The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Is Consumer Report’s Most Efficient SUV

Do you think the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid ever gets tired of winning awards? You might as well call it butter because this fuel-efficient SUV is on a roll! Just when you thought the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid was done flexing, it scooped up another prestigious title from Consumer Reports. 

How fuel efficient is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs. Toyota RAV4
2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | Toyota

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in the city, up to 41 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. Pairing the RAV4 Hybrid with all-wheel drive may reduce these figures by one or two mpg. 

Consumer Reports put together a list of the top 10 most fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, and the RAV4 Hybrid is the highest-ranking non-luxury SUV. It comes ahead of the Toyota Venza by one mile per gallon. 

Also, it’s only outranked by the 2023 Lexus UX and 2023 Lexus NX Hybrid. The UX beats the RAV4 by one MPG, but the NX Hybrid crushes with a five MPG advantage. Lexus is Toyota’s luxury brand, so the SUVs could be similar, only the RAV4 Hybrid is more affordable. 

Consumer Reports tests the fuel economy of each vehicle with a precision flow meter while driving equal parts on the highway and in the city to calculate accurate results. Plug-in hybrid vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 Prime aren’t included on this list. 

Nine of the vehicles on the list earned the Green Choice award, meaning they have the cleanest emissions. 

Is the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid worth the extra cost? 

Yes, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is worth the upgrade costs if you want a vehicle with more power and a better fuel economy. The Toyota RAV4 starts at $27,975, while the RAV4 Hybrid begins at around $30,725. 

So, it’s roughly $2,750 to upgrade. But these prices are the MSRPs and don’t include the $1,335 destination fee or dealership markups. 

Also, the RAV4 Hybrid doesn’t qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit because it primarily relies on an internal combustion engine and doesn’t plug in to charge. 

The gas-powered Toyota RAV4 has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and up to 35 mpg on the highway. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 9.1 seconds. 

With the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid, you get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with two electric motors to crank out 219 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. It can reach 60 mph in about 7.4 seconds. 

What’s new for the 2023 RAV4 Hybrid? 

2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MPG
The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid | Toyota

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid spices things up with a new 10.5-inch touchscreen and 12.5-inch digital gauge cluster. An 8.0-inch touchscreen comes standard. 

Plus, the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition provides more off-roading grit. It features a TRD-tuned suspension, flow-formed bronze wheels wrapped in Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires, a roof rack with cross bars, a 120-volt power inverter, all-weather floor mats, and black badging. 

The RAV4 Hybrid is an affordable, fuel-efficient choice that’s clean and sporty. It’s comfortable, durable, and capable. No wonder it’s an award winner.