There have been a lot of changes to the hybrid and electric car federal tax credit. These changes may have caused you to wonder if you can still get a RAV4 Hybrid tax credit. 

To save you time reading through all of the guidelines, I’ve done the research for you. I answer your tax credit questions for RAV4 hybrid models.

This guide is only for the RAV4 Hybrid. If you are wondering about the tax credit for the electric model, read our Toyota RAV4 Prime Tax Credit article instead. 

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What Is the Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit?

The EV (electric vehicle) tax credit is a nonrefundable credit offered when purchasing a qualifying plug-in electric or hybrid vehicle. For the 2022 tax year, the credit ranges from $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the vehicle’s weight and how many cars the manufacturer has sold.

There are certain rules and requirements that vehicles need to meet to qualify for the tax credit. These requirements have gotten more complex over the years, so it can be difficult to determine if your vehicle qualifies.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) changed some of the rules beginning in 2023 through 2032. With these requirements, the car type, income thresholds, and manufacturing requirements have changed.

The updated credit allows a $7,500 maximum credit on new EVs and up to $4,000 (30% or less of the sale price) on used EVs.


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Tax Credit Qualification Status

Under the new guidance, hybrid vehicles without a plug are not eligible for the federal tax credit, making the RAV4 Hybrid ineligible. The new credits only apply to plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles. 

For an EV or plug-in hybrid to qualify, it must meet the following requirements:

  • Purchased between January 2023 and December 2032
  • Must be assembled in North America
  • $3,750 of the new credit is for having 40% or more of the battery minerals from the U.S. or countries with a free trade agreement
  • $3,750 of the new credit is for 50% or more of the battery components coming from the U.S. or countries with a free trade agreement
  • Battery size of at least 7 kWh
  • Gross vehicle rating under 14,000 pounds
  • EVs priced under $25k only qualify for up to $4,000

Previously, there was a tax credit cap for any automaker that sold 200,000 EVs. This rule eliminated Toyota, Tesla, and GM. However, these automakers are once again eligible under the new guidelines.

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In addition to vehicle qualifications, the buyer is subject to some rules. These include:

  • Individuals must have an adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less
  • The head of household must have an adjusted gross income of $225,000 or less
  • Joint filers must have an adjusted gross income of $300,000 or less

If you are looking at used EV credit guidelines, these have also been updated to include the following:

  • Credit applies for 30% of the sale price, up to $4,000
  • Individuals cannot buy the vehicle for resale
  • The buyer isn’t the original owner
  • Buyer can’t be claimed on someone else’s tax return
  • Purchaser hasn’t claimed another used vehicle credit in the past three years
  • Income must fall under new guidelines ($75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for head of household, $150,000 for joint filers)
  • EV sale price must be less than $25,000
  • The car must be at least two years old
  • The gross vehicle weight rating must be less than 14,000 pounds
  • Battery capacity must be a minimum of 7 kWh

All of these guidelines can be confusing. I recommend speaking with your local dealership if you have more questions.


Why Doesn’t the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Qualify for a Federal Tax Credit?

The main reason the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid doesn’t qualify is because it isn’t a plug-in model. Currently, no gas-powered hybrids are included in the tax credit list.

Even if the RAV4 Hybrid were a plug-in, such as the RAV4 Prime, it still wouldn’t qualify. It doesn’t meet the battery manufacturing standards, so it’s ineligible.

Will the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Qualify for a Federal Tax Credit in the Future?

It’s tough to determine if the RAV4 Hybrid will qualify for the federal tax credit in the future. With the guidelines the way they are now (and always changing), no gas-powered hybrids qualify unless they plug in to charge. With rules becoming more stringent, I don’t expect them to loosen any time soon.

As far as where the RAV4 Hybrid is manufactured, this part isn’t a problem. Two-thirds of the hybrid RAV4s (HEV) are made at the Georgetown plant in Kentucky. The rest are manufactured in Ontario, Canada. 

Still, it would be difficult to source so many of the minerals and battery components from the United States or free trade suppliers. Toyota would need to shift around some resources to make that happen.

Instead, I expect that Toyota will focus on making EVs that fit the bill. In the future, I imagine plenty of electric vehicles from Toyota that could qualify for the tax credit.


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Still Comes Out On Top

Even without the federal tax credit, the RAV4 Hybrid is still a top SUV. The price is reasonable, and the fuel economy remains superior.

If you think you may find another Toyota with the tax credit, don’t get your hopes up. With the new guidelines, Toyota became eligible to partake in the rebate again, but none of the vehicles meet the requirements. 

For now, you have to enjoy the benefits of the RAV4 Hybrid without the extra money back. I don’t think you’ll mind once you get behind the wheel. 

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  • Jonathan Buckley

    Jonathan runs and owns a 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE. He started RAV4 Resource, as well as other automotive websites, to help people understand their vehicles by answering frequently asked questions, addressing common problems, and providing general information to help people get the most out of their vehicle.

  • Brian Jones

    Brian Jones had worked as an ASE Certified Master Technician for several decades before opening his own used car dealership outside of Dallas, Texas. Toyota models, such as the RAV4, Corolla, Camry, Tundra, Highlander and Sienna, continue to be some of the top-selling vehicles at his car dealership. Aside from running the dealership, he also writes for some of the top auto publications, such as Motor1. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the country with his family and can also be found tinkering around with older pickup trucks.

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