Five years into its fourth generation and Toyota’s compact sport ute remains as popular as ever. And it’s likely to stay there for a while with the all-wheel-drive RAV4 Hybrid. That model was part of a recent refresh that included revised sheetmetal and interior adjustments and an extension in the number of trim levels. Unchanged was the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission for the gas-only version, while the Hybrid uses a similar 2.5 engine connected to a continuously variable transmission plus two electric motors. The gasoline RAV4’s optional all-wheel-drive has a “Lock” mode keeps half the power going to the rear wheels as long as you’re driving slower that 25 mph. Sport mode allows wider transfer of torque between the front and rear wheels (as much as half to the rear) than the Auto mode. The RAV4’s interior is awash with “soft-touch” materials and silver trim bits. There’s also a 6.1-inch screen that doubles as a monitor for the back-up camera, which is also standard.
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