Toyota RAV4: 2017 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Contender

The Toyota RAV4 has grown up from being the cute runabout when it made its debut two decades ago. Bigger and more family-oriented than before, the RAV4 finally gets a hybrid variant for the 2016 model year.

The two powertrains backdrop two quite differently behaving RAV4s. Driving the Hybrid was a pleasant surprise. Basically a Camry Hybrid drivetrain with an additional electric motor at the rear wheels, the RAV4 Hybrid “delivers genuine consumer benefit in terms of greater fuel efficiency, higher towing capacity, and—surprisingly—a better drive experience,” Angus MacKenzie said. Added Mark Rechtin: “The fuel economy play is the main thing.” For a small premium, there’s much better mileage and better performance. That’s a good deal.

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