I have owned a RAV 4 hybrid for the last 3 years and would have originally gone for a plug-in version to replace it if they were in the UK. However, I think it is too little, too late. Whilst a great car (the one I currently have) having two motors to keep serviced doesn't seem the way to go. My M3 is due to arrive on 14th November (just heard now!) and the lease on the RAV 4 finishes on the 15th. Wish we could have planned that!
Clearly your area is not representative of USA sales. The table below is from GoodCarBadCar.net It is truncated to the top 20 models in the Small SUV segment. RAV4 is selling at more than double the rate of the #5 Ford Escape.When this story about the new RAV4 PHEV first broke, I was mystified by some of the language in the articles. Wildly popular? Best-selling vehicle?
I literally could not recall ever seeing a RAV4, anywhere, any time.
I mean, granted, I hadn't been looking for them before. So, I started looking. Today I finally managed to spot one parked at the local Dollar General. I almost didn't notice it because it looks so generic. (This has become a chronic problem of SUVs and CUVs generally, but I guess that's another topic.)
I live in rural, small-town Texas. The vast majority of cars here — around 90% — are Ford, GM, FCA. So, the area is hardly flooded with Toyotas of any kind. The ones I do see are nearly all sedans, though. Plus one red Solara, which was kind of cool… I guess… by Toyota standards.
Toyota better make sure it gets at least 35 EV miles. On 12/3/19, CA will require 35 miles range to get $1000. (Reduced from 20 miles and $1500).
That means Ford Escape PHEV will not get CA rebate from CA. That will hurt as most will be sold in CA for car pool lane access.... Like Prius Prime.
Knowing how Toyota hybrids make their performance, they size MG2 to handle MG1+battery output, and MGR is used almost solely to shift power away from MG2 that the front wheels can't handle, not to add power output.Most likely, that will mean a larger electric motor on the rear axle. That could be interesting if it was 50kW or more. For comparison, the rear e-axle made by GKN for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV is 70kW.
Yes, but as a plug-in it has substantially more power available from the battery. Hopefully that means that they will put more motor in it than the rest of their non plug-in hybrids. Anyway, I'm just dreaming. I don't actually hold out any hope that Toyota will make a truly compelling vehicle that drives well only on electricity. I'm not buying anything with an ICE anyway.Knowing how Toyota hybrids make their performance, they size MG2 to handle MG1+battery output, and MGR is used almost solely to shift power away from MG2 that the front wheels can't handle, not to add power output.
For a point of reference, the Avalon/ES hybrid is 215 hp with the same powertrain (but no MGR). As MGR is 54 hp, I would expect a total power output of ~269-273 hp... and the RAV4 3.5 V6 was 269 hp, so make that range 270-273. Additionally, in EV mode, I would expect a maximum of 244 hp based on my calculations of where I expect MG1 power to be (starting with the Prime, Toyota PHEVs have a one-way clutch to be able to use both MG1 and MG2 to propel the vehicle with the engine off.)
What I really hope is that they don't screw up the packaging. Unfortunately, we all know they'll be never-plugged by people seeking tax credits, which isn't a good use of limited battery supply...
i almost went with the 19+ RAV4 just because of its aggressive looks for a small, and reasonably affordable, SUV.Is it just me, or is that one of the ugliest cars?
Also see no driving pleasure being the one stuck driving that thing.
Perhaps good value, but not a very good car.