2019 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2019 Lexus RX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Rav4 Hybrid. But it costs extra on the RX Series.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the RX Series 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


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. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the RX Series.

There are over 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rav4 Hybrid’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the RX 450h (41 city/37 hwy vs. 31 city/28 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Rav4 Hybrid’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (36.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).


The Toyota Rav4 Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 950 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The Rav4 Hybrid is 11.6 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Rav4 Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Rav4 Hybrid has .1 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity

The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).


The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (1750 vs. 0 pounds).


The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Lexus RX Series by over five to one during 2018.

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