2014 Toyota RAV4 EV review

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV is currently the only all-electric high-riding crossover SUV readily available in the United States, although only in pick cities of California. The well-respected Toyota platform tackles a Tesla powertrain, making it the least expensive way to experience rip-roaring velocity from the renowned California electrical car start-up. Driving variety is around 120 miles.

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV review

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

RAV4 design

Lately, the Toyota RAV4 has actually been changed from a bland and anemic compact SUV to a stylish, qualified and fun to drive crossover. It has expanded and increased in length. Not precisely stylish or packed with individuality, the RAV4 is pleasurable looking and well proportioned.

In the context of electrical automobiles, the RAV4 EV version of the vehicle is currently the only all-electric crossover readily available anywhere in the US although it is only on sale in Los Angeles Area, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, select Central California cities and the San Francisco Bay Area.

As the only battery-powered SUV on the marketplace that is, until the a lot more costly Tesla Model X shows up the RAV4 EV’s middle-of-the-road appearances will certainly serve well (and definitely not push away) car buyers trying to find an experienced energy automobile that runs totally on electrons.

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV review

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

Performance of the Toyota RAV4 2014

The body and soul of the RAV4 EV is an electric drivetrain from Tesla Motors. In Sport Mode, the electric RAV goes from 0-60 in about seven seconds. Maximum speed is 100 mph. The Sport mode supplies 154 horsepower. Its 273 pound-feet of torque, which frequently produces tire chirp at launch, is cut to a calmer 218 pound-feet when operating in Normal mode.

The all-electric RAV4 received an EPA ranked range of 103 miles. The EPA pegged effectiveness at 78 city miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe); 74 freeway MPGe; and 76 integrated MPGe. When restraining use of Sport mode and not making use of the air conditioning unit, you can go up to 130 miles of range on a single charge.

The Tesla powertrain system made use of in the RAV4 not just delivers brisker acceleration, the onboard charger is likewise faster. It is rated at 10 kilowatts– as compared to the 6.6-kW charger utilized on almost every other EV.

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV review

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV

2014 Toyota RAV4 EV interior

The RAV4 EV is not a pokey little electric car. Travelers, even tall ones in the back seat, have plenty of space.

The RAV4 seats five and comes standard with adjustable motorist and front-passenger seats and a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes. Choices consist of a power-adjustable motorist seat with lumbar support and memory backgrounds, heated front seats with faux-leather trim and a leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob. The interior materials count on difficult plastic, however the general feel and develop quality is high.

Freight area is outstanding, without any compromise in the cabin to include the battery pack. The 2014 Toyota RAV4 has 38.4 cubic feet of item area behind the rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. That’s more than exactly what you will certainly discover in the majority of other economical compact SUVs.

The long list of standard functions includes: a six-speaker stereo with a touch-screen display, a backup video camera, Bluetooth and a USB port. Optional upgrades consist of dual-zone automatic environment control, push-button beginning, navigation, a premium audio system blind spot monitoring, lane departure alert, a power liftgate, which is a good touch.

RAV4 EV Price

The official starting MSRP for the RAV4 EV is $49,800. Toyota includes $860 in location charges. That’s a substantial price, even after thinking about the car’s certifications for $7,500 federal tax credit, and a $2,500 discount in California’s clean automobile program. Those perks bring the price to about $40,000. However, the EV is geared up with about the very same level of features as the gasoline-powered RAV4 Limited V-6 design, which costs around $31,300.

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