Toyota Rav 4 GXL AWD Hybrid 2021 Review

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid GXL Road Test Review

Toyota RAV 4 has been an outstanding success over the years and now since 2019 with the addition of the AWD Hybrid version, it seems to tap into a growing market segment.

2019 Toyota Rav 4 GXL

We drove the GXL Hybrid AWD version that combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor generator that drives through a six step CVT, providing the most powerful drivetrain in the range with combined maximum outputs of around 160kW.

The AWD system is provided by electric assistance to the rear wheels when necessary. Fuel economy is excellent as you would expect at around 4.8l/100k

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2019 Toyota Rav 4 CruiserThis is not an adventure vehicle, it’s for city and main road based driving that has the added safety benefit of AWD. Having said that the combination works extremely well and driving the RAV 4 hybrid is simply like driving any other car, only with better economy.

2019 Toyota Rav 4 GXL

Features include an advanced multimedia system with steering wheel controls that incorporates full Bluetooth® connectivity, as well as Apple Car Play and android Auto, DAB radio, satellite navigation, wireless phone charging and voice recognition with all information displayed on a large 8-inch touchscreen.

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The Hybrid GXL AWD is priced from around $42,900 plus the usual costs.

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2019 Toyota Rav 4 GXL

What’s Good:

  • Standard features
  • Fuel economy
  • Internal space

What’s Not:

  • No full size spare tyre
  • Central tablet looks stuck on
  • Trying to turn off traffic alerts

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2019 Toyota Rav 4 GXL

Model   

Toyota RAV 4 AWD GXL Hybrid

Model Price $42,915 MLP*
Engine 2.5L 4 Cyl Atkinson Hybrid
Drivetrain CVT AWD (electronic assistance)
Power 131kW at 5,700rpm 160kW max
Torque 221 Nm @ 3,600-5,2800rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP
CO2 Emissions 109 g/km
Economy ADR 4.8 L/100km
Tow Capacity 1500 Kg
Tow Ball Rating 150 kg
Servicing 12 MTHS/ 15,000KM Fixed Price
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 5Yr. roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Overall Rating    

80/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 7
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 8
Urban Appeal 7
Styling 8
Value for Money 8

 

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Toyota RAV 4 GXL Hybrid Overall Rating
  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Performance - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fit for Purpose - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Urban Appeal - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Styling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10
8.0/10

Summary

Toyota RAV 4 has been an outstanding success over the years and now since 2019 with the addition of the AWD Hybrid version, it seems to tap into a growing market segment.

The Hybrid GXL AWD is priced from around $42,900 plus the usual costs.
This is a Motoring Minute. I’m Rob Fraser

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.