2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: Most Favorite Hybrid SUV
The new 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Technology configuration. But do not be fooled, the new RAV4 is not just green: it is more elegant, technological and thanks to the new platform offer a particularly dynamic guide.
Twenty-five years old but does not show them, Toyota RAV4, whose acronym originally meant “Recreational Active Vehicle 4-wheel drive”, a project at the time ambitious and somewhat pioneering that has gathered an unexpected and unparalleled success: today it is the most sold SUV in the world, with 8 and a half million copies. Impressive numbers that even forced Toyota, at the time, to increase production volumes.
from a practical point of view, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is born on the Toyota New Global Architecture TNGA-K platform which, thanks to its lower center of gravity, better distribution of masses and a stiffer body, contributes to improved handling and comfort. walking and driving pleasure: all elements that strongly characterize the Japanese SUV. Thanks to this platform, which made it possible to slightly lengthen the step (now 2.69 meters), the cockpit and the boot are even more spacious and exploitable and every element (batteries, electric motor, power steering) finds the right space. The passengers at the rear they have ample space for the legs and the head even though the car has been lowered by 10mm.
The better organization of the dimensions also allows recovering 79 liters of luggage space compared to the previous version, going to a good 580 liters with the seats in position. Relevant value considering the four-wheel drive and the necessary space for the batteries.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Engine
This important product of Japanese engineering is flanked by a powerful 88 kW electric motor that brings the total power to 222 hp (218 for the 2WD version) – compared to 197 of the previous version, ensuring efficient efficiency, as well as emissions and consumption reduced.
The 2.5-liter unit, which adopts the Atkinson cycle (did you know, true, that Atkinson cycle engines need more important volumes?) And that it has been entirely revised compared to the past, is able to reach a thermal efficiency of 41% (compared to an average value for a thermal engine of about 30/35%). This result, the result of an important engineering work that has improved combustion and reduced friction, translates into lower consumption and therefore lower emissions into the environment.
The fourth generation hybrid system brings with it a number of improvements including general weight reduction in both electronics and nickel-metal hydride batteries. The battery weighs 11% less and transmission losses of 25% have been reduced. Driving in the mix we perceive the efficient distribution of the 51:49 weights and the work done is evident in the tight mix where the car with all-wheel drive does not fail to give even a hint of fun.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid All-Wheel Drive
This newly developed powertrain is combined with a new AWD-i all-wheel drive (“I” as intelligent) that adjusts the torque levels to the driving conditions, giving the car more stability and maneuverability, as well as high-level off-road capability.
This system, accompanied by the new AIM (AWD Integrated Management), is able to control at any time all the car’s functions, from the steering wheel to the accelerator, to the brakes, depending on the chosen driving mode. The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid also adopts a limited slip differential control (Trail Mode) to improve grip and control on slippery surfaces. In case of poor grip, the management system blocks the wheel without traction to divert all the torque to the wheel that is in contact with the ground.
Thanks to the new AWD-i system, the new Toyota RAV4 is able to transmit more torque to the rear wheels, allowing a division of the torque from 100: 0 (all in front) to 20:80 (practically the whole pair at the rear).
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Safety
On the new Toyota RAV4, there is no shortage of the latest active safety and driver assistance devices Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, as the system can detect pedestrians by day and by night, bicycles (only during the day), the recognition of the road signs, active lane maintenance, and adaptive cruise control.
The Pre-Collision system, which prevents accidents, acts thanks to a camera and a radar system that constantly analyze the traffic conditions. In the case where, for example, it detects a dangerous condition it warns the driver with a visual and audible alarm and at the same time prepares the braking system to an emergency stop. In the event that there is no type of reaction from the driver, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid safety system can intervene by automatically activating the brakes and reducing the speed up to 40 km / h or completely stopping the vehicle.
Toyota ‘s security system actually acts as the only system that controls multiple aspects: for example, the road sign recognition system can communicate to the new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control system the speed limits read on the road and allow the driver to adapt the gear of the vehicle simply by using the controls on the steering wheel. In the event of congested traffic, the Adaptive Cruise Control intervenes and the active maintenance of the lane to support the driver in maintaining speed and a safe distance, stopping the car in case of traffic and making it start again when the traffic resumes flowing.
It should also be noted that these driving assistance systems are already standard equipment to the Active model, a clear sign that Toyota believes in safety for everyone.
Speaking of technology, the new Toyota RAV4 has several connectivity services that project the SUV into the future. Thanks to Toyota’s MyT application you can use features like “Find the car” or analyze your driving style to improve your consumption.
The most interesting innovation, however, comes from the “pay per drive” service which, thanks to constant monitoring of kilometers, will allow calibrating the amount of the monthly payment on the actual use of the car rather than on the actual possession.
2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD VS FWD
In our test drive in we tried both versions and without delay, we would like to suggest that you prefer four-wheel drive. First of all for the low price difference between the two proposals(only $2,841) but mainly because the rear axle thrust from the electric motor helps a lot to manage the exuberance of the thermal-electric coupling. The front-wheel-drive version is too exuberant and not easy to handle when looking for aggressive driving: the 218 hp discharged on the two front wheels often lead the car to slip in the most aggressive starts. Of course, it is still a D-SUV but we assure you that the intervention of the electric motor to the rear axle helps a lot to make the car stable and uninhibited even in the narrow mix.
The base price of $39,268 for the Active 2WD version can go down to $34,040 thanks to the bonus that the Japanese house gives, in case of exchange or scrapping, to those who pass to Toyota’s Full Hybrid Electric. The price difference from the front-wheel-drive version to the four-wheel drive version is only $2,841 and if you want to proceed with forms of financing just an advance of $10,172 and then pay an installment that starts at $284 for the front-wheel drive and 340 for the AWD-i traction version and $56 for each “step”. The productions are three but already the starting version is very rich.
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