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I wrote the original post nearly 2 years before the hybrid version became available.
The concept should be pretty much the same, without the lock button, because the AWD system is completely different on the hybrid (essentially uncontrollable).
All you can do is turn off the nannies and try rocking it back and forth, taking whatever the system will give you. This is also true if you were in just a FWD vehicle.
I would much prefer trying to get unstuck in any non-hybrid AWD RAV4 over the hybrid version any day. The inability to force power to the rear wheels is a significant hindrance, if you ask me.
If you live where there's lots of snow or mud or go out on the beach or something like that and AWD is a very significant concern/priority, I'd pick any other or previous RAV4 with 4WD first.
If The Almighty MPG is your top priority over system performance in those conditions, then the hybrid (and maybe an automobile club membership) is probably the better choice.
Silver 2012 RAV4 Limited V6 4WD with Tow Prep (3500 lbs towing capacity!), OEM Hitch, Remote Start and Dashcam.
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