Originally Posted by AutoGuide.com
Most likely is a... 2.5-liter 4-Cylinder paired with an electric motor to make around 200 hp. In that car fuel economy is rated at 33 mpg city and 30 mph highway, thought look for slightly higher numbers in the lighter RAV4.
So do they add the gas engine and the electric to get 200 horses? Don't they operate indepently?
A vehicle like this might make sense facing 90% city driving. A classic 'soccer mom' machine for hauling 2.7 kids and their gear around town.
But I already get around 24 mpg in 50-50 mixed driving in my 2.5 liter 2009 non-hybrid. Bumping up to 33 city going to take a long time to make up the difference if petrol use MPG is the only criteria for success. Also, I get 30 mpg in hwy only, so no improvement there.
Having said that, I DO hope they come out with a true Base model. I'm sure to be in the minority on this forum, but please offer a Base with NO
: powered lift gate; powered seat adjust; heated seats; heated rear mirrors; heated steering wheel; powered sun roof; dual zone auto climate; over-priced alloys; probably 10 other things add to expense and complexity/eventual higher failure rate. Heck, I'd probably go with manual roll-up windows! j/k
I DO need AWD and would take a back-up camera and rear proximity warning. Okay, throw in some sound proofing and smooth the ride a bit.
Surprise the world and keep one version under $30k. Likely instead they will bloat this mother cruiser and push $40k.