I Went On A Girls’ Getaway In Washington D.C. Thanks To The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Truck

April 27, 2016  |  


One of my best friends from childhood had to fly into D.C. from California recently to give a presentation at a conference. (She’s a molecular and cellular biology expert–so, in layman’s terms, my friend is a smartypants). Since I live in NYC, she suggested that we come together to hang out in the Chocolate City for a few days. She had never been to D.C. and wanted to sightsee, and while I had been twice in my life, there were many things I hadn’t had the chance to observe. So I called up my friends at Toyota/Scion to see if they could help me traverse the roads to get there.

Thankfully, they had a 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV available for me to travel in. And boy was I excited! For one, I hadn’t had the chance to be behind the wheel of a hybrid car before, and secondly, the new model is incredibly spacious. And as a tall chick with long legs driving for upwards of four hours by myself, I needed my space.

When I finally hit the road, I was impressed by the handle of the car, as well as the mileage and power of my first hybrid vehicle. When I had to hit tight corners and winding ramps, the car was more than capable of doing so, and smoothly. The sound system was fantastic, and the heated front seats allowed me to warm up after making a mad dash to the car in the wee hours of Friday morning to beat work traffic.

DC girls getaway

Once I finally made it to DC, we enjoyed the social scene. We did breakfast at The Coupe in Columbia Heights. Had injera and drinks at Ethiopic Restaurant in the H Street Corridor, as well as yoga and brunch (shout out to DC Harvest) on H Street. Walked for hours on the National Mall, taking pictures at The White House, The Lincoln Memorial and The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. And we checked out a party for Emancipation Day after chowing down at the amazing restaurant The Hamilton, both in downtown D.C. And we also checked out the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and the Washington National Cathedral. We did all these things with the help of the RAV4 Hybrid, which was small enough to fit into tight spaces on the street, as well as even tighter spots in parking garages. And when we did any shopping or took our luggage with us in the car, there was a Tonneau cover to keep our stuff from being seen–and possibly stolen. And despite the car’s battery taking up some of the cargo space, we had enough room for our baggage.

There were moments where I had light issues with the car, namely with the front and rear parking sonar. They worked too well at times. Sometimes they went off for the smallest things (like backing out of a parking spot near a garbage container). So if you were trying to maneuver into or out of a tight space, the loud, alarming beeping could make you want to abort mission. But honestly, that’s my only real complaint. (Oh, well, that and my initial struggle to connect my phone to Bluetooth to play my jams. It all worked out, though.)

The car was a pretty quiet ride — especially in the EV mode (Electric Vehicle). It’s comfortable to drive in, what with its bucket seating and the aforementioned seat warmers. And the opportunity to pull back the moon roof had me moving along happily with the sun riding shotgun more times than not. I enjoyed the AWD (All Wheel Drive) and really appreciated the fuel economy. It didn’t cost much to fill up the car completely, and I was actually able to drive from New York to D.C. to the different sights and sounds around town without having to fill up the car again until late in the evening before I traveled back. And the braking was a lifesaver for me because I had a few moments when I had to come to abrupt stops on the highway, and when I did, there was no screeching from the car or unease exuding from me. The backup camera is awesome. And for the person with too many gadgets, there are lots of outlets and a USB port for charging. The revised styling and features on this hybrid, to me, make it the perfect SUV to hit the road in, as opposed to sportier, bulkier models. And it’s not too bad on your wallet, with an updated suggested retail price of $25,250.

I appreciated the hybrid technology, the fuel efficiency, as well as the smooth and entertaining ride overall. So if you’re looking for something new and spacious, don’t let the word “hybrid” make you roll your eyes and run in the opposite direction. This model has everything you need for daily errands or even just for a girls’ getaway.


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