I looked at the window sticker before I even pushed “start”, and thought: “40 thousand for a RAV4? Really?”
Then I drove it for a week and thought: “40 thousand for this RAV4? Not a bad deal at all.”
Here’ s why: More than ample room for five + whatever they’d likely need for a comfortable week or more on the road + every and safety feature known + right around 40 MPG….all wrapped in a new and rather stylish package.
Toyota’s recently restyled RAV4 has more of a square-jawed look about it now.
While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I’d call it a more confident and aggressive look.
And while you can get a new RAV4 that delivers 26 city and 35 hwy MPGs for less than 30 thousand, we tested their top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive hybrid.
Put a couple of packages on top of its $35,700 list price and here’s what you get for your 40K: 219 combined HP, AWD, Toyota’s “Safety Sense” with pre-collision prep, dynamic cruise control, auto high beams, lane departure alert, auto high beams, blind spot warnings, 18” alloys, heated power outside rear view mirrors, moonroof, 18” alloys, premium 11-speaker audio, heated and ventilated front and heated and reclining rear “sofTex” seating, heated steering, rain sensing wipers, voice recognition, 360 degree overhead view, wireless charging, and more.
Mileage is rated at 41 city and 38 hwy...and in our week we easily hit that, averaging right at 39.
And those 219 HP are actually 16 more than Toyota’s all-gas four cylinders put out.
The hybrid tows a little more than the regular RAV4, too…1,750 lbs vs 1,500…altho’ if you plan to be towing in your RAV4, just go ahead and get their “Adventure” model. It starts in the low $30’s…as does the Hybrid…and it’ll tow 3,500 lbs, but will only get you 25 City and 33 Hwy MPGs.
At today’s prices, you’ll have to drive around 100,000 miles to recoup the premium that the Hybrid commands, but if the Toyota’s Prius is any example, there are quite a few Toyota hybrids on the road with 200K or more.
So…as the old saying goes: “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.”
If you’d like to spend less time at your local gas station, Toyota’s new RAV4 Hybrid is a compelling and content-filled choice.
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