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2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Performance Review

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Performance: 8.5

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 offers stellar fuel economy, an energetic powertrain, and a ride that’s well-balanced between comfort and agility.

  • "The RAV4 offers good power and fuel economy, and its hybrid models serve as both performance and fuel-economy leaders." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Without question, the Hybrids have a sportier driving feel, at least in terms of acceleration. While gas models provide a decent full-throttle jump off the line and good kickdown response after stabbing the throttle at speed, the Hybrids are notably more spirited in both scenarios. Toyota quotes a 7.8-second 0-60-mph time for the Hybrids, which is fairly quick for the class, and they feel every bit that fast. This nearly instant throttle response combined with a huge fuel-economy advantage make the Hybrids stand out, not only among RAV4s, but among compact crossovers in general." -- Consumer Guide (2019)
  • "On the road, every iteration of the new RAV4 impressed with high levels of composure, substantiality, and refinement." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The sole powertrain in the RAV4 Hybrid consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Together, this setup produces 219 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard.

The powertrain feels peppy, and it’s more than capable of hauling you around on your daily commute. The transmission shifts smoothly.

Fuel economy estimates of 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway help catapult the RAV4 Hybrid toward the top of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings.

  • "The RAV4 Hybrid powertrain [is] both more powerful and better performing than the non-hybrid RAV4." -- Autotrader
  • "The RAV4 Hybrid receives a unique version of the regular RAV4's new engine plus a revised continuously variable transmission (CVT). In addition to being even more miserly with fuel, it's more powerful — peak power rises to 219 combined hp compared to 194 hp in the previous Hybrid. While this represents only 16 hp more than the gasoline RAV4, the hybrid has significantly more thrust in day-to-day situations. It's torquier down low and punches forward with more urgency despite weighing roughly 250 pounds more than the gasoline model." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The 2019 RAV4 hybrid feels a little peppier off the line than its gas-only counterpart, but really, both drivetrains deliver more than adequate oomph for everyday driving. The CVT in the RAV4 hybrid works as expected." -- Left Lane News (2019)

Handling and Braking

The RAV4 Hybrid provides a firm, yet comfortable, ride. Shoppers after more athleticism should consider the sporty XSE trim, which also rides a bit more stiffly than the other models. All-wheel drive is standard.

  • "Given its standard AWD, superior fuel economy and reasonable price tag, it's arguably the most appealing Toyota Hybrid of all time. The Hybrid XSE trim ups the ante with a sport-tuned suspension and sportier styling." -- Autotrader
  • "It’s not often that a car lineup’s most fuel-efficient model is also its best performer, but that’s the case with the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Quick acceleration and a sport-tuned suspension ensure top-notch performance, while hybrid availability on the LE trim keeps the price under $30,000." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Hybrid's additional weight manifests in vertical ride motions that are more exaggerated than those of the conventional model, but not excessive. Likewise, its brake pedal feel is more synthetic than the regular RAV4." -- Edmunds (2019)
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