your Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
All Hybrid models are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is tuned for efficiency and mated to a continuously variable transmission. Working together with the two-motor hybrid system, 194 combined horsepower is transmitted through a standard all-wheel drive system.
The RAV4 Hybrid is EPA-rated at 34 miles per gallon city, 30 highway, 32 combined, representing a 33-percent increase in the combined rating versus the gas-only model. The Hybrid specific gauge cluster and energy monitor display provide real-time feedback as to the source and direction of power.
The Hybrid model lineup starts with the new LE base trim, while the mid-level XLE, the sporty SE, and the most popular and luxurious trim, Limited carry on unchanged.
While the Hybrid SE and Limited are appealing, neither really offers enough content to justify their higher prices. Instead, check out the XLE for a good blend of content that's easy on the wallet.
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