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RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby Lisa95945 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:02 pm

Is anyone out there using a RAV 4 Hybrid to tow a teardrop? We're wondering how it does on Western mountain freeway driving and what sort of mileage you are getting in general. Our TD weighs about 1200 lbs.
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby catinmoon » Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:04 pm

I don't have an answer but hope someone replies to this as I am in the market
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby QueticoBill » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:45 am

Me too.

I am disappointed they dropped the 6 cylinder option - which is what I have now. Trying to decide if it will go to 300,000 miles - which hopefully would be all I'd ever need. Even the hybrid which is a little better at acceleration than the basic 4 cylinder is still a bit if a dog.
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby catinmoon » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:52 am

I've been trying to find one of the 6 cylinder ones that is still in good shape. I believe 2012 was the last year they made them.
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby tony.latham » Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:17 am

What's the tow weight rating?

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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby catinmoon » Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:19 am

towing capacity for rav4 v6 2010 is 1500-2000#. I'm not sure why the range, maybe the lower refers to the 4 cylinder
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby John61CT » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:09 pm

catinmoon wrote:I've been trying to find one of the 6 cylinder ones that is still in good shape. I believe 2012 was the last year they made them.
A hybrid electric?
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby catinmoon » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:22 pm

no i meant I have been looking for a 6 cylinder rav4 instead of the 4 cylinder ones that are the norm.
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby jondbar628 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:39 pm

We have an Avalon hybrid. Don't know if it is the same 4 cyl. in the RAV4 hybrid. It's an Atkinson cycle engine (sort of) for efficiency. It is not rated for towing - Toyota actively discourages towing for this vehicle. I think the lack of towing capability has more to do with the CVT than the hybrid drive. It is set up to maximize MPGs. As I said, I don't know if the RAV4 has the same setup...........jd
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby QueticoBill » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:17 pm

My manual - 2007 RAV4 - says 3500 pounds and 350 tongue weight. I'd be surprised if that changed for the V6 before the new model in 2013 but anything is possible
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Re: RAV 4 Hybrid

Postby ferbal » Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:52 pm

I have not done a ton of towing with my 2017 RAV4 but I have towed with it. Its not a hybrid but it is the 4 cylinder. I found that leaving it in sport mode while towing gives decent performance but I never go over 55 while towing. I once severely overloaded it for a short haul, a semi water logged 22 foot sail boat, braking was the biggest issue. But other than that it tows fine as long as you keep it under 3k in weight.
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