The 2015 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the new hybrid model of the popular crossover vehicle. Regular version was the first crossover ever produced. It was made to combine the off road capability, spaciousness and four wheel drive, features that usually come with SUV vehicles with maneuverability and fuel economy of a compact car. Its name stands for Recreational Active Vehicle with four wheel drive.
In second generation RAV4 hybrid was introduced, its performance segment was developed in cooperation with Tesla Motors. Its engine, batteries and the rest of this segment are very similar to the Tesla Model S sedan that was launched during the same year as second generation RAV4.
Styling and Changes – Interior and Exterior
With each new model year RAV4 is becoming more and more compact car like. In the new model most of the SUV characteristics were simply deleted, and one of the biggest changes is the lack of spare tire on the rear bumper, which is now placed under the trunk floor. In the front there weren’t so many changes since this model has the same nose cut for which it is famous for. It borrowed some of the lines from other Toyota crossovers, like Venza and Highlander.
Interior of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 looks more retro than ever. It comes with tasty cabin design, two tone colored sets with contrast stitching. Materials that are used in making this are unfortunately much lower quality than we expected, so that spoiled our impression a little bit. In base version seats are not that supportive and the back seat is almost totally flat which makes it little bit hard to sit on during longer rides. Interior features vary depending on the trim level you choose, the best value for money is offered with LE and XLE trim levels, while the Limited trim level is little bit too expensive.
Under the Hood and Specs
Hybrid version of RAV4 comes with combination of 2,5 liter four cylinder engine paired with Toyota Synergie Drive.Same system is already used in Camry nd few other Toyota hybrid vehicles. Fuel efficiency grow a little bit since last year and now it is able to reach 24 mpg in the city conditions, 31 mpg in the highway and 26 mpg combined, measured by EPA. There are rumors that next year’s version is going to come with increeased fuel efficiency of at leats 30 if not 35 mpg in combined conditions. These rumors came after the big Highlander hybrid increase from 19 to 28 mpg.
2015 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Price details
Price of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is still unavaliable. We predict it is going to come in range from $25,000 to $30,000 for the front wheel drive version. Adding All wheel drive to this package will cost around $1,900. Release date is probably going to come in the end of this year, while this model will arrive at the dealers in the beginning of 2015.