Over rated, economical, horribly boring and almost unpleasant
The one and only reasonable thing is the fuel economy. I hate the nasty CVT transmission that makes it sound like a sewing machine, hard plastics and a feeling of commercial quality not luxury. The entertainment screen is of very average quality with camera resolution poor. I expected more but this car I just find so boring and uninspiring to drive
Purchased in December 2020.
Comfort with incredible economy
Some of you may have seen my earlier review of my Nissan X-Trail Ti. I have traded it to a Cruiser Hybrid eFour. After 1 tank of fuel, I can report that it is way more comfortable and economical. I ordered mine with nutmeg colour leather internal / electric blue external combo and have to wait 6 months for it. Lucky or unlucky either way, I was in the Great Melbourne Lockdown for a good ~4 months. Therefore, it did not bother me with the wait.
We managed the first tank with 47Lt for 841km @ 17.89km/Lt or 5.59Lt/100km. The trip computer is...now reset and it is showing an amazing 935km to empty. Considering that I have the A/C on, the engine is still feeling tight and I am not sure how to really drive a Hybrid economically. I was impressed with my first tank. I noticed this same early fuel warning light situation that is being reported / questioned by a few people....I will keep an eye on this and report in the next update. For this first tank, we have travelled ~80% low speed (20~60km/hr) commute, one testing drive up Mt Dandenong and one short cruise down to Mornington. The testing drive to Mt D included winding roads, unsealed tracks and one very steep downhill track that I have tested the previous T31 & T32 X-Trail with. Drive a Hybrid eFour is a very different experience compared to a conventional petrol all wheel drive vehicle. This is especially noticeable on winding mountain road. I am a driver that uses gear level more than brake pedal (I encourage you to practise this for safety reason). This does not matter whether you are driving a DCT, CVT or normal automatic vehicle. By using the CVT transmission (in this case) to induce engine braking, the hybrid system come along and help brake / slow the car down and re-charge the battery at the same time. (I changed the dash display to show the all wheel drive status) Exiting corner with a "Firmish" right foot smoothly power out of corners in "Electric Assisted All Wheel Drive Mode". The RAV4 is now became an "All Wheel Drive" driver car. (It started to feel like the Golf GTSport that I used to own in a much larger form.)
Purchased in November 2020.
Great packaging. Overall a well designed SUV
This car is fantastic. The Hybrid changeover from battery to engine is unobtrusive and seamless. Visibility is great and one of the best in the segment The large windows also make it easier for the kids to see out. It has plenty of power for what we need as a family car for work, school drop offs, shopping etc. Real world fuel economy has been 5.7 l/100 kms. The suspension is well balanced and the car is noticeably quieter than my previous 2016 RAV4 Cruiser.
Like any vehicle, there could always be some improvements. The transmission tunnel is v...
Purchased in June 2020.
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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.
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.
Questions & Answers
Has anyone tried replacing standard black wheels with polished aluminum wheels, as a factory fitted option? Toyota website displays 18" polished aluminum wheels as an option but does not indicate the cost. Does anyone know the possibility and cost? Thank You
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||4.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||55 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Torque||221Nm @ 3600rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||190 mm|
|Release date||May 2019|
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