Unveiling the Untold Secret of Hybrid SUVs

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【Summary】Hybrid SUVs may not come with spare wheels, depending on the model. Lexus RX Hybrid offers a spare wheel for an extra cost, while Toyota Corolla Cross only provides a temporary spare wheel for front-wheel-drive hybrid variants. However, all variants of Toyota RAV4 Hybrid come with a spare wheel, with the option to add a full-size spare.

FutureCar Staff    Nov 03, 2023 4:22 PM PT
Unveiling the Untold Secret of Hybrid SUVs

When it comes to hybrid vehicles, having a spare wheel can be a crucial factor for some drivers. While inner-city drivers may not find this to be an issue, those embarking on long-distance drives might consider it a deal-breaker.

In the case of the Lexus RX large SUV, you can have a spare wheel, but it comes at an additional cost. The RX350h hybrid variant only offers a tyre repair kit, while the flagship Lexus 500h includes a space-saver spare wheel.

For the Toyota Corolla Cross, whether you get a spare wheel depends on the variant of hybrid you choose. Front-wheel-drive hybrid variants come with a temporary spare wheel as standard, but all-wheel-drive hybrid variants replace it with a tyre repair kit. All full-petrol Toyota Corolla Cross variants, on the other hand, come with a temporary spare wheel.

Fortunately, all variants of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid come with a spare wheel. The GX hybrid grade even offers the option to add a full-size spare. However, due to its popularity, getting your hands on one may be challenging.

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