One of the most popular vehicles in the country for most of the year is the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. In fact, this is such a hot ticket item that many potential owners are finding it challenging to even find one to buy.
In researching this story, I looked at comments written by both my Torque News readers and my “Toyotajeff” YouTube channel viewers. Their personal accounts paint a vivid picture of happy new car owners getting incredible fuel efficiency.
There are many reasons to buy 2019 RAV4 Hybrid
People buy vehicles for many reasons, and we all have so many unique buying criteria. This same theory applies to the RAV4 Hybrid. The good news is that buyers have plenty of reasons to consider and eventually choose this model.
First, it is a great value compared to the 2019 RAV4 gasoline models. Buyers will find the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid (all RAV4 Hybrid models have standard AWD) costs less than $1000 more than its gasoline counterparts. For example, a RAV4 Hybrid LE has a factory MSRP of $27,850, while the RAV4 LE AWD gasoline model is $27,050. That is only $800 more. Excellent value.
Also, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid has better pickup and acceleration than its gasoline equivalent. The gasoline RAV4 uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 203 horsepower. This is very good. But, the RAV4 Hybrid uses this engine in combination with electric motors to provide more power. This proven Hybrid combination delivers 219 horsepower.
Then, of course, there is that gas mileage I was alluding to. If you walk by a new 2019 RAV4 Hybrid sitting on a dealership lot, you will see the posted gas efficiency of 40mpg combined (41 in the city and 38 on the highway). This is fantastic fuel mileage for any SUV on its own merits.
In the real world, though, new owners are thrilled with their own personal results.
2019 RAV4 Hybrid Owners seeing results at the pump
I was so impressed by the comments of people all over the country who are seeing solid gas mileage with their new RAV4 Hybrids. Check out their stories.
Ravhybridowner, one of my readers, gave his thoughts. “Bought the Hybrid LE and love it! After 6500 miles I'm averaging 42.1 mpg in the mountains of Western Montana. With hypermiling (click here to read about Prius hypermiling) I got 54 mpg with one tank and I didn't ever drop below 60mph so I'm sure you could do better if you were willing to sacrifice more speed.”
Wayne had a similar story to tell. “Hey Toyota Jeff! Your videos about the RAV4 Hybrid were enough to convince my wife and I to buy one, and we beat the rush too! It took us 24 days from ordering to receiving it. Our mileage has varied from 42.5 to a high of 47.5 mpg over the first three months, as we’re nearing our 5K service visit. We haven’t made a long trip yet, or driven over the winter in this car yet, but we will do both soon. So far, it’s been grand. Thanks again for serving the brand and your customers near and far!”
“Bought 2019 RAV4 Hybrid XLE in May. Ordered 2 months earlier. MPG is up to 45.” Commented another Jeff.
Reader Len and his wife are pleased so far as well. “We own a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Limited and really like it. Smooth riding, comfortable seats. Wife gets 44 mpg back and forth to work in city-ish driving.”
It is Time for your thoughts on RAV4 Hybrid
I would love to hear your personal accounts on the RAV4 Hybrid. Do you own one currently and how is your gas mileage so far? Also, do you have any tips on how to get better mpg?
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