The RAV4 Gas VS. RAV4 Hybrid

June 25th, 2019 by

The RAV4 Gas versus the RAV4 Hybrid and how to decide which one is best for you.

So you’ve decided that you want to buy a brand-new RAV4, CONGRATULATIONS! Toyota’s top-selling vehicle received an incredible makeover for 2019 and everyone is excited to experience the changes. However, the two questions that lurk at the top of the list for potential shoppers:

Should I get a RAV4 Hybrid or regular gas RAV4 ? What’s the difference between the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Gas?

It’s definitely a personal choice, a case by case basis. Both the standard 2019 RAV4 and Hybrid RAV4 are amazing vehicles with lots of new gadgets and an upgraded drivetrain. It will boil down to personal factors like how much you want to spend, or how many passengers are you driving on average, and if you put a lot of miles on your vehicle throughout the year. Continue reading for the most important differences/similarities between the RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 standard gas so you can make a well-informed decision as to which vehicle suits you best.

  • Models
    • Hybrid Models: LE, XLE, XSE, Limited
    • Gas/Standard Models: LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited
  • Prices
    • Starting at $27,850 for the RAV4 Hybrid
    • Starting at $25,650 for the standard RAV4
  • MPG
    • The RAV4 Hybrid gets an estimated 41 MPG city.
    • The RAV4 gas gets an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city and 35 MPG Highway for a combined 30 MPG.
  • Towing Capacity
    • The RAV4 Hybrid can tow up to 1750 lbs.
    • The standard RAV4 grades can tow up to 1500 lbs.; Adventure grade tows up to 3500 lbs.
  • Performance
    • RAV4 Hybrid: 2.5-liter Toyota Hybrid System II Engine. It produces 219 combined net horsepower. Additionally, the Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) keeps the engine running efficiently by using an electric motor generator to continuously change the gear ratio for smooth acceleration.
    • RAV4 Gas/Standard: The Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine produces 203 horsepower along with Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission.
  • Exterior
    • RAV4 Hybrid: In addition to the RAV4 sitting wider on an extended wheelbase, the Hybrid offers a selection of available 17- and 18- in. alloys wheels and/or an available two-tone roof, there are plenty of options to fit your style.
    • RAV4 Gas/Standard: Available two-tone roofs, available 19-in. multi spoke super chrome-filled alloy wheels, larger overfenders and off-road accents, along with plenty of other options, there is a RAV4 model that is sure to fit your sporty or uptown vibe.
  • Interior
    • RAV4 Hybrid: Available panoramic glass roof, available 7-in. color Multi-Information Display (MID) presents turn-by-turn directions, safety info, alerts, and more, all at a glance so you can keep your eyes on the road. The RAV4’s rear liftgate gives you access to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space along with 60/40 fold-flat rear seats. And much more!!
    • RAV4 Gas/Standard: Available panoramic glass roof, available 7-in. color Multi-Information Display (MID) presents turn-by-turn directions, safety info, alerts, and more, all at a glance so you can keep your eyes on the road. The RAV4’s rear liftgate gives you access to 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space along with 60/40 fold-flat rear seats. And much more!!
  • Technology & Connectivity
    • RAV4 Hybrid: The RAV4’s 8-in. main screen is your technology hub. Now with Apple CarPlay, use your compatible iPhone to get directions, make calls, send messages, and listen to music. Other gadgets include Toyota’s first-ever camera-based digital rearview mirror; USB ports and Qi-compatible wireless charger; and Smart Key System with Push Button Start.
    • RAV4 Gas/Standard: The RAV4’s 8-in. center screen is your technology hub. Now with Apple CarPlay, use your compatible iPhone to get directions, make calls, send messages, and listen to music. Other gadgets include Toyota’s first-ever camera-based digital rearview mirror; USB ports and Qi-compatible wireless charger; and Smart Key System with Push Button Start.
  • Anything Else?
    • RAV4 Hybrid: An available hands-free power liftgate senses your Smart Key fob and opens automatically when you wave your foot under the rear bumper. Plus ventilated/heated front seats and heated rear seats are an available option sure to make the driver and passengers happy. Additional storage trays and compartments, plus so much more!
    • RAV4 Gas/Standard: An available hands-free power liftgate senses your Smart Key fob and opens automatically when you wave your foot under the rear bumper. Plus ventilated/heated front seats and heated rear seats are an available option sure to make the driver and passengers happy. Additional storage trays and compartments, plus so much more!
  • Safety
    • The RAV4 Hybrid comes with Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 which includes Road Sign Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection, and Automatic High Beams. Additional safety features include the available Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
    • The RAV4 comes with Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 which includes Road Sign Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection, and Automatic High Beams. Additional safety features include the available Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

RAV4 Gas & Hybrid Fact Sheet 2019