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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid wait time up to six months - but now you can rent a Camry to tide you over

Toyota's RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid is the most in-demand model in the company's line-up. Yep, even more than the Supra.

There has been such unprecedented demand for the latest-generation Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models that the brand has decided to offer a subsidised rental car program to tide over customers until their SUV arrives.

The wait time for the top-spec Cruiser hybrid RAV4 - which won our mid-sized AWD SUV comparison earlier in 2019 - is now at "about six months", though the wait time is changing "month on month".

The company is aware how much of a concern this could be for future RAV4 owners, and is offering these purchasers a subsidised rental car while they wait - in most cases a petrol-powered alternative model, such as a Camry, Kluger or even a petrol RAV4.

Toyota Australia's so-called 'While You Wait' program is currently in pilot mode, with 34 dealerships across the country set to kick it off in the coming weeks. If it proves to be a success - in other words, if customers decide they'll rent a gap-filling model while they wait for their new car - it will be rolled out more broadly.

The wait time for the top-spec Cruiser hybrid RAV4 is now at
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Toyota Australia has stated "pricing varies depending on which vehicle is selected", and that "exact pricing will be announced at a later stage, but it is a program that is being subsidised by Toyota".

Indicative pricing communicated to CarsGuide is pegged at about $680 per month. The benefit for Toyota is that, while the company is undoubtedly subsidising that fee to a degree, it can then feed those models into its Genuine Used Car network once they loan is complete.

Matt Campbell
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Matt Campbell has been at the forefront of automotive media for more than a decade, working not only on car reviews and news, but also helping manage automotive outputs across print, online, video and audio. After completing his media degree at Macquarie University, Matt was an intern at a major news organisation as part of the motoring team, where he honed his skills in the online automotive reviews and news space. He did such a good job there they put him on full time, and since then he has worked across different automotive media outlets, before starting with CarsGuide in October 2017. At CarsGuide Matt has helped shape the video output of the business, while also playing a key role in management behind the scenes, and helping in-market new car buyers make the right choice by continually evolving CarsGuide's comparison reviews. Driving more than 100 cars a year seemed like a dream to Matt when he first started out, but now it's all just part of the job - a job he loves and plans to stay in for a long time to come. Matt is also an expert in used car values, as he's always on the hunt for a bargain - be it a project beater or a prime example of the breed. He currently owns a 2001 Audi TT quattro and a 2007 Suzuki Jimny JLX.
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