Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid Tops Fuel Efficiency Ratings

Posted Monday, Aug 08, 2016 by nhtwpprod

Toyota continues its reign as king of the hybrids, even as the automaker branches out from the Prius line into manufacturing other hybrid models. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 recently earned the distinction of becoming the most fuel efficient SUV ever tested by Consumer Reports.

Toyota’s Traditional Hybrid Dominance

In May, Consumer Reports, a respected product review publication, stated that the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid had the best fuel economy of any non-plug-in SUV, getting a combined 31 mpg/26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Hybrid’s fuel efficiency results outshone the two previous top-mileage SUVs, the Lexus NX 300h and the Lexus RX 450h.


Toyota has long dominated the hybrid market, starting with its introduction of the Prius in the early 2000s. The Prius is considered by many to be the first financially viable, mechanically reliable hybrid, and it hit Toyota dealerships at just the right time as gas prices began to spike as the Iraq War began.

Automakers are branching out from compact hybrids and are making larger fuel-efficient vehicles. The new Toyota RAV4’s recent accolade from Consumer Reports bodes well for Toyota’s continued dominance of the hybrid market.

A Reliable Hybrid SUV

Toyota’s legendary attention to detail shines through in the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, as the vehicle is highly dependable and thoughtfully designed. The new RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine and electric motors. The combined electric and gas system generates about 194 horsepower. A neat feature of the RAV4 Hybrid is that in slippery conditions, the vehicle’s electrically driven rear wheels will engage to provide more traction. Automotive journalists say that the vehicle provides a surprising amount of get-up and go, and is a fun vehicle to drive.

For 2016, Toyota designers made the RAV4 a little smoother on the highway. This resulted in a small sacrifice in steering precision, but that’s more than made up for by the more comfortable ride, and reductions in road, engine, and wind noise. The RAV4 has a very comfortable cabin, with plenty of room in front and rear seats.


With regard to safety, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid earned a perfect five-star overall crash protection rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicle also got great reviews from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning the top “Good” rating in a variety of tests.

The new RAV4 comes equipped with a variety of safety features, including a standard rearview camera and integrated blind-spot mirror. Some optional safety features include collision warning, emergency braking, lane departure warning, and more.

According to Consumer Reports, the hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 costs just $700 more than the regular XLE trim, $29,753 for the hybrid and $29,014 for the XLE.

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