So much has changed since the first generation was released in 1994. This fifth version is refreshed and is as comfortable under city lights as it is off the beaten track. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid keeps all its promises!
Thanks to the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) chassis, the engineering team was able to reduce the weight of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. The center of gravity has been lowered, chassis rigidity increased, and driver visibility improved. Thus, all these developments make the RAV4 Toyota easier to drive.
The latter is robust and designed for every journey. The grille is wide, and the LED headlights are frowned upon, giving the bow an aggressive look. For the base Active trim, the alloy wheels are 17 inches.
The ToyotaRAV4 Hybrid’s interior design matches the exterior design very well. Indeed, we discover a modern dashboard, consisting of a large central console with a 10.5-inch color multimedia touch screen (depending on trim level).
You can choose from a wide range of functions. Apple CarPlay wireless connectivity, cloud navigation, or the remote update function that is part of the “Smart Service” package, offered for four years by the manufacturer Toyota.
This screen features a new voice assistant that quickly and easily handles multiple commands. “Hey Toyota” includes simple phrases. If you say “I’m cold,” the voice recognition will respond by closing the windows or turning up the heat, all while keeping your hands on the wheel.
On the back of the steering wheel, the content of the 12.3-inch digital meter is customizable. You can choose between four display modes: Casual, Smart, Sport and Tough.
In terms of comfort, the Toyota RAV 4 offers easily accessible storage areas. In the back, the bench seat offers shoulder room, but also a nice legroom. The seats are made of synthetic sport leather and are heated in the front. The perfect balance between high-tech equipment, space on board and driving comfort.
Dimensionally, it’s the right balance with the compact SUV of the Peugeot 3008 type. With 4.60 m length, 1.85 m width, and a height of 1.67 m. The wheelbase is 2.70 m. The trunk space is generous, with its 580 liters, and up to 1,690 liters, once the rear seat folded.
Motorization and performance
While the Toyota Corolla recently upgraded its engines, there is no change on the side of the 100% hybrid SUV. The 2023 vintage RAV4 Toyota features a revolutionary 2.5-liter Hybrid Dynamic Force engine with 178 horsepower. This is combined with two different configurations:
The first one, two-wheel drive at the front (2WD) develops 218 horsepower. It takes 8.4 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h.
The second, with its intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i), has up to 222 horsepower and can accelerate to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds.
Impressive performance both on and off the road. For both configurations, the declared top speed on the track is 180 km/h.
Consumption and CO2 emissions
Fuel consumption in mixed conditions and according to the WLTP standard is 5.6 to 5.8 l/100 km for the two-wheel drive version, and 5.7 to 5.9 l/100 km in four-wheel drive. CO2 emissions are 126 to 136 g/km and 128 to 134 g/km.
Type of motorization
2.5 l (gas/electric)
Maximum power (hp)
0 to 100 km/h (seconds)
Maximum speed (km/h) :
Consumption in mixed conditions (l/100km) According to WLTP standard
from 5.6 to 5.8
from 5.7 to 5.9
CO2 emission in mixed conditions (g/km) According to WLTP standard
from 126 to 132
from 128 to 134
How does the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid recharge?
Thanks to kinetic energy (regenerative braking) and the thermal engine, the vehicle recharges itself while driving, without having to worry about plugging it in. Innovative!
As mentioned before, the 2.5 liter engine is a gasoline engine. The latter responds better with sp98, especially if the car is not driven for a long time. Thus, the fuel does not degrade.
Finishes: which Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to choose?
The RAV4 Toyota is available in five trim levels for individuals: Active, Dynamic, Trail, Lounge, Collection. There is also a Dynamic Business trim level for professionals. All you have to do is choose the trim level with the equipment that suits you best:
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Adaptive cruise control
Automatic headlight illumination
Lane departure warning
Hill start assist
8-inch central touchscreen
Electrically folding mirrors
17″ Sahara alloy wheels
Standard LED front fog lights
Front LED welcome light
USB port switch to type C (except smartphone connection)
Standard spare wheel (except with panoramic roof)
Dynamic (in addition to Active)
Best price/equipment ratio
Dual oval exhaust outlets
Tinted rear window and glass
Gray front and rear underbody guards
7″ digital instrumentation
Front and rear parking radar
Keyless access and start
Trail (in addition to Dynamic)
Redesigned front lights
10 mm higher ground clearance (Trail only)
Enlarged wheel arches (Trail only)
Enlarged front grille with double black bar and center logo (Trail only)
Specific front bumper (Trail only)
Specific lower skid plates (Trail only)
19″ Sonora alloy wheels
Blind spot warning system
Induction smartphone charging
Steering wheel paddles
Synthetic leather sport upholstery
Heated front seats
Lounge (in addition to Trail)
Chrome exterior elements (Design pack)
9 HP audio system
19″ Mojave alloy wheels
Collection (in addition to Lounge)
Top of the range
Two-tone paint with black pillars
Black painted exterior elements
19″ Mojave alloy wheels in black
Comfort and versatility
Front and rear parking radars
Power trunk release
Toyota Touch multimedia system
Smart Entry & Start” keyless entry and exit system
Toyota RAV4 hybrid: what is its price?
After the Toyota Yaris city car, it’s the turn of the Toyota RAV 4 to undergo a price increase. Regardless of the trim level, the SUV is going up by €1,450 for hybrids.
The price starts at €39,950 for the basic Active trim. The versions of the ToyotaRAV4 with the new equipment are to be produced from the third quarter of the year 2022.
39 550 €
42 000 €
44 050 €
44 750 €
46 800 €
48 950 €
48 400 €
50 450 €
50 400 €
52 450 €
The Toyota RAV4 hybrid with its assertive look gets better with this new update. In view of its low fuel consumption, this 4×4 remains one of the best choices in the segment, despite its imposing size. Also, the legendary reliability of Toyota’s hybridization can only reassure potential buyers.
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