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Consumer Reports RAV4 Hybrid review?

Hey guys, as I’m sure everyone knows, CR has reviewed a middle of the road spec RAV4 and it got a 74. In the past, CR has done a separate review of the Hybrid model. Given that the Hybrid model solves a lot of complaints that the non-hybrid gets, I’m hoping to see them do the same for the 2019 model.

Is there any word on whether or not that is the plan, or if it’s in the works?
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CR pretty much always dislikes the Toyota SUVs for one reason or another.
You need to read between the lines, and look at how many positive things they do have to say.

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Agree with rdgrimes about CR. There have been years when they have omitted the RAV4 from their April auto issue compact SUV ranking listings as if they sometimes do not know that it exists. Suggest that people have reasonably extensive test drives in vehicles they are interested in and form their own opinion. I use CR basically to reference vehicle reliability, or if the vehicle is a new model, predicted reliability, but even that is not a be all and end all.

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Hey guys, as Iím sure everyone knows, CR has reviewed a middle of the road spec RAV4 and it got a 74. In the past, CR has done a separate review of the Hybrid model. Given that the Hybrid model solves a lot of complaints that the non-hybrid gets, Iím hoping to see them do the same for the 2019 model.

Is there any word on whether or not that is the plan, or if itís in the works?
CR buys the vehicle for testing normally, since the HV only became available recently I expect they will later on.

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CR buys the vehicle for testing normally, since the HV only became available recently I expect they will later on.
Ah this explains it well. Rtings.com has earned a lot of respect for doing the same for the home theatre world. It has apparently become pretty commonplace for reviewers to receive a hand picked unit if they don’t buy an off the shelf model themselves.
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Hey guys, as Iím sure everyone knows, CR has reviewed a middle of the road spec RAV4 and it got a 74.
I posted their take on new RAV4 here:

https://www.rav4world.com/forums/201...ml#post2687243

To their credit they didn't criticize anything that hasn't been mentioned on this forum before.
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Hey guys, as I’m sure everyone knows, CR has reviewed a middle of the road spec RAV4 and it got a 74.
I posted their take on new RAV4 here:

https://www.rav4world.com/forums/201...ml#post2687243

To their credit they didn't criticize anything that hasn't been mentioned on this forum before.
This is the only review they’ve done, I’m looking for their review of the hybrid (which hasn’t happened yet)
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Right. Should've clarified that wasn't hybrid review. I suspect CR's hybrid review will be more favorable.
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Consumer Reports RAV4 Hybrid review?

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Hey guys, as Iím sure everyone knows, CR has reviewed a middle of the road spec RAV4 and it got a 74. In the past, CR has done a separate review of the Hybrid model. Given that the Hybrid model solves a lot of complaints that the non-hybrid gets, Iím hoping to see them do the same for the 2019 model.

Is there any word on whether or not that is the plan, or if itís in the works?


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CR says : ďThe list of woes is longĒ, and ďPioneering model Misses the MarkĒ. Seems straight up, whether one agrees with it or not.


Although I havenít driven one yet, I do expect the HV wonít be ďnoisy, emitting irritating snarlsĒ or have the ďCould also be smootherĒ gear shifts, since it has an eCVT.

However, CR complains about the ride, access, the rear seat, bland, cheap interior, significant blind spots, unlit door controls, and the infotainment system. I donít see how the hybrid drivetrain would change that assessment.

They donít like the new version much, period. Iíll reserve my judgment for a personal test drive, but there arenít many bright spots in the review, other than safety features.

CR also adores the 2019 Subaru Forester (with the 2.5 DI engine) and I sure do not, so itís an opinion.


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If you take the total of ALL Chevys (except the truck) and ALL Buicks sold in 2017, the RAV4 outsold the two totals COMBINED.
Must be doing something right.
I agree about their love of the Sub. The engines burn oil at the same rate of a kerosene lamp, but they seem to see that as an attribute. You get add fresh oil every 200 to 300 miles!!!! HURRAH!!!!! Been there, done that with a 1949 Chevy. Over it.

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