Efficient performance is the new cool in global auto markets now that revised emission regulations/standards have come up. While most automakers have been optimizing engine performance to achieve new benchmarks in fuel efficiency, Toyota plays a different game. Especially with the newly launched 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid only grows powerful. Coming in 3 different trims, this new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2017 is all set to defy competition against Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5, Ford Escape and Kia Sportage.
2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid sets itself a class apart in the hybrid segment as it’s much more than a typical HEV. Incorporating Toyota’s proven hybrid powertrain, this new RAV4 Hybrid guarantees an impressive performance while being economic on fuel consumption.
2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid power
Although this hybrid version uses the same engine as that of the standard RAV4, it is more powerful. The powertrain incorporates Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive System which makes up for the peak outputs to check at 194 hp and similar torque. The standard 2.5-liter 4 cylinder is mated with a 67 hp (50 kW) electric motor which makes this RAV4 Hybrid to complete the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 8.1 seconds.
The powertrain of Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 2017 engages an array of future-forward tech. Its making everyday commuting as efficient as possible. 2017 RAV4 Hybrid does great on fuel savings as EPA ratings stay at around 34 mpg in city.
With the AWD-i (Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence), 2017 RAV4 Hybrid adds great traction and stability which are jeopardized in most HEVs.
This new RAV4 Hybrid sports a unique gauge cluster which let the driver monitor the vehicle’s hybrid drive. A dedicated TFT display shows info about battery status and fuel savings. The primary (infotainment) display does more than entertain as it even indicates the status of the electric motor and its usage in real time.
Hybrid design that elevates from stereotypes
2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid appeals as natural as a perfect companion as its exterior design fits perfectly in the urban-lifestyle square. This hybrid variant is based on the standard RAV4 and does not miss out on authenticity. Both its rear and front portions wear a chiseled look which makes a bold statement. The LED headlight’s design shout sportiness, and DRL (Daytime Running Lights) run over the top-most section. The front bumper holds a skid-plate like trim which is accompanied by a large air intake.
18-inch cast aluminum alloy bi-spoke wheels come standard. The front door outside mirrors integrate blind spot monitors and turn signals. The rear overhang is modest which come in striking contrast along with redesigned taillights.
Interior cabin is also a straight borrow-up from the standard RAV4 and lays great priority on comfort and safety. This cabin is quiet as the driving vibration and noise levels have been minimized to a great extent.
2017 RAV4 Hybrid price starts with the XLE trim at $29,000.With an additional $3000 more, buyers can get the SE trim. Lastly, the range-topping Limited comes at around $34,000.