2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

It’s only fitting that a hybrid like the Toyota RAV4 should come in a color like Electric Storm Blue. The boost from electric power really stretches a gallon of gas.

Our review vehicle has four-wheel drive and it’s the loaded Limited model, one of three trim levels.

The interior looks like a conventional RAV4, and that’s not bad. I like the dash padding and lots of storage. Vinyl covered seats do a decent job of simulating leather.

The Toyota didn’t like my driving style, always telling me to stop for a cup of coffee. Some electronic aids like blind spot and cross traffic alert are really useful. The $1,400 Tech package adds a larger touchscreen, wireless phone charging and more.

Row two is roomy and comfortable. No row three is available.

A crossover like the RAV4 really is the perfect vehicle to make into a hybrid. Een though you have the battery pack and other components to find room for, it’s big enough that cargo space is still very useable.

Combined horsepower from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor is 194. The hybrid version is quicker and therefore more fun to drive than a conventional RAV4. I averaged 33 miles per gallon.

So for the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited, I say thumbs up to excellent gas mileage, comfort, and utility; thumbs down to a big price tag. The as-tested sticker is $37,057.

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