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2013 Toyota RAV4 EV

How green is it? The 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV gets an EPA estimated driving range of 103 miles, which means you can drive from Beverly Hills to Malibu and back without range anxiety. You did notice it’s not available in Chicago, right?

Pros & cons: Not to harp, but we’re really frustrated with the fact that they aren’t rolling this out to a wider audience until after 2014. And you can’t even go to California, buy it and bring it back because no one in Illinois could service it yet. Because it has Tesla underpinnings, we had hoped that you might be able to take it to Tesla dealers for service, but Toyota says no. Were it available in Illinois any time soon, we’d tell you we like the interior passenger and cargo volume as well as the comfortable ride and standard rear-view camera.

Ride & performance: The electric motor delivers 154 horsepower, which is a little bit wimpy for a vehicle of this size. But the ride is smooth, and we like that over Chicago potholes. If we could drive it over Chicago potholes that is. (Harping again, aren’t we?)


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