2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: Exceptional Performer

by Aiden Eksteen

Modeled off of the gasoline version but imbued with hybridized power, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid brings handsome looks and eco-conscious performance to the compact crossover SUV classification. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is somewhat outdated, but the electric motor it's augmented with delivers the goods required over the regular variant, allowing for a combined 219 horsepower and handsome fuel economy figures. Together with various drive modes, this creates a capable all-wheel-drive cruiser. With competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Nissan Rogue, however, competition is fierce. Still, the RAV4 Hybrid proves anything but half-baked, offering balanced performance, decent practicality, and an abundance of creature comforts and conveniences, not to mention its class-leading fuel economy figures. It may not be the most enjoyable SUV to dash about in, and it doesn't have the best hybridized apparatus around, but the lineup boasts relatively attractive pricing, which, along with all the other perks, make these drawbacks seem trivial.

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 RAV4 Hybrid?

For the 2022 model year, the RAV4 Hybrid adds a new trim called the SE. With sportier styling features but a lower price than the XSE, the SE is an appealing addition to the range.

Elsewhere, Toyota has added a few new features. All models now have a locking glove box and LED interior lamps, while the XLE and above come with illuminated interior switches. The Limited now has an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. A few styling changes have been introduced, with XLE trims and above on the receiving end of updated headlamps. XLE Premium and Limited models have new LED fog lamps, and the XSE Hybrid now has vertical lights that first appeared on the XSE Prime plug-in hybrid, a model we review separately. Calvary Blue is a new exterior color.

Pros and Cons

  • Exceptional gas mileage returns
  • Handsome exterior design and styling
  • Commodious and attractive interior
  • Full smartphone integration across all configurations
  • Provides plenty of value for the money
  • Now with five models to choose from
  • Engine feels basic and unrefined
  • Mundane drive and handling dynamics
  • Artificial brake modulation
  • Cabin isn't properly isolated from noise
  • Base-spec trim is rather bare-bones

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid SE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XLE Premium
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XSE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive

RAV4 Hybrid Exterior

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  • Length 180.9 in
  • Wheelbase 105.9 in
  • Height 67.0 in
  • Max Width 73.0 in
  • Front Width 63.0 in
  • Rear Width 63.7 in
  • Curb Weight 3,690.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • White
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Lunar Rock
  • Blueprint
  • Cavalry Blue
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Silver Sky Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Cavalry Blue/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Blizzard Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic

RAV4 Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

RAV4 Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.5 in

RAV4 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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RAV4 Hybrid Safety


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

Verdict: Is The 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid A Good SUV?

Thanks to the RAV4 Hybrid's electrified powertrain, it actually performs better than the regular vehicle, delivering quicker acceleration for a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.4 seconds, as opposed to the almost eight seconds needed for the gas variant. Additionally, it makes for impressive fuel consumption estimates of 41/38/40 mpg over the AWD gas-fed variant's 27/34/30 mpg. It's quieter on the road too, although we'd have liked a little more isolation from road noise. It's only a little pricier in comparison to the standard variant, something that's balanced out by the Hybrid's better gas mileage. The cabin is commodious, and all but the base model verge on luxurious, with standard specs that are plentiful without you needing to throw in any extra-cost options. Trunk dimensions measure in at 37.6 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, and - together with a 1,750-pound maximum tow rating - make this a versatile ute. Combine these perks with Toyota's respectable reliability reviews and above-average safety ratings, and it's clear why the RAV4 Hybrid is one of the most popular family-friendly commuters in the USA.

What's the Price of the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The LE entry-level trim of the RAV4 Hybrid carries a price of $29,575 in the US. It's followed by the XLE which gets a base price of $31,045. The new addition this year is the SE at an MSRP of $32,230. Following this is the XLE Premium at $33,935, the XSE at $35,555, and the Limited at $38,075. These prices all exclude a destination charge of $1,215.

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