Toyota RAV4 Hybrid News

  • 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

    Yesterday, when we brought you our 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid first drive review, we missed one very important point. At 39 mpg, the RAV4 Hybrid is now the highest-mileage sport-utility vehicle (as the EPA lists them) without a charge port. All the more impressive is that it’s not a low, teardrop-shaped vehicle with utility compromised in the name of aerodynamics but a tall wagon good for back-seat passengers and offering 8.6 inches of ground clearance. And it’s quicker than the non-hybrid version. Before the RAV4 Hybrid arrives, early next year, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid holds the...

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    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for April 2018

    Often, to sell electric cars, supporters and salespeople argue that buyers will save money in the long run from lower fuel (or power) bills. With deals up to $15,700 off and payments as low as $179 a month, several hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars will cost less this month right up front...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius V
    Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon ends U.S. run; RAV4 Hybrid took its sales

    After six model years, the 2017 Toyota Prius V will soon leave the stage, and there will be no 2018 version. Toyota has confirmed to Green Car Reports that it is ending production of the hybrid wagon for the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The reason is simple: Its sales have fallen considerably since the...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    New entry-level 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE model starts at $28,100

    Toyota's popular RAV4 crossover utility vehicle will gain a new entry-level hybrid trim for the 2018 model year, offering a remarkably good price against a gasoline-only RAV4 crossover. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid LE trim lets buyers choose the greater fuel efficiency of a hybrid powertrain for...

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    2019 Toyota Prius V to shift from wagon to SUV design, but will it have AWD?

    With gas prices remaining cheap and all vehicles getting better fuel economy these days, utility vehicles are all the rage among U.S. buyers. Whether smaller crossovers or bigger SUVs, utilities have not only ended the market for traditional wagons but are eating significantly into sales of...

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    What AWD vehicle has the highest fuel economy?

    "I want a fuel-efficient car, but I live in a snowy area, and won't buy one without all-wheel drive; what's the best?" It's a question we hear often. Whether or not you agree that AWD is a must-have in wintry climes, the selection of cars with high fuel economy and AWD is limited. DON'T MISS: 2014...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius Two Eco

    Toyota is on track to sell 1.4 million hybrids this year, new analysis says.

  • 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, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    All-wheel-drive hybrid cars, SUVs: why are there so few?

    Fifty years ago, a now-forgotten British luxury coupe called the Jensen FF went into production, offering the first modern all-wheel drive system on any passenger car in the world. Four-wheel drive had been offered only on a few specialized truck models to that point, but the traction and braking...

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016
    2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Gas Mileage Review

    The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the first mass-market crossover utility with a hybrid powertrain since the demise of the Ford Escape Hybrid in 2012. Granted, there's the luxury Lexus NX hybrid (using some of the same underpinninngs), and the low-volume Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, with a mild-hybrid...

  • 2016 Toyota Prius V
    Toyota Prius Family May Shrink As Low Gas Prices Dim Allure

    Toyota may cut the number of Prius models, but will keep the plug-in hybrid.

  • 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

    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 be difficult to do," in the words of the vehicle's deputy chief engineer Yoshikazu Saeki. He referred to "a possbility of introducing a hybrid RAV4" and said Toyota "will see" what the market wants after launching the conventional RAV4. That's all corporate-speak that translates to, "Yes, we're...

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