Each day I receive multiple messages from new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid owners, either telling me about the Hybrids they recently bought or about their struggles to even find one. You see, we are in the midst of a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid buying craze.
Some new owners got lucky and walked on their local dealership’s lot and found their new car just sitting there waiting for a nice home. Others, though, are stuck waiting up to 3-4 months to get their perfect RAV4 Hybrid because they just are not out there.
What makes RAV4 Hybrid so attractive?
There are several reasons for this monstrous demand for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. It delivers more horsepower than its gasoline equivalent (gas version has 203hp and Hybrid has 219 net horsepower). Another reason is the incredible gas mileage listed on each Hybrid’s window sticker.
The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid’s EPA-estimated gas mileage is listed at 40mpg combined. That is 41mpg in the city and 38mpg on the highway. It is difficult to think of any vehicle that rivals this gas efficiency, especially in the SUV segment. In comparison, most 2019 RAV4 gas grade levels offer drivers 30mpg combined (that is 26 city and 35 highway). A significant upgrade.
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We all know that actual fuel mileage on the road can different from posted EPA estimates on each vehicle’s window sticker. They are estimates based on average driving. Some of us are slow, conservative drivers. Others of us are lead foots. We know who we are. No judgments. However, a person’s driving style does have the biggest impact on how much and how often they pay at the pump.
VIDEO: Watch my 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Comparison of All Trim Levels
I took a sample of feedback I have received from both my Torque News readers and my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel viewers about what kind of mileage they are getting. The results are extremely encouraging.
“Running about 42mpg after 2,000 miles and I’m not easy on the accelerator,” wrote one happy 2019 RAV4 Hybrid owner.
California is one area where car shoppers are having a very challenging time finding a RAV4 Hybrid. One of those lucky West Coast Hybrid owners reported, “Averaging nearly 40 mpg at California highway speeds has been a welcome change from our Audi Q3 they required premium and got 20 mpg.”
RAV4 Hybrid's Amazing MPG
“We love the car and gas mileage looks between 45-60 mpg. Definitely has great power. Totally makes sense - for you folks considering it....It's only a matter of time before you get one.”
“Got our 2019 RAV4 Hybrid XLE on April 16 & were extremely pleased when we got 42 mpg on the first tank of gas.”
“So far I really like it. Pick up is better and 38 mpg doesn't suck. I had no idea they were a "hot" seller.”
“We recently bought a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid XSE and are in love! We got 40.6 mpg on the first tank with a good amount of highway driving. It's really a very well designed vehicle.”
“Ordered the XSE black over white March 1st. Took 9 weeks to arrive but it was worth the wait! Love it, averaging 42 mpg my first week.”
And this last comment about says it all…
Similar to Toyota Tacoma, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid offers a multi-terrain select system. You can choose rock and sand, mud and dirt and snow modes to help you tackle tougher terrain.
“I live in Kentucky. My salesman said they have been overwhelmed with the consumer response of the new hybrid. I can’t get over the total redesign of the RAV4. I have to remind myself it is a RAV!!! Very happy with purchase!!!”
What has been your experience with the 2019 Toyota RAV4, both in gasoline and the Hybrids? Did it take long to find one or did you get lucky? How has it been driving your new car so far?
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Jeff Teague is a Toyota news reporter at Torque News. You can reach Jeff on Facebook and Instagram. Twitter at @toyotajeff1 and tweet him tips for new stories. Jeff also shares Toyota news videos on his Youtube Channel at Toyotajeff.