Toyota RAV4 Hybrid GXL 2WD SUV 2022 Review

We drive the RAV4 Hybrid on a road test review

Toyota RAV4 GXL Hybrid 2WD could be the perfect urban SUV. I spent a week in this car and its priced from $40,450 plus the usual costs.

2022 Toyota Rav4 GXL hybrid

Its well styled, not too big so it is easy to navigate our tight city streets and carparks, yet big enough for weekends away with friends if you like.

As an SUV you sit up higher and the body shape allows more luggage room than a sedan.

The RAV4 GXL Hybrid comes with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor generator that drives through a six step CVT.

As you would expect the economy is outstanding and we averaged around 5.0L/100K on our test.

2022 Toyota Rav4 GXL hybrid


The RAV4 GXL also comes with LED projecta headlights, LED foglights, Digital radio, illuminated door switches, rear seat reminder and LED interior lights.

Its no surprise that Toyota sells a lot of RAV4 Hybrids, they are easy to live with, economical, comfortable and practical. Pretty much everything a buyer will need.

Is the RAV4 GXL 2WD Hybrid the perfect urban SUV. Well that’s a big call but it’s pretty good.

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What is good?

What is not so good?

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



Toyota RAV4 GXL Hybrid 2WD SUV

Model Price $40,450 MLP*
Engine 2.5L Aspirated with Hybrid Electric
Drivetrain 2WD 6 Step CVT
Power 160kW @ 5700rpm
Torque 221Nm @ 3600-5200rpm
Safety 5 Star ANCAP (Tested May 2109)
CO2 Emissions 109 g/km
Economy ADR/ Capacity 4.7L/100km / 55L / 5.2L/100K on test
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.

2022 Toyota Rav4 GXL hybrid

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 8
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
Style / appeal 7
Technology / Connectivity 8
Value for Money 8


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 480kg / 100kg

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2022 Toyota Rav 4 GXL hybrid rear

More RAV4 GXL Hybrid Details

Toyota RAV4 has been perennially popular and the latest minor update that arrives early in 2022 keeps the model relevant.

What is the RAV4 GXL Hybrid like outside?

It’s a relatively stylish exterior with the following highlights:

  • Auto LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights,
  • Front fog lamps,
  • Heated and folding electric exterior mirrors,
  • Automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers,
  • Rear window wiper,
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 17-inch temporary spare,
  • Front and Rear mudflaps,
  • Dual oval tailpipes,
  • Hatch-top spoiler, Shark-fin antenna, Roof rails,
  • Privacy glass

2022 Toyota Rav 4 GXL hybrid dash

How about inside the RAV4 GXL Hybrid?

Inside the RAV4 is spacious, comfortable and reasonably well appointed.

Highlights include:

  • Premium embossed fabric seats,
  • Leather-accented steering wheel with steering wheel controls,
  • Twin dial driver instruments with 4.2-inch Multi-Info Display and Hybrid-specific indicator,
  • Leather-accented shift lever,
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror,
  • Dual zone climate control with rear vents,
  • Front and rear power windows,
  • Qi wireless phone charger
  • Remote locking/unlocking and Keyless smart entry and start (Hybrid only)
  • 60/40-split, folding rear seat back,
  • Rear armrest with integrated cupholders,
  • Two-level reversible (carpet one side/resin other) boot deck board (Not available with full-size spare wheel option),
  • Reasonable storage with central arm rest, sunglass storage, cup holders, front and rear door bins with bottle holders

Infotainment technology and communications

  • 8-inch touchscreen display,
  • 12V and one Aux input,
  • Three front and two rear USB sockets (inc four fast charging)
  • AM/FM/DAB+ radio with six speakers,
  • Bluetooth® connectivity,
  • Satellite navigation with SUNA Live Traffic,
  • Voice recognition,
  • Siri® “eyes-free” (compatible iPhones®) and
  • Toyota Link

RAV4 GXL Hybrid engine and drivetrain

The hybrid system combines a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor generator that drives through a CVT, providing the most powerful drivetrain in the range with combined maximum outputs of 160kW for 2WD variants and 163kW for AWD versions.

Other features include:

  • Independent front MacPherson strut and multilink rear suspension,
  • Drive Mode Select – Eco/Normal/Sport,
  • EV Mode (Hybrid only),
  • Rack-assisted electric power steering,
  • Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes and
  • Electric parking brake


RAV4 GXL Hybrid safety features

RAV4 offers particularly good safety with the standard Toyota Safety Sense suite of features,

Toyota Safety Sense including;

  • Pre-collision safety system (AEB) with day/night pedestrian and day cyclist detection,
  • All-speed active cruise control (CVT),
  • High-speed active cruise control (MT)
  • Lane trace assist with steering assist and lane centring function (CVT)
  • Lane departure alert with steering assist (MT)
  • Road sign assist (speed sign only) and
  • Auto high beam

Other safety features include: Seven airbags, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, reversing camera with guidelines, Hill-start assist with Brake hold, ISOFIX child restraint anchors for two rear seats and ABS with vehicle stability control and active cornering assist, further add to the new RAV4’s impressive safety credentials.

Toyota RAV4 GXL Hybrid final thoughts

Like a lot of Toyota vehicles the RAV4 does very little wrong. It fits the criteria of lots of room inside for minimised exterior footprint.

It looks stylish and has held its style well. The lower spec hybrids offer good value and outstanding economy in a comfortable package.

Personally I would take the AWD version though for a touch added safety.

It no wonder Toyota sells a heap of RAV4 SUVs.

  • 8.2/10
    Overall Rating - 8.2/10


Its no surprise that Toyota sells a lot of RAV4 Hybrids, they are easy to live with, economical, comfortable and practical. Pretty much everything a buyer will need.

Is the RAV4 GXL 2WD Hybrid the perfect urban SUV. Well that’s a big call but it’s pretty good.

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Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her. Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed. In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.