RAV4 EV's dash is hard plastic. Note absence of hard buttons for radio.
A much bigger rear spoiler than the current gas RAV4 Sport grade helps improve coefficient of drag 2.5%, Toyota says. The RAV4 EV has an overall 0.30 Cd vs. 0.35 Cd for the gas-engine model.
The standard touchscreen has smartphone-like functionality, with app-style tiles and a fixed home button, centered under the screen.
The RAV4 has more cargo space than other pure electric vehicles. Rear seats fold flat to boost carrying capacity even more.
A smartphone app, melded with Toyota's Entune infotainment system app, shows common EV metrics, including battery state-of-charge.
The RAV4 EV is powered by a 115 kW (154 hp) AC induction motor, fed by a 41.8 kWh Li-ion pack. The battery pack rests under the first two rows of seats.
Owners can schedule a charge via the smartphone app or by using the in-vehicle telematics system, as shown above.
Toyota's first full electric vehicle in more than a decade has better aerodynamics than the gas RAV4 it's based on, plus lots of content. Unfortunately, interior materials fall short.
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