2019 RAV4 Hybrid Comparison Review

Incredible Fuel Economy.


All-Wheel Drive Standard.


Even More Horsepower.


A Suite of Safety Tech.


Few Clear Competitors.


Well Reviewed.


The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid ran at a solid fuel economy of 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s pretty good. After all, the standard fuel economy for a vehicle according to the EPA is 27 mpg. But pretty good is never good enough. For the new and redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, that number jumps up to 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Combined, that’s 40 mpg, thirteen mpg higher than the average.

Not only does the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid beat its previous fuel economy handily, but it also beats other vehicles in its class by a decent margin. The non-hybrid 2019 RAV4 gets an impressive 26/34 split, but it goes down from there. The base 2019 Chevrolet Equinox runs at 26/32, the base 2019 Honda CR-V also runs at 26/32, and the base 2019 Nissan Rogue gets a 26/33 split. The 2019 Nissan Rogue also has a hybrid version which runs at a 31/34 split when equipped similarly with All-Wheel Drive (AWD). With a combined fuel economy of 33, the 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid sits a full seven mpg less than the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid.

Speaking of All-Wheel Drive, it comes standard on the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. When driving in rough weather, All-Wheel Drive can help your tires maintain traction. Living in Indiana, this can be incredibly helpful when the weather goes from nice and sunny to a blizzard in less than an hour. Grabbing the standard All-Wheel Drive on the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid can actually save you some money.

If you want AWD on the standard 2019 Toyota RAV4, it will cost an MSRP value of $27,050. The hybrid version starts at $27,850, only an $800 difference. Considering the gas savings you would accrue with the RAV4 Hybrid’s superior fuel economy, you could easily recoup this value in short order. Competitors such as the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, the 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid, and the 2019 Honda CR-V all charge extra for AWD. The cheapest 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid with AWD starts at $29,050 MSRP, a full $1000+ more than the RAV4 Hybrid.

Considering this value, some might wonder if the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid cuts corners on horsepower. As it turns out, the RAV4 Hybrid is among the highest in its class for horsepower while maintaining its incredible fuel economy. Traditionally, hybrid versions have less power than the vehicle they are based on. This does not hold true for the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. While the standard RAV4 makes an incredible 203 hp, the 2019 RAV4 hybrid goes even further beyond with 219 hp.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s horsepower rolls right over the competition. The 2019 Honda CR-V manages at base model only 184 hp. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, at base, sits at 170 hp, the same as the standard 2019 Nissan Rogue. Like the RAV4, the Nissan Rogue gets an uptick in horsepower for the hybrid version, but it is still not enough for the Nissan Rogue Hybrid to contend with the RAV4 Hybrid. The base horsepower on the 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid is only 176, a full 43 hp less than the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid.

With such high horsepower, incredible fuel efficiency, and standard AWD, most would be satisfied. That is enough for a vehicle that starts at $27,850 MSRP. But Toyota does not stop there. Instead, in addition to everything else, Toyota includes a suite of safety technology that not only is beyond what most competitors can offer, but it is also completely standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommends four technologies to come standard in vehicles. These are Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. All four come standard for the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid.

The 2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid has Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning standard, but the 2019 Honda CR-V and the 2019 Chevy Equinox do not. Both the 2019 CR-V and Equinox have Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning as options, but they cost extra. Outside of the RAV4’s class, the 2019 Kia Niro, another hybrid vehicle, offers all four of these technologies, but once again, they cost extra.

Speaking of the Kia Niro, it can be difficult to find vehicles to compare the 2019 RAV4 to. Outside of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid, there is not a vehicle in the RAV4’s class that has a hybrid option in the United States. The Honda CR-V has a hybrid version that is sold in Europe, but there is no word on if it will be brought to the States yet or not. Later this year, the 2020 Ford Escape will get a hybrid version, but its projected fuel ratings are less than the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid. To get the kind of comfort and efficiency that the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers, there is really only one place to look, and that is directly at the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Do not simply take my word for it. US News and World Report says, “Whether you're shopping for a crossover, a hybrid, or a hybrid SUV, the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid should be on your list.” Edmunds, in their review, declared, “No other small two-row SUV gives you this much efficiency, utility and power.” AutoTrader agrees: “It's more stylish and characterful than before, while still delivering above-average fuel economy and utility. Indeed, it could actually be the best RAV4 to get.”

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers not only incredible fuel economy, but it also brings All-Wheel Drive standard. It rocks incredible horsepower, and it comes with a suite of standard safety technology that is unmatched. It is well reviewed, and it is a great vehicle for driving in the city, on the highway, or through the country. What more could you want?

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Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

EPA Compact SUV Fuel Economy Comparison: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=41307&id=40801&id=40857&id=40915

NHTSA 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Safety Ratings: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2019/TOYOTA/RAV4%252520HYBRID/SUV/AWD

US News and World Report 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/toyota/rav4-hybrid

Edmunds 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/rav4-hybrid/

AutoTrader 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: https://www.autotrader.com/car-reviews/2019-toyota-rav4-hybrid-new-car-review-281474979908039