The Toyota RAV4 is about as popular as an SUV has ever been. It was already the nation’s best-selling car, midsize truck and SUV for all of 2018. Then, it was completely redesigned with all new interior, exterior, and advanced safety and technology. News traveled fast about the March 2019 launch date of 2019 RAV4 Hybrid and things started to go a little crazy from there.
Hybrid RAV4 is special combo of power and great mpg
One of the factors making 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid so intriguing is the increase in horsepower compared to the gasoline. The traditional gasoline 2019 RAV4 version delivers 203 horsepower, which is a healthy increase from 176hp seen with its 2018 RAV4 predecessor. However, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid gives drivers 219 net hybrid horsepower. I have driven the Hybrid many times, and there is a noticeable difference in pickup compared to gas RAV4. You will like it. In fact, here are 6 things you might not know about the 2019 RAV4.
A gigantic increase in gas mileage estimates is the other big 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.
“I’ll take RAV4 Savings for $800 please Alex”
That number, $800, is a solid, very appropriate number. I love statistics and figures. When comparing a 2019 RAV4 AWD gas vs Hybrid AWD, it is clear what an incredible value the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is for all consumers.
The base price for a 2019 RAV4 AWD LE is $26,900 compared to $27,700 for its LE Hybrid colleague (all Hybrids are AWD, as an FYI). That is a difference of only $800. There is also a mere $800 increase between Limited AWD and Limited Hybrid ($34,900 base price vs. $35,700 base price.) Wowzers.
The reasons for choosing a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid over a RAV4 gas version are crystal clear. But can you get one?
Let’s talk to the people
Car buyers from coast to coast are writing me with their tales of woe in search of their RAV4 Holy Grail. With enormous demand, low supplies and rising gas prices, it is easy to paint a picture of thousands of customers on a frantic country-wide scavenger hunt for the perfect prize.
A reader recently wrote me with his “long wait story” to get a RAV4 Hybrid Limited. Fully loaded, and in Blueprint color (which is an amazing color, by the way. You should see it in person). He ordered it a couple months ago.
“Yeah, they (local dealership) ordered it but it is still about 6 weeks out, I’m renting a car until it gets in and it’s killing me,” lamented Art, a hopeful New Jersey car buyer.
Folks in California are especially having a challenging time landing a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid. This is no surprise, considering the gas prices are hovering around $4.00 per gallon right now. “I have searched all of CA for a Hybrid XSE w/ JBL and Panoramic Sunroof. Nope. My dealer is looking for me and placed an order. They guesstimate a 2-4 month wait,” added Mitch, one of my West Coast readers.
Some shoppers are not even having luck being able to test drive any RAV4 Hybrids. “I can’t even test drive one because the 2019 RAV4 Hybrids haven’t stayed on the lot for more than a day or have been claimed months in advance,” wrote a frustrated Owen.
So is it worth the wait for the RAV4 Hybrid?
Short answer: yes it is.
Unless you get lucky and find your 2019 RAV4 Hybrid sitting unclaimed at your local dealer (which does happen, by the way), you will be waiting weeks or months for your car. Let me give you hope that your wait will be worth it. As much as I have been hearing from frustrated buyers waiting long periods of time, I get just as much feedback from overjoyed people saying they made the right choice in getting their Hybrids.
“Best Car ever! Hauls *** (butt). Handles good and is comfortable. Don’t feel the bumps and 44-47mpg so far,” said thrilled RAV4 Hybrid buyer Joe.
Linda chimed in, “Got our 2019 RAV4 Hybrid XLE on April 16 & were extremely pleased when we got 42 mpg on the first tank of gas. Had started contacting dealers about 2 months before the Hybrid became available & we’re happy we didn’t give up & go for the gas or a 2018 Hybrid. It was worth the wait!”
And like I said, some relieved Hybrid buyers got lucky and stumbled in on their new car.
“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. When we got ours it was the one of only two that they had and they only had those because they had come in very late the night before and we were there first thing in the morning. We didn't even get to see it or test drive it before purchasing.” Thanks for sharing your story Jennifer.
Have you purchased your 2019 RAV4 yet? If so, did you pick gas or Hybrid? Please share your stories if you are waiting for one now, if you bought one and waited or did not have to wait, and especially what you think of your new car now.
Thanks everyone for reading. I work hard to be “Your complete Toyota resource.” I’m Jeff Teague and I’ll see you next story…
Jeff Teague is a Toyota news reporter at Torque News. You can reach Jeff on Facebook and follow his Instagram for his popular "Toyotajeff Minute" quick Toyota reviews. Follow him on Twitter at @toyotajeff1 and tweet him tips for new stories. Jeff also shares Toyota news videos on his Youtube Channel at ToyotaJeff1.