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5 Reasons 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Outsells Gas-Only RAV4

Learn what makes 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid such a great value and why people are buying it more than any other RAV4.

There is nothing like a friendly little competition between siblings. When you are the country’s best selling small SUV, you have problems like this.

Toyota RAV4 has been the small SUV consumers choose most often for over three years running. And there are a lot of choices out there. This is what happens when you build up a solid reputation for quality and dependability over time. People want you.

Throw in being a good value, and you have the makings of a top choice.

But what about RAV4 Hybrid? Did you know that last month, 2020 RAV4 Hybrids outsold their “traditional” gasoline-only RAV4 counterparts? This, my friends, is strong stuff.

2020 RAV4 Hybrid mpg

Fuel efficiency is usually an important factor when people consider buying a new car. This could be the case when deciding between a gasoline and a Hybrid RAV4.

Depending on different specifications such as front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive, a gasoline powered 2020 Toyota RAV4 gets anywhere from 27 mpg combined to 30 mpg combined.

Choosing a 2020 RAV4 Hybrid means buyers can attain even better fuel results. RAV4 Hybrids have an estimated 41 mpg city / 38 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined.

RAV4 Hybrid AWD

All 2020 RAV4 Hybrid trim levels come with electronic on-demand all-wheel drive with TRAIL mode. On-demand capabilities mean when conditions are slick or slippery, your RAV4 Hybrid will kick into all-wheel drive mode to provide optimal traction.

2020 Toyota RAV4 XLE nutmeg interior

When the roads are dry it stays in front-wheel drive mode so you can maximize gas mileage.

Imagine having the ability for all-wheel drive only when you need it, while still getting 40 mpg.

More horsepower

Drivers will find their 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid should feel faster and more powerful than a gasoline RAV4 equivalent model.

Both models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This produces 203 horsepower in all gasoline-only RAV4 grades.

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RAV4 Hybrid, however, also incorporates two electric motors that bump up engine output to 219 total system horsepower.

On a similar note, RAV4 gasoline trims utilize a direct-shift electronically controlled 8-speed automatic transmission. RAV4 Hybrid uses an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

I’ll take “Price differences” for $1000 please Alex

RAV4 Hybrid is priced competitively against gasoline RAV4 to make it a solid value for buyers. Since gasoline-only Toyota RAV4 trims are offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, it is important to compare RAV4 all-wheel drive pricing vs RAV4 Hybrid all-wheel drive.

Factory MSRP for LE AWD is $27,350 and RAV4 LE Hybrid is $28,350.

XLE AWD starts at $28,645 and RAV4 XLE Hybrid is $29,645.

Limited AWD is $35,880 and RAV4 Limited Hybrid is $36,880.

Apples to apples, right?

And $1000 price difference between the two models. What a coincidence that I made my Jeopardy heading $1000. Next I will take “Potent Potables” for $800.

Oh and there is one other 2020 RAV4 Hybrid trim level – the XSE. That starts at $34,300.

RAV4 Hybrid XSE is one-of-a-kind

2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid magnetic gray profile view

One big reason for mass RAV4 Hybrid appeal is the popular RAV4 XSE Hybrid (most people call it RAV4 Hybrid XSE, but this is how Toyota lists it). I tend to interchange the two depending on who I am talking to.

There is nothing out there like the XSE, including in gasoline RAV4 trims. It is special.

XSE Hybrid features gloss black features and accents, including alloy wheels, a two-tone roof and side mirrors.

2020 RAV4 XSE Hybrid, in fact, is so popular that is becoming challenging to find in many parts of the country.

Time for your thoughts on RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid

Thanks for reading everyone.

Do you have either a Toyota RAV4 or RAV4 Hybrid and how has your experience been so far?

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