Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD SUV 2022 Motoring Minute Review

We drive the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid on a road test review

Toyota added a Hybrid version to its hugely successful RAV 4 range in 2019 and updated with an expanded range in November 2021.

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I spent a week in the RAV4 Cruiser AWD Hybrid, priced from $48,000 plus the usual costs.

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD SUV drivers instruments

The Hybrid comes with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor generator that drives through a six step CVT.

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Opting for AWD adds a second electric motor on the rear axle bringing combined output to 163kW, while also adding Trail mode function that alters things to maximise traction in slippery conditions.

As you would expect the economy is outstanding and we averaged around 5.5L/100K on our test.

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD SUV interior front dash

The RAV4 Cruiser also comes with three-stage front seat heating and ventilation, with eight-way power adjustment for the front seats.

Inside the Cruiser comes well equipped and is a quiet and comfortable place to be.

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD SUV back seats

Its no surprise that Toyota sells a lot of RAV 4 Hybrids, they are easy to live with, economical, comfortable and practical. Pretty much everything a buyer will need.

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Im Brianna Fraser

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD SUV transmission

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Economy and Hybrid drive
  • Well equipped
  • Relatively spacious inside

2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cruiser AWD SUV engine

Model   

Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid AWD SUV

Model Price $48,000 MLP*
Engine 2.5L Aspirated with Hybrid Electric
Drivetrain Electric AWD 6 Step CVT
Power 131kW @ 5700rpm
Torque 221Nm @ 3600-5200rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested May 2109)
CO2 Emissions 109 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 4.8L/100km / 55L
0-100kmh/Top Speed N/A
Servicing 12 Mths / 15,000km Service plans
Warranty 5yr/ Unlimited km with 1 Yr. conditional 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.

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Overall Rating    

83/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing/Off Road Capability* 6
Technology / Connectivity 8
Value for Money 8

*Towing and Off Road capability is measured relative to other vehicles in the class. It is not to be used as a measure against vehicles in other classes.

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length / Wheelbase 4600mm / 2690mm
Width / Height / Turning Circle 1855mm / 1685mm / 11.0mts KTK
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 190 mm / TBC
Approach / RO / Departure 17.5 / TBC / 20.0 degrees
Boot Space Min / Max L 580L / TBA L
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM 1745 / 485/ 2230 / 3740
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 1500kg / 100kg

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 6/10
    Towing/Off Road Capability* - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Technology / Connectivity - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Value for Money - 8/10
8.3/10

Summary

Toyota added a Hybrid version to its hugely successful RAV 4 range in 2019 and updated with an expanded range in November 2021.

Its no surprise that Toyota sells a lot of RAV 4 Hybrids, they are easy to live with, economical, comfortable and practical. Pretty much everything a buyer will need.

About Rob Fraser 1980 Articles
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.