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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The 500X doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The 500X only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid weighs 405 to 495 pounds more than the Fiat 500X. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Rav4 Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Fiat doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 500X.
There are almost 3 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 65 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.
The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 42 more horsepower (219 vs. 177) than the 500X’s 1.3 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the 500X (41 city/37 hwy vs. 23 city/29 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Rav4 Hybrid has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (14.5 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 500X doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better traction, the Rav4 Hybrid has larger tires than the 500X (225/65R17 vs. 215/60R17).
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4 Hybrid’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the 500X (105.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than on the 500X.
For greater off-road capability the Rav4 Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the 500X (8.1 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Rav4 Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The front grille of the Rav4 Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 500X doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Rav4 Hybrid has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (98.9 vs. 91.7).
The Rav4 Hybrid has .4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4 Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The 500X’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rav4 Hybrid (except LE) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the Rav4 Hybrid Limited, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The 500X doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the 500X’s (1750 vs. 0 pounds).
When different drivers share the Rav4 Hybrid Limited, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The 500X doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Rav4 Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The 500X’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
The 500X Trekking/Trekking Plus’ cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the 500X offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the 500X.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 500X doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The 500X doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the 500X and isn’t available on the 500X Pop.
The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The 500X Pop doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 Hybrid has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid XSE/Limited offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The 500X doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Rav4 XSE/Limited Hybrid offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The 500X doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Fiat 500X by almost 69 to one during the 2018 model year.
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