Next-gen 2025/26 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: What to Expect

  • Toyota to fully redesign its best-selling hybrid model in the U.S. within two years, claims report
  • All-new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid expected to deliver at least 42 MPG
  • Could be launched in the U.S. in 2025 in Hybrid & PHEV (Prime) versions
  • Expected to be priced from just under USD 32,000

The Toyota RAV4, the brand’s best-selling model in the U.S., will get a full redesign by 2025, as per a report Drive released on February 13, 2023. The next-gen Toyota RAV4 will arrive in Australian showrooms sometime in 2025, and we expect American dealers to welcome it a few months earlier, considering that it is its biggest market. Here’s our expectations from the upcoming Toyota hybrid SUV.

Development

Drive reports that Toyota has started developing the next-gen RAV4, which is understandable given that the model’s launch is less than two years away. In the coming months, we might see prototypes out on public roads if the company plans to conduct the unveil in 2024, or even in the first half of 2025. Like today, there should be two new electrified RAV4 models on offer – the Hybrid and the Prime (plug-in hybrid). It is likely that the Hybrid will be more popular in the U.S. and most other markets.

Specifications

When the RAV4 reached its fifth generation in 2018, it switched to the TNGA-K platform. Toyota may continue using the same base and just improve it for the sixth generation. Due to the introduction of the Corolla Cross, the RAV4 could undergo an upgrade in size, to offer more space for passengers and cargo. For reference, the current model is 180.9 in. long, 73.0 in. wide, and 67.0 in. tall (incl. antenna) and has a 105.9 in. wheelbase.

In the current Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, the powertrain, consisting of a 2.5-liter engine and two motors (front and rear), produces 219 hp and delivers an EPA-est. fuel economy of 40 MPG. The 2025 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid/2026 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid could have the same setup but better engine and motors that offer gains in performance and efficiency. We expect an increased peak power of up to 225 hp and an improved EPA-est. fuel economy of at least 42 MPG.

Features & Safety

2024 Toyota Grand Highlander infotainment system
The Toyota Audio Multimedia system, perhaps with new updates, will be featured in the new RAV4. Image: Toyota

Toyota should offer the 2025 RAV4 Hybrid/2026 RAV4 Hybrid with features like a panoramic sunroof, gesture tailgate, digital key, fully digital instrument cluster, Toyota Audio Multimedia infotainment system, USB Type-C ports, power driver’s seat with memory function and lumbar support, and 360-degree camera system.

Instead of the current Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, the next-gen model should upgrade to the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which includes seven features:

  • Proactive Driving Assist
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Automatic High Beams

Price

The prices of the 2025 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid/2026 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid in the U.S. may start at close to USD 32,000.

2025/26 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid FAQs

What is the 2025/26 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid release date?

The next-gen Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will likely start reaching U.S. dealerships in 2025.

What will be the 2025/26 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid price?

The base 2025 RAV4 Hybrid could be priced at just under USD 32,000.

Which models will be 2025/26 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid rivals?

The new RAV4 Hybrid will compete with the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Hyundai Tucson Hybrid & Kia Sportage Hybrid.

Featured Image Source: Toyota