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Hybrid vs. Non-Hybrid Suspension

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Has anyone driven a hybrid and non-hybrid 16-18 model with 17” wheels and noticed a stiffer ride in the hybrid?

Alex from Alex on Autos test drove both models and said suspension changes were made to accommodate the battery pack and perhaps 1” increase in ride height possibly attributed to the difference in hybrid ride quality.

I can't post links yet but if you search for '2016 / 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review and Road Test' on YouTube, Alex on Autos review will come up. Check the 9:47 & 16:11 mark for suspension comments.

As a result, he gave the regular RAV4 an A+ and the Hybrid a B in terms of the overall ride.
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Really had to dig deep to find out more details about the hybrid suspension vs. gas model.

autoexpress(.co.uk)/toyota/rav4/94049/toyota-rav4-hybrid-suv-2016-review
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"The ride isn’t as composed as the conventional versions’, either, and it crashes into potholes and jolts uncomfortably over sharp ridges."

And...

driving(.co.uk)/car-reviews/2016-toyota-rav4-hybrid-suv-review/

Although this isn't a direct comparison between vehicles, my experience with driving the hybrid is very similar.

"That’s before we get to the best bit of all, the steering and suspension. The former is vague and unresponsive, the latter is harsh and unsettled. The rear suspension, in particular, sets the car thumping and shuddering as though the wheels have fallen off, and has passengers visibly wincing."

I wonder if the hybrid feels similar to 13-15 models before softening up the suspension in '16. Maybe only the gas model has a noticeable difference?
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I had a 14 xle and now a 16 hybrid limited. The hybrid limited, even with its bigger wheels, has a much better ride than the 14. I've never compared it to a gas only 16+ though.

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I had a 14 xle and now a 16 hybrid limited. The hybrid limited, even with its bigger wheels, has a much better ride than the 14. I've never compared it to a gas only 16+ though.
+1, I had a '15 Ltd and a '16 Ltd HV, the '16 Ltd HV was much quieter and the ride was much nicer than the '15 gas model, both had 18" wheels with 235/55R18 tires. The HV weight 300+lbs more than the comparable gas model, so the weight alone can help the ride.

The HV also has more ground clearance since it doesn't have the hang down exhaust pipe under the engine like gas models and has faster acceleration, both a big plus IMO.

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I will add though that the rear does still crash over some less than ideal roads, but that is also a complaint of all models 16-18. It is improved over earlier years, but not eliminated.



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