Toyota's first is the current 2020 RAV4 Hybrid. Upcoming 2020 Highlander Hybrid and 2020 Lexus RXh are not far behind. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – October 30, 2019 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid Rugged good looks hide the fact that it is the most efficient Hybrid SUV available today. We have had the opportunity to spend a few minutes to a few hours behind the wheel of the bestselling CUV and Hybrid CUV in the nation over the course of the past year and always with excellent results. Like most short leads and press junkets however, they are somewhat constrained. Many times, without the ability to complete an aFCD offset and especially a Speed vs FE chart. Toyota’s Electrified Past, Present and Future - Another 2019 RAV4 Hybrid short drive 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrdid - First Drive Results All-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid first embargoed drive... All-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 Scheduled for a Big Apple Reveal Looking back The original Toyota RAV4 arrived in the United States 23 years ago which evolved into the compact crossover we know today. Today both the hybrid and non-hybrid RAV4 are the best-selling vehicles in their respective classes just 7-months after they reached dealership showrooms. Nobody else is even close. 2019 RAV4 Hybrid – 2019 YTD sales of 62,881, up 70 percent over the 36,995 sold through the same period of 2018. 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Exterior The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid exterior is highlighted by its polygonal grill edges, thick wheel arches, and lifted body. Ground clearance was increased by more than a half-inch over the previous gen with the base LE and XLE trims having 8.4 inches and XSE and above having 8.6 inches mostly due to their 18” wheels vs the 17s on the lower trims. The side mirrors were positioned lower on the doors for increased forward visibility around the A-pillar. Side visibility was increased with a lowered beltline and larger rear-quarter glass. The taillamps and exterior door handles were shaped to improve aerodynamic stability. 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Interior A new dash layout is modern and uncomplicated with a slimmer profile and a lower position improving forward visibility. Hard plastics are used for the upper and lower instrument panel and door trim while soft touch plastics have been added to areas we may actually feel. The center console is 1.50 inches wider and sits about 0.70 inches higher to match door armrest height for more natural and comfortable resting. The console also provides side-by-side cup holders, an open tray to hold small items and an optional Qi wireless charger on XSE and Limited trims. At night, clear blue LEDs illuminate the trays. When in motion, the tray lights are dimmed to prevent driver distraction. Toyota’s high-strength TNGA platform and improved sound-damping and soundproofing reduce road noise intrusion to a level many luxury vehicle owners currently experience. On the volume side, the RAV4 Hybrid has 98.9 cu. ft. of passenger volume with 37.6 cu. ft. of cargo volume behind the rear seats w/out the sunroof. 2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Interior 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Chassis The 2019/2020 RAV4 sits on a 105.9-inch wheelbase, is 180.9 inches long, 67.0 inches tall (with antenna), and 73.0 inches wide incl mirrors. Underneath the 2019 RAV4’s is Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform with front struts and an independent multi-link rear suspension is 57-percent more rigid while providing a smoother, quieter ride. A new parallel electric power steering is rack-mounted provides a more natural steering feel. 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Drivetrain The RAV4 Hybrid’s heavily atkinsonized 2.5L engine with a sky high 14:1 compression ratio, D4-S fuel injection (combining direct and secondary port injectors), high-speed combustion, VVT-iE intelligent variable valve-timing and low internal friction – designed to use 0W-16 oil certainly helps - yields an unheard of thermal efficiency of 41 percent. The 2.5L is mated to Toyota’s Hybrid System II (THS II) with Electronically-Controlled Continuously-Variable Transmission (ECVT) providing owners with 219 combined net hp and a 41/38/40 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. It was just a few years ago when 40 mpg was relegated to compact sedans and small hybrids showing how far Toyota has moved the bar when driving a 3,755 lbs. (XLE HV and XSE HV) CUV with a large frontal area and a Cd of I would guess to be 0.30? All 2019 and 2020 RAV4 HVs are AWD and employ an all-new rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels. The system helps reduce understeer during cornering for enhanced steering stability. The 2019 and 2020 RAV4 HVs come with a Predictive Efficient Drive (PED) system that learns driver patterns to help optimize hybrid battery charging and discharging operations based on actual driving conditions. The system accumulates data as the vehicle is driven and “remembers” features such as hills and stoplights, for example, and adjusts the hybrid powertrain operation to maximize efficiency. Operation is transparent to the driver. 40 mpg combined from a CUV? Yup! 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Infotainment Every 2019/2020 RAV4 is equipped with Entune 3.0 including Verizon Wi-Fi Connect, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant capability, and Apple CarPlay. What is new for 2020 is the RAV4 Hybrid will be the first Toyota to include std. Android Auto! RAV4 owners, welcome to the world of Android Auto and it is about time! The standard audio system uses a 7-inch touchscreen. The XSE adds Audio Plus with an 8-inch touchscreen and SiriusXM Radio. The Limited adds Premium Audio with embedded dynamic navigation. The navigation is trash but that is what Android Auto takes care of for 2020! The XSE and Limited can be equipped with an all-new available JBL audio system. with 11 speakers in nine locations and 800 total watts. It has been a good while since I heard this system but I do not remember it wowing me in the past. Android Auto is highlighted in blue from the consumer site specs. 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Trims The 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 HV is offered as an LE, XLE, XSE and Limited. LE HV includes LED headlamps and taillights; dual exhaust; color-keyed exterior door handles; low-profile roof rails; privacy glass on side, quarter and liftgate windows; 4.2-in. Multi-Information Display (MID); power windows with automatic up/down and jam protection on all doors; soft-touch dash and armrests; a 12v auxiliary power outlet in the instrument panel storage tray and another in the second row, plus front reading lights and a cargo area light. XLE HV adds 17-inch alloys; LED headlamps with chrome bezels and auto on/off headlamps; fog lights; color-keyed heated power exterior mirrors with LED turn signals and blind spot warning indicators; power tilt/slide moonroof with one-touch open/close and new mesh wind deflector; dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents; Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate with push button start, remote keyless entry and remote illuminated entry; rear cargo area cover; four additional USB charging ports, and more. XSE HV adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch five-spoke, black alloys with 225/60R18 tires, piano-black accents across the front end, mirror caps, fender arches, and lower rockers. The standard black roof is paired with White, Silver, Gray, and Blue exterior colors. Limited HV adds large black over-fenders, gray metallic-colored grille, 18-inch chrome finish alloys outside and a standard power moonroof, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and 2-way lumbar support. Heated and ventilated front seats, heated perforated rear outboard seats and panoramic sunroof are also available. A power liftgate and Digital Rearview Mirror are standard. The rearview displays a conventional rearview but with the flip of a switch, drivers can have an increased field of vision showing what is behind the vehicle thanks to a high-mounted, adjustable wide-angle, high-definition camera. At night, the image is brightened. 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Safety The new TNGA-K platform provides much improved energy dissipation in the event of a crash while Toyota’s latest Safety Sense (TSS 2.0) includes active-safety tech as follows: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA) Automatic High Beam (AHB) (New) Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) (New) Road Sign Assist (RSA) Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) on XLE and above - optional for LE Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) on Limited and optional on XLE/XSE The 2019/2020 RAV4 is equipped with eight airbags, along with a backup camera and projected path, plus Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Available safety technologies include a panorama backup camera with customizable dynamic grid lines and Bird’s Eye View Camera with perimeter scan, overhead 360-degree view, and curb view on the Limited. 2019/2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Pricing and Warranty LE HEV - $27,700/$28,100 XLE HV - $29,500/$29,395 XSE HV - $33,700/$34,050 Limited HV - $35,700/$36,630 D&H $1,045/$1,120 Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. Hybrid-related components, including the battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles. For 2020, the 6.5 Ah Ni-MH HV battery warranty has been extended to 10 years from date of first use/150,000 miles, whichever comes first. 2020 Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid So how far will the efficiency fall off above 60 mph? I hope to have that answer soon.