2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: Review

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Regen Braking, Fuel Economy
The regenerative brakes of the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid work well to keep the battery charged while still providing positive brake response. When regenerative brakes first appeared in passenger cars the systems were not all that sophisticated in terms of feedback and consistency, but the latest-gen RAV4 Hybrid brakes are easy to modulate for smooth slowing and stopping. While driving the many hills of the Seattle area where we test cars, we often discover that hybrid vehicle fuel economy drops below EPA estimates, which occurred while driving the RAV4 Hybrid. On our daily drives the trip computer displayed around 37 mpg, coming in slightly below the EPA combined number of 40 mpg, but still impressive for an all-wheel-drive crossover with 200-plus horsepower.

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