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Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.4
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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid ranks highly among hybrid and electric SUVs. It offers well-rounded performance and a quality interior with user-friendly features and an abundance of cargo space. To top it off, this Toyota also earns a good predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality cabin
  • Impressive list of standard safety and tech features
  • Tons of cargo space
  • Spry acceleration
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • High base price for a compact SUV

Is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid a Good SUV?

The fully redesigned 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is a good choice among hybrid and electric SUVs. In fact, we named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Compact SUV for Families award. In addition to an above-average predicted reliability rating, it has excellent fuel economy.

While a hybrid powertrain is often associated with dull performance, the RAV4 Hybrid challenges that notion. The RAV4 Hybrid boasts strong and swift acceleration in nearly any circumstance. Inside, the RAV4's cabin serves up a sleek and modern design with premium materials. It offers outstanding cargo volume for a crossover, and rear-seat passengers enjoy plenty of room. There's a long list of standard safety and infotainment features, and most are straightforward. 

Should I Buy the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

Whether you're shopping for an SUV, a hybrid, or both, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid should be on your list. Although it has a high price for a compact crossover, standard all-wheel drive and tons of standard safety tech help make it a good value. Its price is a bit below average among hybrid and electric vehicles, though.

The RAV4 Hybrid's excellent fuel efficiency makes it a compelling alternative to the gas-only Toyota RAV4, and the hybrid variant costs only $800 more than the RAV4 AWD. The RAV4 Hybrid is also a more complete package than rival hybrid SUVs like the Nissan Rogue Hybrid.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

Toyota fully redesigned the RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid for the 2019 model year, so it's hard to compare these new models to prior versions. Highlights of this new generation include revamped interior and exterior styling, a stronger powertrain, and class-leading fuel economy, as estimated by Toyota. The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid comes with either a 7- or 8-inch infotainment display, up from the 6.1- or 7-inch variants in the 2018 model. Certain features, like Apple CarPlay and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, make their RAV4 Hybrid debut for 2019. The standard Toyota Safety Sense package now includes traffic sign recognition and automatic lane tracing assist, while rear cross traffic braking is available for the first time.

If you're not interested in the 2019 updates, consider a first-generation RAV4 Hybrid to save some money. The RAV4 Hybrid was introduced as a brand-new vehicle for 2016, and it saw few major changes throughout its first generation. Therefore, you can likely save a lot of money while getting a very similar car by going with an older used RAV4 rather than a more recent one. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 RAV4 Hybrids to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 15 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is the right new car for you.

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How Much Does the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cost?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid starts at $27,700, which is a little below average for hybrid and electric SUVs. Three higher trim levels retail for $29,500, $33,700, and $35,700 each.

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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Toyota RAV4?

The Toyota RAV4 and its hybrid variant are similar – they have comparable interior dimensions and features, and both have similar scores in our rankings. The RAV4 Hybrid feels a little peppier when driving thanks to its brisk acceleration, and it is expected to get much better fuel economy estimates. Deciding between these two will probably come down a question of value proposition, as the hybrid model is more expensive but will save you lots of money in gas. The RAV4 Hybrid gets up to 41 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway – according to Toyota – while the nonhybrid RAV4 earns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid (which comes with AWD) starts at $27,700, while the 2019 RAV4 starts at $25,500 with front-wheel drive and $26,900 with all-wheel drive. With your fuel savings, you can likely make up that relatively small price difference in just a few years.

Which Is Better: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or Nissan Rogue Hybrid?

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a much better SUV than the Nissan Rogue Hybrid. The Rogue Hybrid gets OK fuel economy for the class, but it can't match the RAV4's excellent efficiency. You'll also get better overall performance with the RAV4, thanks to its peppy powertrain and balanced handling. The Toyota also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which costs extra with the Nissan.

Both rivals have quality interiors and plenty of passenger room, but the RAV4 has the edge in cargo space. Its infotainment features are also more user-friendly than the Rogue's. These two hybrid SUVs have similar starting prices, so there's little reason to go with the Rogue over the RAV4.

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RAV4 Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the RAV4 Hybrid Seat?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid holds five people. Its standard seating amenities are sparse, with cloth seats and only manual adjustments for the driver and passenger. Taller front-seat passengers might wish for a little more headroom, given the seat's high position and the car's low roofline. The driver's seat is comfortable, and optional eight-way power adjustments make it easy to find a good position.

There's plenty of leg- and headroom in the second row, even for taller occupants. Additional amenities include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and leatherette upholstery; leather is not available.

RAV4 Hybrid and Car Seats

The RAV4 Hybrid has two complete sets of rear LATCH connections and a dedicated tether anchor for the middle seat. The system hasn't been tested for ease of use.

RAV4 Hybrid Interior Quality

One of the biggest improvements from the RAV4's redesign is its cabin quality. High-end materials are everywhere you look, and most surfaces are soft to the touch. Models from the previous generation had nice interiors in general, but there were some noticeably cheap elements.

RAV4 Hybrid Cargo Space

The RAV4 Hybrid boasts up to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row of seats, which is middle-of-the-road for hybrid SUVs. Models with the regular or panoramic moonroof lose a tiny fraction of that space.

The second row folds flat to unveil 69.8 cubic feet of space. This comes in handy for hauling large or boxy items, and the cargo floor is low, so it's easy to lift in heavy things. The optional proximity key entry works with the hatch, and a power liftgate is available. A package for the highest trim level includes a hands-free liftgate that allows you to wave your foot under the bumper to open the hatch.

RAV4 Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The RAV4 Hybrid features the latest iteration of Toyota's Entune infotainment system. This interface comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. It also features standard Apple CarPlay, which was not available in most Toyota vehicles for a long time. Android Auto is still unavailable.

Higher trims feature an 8-inch screen, and you can spring for other options like satellite radio, navigation, an 11-speaker JBL stereo, wireless charging for enabled devices, four additional USB ports, and a 7-inch digital driver-information display.

The Entune system functions smoothly and is simple to operate. The screen is easy to reach from the driver's seat, as are dedicated volume and tuning knobs that flank the screen on both lower corners. Large knobs control climate and temperature functions, and they're in an ergonomic position midway on the center stack.

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RAV4 Hybrid Performance

RAV4 Hybrid Engine: Quick off the Line

The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid puts out a total of 219 horsepower from a four-cylinder engine and additional electric motors. It moves quickly as soon as you hit the gas, and acceleration is smooth and steady. There's also ample power for getting up to high speeds. The RAV4 Hybrid features a continuously variable automatic transmission that feels refined.

RAV4 Hybrid Gas Mileage: Better Than Most

The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are among the best for any hybrid and electric SUV currently on the market.

RAV4 Hybrid Ride and Handling: Middle of the Road

All-wheel drive is standard in the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid. This Toyota has good road grip and handling around turns, but it is not as athletic as some other SUVs. Its ride quality is respectable.

The RAV4 Hybrid XSE has a sport-tuned suspension that results in a slightly stiffer ride than other trims. However, it's also a little more agile around corners.

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RAV4 Hybrid Reliability

Is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Reliable?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. 

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Warranty

Toyota covers the RAV4 Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The SUV’s hybrid components are backed by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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RAV4 Hybrid Safety

RAV4 Hybrid Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test.

At the time of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid.

RAV4 Hybrid Safety Features

Like many Toyota vehicles, the 2019 RAV4 is among the best in its segment for standard safety technologies. All models come with a rearview camera and the latest iteration of the Toyota Safety Sense suite. This bundle includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and lane tracing assist, which works to keep you centered in your lane on the highway, even when the road turns.

Optional driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera, and rear cross traffic automatic braking.

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Which Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes in four trim levels: LE, XLE, XSE, and Limited. All models come with the same hybrid powertrain, which includes a continuously variable automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The base model is a great choice because it comes with a wide array of driver assistance features, as well as infotainment amenities like Apple CarPlay and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. If you have room in your budget, consider the XSE. It comes with leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, satellite radio, and a larger infotainment screen. You'll also get features from the XLE trim, like a moonroof, proximity key entry, four additional USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE

The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid LE starts at $27,700. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way adjustable passenger seat, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard Entune 3.0 infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE

The RAV4 Hybrid XLE retails for $29,500. It adds a moonroof, proximity key entry, push-button start, four additional USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The optional Weather Prep package includes a heated steering wheel and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Convenience package features an eight-way power-adjustable front seat, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. The Technology package has rear cross traffic braking, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE

Starting at $33,700, the RAV4 Hybrid XSE comes with sporty styling elements, a sport-tuned suspension, a power liftgate, a 7-inch digital driver-information display, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable front seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, satellite radio, and an 8-inch infotainment screen.

The Weather Prep package comes with a heated steering wheel and rain-sensing windshield wipers. An infotainment package includes navigation and an 11-speaker JBL stereo. The Technology package features rear cross traffic braking and wireless device charging. A panoramic moonroof is optional as well.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

The range-topping RAV4 Hybrid Limited retails for $35,700. Additional features include navigation and more appearance upgrades. The Weather Prep package for this trim comes with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing wipers. The Advanced Technology package requires buying the JBL stereo, and it includes a hands-free liftgate, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, and a surround-view parking camera.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is an excellent car for everyday driving, with high fuel economy ratings, a peppy powertrain, and a good predicted reliability rating. It also has lots of cargo room and a ton of standard features. It's also a good value, and it belongs on the shopping list of most crossover or hybrid SUV buyers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Moms, dads, doctors, retirees, adventurers, humanities majors, human-resources managers, acolytes, activists, zealots, and zombies will like this vehicle. Sales are going to grow, maybe because the category is expanding but also because the 2019 RAV4 is so appealing, especially compared to baby Jeeps and dowdy Subarus. Toyota’s risky redesign is rousing, and the rewards will be large." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Certainly the last-generation RAV4 was a stand-out vehicle for Toyota. But with the 2019 redesign, it’s likely destined for even greater success." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Few vehicles reflect the sensibilities of the American car-buying public like the Toyota RAV4, and that's why the redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a big deal. Toyota knows better than to tinker too much with a winning formula. As such, the 2019 RAV4 sticks closely to the just-right sizing and mission of its predecessor. This time around, Toyota focused on giving the RAV4 improved fuel economy, more standard features, a nicer interior and styling that better stands out in a crowd." -- Edmunds
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