2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Craze is Sweeping the Nation and It's Getting Challenging
In 2018 the Toyota RAV4 was already the best-selling non-full-size truck in America. With its 2019 redesign, Toyota expects sales to increase even higher.
When 2019 RAV4 Hybrid was recently released, however, I don’t think even Toyota was prepared for the incredible demand from rabid buyers! I’m getting requests from potential buyers from California to Texas to Wisconsin to New York and everywhere who are feverishly hoping to find when and where they can find RAV4 Hybrids that match their specification wish list. In fact, see the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid buying criteria every Toyota Enthusiast should know about.
Many states are reporting dealership waiting list estimates of 1-4 months to get in specific 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrids!
2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is available in 4 trim levels: the LE, XLE, Limited and XSE.
The most popular trim currently is the XSE. This is the extra-sporty version and the only trim level that doesn’t have a gasoline counterpart. It’s known for its black two-tone roof, black accents all over the exterior and 18” black-painted sport alloy wheels. Needless to say, it’s drawing incredible attention and demand.
Benefits of 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. Gasoline:
• The proof is in the mpg! While the gasoline version gets very good gas mileage of 26/35/30 for front-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive gets 25/33/28 (LE gets 27/34/30), the Hybrid gets an incredible 41/38/40! Can you say “Savings at the Pump!”
• I feel the need: the need for speed! Gasoline RAV4 gives drivers 203hp, which is improved from 178hp for the 2018 model. When you drive the hybrid, you’ll be taking advantage of 219 net hybrid horsepower. You can feel the improvement when ascending hills, getting up to highway speed, and when needing to pass other vehicles.
• It makes sense in the budget. There’s less than $1000 cost between the all-wheel drive and Hybrid versions of each level. This makes it extremely tempting to bump up to the Hybrid, as the savings in gas is already significant. (LE AWD base price is $26,900 vs. $27,850 in Hybrid LE, while Limited AWD is $35,050 vs. Hybrid Limited base price of $35,850).
What do you think of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid? Have you been able to get your RAV4 Hybrid yet? Do you think you would choose the gasoline or the Hybrid version?
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