Why 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is So Popular These Days
America’s best-selling SUV is the Toyota RAV4 and sales continue to grow at an electric pace. Overall 2019 RAV4 sales were up 17.2% for August, marking a best-ever month for the popular small SUV.
However, it is the RAV4 Hybrid that is really enjoying eye-popping success that is causing a nationwide buying frenzy. Sales for 2019 RAV4 Hybrids were up 174% from August 2018. Yes that’s right – 174%.
Let’s explore what is making the RAV4 Hybrid so darn popular.
2019 RAV4 Hybrid is a winner with gas mileage
Let’s face it – the primary reason most of us put a Toyota Hybrid on our consideration list is because of the great gas mileage. This is probably the chief objective for RAV4 Hybrid buyers.
The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid has an EPA-rated 40 miles per gallon, which is 41mpg in the city and 38 on the highway. Many new owners are reporting higher fuel efficiency, which only adds to the country-wide hysteria to get their hands on one.
Everyone meet Keith. Keith is one of my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel viewers who recently told me about his adventure to find a 2019 RAV4 XSE Hybrid. He flew from New York City to Raleigh, North Carolina to purchase his new car and then just drove it back home yesterday. He reported back to me this morning that his new Hybrid was “smooth, fast and amazing on gas” during his road trip back home.
The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid is very challenging to get in many parts of the country, including the West Coast and Northeast. Some people have reported back that they are on a several month waiting list for their specific one.
Because of this, car shoppers are more than willing to travel to get what they want when they can get it.
Horsepower and acceleration for 2019 RAV4 Hybrid
A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine powers the 2019 RAV4 gasoline models. This produces 203 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. torque. It is matched with a direct-shift 8-speed automatic transmission with intelligence and sequential shift mode.
A big benefit to choosing the RAV4 Hybrid is a big increase in horsepower and acceleration ability. When the gasoline engine works in combination with the Hybrid electric motors, it delivers 219 horsepower. The Hybrid engine and electric motors are partnered up with an electronically controlled CVT with sequential shift mode.
Drivers will notice a big difference when merging on to a highway, passing slower vehicles and climbing hills. Big score for RAV4 Hybrid here.
RAV4 Hybrid is budget-friendly
When researching new vehicles, buyers must balance not only the perfect car for them and their families, but also the budget must make sense. This is a major reason to choose a RAV4 Hybrid.
All 2019 RAV4 Hybrids are all-wheel drive, as opposed to front-wheel drive. This allows drivers to travel both on city streets and highways and also off the road on remote trails and sandy beaches and in the snow.
To compare pricing versus the gasoline RAV4s, it is only fair to match an all-wheel drive gasoline RAV4 against the RAV4 Hybrid. Every Hybrid is priced less than $1000 more than its equivalent gasoline all-wheel drive companions.
For example, a RAV4 LE Hybrid has a factory MSRP of $27,850 while the AWD LE gasoline is priced at $27,050.
Also, a gasoline Limited AWD RAV4 comes with a $35,050 price tag, but the Limited Hybrid model is only $800 more at $35,850.
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You can find great variety with 2019 RAV4 Hybrid
Whether you are going for less standard equipment or if you want more luxury or sportiness in your driving life, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid has just what you need.
There are 4 different trim levels for the RAV4 Hybrid, and they include the LE, the XLE, the Limited and the very unique XSE. At the lower end of the budget scale, buyers might be choosing between LE Hybrid and XLE Hybrid, while at the higher end you might have a tough decision between the Limited and the XSE.
My video review compares the RAV4 XSE Hybrid vs. Limited Hybrid
Time for your thoughts on RAV4 Hybrid
Do you own a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid and what are your thoughts and impressions so far? How is your mpg? Also, do you think you will be in the market for a new RAV4 Hybrid in the near future and what factors are most important to you when making your final choice?
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