The regular Toyota RAV4 has a couple of rivals in the segment that include the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. But the 2018 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, gave them a tough challenge of popularity with its exceptional fuel economy, smaller carbon footprint and better MPG rating. In addition to that the hybrid model is now stuffed with the latest standards of safety tech, surprisingly better acceleration, huge and luxurious interior, it has now pumped up the reliability reputation of Toyota.

Thus, buyers who are in need of a vehicle that has the required ruggedness and the capability of good hauling and cargo with awesome performance on both the highways and in busy city roads, then this is the vehicle that can meet their needs. As told to us by the Meridian Toyota dealer, here are the following features you get to enjoy in 2018 Toyota Rav4 that is due to the Hybrid technology installed in the vehicle.

What’s New

The Hybrid version of 2018 Toyota Rav4 is now available in a new LE base trim level, that can further lower its point of entry. Then the SE trim of this model too gains a 0.4 inch of ground clearance.

The Fuel Economy

The RAV4 Hybrid with higher fuel economy allows the vehicle to attain a minimum of 32 mpg in combined trips that include both city and highway driving. To maximize the level of fuel economy, the 2018 Toyota Rav4 takes the help of a Continuously Variable transmission (CVT) that gives it an average of 34 MPG through the city and 30 MPG on the highway with cruise.

Off-Road

Technically speaking the RAV4 Hybrid is an all-wheel drive vehicle, but because of its hybrid technology it can depend on its electric motor to gather power of its rear tyres and it doesn’t work like a mechanical system like its regular RAV4 version as it doesn’t have the locking center differential.

Rav4 Hybrid Engine Efficiency

The 2018 Toyota Rav4 comes with three levels of hybrid drivetrain, namely the XLE, SE and Limited. All these three drivetrains are equipped with an intelligent standard All-Wheel Drive (AWD) option.  This AWD system is efficient enough to allow the vehicle to have maximum traction and better control while driving through rough terrain or hostile weather. To add to its capability the 2018 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid is now being rated as a Super Ultra Low Emissions vehicle.  

Driving

As shared by the Toyota dealer Meridian, the RAV4 Hybrid has reportedly given high accelerative performance, with a decent handling, its mechanical brakes were supportive enough to make the passengers feel comfortable and stress free even after long hours of highway drives.

The Bottom Line

To sum up, the RAV4 Hybrid is a vehicle that can efficiently handle a long drive trip on the highways and can equally ease out the duties of your daily commute. So, if you love adventure on road, take the eco-friendly hybrid engine of Toyota Rav4 in your consideration.  In this respect RAV4 Hybrid can be easily marked as one of the must-drive vehicles in this segment.