In a recent test of the all-wheel drive 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE, Consumer Reports (CR) recorded 31 MPG overall. This makes the new RAV4 Hybrid the most fuel efficient SUV the group has ever tested (without a plug). The prior two MPG champs were the Lexus NX 300h and Lexus RX 450h. Each of those two vehicles returned 29 MPG in CR testing.
Consumer Reports testing varied from our own. In a recent week-long test of the RAV4 Hybrid Limited, we could not find a way to get less than 33 MPG. That included snowstorm testing and stop and go traffic. CR, by comparison found that the RAV4 Hybrid XLE returned just 26 MPG in city driving. On the highway, CR found the RAV4 Hybrid returned 36 MPG.
Note that CR does not attempt to replicate the EPA cycles. The EPA estimates consumers will get 33 Combined, 34 City, and 31 Highway.
The Consumer Reports story reporting these results concludes, “For those looking for maximum efficiency in an all-wheel-drive SUV, the RAV4 Hybrid shows that there isn’t a need to downgrade to a tiny, subcompact model, such as the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3, nor stretch the budgeted into luxury territory for the Lexus NX 300h or RX 450h.”
The piece has no author listed, or we would give him/her a shout out. It is dated May 10th. Consumer Reports is available by subscription.
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