2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review
- Excellent fuel economy
- Smooth ride quality
- Plenty of space for cargo
- Front seats lack comfort for longer drives
- Mushy brake pedal feel
- Expect no significant changes for 2024
- Part of the fifth Toyota RAV4 generation introduced for 2019
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling vehicles in America, and it's easy to understand why. The RAV4 is spacious, practical and available in a wide variety of trims and models to suit a lot of shoppers looking for a small SUV. Within the RAV4 lineup, our favorite is the 2024 RAV4 Hybrid.
The RAV4 Hybrid has more power than the regular model and boasts an excellent EPA fuel economy estimate of 40 mpg in combined driving. Compared to the standard RAV4, the price increase is reasonable, and the RAV4 Hybrid offers just as much cargo space as the standard version. Toyota highlights the hybrid's quick acceleration by offering it in sporty SE and XSE trim levels, and there is a Woodland Edition for slightly better off-roading capability.
After several updates for 2023, including a new infotainment system and the debut of the Woodland Edition, we don't expect many changes to the 2024 RAV4 Hybrid. This SUV is nearing the end of its current generation, and a completely redesigned version is expected to arrive for 2025. That would ensure the RAV4 remains competitive with rivals with newer designs, including the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Hyundai Tucson Hybrid and Kia Sportage Hybrid. If you're interested in getting into a new 2024 RAV4, first read our Expert Rating.
Things are less amusing when stopping — the brakes feel mushy and devoid of much feedback — and the same can be said of the steering. Still, the XSE's sport-tuned suspension helps the hybrid stay planted and stable around turns. All RAV4 Hybrids have all-wheel drive. It's not meant for off-roading, but it will definitely help provide more traction on snowy and icy roads.
At highway speeds, the RAV4 is generally quiet. The exception is when you hit the gas for a burst of speed, at which point the engine sound gets rather coarse. The climate control system regulates temps quickly and distributes air well throughout the cabin.
Most controls are logically placed and easy to figure out at a glance. Unfortunately, there's still a long reach to the touchscreen. The tuning knob and buttons on the passenger side of the screen require a reach to use.
Voice commands can handle basic phone, audio and navigation functions but require deliberate verbal input. It pays to spend time training the system to learn your voice — or use Siri or Google Voice instead. The advanced driver aids that come as standard equipment are a huge plus.
A small center console and a handful of storage nooks offer space for most small items, although a nifty tray lined with rubber grip spanning the length of the dash makes a good spot to park phones and wallets. Parents with young kids will appreciate the RAV4. It's easy to locate and connect safety seats to the lower car seat anchors. Forward-facing seats and boosters fit readily, but installing a rear-facing infant seat on the passenger side will likely require scooting the front seat up.
The hybrid doesn't cost much more than a non-hybrid, and in return you get better power and fuel economy. It'll actually pay for itself in gas savings during your loan or lease. Toyota's traditional warranty coverage is average, but the hybrid components are covered for eight years/100,000 miles. Free scheduled maintenance for two years/25,000 miles is generous.
Still, its zippy electrically assisted acceleration, taut suspension and modest off-road capability make the RAV4 Hybrid a solid all-around driver. Toyota has mostly succeeded in taking the bland out of the RAV4.
Which RAV4 Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Toyota hasn't released official information on the 2024 RAV4 Hybrid as of this writing. We'll update our recommendation if anything changes, but based on last year's RAV4 Hybrid, Edmunds recommends the XLE Premium trim level. It has nicer wheels, added conveniences, a power sunroof and synthetic leather upholstery for, well, a premium look and feel.
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models
[Editor's note: The following unofficial information is based on last year's RAV4 Hybrid. We expect the 2024 model will have a similar lineup and we'll update this section once we have complete information.] The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is available in seven trim levels: LE, XLE, SE, Woodland Edition, XLE Premium, XSE and Limited. All trims are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A second electric motor powers the rear wheels when traction is necessary, meaning every RAV4 Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive. Altogether, the hybrid powertrain produces 219 horsepower. Feature highlights for each trim include:
The base LE is the most affordable trim in the RAV4 lineup and includes these key features:
- 17-inch wheels
- LED headlights
- Six-speaker audio system
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Three USB ports
- 8-inch touchscreen display
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (both with wireless connectivity)
Every RAV4 Hybrid also comes with Toyota's Safety Sense 2.5 suite of advanced driver aids. It includes:
- Forward collision warning with automatic braking (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
- Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
- Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
- Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
- Automatic high beams
- Road sign recognition
Stepping up to the XLE gets you all of the LE's features, plus:
- Keyless entry with push-button start
- Heated exterior mirrors
- Power-adjustable driver's seat
- Five USB ports
- Cargo cover
- Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
The SE serves as the more affordable of the two sporty RAV4 Hybrid trims. It includes the above features and adds:
- 18-inch black wheels
- Upgraded projector-style LED headlights
- Sport suspension
- Blue interior accents and ambient lighting
- Leather-trimmed steering wheel
Based on the XLE, the Woodland Edition is styled and equipped to head off-road with:
- TRD off-road-tuned suspension
- Bronze-color wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires
- Woodland Edition badging
Building off the XLE trim, the XLE Premium adds:
- 18-inch chrome wheels
- Power liftgate
- Synthetic leather upholstery
- Leather-trimmed steering wheel
The sportiest XSE trim builds off the SE and XLE Premium trims and adds:
- Two-tone paint with black trim
- Digital instrument cluster
- Synthetic leather upholstery with cloth inserts and blue stitching
- Heated front seats
- 10.5-inch touchscreen
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
The top-tier Limited trip eschews the XSE's sporty looks but keeps many of its features and adds:
- Heated and ventilated front seats
- 11-speaker JBL audio system
- Power-adjustable front passenger seat
- Dark brown interior accents
- Front and rear parking sensors with automatic braking
Many features that are standard on higher trims are available as options on lower trims. Other notable options are dependent on trim level and include:
- Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the RAV4 Hybrid and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
- Panoramic sunroof
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated rear seats
- Wireless charging pad
- Hands-free liftgate
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Digital rearview mirror