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2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review: The Prius of SUVs

The enormously popular Toyota RAV4 was made brand-spanking-new for 2019, which is a little out of the ordinary for a model that currently outsells all others in North America outside of the American Big Three’s full-size pickups.

Our review of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 regular edition

Our review of the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Trail edition

The usual procedure for a such a hot seller is to leave well enough alone and just rake in the profits, thank you very much. Toyota decided to do things a little differently in this case, and strike while the iron is hot. The new edition has been with us for several months now, and it’s been a massive hit.

As with the last-generation RAV4, Toyota is also offering up a hybrid variant, and we decided to put that version to the test to determine if the 2019 model is an improvement. This is a relevant exercise because, while Toyota was an early pioneer in the field of hybrid powertrains, its technology has advanced too timidly in the past two decades.

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