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Step up from older RAV4 Hybrid

Trusty, 03/11/2022
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
56 of 56 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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Overall a great Hybrid minus some issues.

JaxsLife, 03/01/2022
XSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
30 of 32 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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A nice all around crossover but quite noisy

DanW, 02/04/2022
Limited 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
37 of 41 people found this review helpful

Recently traded in our Highlander for a 2022 RAV4 Limited Hybrid to take advantage of the high value the HL retained, plus to secure better MPG. Pros: The higher MPG, seeng 40 on secondary roads High build quality A lot of features LED headlights. Excellent at night. A power passenger seat. Its about time Toyota. $47k spent on former HL and you couldn’t lower the seat. Great sight lines. Limited blind spots. Sprightly acceleration Firm, but comfortable seats Cons: Noise, noise and more noise. Engine sounds almost agricultural. This could be a deal breaker for many. Toyota safety technology. Annoying as …. Quickly turned all but BSM off. No convenient coin holder. Was used to the one in the HL.

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A most Excellent Hybrid

Bob 5072, 06/11/2022
XLE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
10 of 10 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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LOVE MY 21 XLE RAV4 HYBRID

JOHN Z FROM PAWLEYS ISLAND, 02/23/2022
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
18 of 21 people found this review helpful

Amazing 44.8 mpg driving coastal South Carolina. 9400 trouble free miles One year old. just a pleasure to drive 3 to 4 weeks on 8 to 10 gallons of Gas. great headlights, ac and ride. Lots of interior leg room and cargo Space. Toyota trouble free quality and satisfaction at it's finest display. Old toyo saying...oh , what a feeling. I have been a Toyota customer for 44 years with 2 o something cars and Trucks. great resale value.

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