Bob Carter, senior vice president of Toyota’s U.S. auto operations, said he’s confident some buyers will opt for the RAV4 hybrid even with gasoline prices under $3 a gallon.
In March, RAV4’s U.S. sales rose 28 percent to 25,243 vehicles. “We are supply-constrained on RAV4,” Carter said.
The RAV4 hybrid sports a more aggressive fascia, contours that stretch along the rocker panels to the rear and a new liftgate. Inside, it has new interior accents and is available with a 4.2-inch cluster display and a 7-inch center touch screen for audio control.
The Toyota Safety Sense package -- which includes radar-based collision avoidance with autonomous braking, lane-departure alert, automatic high-beam control and dynamic cruise control -- will be available for about $500 on the RAV4 hybrid XLE trim level and will be standard on the Limited version.
Perhaps the most head-turning feature is an optional Bird’s Eye View Monitor that utilizes four cameras to provide views from around all four sides of the vehicle to give drivers visual assistance while parallel parking, reversing or pulling into tight spaces. The monitor also can operate in “perimeter scan” mode, which gives a rotating, 360-degree view around the vehicle.