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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, compact SUV
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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

This all-new addition to the hybrid SUV market is already making an impact. Toyota finally modified the brand’s successful RAV4 compact SUV with an efficient hybrid drivetrain, and the result has already won U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award.

This new, more efficient RAV4 is a good option for a wide range of consumers. The RAV4 Hybrid scores very well for both reliability and safety, so the basics are covered there. Critics tend to like the RAV4 Hybrid’s interior and say that all five passengers sit comfortably. Though the RAV4 Hybrid’s cargo area is a little smaller than the regular RAV4’s due to the space taken up by the hybrid battery pack, it’s still got one of the biggest cargo capacities in the class, which is perfect for college students. Critics say the driving dynamics are a little lackluster, but the RAV4 Hybrid prioritizes efficiency over performance and rewards buyers with good fuel economy, especially in the city.

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