2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | 5 things to know

Sales data shows that the fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is among the best hybrid SUV models on sale in the United States. Toyota releases new versions quickly to keep the vehicle appealing to buyers for extended periods of time. This time around, a new adventure-focused variant is added to the MY2023 RAV4 lineup. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets a new Woodland Edition that bolsters its off-road credentials, while the other variants get more in-cab amenities.

Here are all the things you need to know about the latest update:

Design

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid remains identical to the previous model year in terms of design. However, the Woodland Edition adds some bling to the exterior. The Special Edition’s most visually distinctive upgrades are Falken Wildpeak off-road tires wrapped around bronze-colored Flow-Formed wheels and chunky roof rails with crossbars.

It also gets black badging all around – badging is hard to spot on the Midnight Black Metallic paint option, and customers might want to choose the Cavalry Blue or Ice Cap contrasting colors. These are the only three paint options for the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers up to 13 paint options.

The special edition also gets black fenders and gloss black exhaust tips. That said, the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid continues to display a muscular stance. It gets wraparound LED headlights up front and a vertical hood. Square wheel arches give it a tough look, while 17- and 18-inch alloy options look sleek. The new Woodland Edition with the additions mentioned above makes the RAV4 Hybrid feel ready for adventure.

Interior

Larger screens

The interior layout remains identical to the outgoing version, but there are more amenities on offer. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets upgraded screens. An 8-inch (previously 7-inch) touchscreen is standard on Hybrid LE, XLE, XLE Premium and SE variants, while Hybrid XSE and Limited trims get a larger 10.5-inch touchscreen.

A 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster is now standard on the top-spec Hybrid Limited variant. XLE Premium and XSE customers who don’t prefer the semi-digital cluster (analog dials and multi-information display) can upgrade to the 12.3-inch unit, while a 7-inch unit is now standard on the variants lower.

Improved Toyota audio multimedia

All variants of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid receive an updated Toyota Audio Multimedia system. The system, developed by the Texas-based Connected Technology team, boasts over-the-air (OTA) update capability. Customers will also get optional access to Google’s Smart Assistant, Cloud Navigation, Destination Assistant and Points of Interest (POI) data.

The vehicle continues to offer Bluetooth, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, optional Wi-Fi with 4G and connection for up to 5 devices, virtually turning the Toyota RAV4 into an AT&T hotspot. Wi-Fi Connect also provides access to Apple Music and Amazon Music subscriptions.

The Woodland Edition also gets a 120V inverter to power a range of appliances and appliances should the need arise while camping or road trips. The Special Edition also gets all-weather floor and cargo mats.

Security

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS 2.5). The previous version was equipped with TSS 2.0. A new feature includes the ability to detect oncoming vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists at intersections. The Pre-Collision System provides audio-visual alerts and can even autonomously apply the brakes in an emergency. Emergency Steering Assist can also stabilize evasive maneuvers by drivers to prevent lane changes.

The TSS 2.5 also includes Dynamic Full Speed ​​Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). The feature maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead at any speed and can take over braking and accelerating to match the pace of cars ahead. DRCC works with Lane Trace Assist and Lane Departure Alert which help the vehicle stay centered in its lane by providing light steering assistance. More active safety systems include Blind Spot Monitor, Road Sign Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Park Assist.

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Features

The SUV remains unchanged in terms of powertrain. The RAV4 is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture-K (TNGA-K) platform. Under the hood is the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) which works with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline engine. Two electric motors, a front-axle-mounted motor and a rear-axle-mounted motor, draw their energy from a 1.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Those worried about battery life would appreciate that it comes with a ten-year/150,000-mile warranty.

The front electric motor produces 118 hp while the rear provides 55 hp. Front/rear torque output is 149/80 lb-ft. The power of the Peak system is 219 hp. Power and torque are transmitted to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Torque to the rear wheels is channeled independently as there is no additional driveshaft in the rear. Electronic all-wheel drive can help drivers out of low-traction situations.

Toyota makes some of the best hybrid systems in the world, and so is the efficiency. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg (Toyota estimate). The results are most noticeable in low-speed driving conditions where the RAV4 Hybrid can run on pure electric power for short durations. Braking energy is constantly recovered in traffic jams through frequent braking: the battery recovers energy to power the motors.

Customers can switch between five driving modes: Sport Mode, Normal, Eco, EV and Trail. Driving modes can be changed using a rotary dial on the center console.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Specifications Assess
Length (in) 180.9
Width (in) 73
Height (in) 67
Wheelbase (in) 105.9
Engine 2.5 litre, 4 cylinder
electric motors Front and back
Combined power 219 hp
Electric motor power (front/rear) 118 hp / 54 hp
Electric motor torque (forward/reverse) 149 lb-ft / 89 lb-ft
Battery Li-ion 1.6kWh
Mileage 40 mpg
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid specs according to Toyota USA website.

TRD-Tuned suspension

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition gets a sophisticated suspension tuned by Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the brand’s performance division closely tied to its motorsport programs. The Japanese automaker says the suspension was designed to improve body control and isolate the cabin from road undulations. It is more off-road focused and gets bump stops to maximize wheel travel during compression. It features twin-tube shock absorbers with internal rebound springs and unique valving to keep the SUV stable on rough surfaces.

Price and release date

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 will arrive in dealerships by Fall 2022. Toyota North America (TNA) has yet to release US pricing for the 2023 model. Expect that to happen in the coming weeks. , before arrivals in the showrooms. Pricing for the 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid starts at $29,575 (MSRP), excluding taxes, handling fees and destination charges. Considering the additional standard equipment, TNA may charge a slight premium over the 2022 model. The Woodland Edition may cost around $38,000.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Sales

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the best-selling Toyota hybrid car in the United States. It is among the few hybrid vehicles that have seen year-over-year sales growth. In the first quarter of 2022, the brand sold 38,952 units of the electrified SUV, an increase of 32.2% compared to the first quarter of 2021, when 29,471 units were sold. The main rivals of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are the Ford Escape Hybrid and the Honda CR-V Hybrid.

Widespread adoption of hybrids is no longer a realistic vision, given that several electric cars with long-range batteries will soon be available at the same price. The quarterly sales of the non-hybrid RAV4 are comparable to the annual sales of the hybrid RAV4, indicating that the masses prefer the gasoline-only version for multiple reasons such as relatively high purchase prices and maintenance costs.

Featured image source: Toyota

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