2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: Keeping Things Light And Tidy

by Nikesh Kooverjee

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is an eco-friendly alternative to the standard gas-powered model that remains one of the top classmen of the small crossover segments in the USA. The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 was one of the first cars from the Japanese manufacturer to sit on the TNGA-K platform and like its rivals, it's not equipped for serious off-roading; however, it has no issues with tackling intricate trails and gravel roads while presenting itself as a practical and spacious family car for urban use. The main competitors of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid include the Honda CR-V Hybrid and Ford Escape Hybrid. Under the hood of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, you'll find Toyota's naturally aspirated 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine supported by two electric motors. This generates a combined power output of 219 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. All four wheels are driven via a CVT. Toyota offers several configurations of the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid with trims including the LE, XLE, Hybrid Woodland Edition, XLE Premium, SE, XSE, and Limited.

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2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 RAV4 Hybrid?

For 2023, Toyota has spiced up the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV range by introducing a Woodland Edition trim featuring all-terrain tires, TRD suspension, black badging, and bronze alloy wheels. Catering to adventurous enthusiasts, it is also equipped with a roof rack, all-season floor mats, and mud flaps. Enhancing the in-car experience for all users, the new infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto uses new software, gets slicker graphics, and is included as standard across the range. LE, XLE, and SE trims get the eight-inch display while the 10.5-inch interface is standard for the Hybrid XSE and Hybrid Limited (it's optional on the Hybrid XLE Premium). The instrument cluster also evolves into a new partially digital seven-inch display as standard but XLE Premium can have the 12.3-inch fully digital gauge-cluster display at an additional cost. This display is standard on the Limited trim. Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, housing a plethora of safety assists, is included as standard with all models as well.

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Striking interior and exterior design
  • New infotainment is seamless
  • Plush ride
  • Abundant cargo space
  • Front seats could be softer
  • Noisy engine
  • Dull handling
  • Poor brake feel

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2023 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
$31,225
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$32,735
Hybrid Woodland Edition
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$33,525
Hybrid SE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$33,920
Hybrid XLE Premium
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
$35,625
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2023 RAV4 Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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 3,755.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Silver Sky Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Cavalry Blue/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Blizzard Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Ice Cap
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Lunar Rock
  • Blueprint
  • Cavalry Blue
  • Wind Chill Pearl
  • Wind Chill Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic

2023 RAV4 Hybrid Performance

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2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Engine

Engine and Transmission

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

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Handling And Driving Impressions

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid excels at providing a plush and comfortable ride with impressive damping over dirt surfaces, but it falls short of providing engaging handling. It's clear that Toyota's focus with this model is to retain its reputation as a supple family car directed at those with an active lifestyle. The added benefit of hybridization means great gas consumption of 40 mpg combined. Performance is no more than adequate, with the 219-hp powertrain providing decent throttle response and acceleration. However, with the extra weight, it's hardly a fast car; the CVT has been tuned to make the RAV4 HEV feel seamless in urban environments, so if you explore higher revs, you'll notice the noisy, strained engine intruding into the cabin. With two electric motors powering the wheels, it is a bit swifter than the non-hybrid model, but the difference is marginal. Compared to the advanced new hybrid setup used in the new CR-V, the RAV4 now feels a step behind.

2023 RAV4 Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 37.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.5 in

2023 RAV4 Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Trunk Space
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2023 RAV4 Hybrid Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid A Good SUV?

Within the small hybrid SUV segment, the Toyota RAV4 is a compelling option. Most importantly, the powertrain offers respectable gas consumption but it also excels at providing users with a plush ride, generous cargo and cabin space, and stylish looks. The chassis is also tuned to cater to consumers that lead an active lifestyle while the range has been laid out so that there is a configuration catering to different needs. Excluding the base trim, all RAV4 models have a long list of standard comfort, convenience, and safety features. A review of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gas-electric powertrain shows that while it is a decent fuel saver, it lacks the grunt and refinement you would experience while behind the wheel of the crossover's main rivals, particularly when the engine is working hard. One of its strongest areas of defense is its standard of safety as it excels in both NHTSA and IIHS crash tests, and although this is not enough to seriously trouble its Mazda or Honda rivals for class leadership, Toyota's reputation for solid reliability will be the clincher for many.

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