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Hi recently, I rented 2015 rav4 for about a week. And I thought it handled going over potholes and bumpy roads better than my hybrid rav4 does. Hope it's not true for the others. How are your hybrids handling going over potholes? Do you feel it more than the other cars? Or I hope my hybrid's shock struts are functioning ok!
 

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True for an XLE with 17" rubber compared to a Limited, but the Limited in either Hybrid or gas is going to ride harder than an XLE with the bigger wheels and less side wall of the Limited's 18s. I've driven two XLE hybrids for about an hour total, I drove a '15 Limited gas for a year, my Limited Hybrid rides a bit better and a lot quieter than the '15 gas, but not as soft as the '16 XLE Hybrid did on its 17" rubber.
 

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hnmm, that's interesting because I have a xle hybrid which I think I'm little afraid going over potholes with but are you saying that the limited ones may be even worse on going over potholes/bumpy roads than the xle? :)

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. I'm sure that lowering it to 32-35 psi would greatly improve the ride quality but hurt the mpg average.
Those are 2 assumptions that may not be born out by actual experience. The newer low profile tires don't behave like older tires that all these type assumptions are based on. You have to test it and see. Ride quality can be much the same at ANY pressure with a low profile tire. MPG may or may not be different.
 

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Those are 2 assumptions that may not be born out by actual experience. The newer low profile tires don't behave like older tires that all these type assumptions are based on. You have to test it and see. Ride quality can be much the same at ANY pressure with a low profile tire. MPG may or may not be different.
HUH????? Are you saying that a low profile, or any profile tire will ride the same at 40 psi than at 30 psi and will have the same rolling resistance? What do you consider to be a low profile tire? I believe it to be a tire that has an aspect ratio that is LESS than 50 and based on that I don't think my 225/65R17's could even qualify as low profile. Check out some of the hypermiler forums as they will give you a good understanding of psi vs mpg.
 

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I can only compare a Prius vs. Rav4 hybrid. I think you know the results already. Just a couple days ago I drove over two monster potholes, and the Rav4 took it like a champ.
 

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I couldn't agree more! I traded in my 2011 Cruze Eco 6MT (with tires inflated to 45psi) for my RAV4 and the ride difference is like night and day. FWIW, the Cruze did average 40.2 mpg over 86,000 miles.
 
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