The Japanese giant has taken a slow and steady approach to hybridisation that’s beginning to pay dividends. Having established its hybrid credentials with the Prius, it has begun to spread the technology across its range, including the latest RAV4.
Combining its popular mid-size SUV with a hybrid powertrain option was an instant hit, with the waitlist blowing out to six-months at one point. Toyota has managed to ramp up supply to meet the demand, but the fact a RAV4 Hybrid can be had from $35,490 before on-road costs (and stretch to $44,490) should help it stay popular.
The powertrain in this case is a 2.5-litre petrol-electric combo, which teams a four-cylinder engine making 131kW/221Nm with an electric motor making 88kW/202Nm; for a combined power output of 160kW for the two-wheel drive models.
The four-wheel drive version gets a different system, adding an on-demand 40kW/121Nm electric motor on the rear axle for a total system output of 163kW.
Fuel economy is rated at 4.7-litres per 100km for the two-wheel drive model, and 4.8L/100km for the AWD.