2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs Gasoline MPG and Advantages
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3 Factors to Consider When Picking 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. Gasoline RAV4

How will you choose whether to buy a 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or RAV4 gasoline model? It is not an easy decision. Here are a few important factors to consider that may help you decide.
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One of the hottest vehicles on the planet right now is the 2019 Toyota RAV4. This is especially true of the RAV4 Hybrid, with a frenzied demand and low supplies leaving car buyers scrambling just to find one to test drive, let alone purchase.

May sales for RAV4 are up 13.9% over last May, the best sales month ever for the wildly popular SUV. So let’s say you have decided the RAV4 is the one you want to buy. How do you know whether to choose the gasoline or the Hybrid version? Let me help with a few crucial comparative facts.

Perhaps the best idea is to think of the most important factors for you and your family to help you make your final choice. If you do your fair share of daily commutes to work or plan regular family road trips and vacations, maybe fuel economy is the most essential consideration. Also, I rarely find that price is not of importance to someone looking to buy a new car. This may be worth researching. What about power – does it matter which one has more pickup?

MPG for 2019 RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 gasoline

Ask a random person on the street what they know about a Hybrid and I bet they talk about great gas mileage. This is definitely a selling point specifically for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. In fact, I have heard from numerous RAV4 Hybrid owners who are thrilled with their mpg so far.

A huge advantage in gas mileage estimates is one vital reason people are frenzied over the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Let’s compare AWD mpg. The 2019 RAV4 AWD has combined fuel efficiency of 28mpg (25 city / 33 highway). On the other hand, 2019 RAV4 Hybrid AWD offers the promise of a whopping 40mpg combined (41 city / 38 highway). That is a significant difference in favor of the Hybrid. But is it enough to pick Hybrid over gasoline?

VIDEO: Watch as I compare 2019 RAV4 XLE AWD vs. RAV4 XLE Hybrid

What has more horsepower – the 2019 Hybrid or Gasoline RAV4?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid also has more horsepower over its gasoline counterpart. Well, technically it does.

When you consider the 2019 RAV4 gasoline version (available in LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure and Limited), you will find it utilizes a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 203 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. torque. It also drives with an electronically controlled direct-shift 8-speed automatic transmission.

In comparison, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid (available in LE, XLE, Limited and XSE) works with a combination of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (176hp) and two electric motors. When combined and working in perfect harmony, the horsepower of the Hybrid increases to 219 net horsepower. This is a pretty significant increase versus the gasoline version. The Hybrid drives with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

Both the 2019 RAV4 gasoline and Hybrid models drive smooth and comfortable with good acceleration. You may find the Hybrid to have more pickup and sound a little quieter.

What is the price difference between 2019 RAV4 gas vs. Hybrid?

When comparing the 2019 RAV4 AWD gasoline vs. Hybrid AWD (all RAV4 Hybrids are AWD), it is clear what an incredible value the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is for all consumers. The RAV4 gasoline version will always cost less than the Hybrid, so it wins in the lowest price category. But Hybrid is not too far away.

The base price for a 2019 RAV4 AWD LE is $26,900 compared to $27,700 for its LE Hybrid colleague. That is a difference of only $800. There is also just a small $800 increase between Limited AWD and Limited Hybrid ($34,900 base price vs. $35,700 base price.) Tough choice here!

I would love your thoughts on the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Have you recently purchased a new RAV4 or are you planning on buying one soon? Did you choose gasoline or Hybrid and what do you think so far? Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story…

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Comments

I am staying with gas RAV4 for simplicity and reliability (and no CVT).
Toyota hybrids have been some of the most reliable cars in the industry. Why not go hybrid so you do fewer oil changes and break pad replacements?
I have never had any problems with the CVT in my 2011 Prius with over 90,000 miles. It seems to be a solid technology and much less complex than a typical transmission.
I owned a 2005 Prius with 280k miles on odo best car i own, transmission so much better than my 2004 Honda Element auto. Yes ppl who hate CVT usually hate changes. I was one of them. But after having problem with my Honda auto trans and experienced the reliability of Toyota CVT I can only say try it first and drive if for a long period of time before you dont like something.Did I mention the hybrid battery still works with almost 300k? saved money on oil change brake pads and gas = drive more and further. Maybe one day when i decided to get rid of my 1996 RAV4 manual transmission ill get that RAV4 hybrid, Its not easy driving stick in NYC.
Toyota hybrids have an eCVT transmission. It has planetary gears instead of a belt or chain which a CVT has. The eCVT is much stronger.
I’ve had my 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Limited (fully loaded) for 1500 miles now. My combined fuel consumption ranges from 39-41 mpg. The car has enough oomph to make me happy in all situations. It has every safety feature that was on my former 2018 Cadillac ATS and the console and entertainment controls on the RAV4 are simply more intuitive and user-friendly. And of course the cabin is so much more spacious and has the luxury accents and materials. So far I am delighted with the switch and everyone who has ridden with me is impressed with the look, the ride, the comfort and the mileage.
I am the very happy owner of a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Limited and this new Rav is hands down the nicest vehicle I’ve ever owned in my 66 years. I waited for delivery over four months and my Toyota dealer was kind enough to provide a 2019 Rav 4 gasoline version to drive while I waited. It was the Adventure version so the only real difference between the two other than the drivetrain I noticed was the Adventure was a little higher off the ground. The other glaring difference that made me very glad I ordered the Hybrid was the transmission. In having the gas version to drive that long gave me an excellent perspective to compare the two. The biggest issue with the transmission was it seemed jerky with every change of gears. The CVT in the Hybrid is so smooth it’s like a completely different vehicle. As mentioned in the review the Hybrid is noticeably quieter than the gas model. Anyway it’s a very nice vehicle.
A little math shows the value of the hybrid. Assuming that one keeps the vehicle for 100,000 miles and that gas costs $2.75/gallon, fuel costs for the hybrid will be about $2900 less than the conventional engine. Consumer Reports indicates that the reliability for Toyota hybrids are better than than the conventional counterparts.
Purchased a 2019 Rav4 Adventure. Price was discounted $4000 off MSRP. Don’t think buyers will be getting this type of discount on Rav4 hybrid models.
You mentioned torque value for the gas version, but what is the torque for the hybrid? How do the torque curves compare?
Even though the MSRP difference is only $800, the actual difference is a lot more because dealers, at least the ones around here, are discounting the gas only version a lot more than the hybrid version.
Rav4 hybrid for me. Really like the CVT vs the 8 speed automatic which is too rough. More HP plus 40 mpg. What's not to like? Hybrids have arrived.
Our new Limited Hybrid will be here early next month. Adding it to our beloved 2009 Limited. Toyota had me at 40mpg.
Because of international travel, I frequently leave my car unused for periods of up to 9 months. I wonder how the Hybrid's batteries would be affected. Any experience anyone?
I love my 2019 Toyota Rav4 XLE, wished I had splurged on the XSE though as it has bigger wheels, Softex seats and black roof.