Toyota RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid pricing and features
Some of the RAV4’s value has been eroded by price rises over the past few years.
When it arrived in 2019, the cheapest RAV4 Hybrid was $35,190 plus on-road costs; the hybrid system back then commanded a $2,500 premium – something that continues today. However, that same basic GX Hybrid is now $40,550 – an increase of 15 per cent.
The more lavishly-appointed Cruiser Hybrid we’ve tested here was once available for $41,640, or another $3,000 if you chose the all-wheel drive system that adds an electric motor to the rear wheels. Now it’s $49,700 – or $52,700 with AWD - representing a 19 per cent increase.
Even since the minor model update, the RAV4 has jumped almost 10 per cent.
The potential dilemma for customers is real, too. If prices rise more by the time your car is delivered, then you may be asked to pay the higher price.
For the Cruiser, the update brought with it a bigger touchscreen (now 10.5 inches, up from 8.0), digital instrument cluster and Toyota Connected Services, which allows for remote locking and unlocking, over-the-air software updates and the contacting of emergency services after a crash; the system uses an onboard SIM to connect to the mobile network, with Toyota paying for the first year.
Apple CarPlay connectivity can also be connected wirelessly, although you’re still plugging in for Android phones.
It continues with 18-inch alloys, powered tailgate, sunroof, dual-zone ventilation and partial leather seats, and now picks up more of the newer USB-C ports to replace some of the older USB-A outlets.
The RAV4 Hybrid competes with other fuel-savers such as the more expensive Nissan X-Trail e-Power, and the cheaper GWM-Haval GH6 Hybrid.
Toyota RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid ANCAP safety rating and equipment
The recent updates also brought some detail changes to the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system.
An intersection turn assist system can warn of oncoming vehicles or pedestrians, and even automatically apply the brakes. There’s also an emergency steer assist system to help keep the RAV4 in its lane while swerving to avoid obstacles.
Other active safety systems include blind spot warning and speed sign recognition.
Seven airbags contribute to the occupant protection, and in 2019, helped the RAV4 achieve a five-star ANCAP rating.