Toyota RAV4 News

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4

    The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is Toyota’s way of flexing its corporate might. It’s as if the automaker called on each of its departments to create the new hybrid crossover SUV. The folks from design coughed up some 4Runner and Tacoma cues to give it a butch look. The Lexus team chiseled the cohesive, angular interior design. And the Prius development team worked under its hood. The result is a 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid that’s unusually thrifty for a crossover SUV. It’s not without its faults, but overall the RAV4 Hybrid I drove on roads winding around Carmel, California, is a...

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4, 2018 New York auto show
    Redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debuts at New York auto show

    With buyers showing no signs of letup in their enthusiasm for crossovers of all sizes and shapes, the redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 couldn't be coming at a better time. The Toyota RAV4 small SUV became the company's single best-selling model in the U.S. last year, surging past its long-time champion...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    Is Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV hurting Prius V wagon sales?

    The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the sole mass-market crossover SUV that offers a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. That was a market pioneered by the Ford Escape Hybrid, in 2004, and one that Ford walked away from for 2013. It turns out that there seems to be a market for compact crossovers...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
    2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Price To Start At $29,270

    The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will start at just under $30,000.

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid teaser photo
    2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid To Launch At New York Auto Show

    It took a bit longer than expected, but Toyota will launch a hybrid-electric version of its popular RAV4 compact crossover utility vehicle at next week's New York Auto Show. The company sent out a teaser photo this morning, showing the rear of a RAV4 with badges saying "Hybrid" and "Limited" on the...

  • 2013 Toyota RAV4
    New Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Is Likely On The Way, And Soon Too

    Today, if you want a crossover utility vehicle that gets good fuel economy, you can have a hybrid or a diesel--but only in a mid-size vehicle. There are no hybrid compact crossovers sold today, but Toyota may be about to change that. A hybrid version of the new 2013 Toyota RAV4 crossover "would not...

  • 2010 Lexus HS 250h

    Lexus is voluntarily recalling some of its now-discontinued HS 250h entry-level hybrid luxury sedans after it determined that incorrectly-adjusted components on the rear suspension arm could age prematurely and cause suspension failure. According to its official release, the safety recall only affects 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h cars, approximately 18,000 of which were sold in the U.S. The fault stems from nuts fitted to the rear suspension arm which Lexus believes may have not been tightened to the correct torque specifications following routine rear-wheel alignments. Incorrectly...

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover on test drive, Southern California, Nov 2011
    2013 Mazda CX-5 Kicks Compact Crossover Gas Mileage Higher

    Let's face it: If you want the best gas mileage in a compact or mid-size all-wheel drive crossover, you have to go hybrid. But hybrids are still more expensive than gasoline models by a few thousand dollars, and the majority of buyers prioritize price over those last few miles per gallon. So the...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Prototype
    Want a <strike>2012 Toyota Rav4</strike> 2012 Scion IQ EV? You Won’t Be Able To Buy One (UPDATE)

    [Since this story was published, we've had a comment from Cindy Knight, Toyota Public Affairs Manager confirming that Toyota will be making the 2012 Toyota RAV4EV available for private purchase. Instead, Autoblog is reporting that it is the Scion iQ EV which will not be available to purchase. We...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV powered by Tesla, at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2010 LA Auto Show: Toyota-Tesla RAV4 EV, Under the Hood

    There's a lot we don't know about the 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV that Japan's largest automaker is prototyping with Silicon Valley startup Tesla Motors. That includes the battery pack size, traction motor power, and stated range--although 100 miles is the goal, according to Jim Lentz, president of Toyota...

  • 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV powered by Tesla, at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2010 LA Auto Show: 2012 Toyota RAV4 EV Powered By Tesla

    As they say, everything old is new again. Fourteen years after it launched its very first RAV4 crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota returned to LA to launch an all-electric version of its latest RAV4. And this one is, as the logos in a teaser photo released earlier said, "powered by...

  • Toyota RAV4 facelift for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show
    2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Toyota Shows Teaser Pictures

    Yesterday, with just one week to go before the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota released a few teaser pictures of the much-anticipated love-child of Toyota and Tesla - and told us when it will be unveiled. The Toyota 2013 RAV4 Electric Vehicle is based upon Toyota’s popular compact...

  • Toyota RAV4 facelift for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show

    What does it cost to develop an electric vehicle these days? In the case of the upcoming electric Toyota RAV4 crossover, $60 million. At least, that's the amount that Toyota will pay Tesla Motors under a contract to supply lithium-ion battery packs, electric motors, gearboxes, power electronics modules, software, and other components for the RAV4 electric conversion. The contract came to light yesterday in a Tesla filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last May, Tesla and Toyota startled the automotive world by announcing a partnership under which Toyota would invest $50...

  • GM EV1 Anti-Crush Protests,  Screenshot, Who Killed The Electric Car?
    Can Electric Cars Be Hurt By Bitter Electric-Car Advocates?

    Every political or social movement has its cross to bear. Every trend has a stereotype from which to break free. So it seems time to ask, is the public image of electric cars and other plug-in vehicles being damaged by those who maintain that a huge and evil global conspiracy exists against the EV?...

  • MagneCharge
    California Approves $1.9 Million Upgrade To Electric Car Chargers

    It’s tough being at the cutting edge of technology. Just like the early days of the video cassette or more recently, the high-definition DVD wars a technology becomes obsolete before its even had chance to take off. So what happens when over 600 EV chargers in the state of California are...

  • Toyota RAV4e electric vehicle, San Francisco, March 2010
    BREAKING: Toyota-Tesla RAV4 EV Will Debut At LA Auto Show This Fall

    Back in the pre-Internet dominated world of journalism, news stories were passed down from tip-offs, official press releases and the wires service. But in the twenty-first century, things are done a little differently. And occasionally, we see something pass by on Twitter that makes us perk up and...

  • How Green Is My Plug-In, illustration by Holly Lindem
    Electric Vehicles: As Clean As The Grid Powering Them

    Electric vehicles are zero emissions, right? That's a rhetorical question. As I'm sure most of you are aware, that statement is only correct up to a point. Most electric vehicle manufacturers, such as Nissan with their 2011 Leaf, are keen to point out that their vehicles produce zero tailpipe...

  • Toyota RAV4 facelift for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show
    BREAKING: Tesla and Toyota Announce Joint Electric RAV4 Project

    Ending weeks of speculation, Tesla and Toyota announced today that they plan to develop an all-electric version of Toyota's RAV4 small crossover, using Tesla's battery and electric drive technology in Toyota's vehicle. Last week, chairman Akio Toyoda announced that Toyota was already working to fit...

  • Toyota RAV4e electric vehicle, San Francisco, March 2010

     We've known for some time that Toyota and Tesla are planning on working together on an EV, despite protests to the contrary. But with two separate rumors breaking today this partnership looks ever more likely to produce not one, but potentially two very interesting cars. That's if the rumor mill is correct, of course. Today two separate sites, each citing insiders within either Tesla or Toyota, claim to have the scoop on the cars that Toyota and Tesla are building together. One claims that Toyota will be building an electric supercar to rival the recently announced Mercedes SLK AMG E-Cell...

  • Toyota RAV4e electric vehicle, San Francisco, March 2010
    Electric-Car Drive Report: 2002 Toyota RAV4 EV Crossover

    One of the best parts of the electric-vehicle world is the camaraderie. Someone knows someone who passes us along to a friend who knows a guy ... you know the story. Which is how we ended up in San Francisco on a sunny Friday, driving a well-used--but still reliable--example of one of the...

  • Used car salesman
    What Will The True Residual Value of a Used EV Be? Toyota May Provide the Answer.

    If you're lucky you may already be on a waiting list for the 2011 Nissan Leaf. Or perhaps you've decided to get the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. If your next car is electric it could easily immunize you from fluctuating gas prices and ensure low running costs. But what will that shiny new electric car be...

  • Hawaii
    Hawaii: Island Paradise for Electric Vehicles As Well As People

    You'd be forgiven for thinking Hawaii is the center of the electric vehicle universe. Wednesday, Nissan announced it would be one of the first markets for the 2011 Leaf electric vehicle. Then yesterday South Korean manufacturer CT&T signed a deal with the state's governor, Linda Lingle, to...

  • 2010 Chevrolet Equinox LT
    Drive Report: 26 MPG in 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Four-Cylinder

    During a trip to Detroit last week, we had a chance to spend a couple of days with the all-new 2010 Chevrolet Equinox five-pasenger crossover sport-utility vehicle. We'd wanted to try this vehicle for some time, as most reviews deemed it vastly superior to the previous model. Certainly it's got...

  • 1999 Toyota RAV4
    Tom Hanks Early Adopter of EVs, Rav4 EV Has Over 50,000 Miles, Still Sees Daily Use

    Tom Hanks, the movie star, is also an early adopter of electric vehicles.  His 2003 Toyota RAV 4 EV is still in use today, and runs on the original batteries that came with the vehicle. Hank's RAV4 sees daily use by one of his employees.  The vehicle has just over 50,000 miles on it now and is...