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Step up from older RAV4 Hybrid

Trusty, 03/11/2022
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
130 of 134 people found this review helpful

I traded in my 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Limited for the 2022 version of the same model and trim. The trade-in offer for my 2016 was just too juicy to ignore, even while I had to pay the full MSRP for the new one. Further, there was essentially no waiting time as the dealer happened to have one available (due to a cancelled order) with essentially every feature (even color scheme) I would have specified. A rare dumb luck case of being at the right place at the right time. Gas prices had just spiked to $4.00/gallon, so the few hybrid vehicles the dealer was able to get were being immediately gobbled up. As I write this, gas is now getting closer to $5.00/gallon. I'm feeling particularly fortunate acquiring this vehicle when I did. Now that I've driven the new model, I realize I would have waited the months it would have taken if I had to place a cold order. Pretty much everything is a step up from the 2016 hybrid (and I liked that one a lot): A more refined ride, superior gas mileage, much improved punch/acceleration, increased horse power, higher ground clearance, interior ambient lighting, excellent and additional technology appointments, and more. My driving environments include flat Florida highways and suburban roads, seriously twisting, steeply inclined mountain roads in mid-Atlantic ski country, and some light off-road routes to out-of-the-way fishing spots. The added power is going to help especially with ascending the mountain roads. The acceleration improvement is a welcome change on the highway when passing and generally getting out of the way. The on-demand AWD is plenty capable for moderate off-road and snow travel adventures. I'm going to upgrade the OEM Dunlop tires for better cornering and traction in inclement weather conditions. Some reviewers complain about the vehicles being noisy, but I find the 2022 model noticeably more quiet than its 2016 counterpart. Maybe add some carpeting for added noise dampening if that's an issue? For me it is not. Also, some reviewers caution that headroom and legroom might be limiting factors for taller drivers. I'm 6' 3'' and weigh 190 lbs. I have no problem with either. In fact, I often wear a hat while driving with no issues. I'm very pleased with the cargo space, build quality, SUV height with sedan quality ride, all the tech and safety features.......pretty much everything about this car. Assuming it proves as reliable and lasts as long as my former Toyota vehicles, this purchase was a big win during difficult availability and high fuel cost times. If you are considering a hybrid vehicle, the new RAV4 hybrid is a worthy contender, in my opinion.

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A most Excellent Hybrid

Bob 5072, 06/11/2022
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
35 of 35 people found this review helpful

We put a deposit down to be on the wait list for a 2022 Rav 4 hybrid. We wanted XLE Premium trim but were flexible on the color. Our salesman said it was taking about 2-4 months. We got a call one week after we put down the deposit. They received a black XLE Premium Rav 4 and we got called because four other people did not want the black color. We took delivery on Friday, June 10, 2022. The salesman was extremely helpful. He demonstrated all the new technology and made sure that we were comfortable before we drove home. We came out of a 2012 Rav 4 V-6 Limited that we bought new. Carvana gave us a fantastic offer to buy it outright. The 2012 Rav could get about 24 mpg on a long trip. Otherwise, about 19 in town. As another reviewer noted, the new Rav is leaps and bounds ahead of our 2012. It is a bit smaller, at least on the inside, but still very roomy. The new Rav is substantially quieter than our 2012. The ride is very smooth, tight, and you can tell that this is using Toyota's new TGNA chassis. The power is very good, comparable to our old V-6. The throttle tip in is spot on, compared to the hyper sensitive throttle on our old Rav V-6. Very impressive. Our new one has the JBL audio upgrade. This is an amazing sound system. Excellent depth, clarity and loudness without distortion. The new safety features are a huge upgrade. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, pre collision braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Advanced cruise control, and so on. Very nice and they are very helpful. We drove 32 miles home on the highway and averaged 43,8 mpg. The braking feels no different than what we are used to. Just good, strong braking. The Rav runs on battery quite a bit and has Stop/Start when you stop. Electric motors get you going and gas kicks in when needed. Hats off to Toyota, because all of these systems operate seamlessly and you would not know when the gas engine cycled on or off unless you looked at the monitor that shows the power flow. The build quality is exceptional. Ours was built in Canada where the Lexus equivalent is assembled. The 9" display is clear, and responds well to inputs. The Sirius xm radio sounds amazing through the JBL. Have not driven it at night yet, but I look forward to the blessing of LED lighting. We also had the door edge guards and body side moldings put on. I will add the mudguards later. We are very happy with our new hybrid!

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Overall a great Hybrid minus some issues.

JaxsLife, 03/01/2022
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
71 of 75 people found this review helpful

Love the looks of my XSE, especially the black roof and black wheels with silver body, it all comes together. The interior also looks acceptable and sporty. Ergonomics, really no complaint. I have upgraded suspension and it is a firm ride with good handling. The head lights are very effective at night and plus they look sharp. Now some complaints and probably my biggest... NOISE. I traded in my 2018 Rav4 SE Hybrid for this 2022 XSE Hybrid thinking they would address the noise issue. Look, I have been in a lot of cars and trucks the last ten years and these are the noisiest vehicles you can buy. Mostly road noise but the wind noise is there too. So I ask, what's up Toyota? Cant jeopardize your Lexus sales cause only 50k cars can be quiet? I am now debating on trading for another brand and around the same price that has the quiet cabin I am looking for. The other posters also mentioned engine noise and I have to agree, what happened to smooth revving? Now onto another issue. My 2018 Rav4 had a great steering wheel. Good leather and comfortable feel to it. The 2022 Rav4 is cheap feeling and is not a comfortable wheel. What happened? Plus the wheel buttons feel cheap and are hard to discern at touch... I have to glance down cause they are smooth to the touch. Another gripe is not having memory seats and power for passenger at this price point. Now back to some more positives, the gas mileage is very good. When I am wanting to move quick in city traffic and drive around 75-80 mph highway, the return mileage is 37 to 39mpg ( 80hwy/20city ratio) and when I am more relaxed and driving on the weekends I get 40-43mpg while doing around 65-70mph on the highway ( 40hwy/60city ratio). Acceleration is very good at all levels and it will make that engine noise when I step on it. Funny how good the technology is, back in 1989 I had a Ford Mustang 5.0 that had the same 0-60 time(7.2), amazing. These hybrids are a great motor and I have read nothing but great things about their reliability. Overall I am satisfied with the Rav4 but if the noise levels bother me enough I will trade out, glad their resale value is very good.

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Winter mileage and left front brake noise

Nsurensagt , 12/20/2022
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
13 of 13 people found this review helpful

I purchased my 2022 RAV4 XLE Premium in May 2022. All summer and most of the fall I averaged around 40 to 42 mpg. However, in early November the fuel mileage began to drop significantly as the temperatures cooled off. I just returned from a 1,000 mile trip and only averaged 32.5 mpg. I do a little better in town, usually 35 mpg or so. I would say at least a 15 to 18% drop in mileage for each tank of gas so far this winter. I have also had a constant left front brake squeal at low speeds while coming to a slow stop. I took it to the dealer and of course they said they were unable to duplicate the problem so I still have this issue. A few prior years had the same problem and the brake shims needed to be replaced to alleviate the problem. Other than the above issues I am very happy with the SUV. But not so much with the local dealer.

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Good, but…..

Sabine, 12/28/2022
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
42 of 46 people found this review helpful

Bought the car to save gas. I drive a lot of miles daily to work. Starting out the MPG was amazing. About 42-43 combined City and Highway. Smooth ride all around. Roomy interior, comfortable ride for driver and passenger. Had some issues with warning lights coming and staying on. Was told by Toyota I put the car in drive before starting it. Didn’t know you could do it, but ok. It’s not like I have been driving for 30 years. Got to 8,000 miles on the car and the MPG is declining. Now my hybrid gets between 28-34 MPG. I took it to Toyota. Well, unless they do additional testing they can’t say what’s wrong. Also the front impact warning and lane assist will not work when it’s freezing outside. The car has to warm up and that might take about 15 minutes for both features to work. Toyota says nothing they can do. And AWD. The car has the feature, but only runs in AWD when in electric driving 25 mph or less. There is a button you can push circling a parking lot in EV. Not sure if I would by again.

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