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2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE: Reviews & Price -We anticipate that the sixth year of manufacturing for the present generation of the RAV4 will begin with the 2024 model year of the Toyota RAV4. Since the model was first released for the 2019 model year, Toyota has made only minor adjustments, such as adding some new technological features and new trim levels. However, in light of the fact that the RAV4 has been such a commercial success, it is perhaps understandable that Toyota would not want to mess too much with a winning formula.
This pattern is one that we anticipate will continue for the RAV4 model year 2024, particularly in light of the reports that have been circulating about a new generation being introduced for the 2025 model year. There is a possibility that Toyota may discontinue production of the RAV4’s gas engine and replace it with an exclusively hybrid range. However, for the time being, the RAV4 is pitted against competitors that have been redesigned within the past few years, such as the Honda CR-V and the Kia Sportage. You can get a more in-depth look at how the RAV4 compares to the other vehicles in the small SUV class by reading the Expert Rating that follows below. 2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE
The RAV4 fails to impress in this regard, regrettably. The engine is willing to work throughout the city, and passing and merging pose no challenges. However, if you are in a tremendous hurry, you might become aware of the engine’s ultimately modest power delivery. In the tests conducted by Edmunds, our RAV4 Adventure test car required 9.1 seconds to get from 0 to 60 miles per hour, which is a little bit slower than the average for the category.
The steering, which lacks acceptable degrees of feel and heaviness throughout its range, is yet another issue that we have with the vehicle. The steering is nebulous at the point where it is centered. As a result, it’s simple to get the amount of effort you put in all wrong. The good news is that the RAV4 has an available improved all-wheel-drive system that comes with hill descent control, configurable terrain settings, and rear-axle torque vectoring. The RAV4 Adventure has above-average off-road capability for a compact SUV thanks to the combination of these technologies and good ground clearance.
The suspension of the RAV4 was designed to provide a comfortable ride while maintaining a reasonable level of control. The body does not bind or float as you drive over bumps, and it absorbs small to moderate impacts with very little fuss. When it comes to the front seats, they are attractively carved and adequately cushioned; nonetheless, the seat bottoms start to feel flat after prolonged stretches of driving. The lack of flexibility on the passenger side might also make it difficult to find a comfortable position for yourself.
When traveling at highway speeds, the RAV4 maintains a generally quiet cabin. The only exception to this rule is when you smash on the throttle for a quick burst of speed, at which time the sound of the engine becomes noticeably more raspy. We are pleased with the way the climate system is performing. The air distribution is excellent, with vents for the front seats that can be shut off totally and vents for the back seats as well.
The cargo compartment of the RAV4 is very close to being the largest in its class. When the rear seats are in their upright position, the available volume is 37.5 cu ft; when they are folded down, the available volume increases to 69.8 cu ft. Additionally, the RAV4’s low cargo floor makes it simple to load cargo. The front of the cabin has a number of shelves and bins that may be used to store a variety of items that are necessary for a road trip. If you are interested in towing, you should know that some models of the Toyota RAV4 can draw up to 3,500 pounds, which is above the norm for a compact SUV.
The RAV4 is a great option for families with small children. It is simple to identify the bottom anchors for car seats and attach the safety seats to them. Similarly, tying to the three anchors located higher up is a simple process. It is simple to install seats that face forward and boosters, but if you want to install an infant seat that faces the back on the passenger side, you will probably need to move the front seat forward. The problem is with the front passenger seat being raised to an uncomfortable level.
The seating position, overall roominess, and accessibility of the vehicle are all strong points. However, the RAV4 would receive a higher score if the front passenger seat could be adjusted lower or if it wasn’t set so high by default on most of the trim levels. The RAV4 Limited is the only trim level that has a front passenger seat with electric adjustments. Although the driver’s seat and steering wheel offers a good range of adjustments, tall drivers may wish for a little bit more adjustability in both of these components. Visibility to the outside world is a good goal.
The control structure is simple to understand, and the labeling is big and simple to read. Everything else is located just where you would expect it to be, but the controls for the music system and the temperature system are their own separate islands. The large knobs made of rubberized plastic for controlling the temperature are also a great touch. Our one and only complaint is that the touchscreen is located too far from the driver. To turn the tuning knob in particular, you need to stretch out your arm.
Both the touchscreen and the fixed buttons that make up the RAV4’s user interface are intuitive and simple to understand without the need to go to the owner’s handbook. But despite the fact that the RAV4 was released not too long ago, the graphics on the touchscreen look old. The sound system performs its functions well, but it does not stand out in any way. Both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connection systems are pre-installed as standard. It is also fortunate because Toyota’s native Entune software is not significantly improved.
The baseline driver assistance package is rather good. Included in this package is adaptive cruise control that operates at speeds as low as 0 miles per hour, automated emergency braking, detection of sleepy driving, automatic high lights, lane keeping assistance, and something called Line Tracing Assist, which is an active (but not hands-free) steering help.
The EPA expects that the RAV4 will score 28-30 mpg in combined city and highway driving, however, this number may vary based on the engine and the trim level. We traveled more than 7,000 miles in an All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Adventure hauling three passengers together with their gear and equipment. We experienced a wide range of road and weather conditions, but our overall average was 28.6 miles per gallon. The greatest gas mileage we got was 32.3, and our poorest was 25.6 miles per gallon.
The inside of the RAV4 is nicely constructed, including attractive layered materials and seams that are not apparent to the naked eye since they are integrated into the design of the vehicle. It features various rubberized grip surfaces, such as on the inside door handles, the radio knobs, and the temperature control knobs. These are examples of tactile touchpoints. The stitching is neat, and the synthetic leather upholstery that may be ordered for the RAV4 is comfortable to the touch and malleable. The warranty coverage provided by Toyota is about parred for the course, but you do receive a very generous two years and 25,000 miles worth of free scheduled maintenance.
Release Date and Price
We anticipate that manufacturing of the 2024 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will kick up around the autumn of this year, which means that we should start seeing it around the holiday season. Prices for the 2024 model year might wind up being higher than those for the currently on sale model, depending on the nature of the redesign. The price range now is between $32,060 and $40,365.