2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – The reviews are in!

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has been in the hands of the automotive press for a little while now. The test drives have happened and the reviews have been written. We thought we’d share some highlights of the reviews.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
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Motor Trend 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE Review: Gem in the Lineup

Design – “We’d argue the RAV4 is one of the most attractive vehicles in its segment. Eschewing the bulbous look of many competitors, the RAV4 features chiseled lines and strong, squared-off corners. Our XSE Hybrid tester is particularly stylish, sporting black accents all around the exterior, including the fender arches, rocker panels, and roof. Eighteen-inch black wheels complete the look, giving this RAV4 a lot more presence than your average mainstream compact SUV.”

Performance – “Forget what you think you know about hybrids—this vehicle is quick. In our track test, the RAV4 Hybrid ran from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, making it particularly zippy among compact SUVs. In fact, it’s almost a full second quicker to 60 mph than the gas-only RAV4 we’ve been driving for the past several months (8.0 seconds).

You can feel the difference on the road. The hybrid model, aided by its electric motors, delivers power quickly and smoothly whether you’re merging onto the freeway or making a quick lane change. In contrast, the standard RAV4’s powertrain feels rougher, almost gravelly. The power lags and it exhibits a gritty engine note.”

Interior – 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
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Edmunds.com – 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review“

“With the major changes handled in last year’s full redesign, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid carries over with just a few choice refinements. Android Auto smartphone functionality finally joins the existing Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa systems, and that’s definitely a welcome addition for Samsung, Pixel and other non-iPhone users. Several new standard features also appear throughout the lineup, including satellite radio (LE and XLE), a power-adjustable driver’s seat (XLE) and a premium JBL sound system (Limited).”

“These minor upgrades enhance the RAV4 Hybrid’s already substantial appeal. Its comfortable and roomy cabin is solidly built and has sensibly located and easy-to-use controls. Another bonus: The RAV4’s bundle of advanced driver safety aids — which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and, on everything except the base trim, blind-spot monitoring — is something that often costs extra on many competitive SUVs”


2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
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Which RAV4 Hybrid does Edmunds recommend? – “Reasonably priced and equipped with a full roster of safety features, the XLE is an undeniable bargain. But we’d try to swing the XSE if we could. It’s a big price jump, but you get a full spectrum of upgrades such as improved interior trim and an 8-inch infotainment screen to practicalities such as a power liftgate and ambient cabin lighting.”

U.S. News.com – 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

“The 2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s #1 ranking is based on its score within the Hybrid and Electric SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2020 Best Hybrid or Electric SUV for Families award. Currently the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.”


2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE
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So, now that you’ve read what the reviewers have to say, it’s time to stop by 15 Airport Road in Waterville to test drive the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Then with your own opinion in hand, sit down with a sales associate and let us find you a great deal. Click this link to start an online search of our RAV4 Hybrid inventory. https://www.cmtoy.com/new-vehicles/rav4-hybrid/