If you’re an adventurer and like to go places, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid should be the right choice for you. It stands out for its advanced innovations, proven hybrid powertrain, extra thrills with more power, enhanced acceleration. This has been Toyota’s 8th hybrid.
The RAV hybrid will not be offered in the base LE or the new SE trim levels, but midgrade XLE and top-shelf Limited.
The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid has received much more aggressive and sharper look, features of which start at the nose of the vehicle where the fog lamps are recessed in the front bumper, and the design draws the attention across the lower grille. The lights have been reshaped at the rear and the lower bumper has been reworked with silver skid plate trim. The rocker panel has been restyled as well. With the new Toyota RAV4 come and three new exterior colors: Silver Sky Metallic, Black Currant Metallic and Electric Blue Storm.
The vehicle comes with a full array of LED lighting, including running lights, headlights and taillights. Also the new Toyota Safety Sense suite that adds pre-collision braking has been introduced.The Hybrid also rolls on a unique set of 17-inch wheels.
Toyota decided to comply with the wishes of its customers and added more refinement technology to the interior. The quality has been improved with more premium materials and the interior of the vehicle comes in some new colors – Tan, Beige and Tan-Black combined.
Some of the brand new features are: available 4.2” TFT multi-information display in a revised gauge cluster, available 7” touch-sensitive display audio touch screen, newly available around-view monitor, leather steering wheel (excluding LE), soft touch material on upper door panel and lower dash, updated interior shifter and window/lock control bezel material, additional USB added to front and one 12V power outlet added to rear, available Smart Key and SiriusXM All-Access Radio.
Engine and performance
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid combines a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine which runs on the Atkinson cycle and an electric motor, with both axles getting power from the standard Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System. It should have a continuously variable transmission.
According to official information, the hybrid setup offers more than 176 hp in the internal combustion model. Along with the electric assistance come quicker acceleration and better fuel economy.Fuel consumption for hybrid vehicles is one of the important things that customers pay attention, the consumption of the new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid in the city is 33 mpg and 30 mpg on the highway.
When it comes to speed, the RAV4 Hybrid should perform similar to a front-wheel-drive NX300h – 0-60 mph in 8.3 s, which is respectable but quite un-fun to drive. Maximum speed will not exceed 125 mph.
Price and release date
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid was released on April 2, 2015 at the New York International Auto Show, but Toyota hasn’t provided the pricing yet. But unofficially the price (MSRP) for the new RAV4 Hybrid XLE will be about 30,000 US dollars.