Here's what I was told by
Here's what I was told by Toyota. If you haven't done so already, anyone posting here should go to Toyota.com and express their interest in buying this sort of vehicle:
Thank you for your interest in our hybrid technology and for being part of the Toyota family.
We appreciate your feedback that you would like to see Toyota offer the RAV4 as a hybrid because the only way we know what our customers are looking for is when they tell us, as you have. We try to scope our customers out in advance, by researching the market, conducting interviews, surveys, focus groups and doing our homework, but there's no better source than a Toyota owner who takes the time to tell us like it is.
We can't guarantee that a hybrid RAV4 will be made available in the future, but if it were, it would be driven by just this sort of honest communication.
Again, please accept our apologies for your disappointment and our sincere thanks for taking the time and trouble to let us know.
I have owned a RAV 4 in the
I have owned a RAV 4 in the past, and I loved the little SUV. We sold it when we downsized, but I have regretted getting rid of it. We live in a rural area and need to have all wheel drive when the roads get slick. We bought a used 2005 Prius in 2006, and I love the little car (except when the roads are slick). It sits so low to the ground that just 4 inches of snow will cause me to ground the car in the garage until the roads are clear. It has some wierd traction stuff that just causes it's wheels to spin and not grip. My driveway is very rough, and the car has a tendency to bottom out very easily. My RAV never had these problems. and would always zip up my driveway.
I want the best of both worlds..... I want a hybrid RAV 4. I am patiently waiting for my ultimate car.
I own a 2002 Rav 4 and am
I own a 2002 Rav 4 and am also waiting for a plug in hybrid SUV to be released. First one out gets my $$.