The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid arrived on the scene to offer an economical choice to crossover shoppers, but thanks to its fancy all-wheel drive setup, it can also hold its own off-road.
We took a RAV4 Hybrid deep into the Colorado mountains to see how it performs, while also checking to see how the RAV4 splits power when stuck on rollers.
What makes the RAV’s all-wheel drive system unique is the dual powertrain: a gasoline engine for the front wheels and a 54-hp electric motor driving the rears. On the rollers, you can see that the system takes a few seconds to engage, but it does send power to the rear wheels and using brake-based traction control it can split power from side to side.
In the real world, once articulation comes into play, the RAV4 has a tougher time getting power to the ground, but you’ll have to watch the video to see for yourself how this small Toyota crossover handles our new Rocky Top trail.