Toyota Cuts Entry Price On RAV4 Hybrid With New LE Model

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The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular crossovers on the road today and the hybrid variant manages to stuff an electric motor and all-wheel drive into the mix. With a combination like that, the RAV4 Hybrid was only being held back by its price. Toyota, though, is looking to change that with a new entry-level LE Hybrid model.

For the 2017 model year, the RAV4 Hybrid was only available in three trims: the XLE, SE, and Limited. Previously, the cheapest way to get into a RAV4 Hybrid was the XLE trim that was priced at $30,025, including the $995 destination fee. But for 2018, per a bulletin sent to dealers, we know that Toyota will offer a RAV4 LE Hybrid that will undercut the XLE by $1,895.

The new LE Hybrid is priced at $28,130 and will have the same powertrain, consisting of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired to a CVT and two electric motors. Combined output for the LE Hybrid is similar to the rest of the lineup (194 horsepower), as are the car’s fuel economy figures (34 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined).

Opting for the hybrid over a gas-only LE with all-wheel drive represents a price difference of $1,325. While the LE Hybrid shares a lot of the same features as the gas-only LE, it gets a few extra goodies, including front and rear silver-painted bumper garnish, heated exterior mirrors, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster, Eco, Sport, and EV driving modes, and a Smart Key System.

The decision to offer a new, entry-level hybrid aligns with the automaker’s decision to lower the prices on almost every RAV4 trim earlier this year. Recently, Lexus cut the base price of the 2018 NX 300h, despite packing it with more safety features. The luxury crossover, though, is roughly $11,000 more than the new LE Hybrid.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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