If you thinking of spending around $40K for a SUV, strongly consider the Toyota RAV 4 Hybrid. It has numerous safety features with many bells and whistles. Extremely fuel efficient. Currently getting around 880 km on a tank of petrol. Fuel gauge is displaying 5.7 litres per 100 km. Extremely quiet and excellent for the environment. It will hold its value over many years. Had to wait 5 months for delivery but well worth the wait. Toyota have been making hybrids for over 20 years so their technology is well ahead of the pack. Highly recommended. Absolute no brainer.
Reliable and easy to use
Love my Rav 4 - bought second hand from Toyata dealer. It had done a lot of km but good service history - 80k when bought but we drove it from Mel to Perth 5 weeks after purchasing! There and back and not one hitch! Ecomonimcal to run but it is a diesel - We upgraded from a Coralla and happy we did - much more comfortable and surprisingly spacious in back seats. Body work a little light weight but all cars seem to be like that now. I agree with others the suspension is AWFUL - can't believe they got away with this for a SUV. Others brands I tri...ed were so much better in that department - but is is super reliable and I would always buy Toyota as we do long drives and I trust the brand..... Cup holders really badly positioned - get a practical woman to design them in the next model Toyota!!!
Purchased in October 2019 for A$20,000.00.
Hybrids are amazing
My wife and I bought this car recently. It is so quiet and drives like butter. We love the car and everything about it, great interiors, enough room in the back for our dog, the stereo system has wonderful sound. It has a really top notch safety rating which is the main reason we got it. Mechanically I trust toyota always, so far so good with this one too.
Love this car
Next month will be 6 years we have the rav on diesel we just done 80000 km services it’s bit costly but we happy with never had any issues been told the car still as new
Purchased in May 2014 at Lemans toyota for A$42,000.00.
- RAV4 XA50 FWD 2.5L Hybrid Cruiser (2019-2020)
- Verified purchase
Saves me petrol & nice ride
I use my car to drive to work, run errands and occasionally drive off-road for picnics and adventure.
The car is driven daily and even more on weekends & public holidays.
The car comes with a 5 year unlimited warranty so it’s a peace of mind and every annual service has been pegged so bring it back to the dealer is not worrying at all that you’re going to get ripped off!
Purchased in June 2019 for A$45,000.00.
Just read these reviews of the RAV4 GXL HYBRID. Thank you, I ordered mine today, there is a wait of approx 4 months, however I have a feeling it may arrive sooner. My test drive was fabulous. It’s much quieter than my Mazda3. It handles well and with so many features I can’t wait to get behind the wheel .
Purchased in January 2020 for A$41.00.
Best decision ever
After realizing that diesel engines in cars in Australia are basically being phased out, we decided to look at the alternatives. Fuel economy was no.1 on our list as we drive 180kms a day. Luckily, after doing some homework, we took the Rav 4 hybrid for a drive. Very surprised by the performance, cab space and standard features against the competitors and it was cheaper! What's more,Toyota offered a guaranteed buy back price after 4 years, which was about 50% of the original value and that's doing 45,000kms a year. It's a few kms over for the 1...st service at 15,000, and no issues to attend to apart from the service and that's a 1st for me! Well done Toyota and the team at Launceston Toyota, awesome to deal with backed up by their service department.
Purchased in July 2019 at Launceston Toyota.
Rav4 Hybrid: Apple CarPlay not worth the effort
This is not a review of the RAV4 Hybrid, its a pretty good all round car but I just picked my car up from the dealer after the Apple CarPlay "upgrade". The poor girl trying to show me how the Apple CarPlay worked was stumped and so was I neither of us could find it. Until she went and asked the Tech. YOU NEED A CORD! The car has wireless charging for goodness sake. So the answer is if you want Apple CarPlay you will need to connect your phone via a cord to enable it, as you proceed to place it down for wireless charging. Not sure why Toyota bothered. I was disappointed.
Purchased in September 2019.
great car BUT
had this new since 2013 serrvices all done current mileage 55400km highway consumption 7 litres per 100km at 90k 8 litres at 100k BUT BUT around town and i drive smoothly i only get 18litres per 100k
being a pensioner this is making my car unaffordable and noone can tell me the problem i would be checking local consumption before u buy this model in all other reespects its ba great car but the servicing is expensive when not much is done
Purchased in January 2013.
Glimpse of automotive future
4 months wait to get the combination I wanted - Pearl White AWD Hybrid Cruiser with tan leather, sunroof and dash cam. When I picked it up in early September 2019, I was told the wait time for this model had blown out to 8 months.
Adaptive cruise control is brilliant on the freeways and around town, keeping you the correct distance behind the car in front, even when they brake suddenly. The automatic lane keeping is a little hit & miss where the road markings are not absolutely clear - you still need hands on the wheel. 360 camera makes ...parking and tight spaces a breeze. The controls are complex and take a lot of reading of the manuals and practice to be comfortable. Having said that, the car is brilliant to drive, 6 l/100km and feels very solid and safe. Fuel economy is the same around town and on the highway. My experience is that you are best to let the hybrid computer drive itself and ignore the changeover from battery to petrol. Battery power is quiet and good for leaving basement parking early in the mornings. Lucky to get 1km on battery before engine kicks in. The car cost $49,000 On the road, including 5 years roadside assist and 5 years of annual servicing @ $210 per service. ACT Govt stamp duty is rebated fro Hybrids, a savings of $1,500.
Purchased in September 2019.
A solid car.
Has plenty of room for my needs, is fuel efficient, has a great build and is very robust.
The ease of use is brilliant and the seller offers great service if required
I ordered a white GXL Hybrid AWD without even test driving one in April 2019. This beautiful machine arrived 10 days later with towbar fitted. What can I say, Toyota have absolutely nailed it this time.
Its generally quiet, composed, refined, and everything I wanted from a vehicle. Best car I have owned in 35 years of driving.
It ticked every box, and then some: AWD, power, economy, comfortable cloth seats, auto wipers, reliable, big boot, small enough to park, tows 1700kg, full size alloy spare wheel, radar cruise to zero, auto lights, auto ...
Purchased in April 2019.
Love my rav4
I have loved my experience with my rav4. We use it for family transport, we've done a ltttle off roadinf, I cna fit sooooo much stuff in it you wouldn't believe the space inside! Lots of little storage spots and an awesome boot compartment underneath the floor of the already massive back section of the car. Love it.
Purchased in June 2018 for A$8,000.00.
A car that does its job
This is my daily driver.
Bought it just over 18 months ago, and over that time I've been getting 8.8 l/100km, which I can't really complain about. That's over a general mix of peak-hour traffic (17km each way) and easier weekend driving.
It has all the bells and whistles I need - active cruise control, AEB, rear camera, parking sensors, lane departure warning. The only thing I'd like would have been to include Apple Carplay/Android Auto. As it is I leave an iPod in the car, so all music is played off that. If I want to listen to something str...eamed, it plays via bluetooth audio from my phone without a problem. The inbuilt GPS works, but it's just easier to use it from my phone. Have been taking it back to the dealer for servicing, as it's just easier. Have been happy with them so far, and capped-price servicing makes budget planning a bit easier.
- RAV4 XA40 FWD 2.0L Petrol GXL (2013-2019)
- Verified purchase
My first Toyota & a very pleasant surprise overall!
In the last few years I have owned several different SUVs, including the Hyundai IX35, & Tucson, and the Mazda CX5. I changed brands again this time when I bought the 2018 Toyota Rav4 GXL automatic, in June with less 5000 kms on the Odometer.
I was impressed with its comfort, safety features and the huge amount of space when the back seats are down. It is the last model Rav4 from Toyota to have a CD player, which for me was a real plus!
The 2 Litre engine has plenty of power but at the same time is very economic on petrol - consumption av...eraging far less than 7 litres per 100 kms on my local roads. Being automatic it is very smooth and so easy to drive in traffic. Responsive when extra power is necessary but content to cruise at 80 kms per hour on our local highways. Many safety features are standard with this model - far more than I have had in any of my previous cars. In heavy city traffic, this is indeed a bonus. Regular Toyota servicing is capped at only $180 each 6 months. It has the balance of its 3 year warranty but I am not anticipating any major problems as so far, it has been very reliable. The warranty runs till July 2021. Of course it has been overshadowed by the arrival of the new 2019 model, now available as a hybrid.
Purchased in June 2019 for A$31,000.00.
I can't buy the RAV4 because the alerts sound levels and/or frequency are wrong for anybody with hearing difficulties
After I tested a number of SUVs, I was planning to buy the current model RAV4 only to be disappointed when I found that I couldn't hear any of the alert signals (e.g Lane Departure , Blind Spot Monitoring, Parkins Sensors etc).
I asked sales rep if anything can be done to make the sound louder but the answer was NO,
This is highly surprising (at least to me) because as I see it most of the safety related benefits of a new car are reliant on alerts and although some of them are also displayed visually (buried in the small display which is p...artially hidden by the steering wheel) aural alerts must be of the right volume and frequency to be heard by someone with hearing difficulties (I am challenged but I am not totally deaf and I could clearly hear all such alerts in similar Hyundai or Kia models). I hope I am wrong in my assessment of things (I will approach another dealer before I make a final purchase decision) and if I am I will update the review and the rating accordingly.
Love it! Perfect car!
I have this car for over a year. I bought it as a new car in 2018(the last generation of Rav4 before the new model was coming). Easy driving, great rare camera and smart mirrors. Everything in this car is perfect and it’s Toyota, it always keeps the value.
Purchased in July 2018 at Toyota Illawara for A$33,500.00.
Bumpy worst than small cars
My gxl Rav4 2018 is very bumpy worst than small cars. It is sad to have such quality when you buy an SUV. Except that it's all good, gps is great, possibility to lock/unlock the car without using the remote control buttons, the cruise control ability to brake automatically and resume etc. Many great features. 6 months service is another issue, that's too much..
Purchased in June 2019.
Very smooth drive and fantastic fuel economy. Power a little less compared to other SUV's but if you push it hard it gets up very nicely. . Seating comfortable and visibility really good. Overall ,very well built and love driving it.
Purchased in February 2018 at Toyota for A$31,999.00.
- RAV4 XA40 FWD 2.0L Petrol GX (2013-2019)
- Verified purchase
Reliable car from always reliable Toyota
Big fan of Toyota. We had to update the family car with a baby on the way so Toyota was a pretty easy choice. It’s not the most powerful car but that’s not much of an issue. Clean layout inside, knobs, buttons etc don’t feel cheap. Boot space is great (we have a big pram so it was a big consideration). Very happy with purchase
Questions & Answers
Did anybody tint the front windows of their new rav4 2019/2020? How about the back? Is it even worth it?
How do you turn off the school zone in a 2020 Rav 4 Cruiser Hybrid? The road RSA is off the nav system school zone is off but she still goes on and on about them all day.... we have a lot of school zones in our area. It would be fabulous if you could set times into the system and it went by the car clock!!
It is in the manual and is done via the menu on the main screen. Need to work through all the options carefully. Also, the school zone alerts occur during holidays and after hours - annoying. But a great car and this is a minor quibble.
Recently purchased a RAV4 Edge 2020 and looking at fitting a set of All terrain tyres 235/55/19 any ideas?
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