One of the synonyms for a compact SUV, the new 2016 Toyota Rav4 gets refreshed look for the next year. But that’s not all! It also comes with an eco-friendly Hybrid version. As the only hybrid in its segment, for the time being, it attempts to fill in the current market gap. Still, traditional gasoline engine will also be offered to buyers.
Toyota Rav4 2016 Changes, Exterior, Design
At the first glance on Toyota Rav4 2016 Exterior, there are minor changes compared to the previous model. Front-end appears to be more truck-like, with its massive grille, which is hiding modified thinner headlights. Back of the Toyota Rav4 2016 is slightly reshaped, with revised bumper. Optional two-tone exterior was announced (in new SE model), as a tribute to the original RAV4 model from 20 years ago. The hybrid version is rolling on a 17 inch wheels, while while with standard engine it has 18 inch rims offered.
|Toyota Rav4 2016 Dimensions||Inches|
|Ground Clearance||6.3 in|
2016 Toyota Rav4 Interior
The 2016 Toyota Rav4 interior received major updates. From soft-touch materials, up to redesigned cup holder, which now can store bigger cup with handle. The higher trim levels, SE and Limited, use SofTex materials, while the SE gets contrasting stitching with added seat-back map pockets as well. The gauges are sharper, the seats are firmer, and it comes with an option for a seven-inch touchscreen in the dash. Wrapped in leather, staring wheel comes equipped with built-in hands free, and remote controls for infotainment system. The rear seats fold completely flat to make loading easier, which creates 70.6 cubic feet of cargo room.
|Toyota Rav4 2016 Interior Dimensions||Inches|
|Front Headroom||39.8 in|
|Rear Headroom||38.9 in|
|Front Legroom||42.6 in|
|Rear Legroom||37.2 in|
|Front Hip Room||54.3 in|
|Rear Hip Room||48.9 in|
|Front Shoulder Room||57.3 in|
|Rear Shoulder Room||55.4 in|
2016 Toyota Rav4 Engine Specs
When it comes to powertrain, one gets to choose between Hybrid edition and standard petrol engine.
The hybrid edition consists of 2.5L 4-cylinder petrol engine (with 154 HP), paired with the latest generation of Toyota’s two-motor Hybrid Synergy Drive system, with total power of 194 HP at 206 lb-ft of torque. This results in agile and more responsive drive, with only 8.1 seconds needed to reach 0-60mph. On the “sporty” side, the new 2016 RAV4 SE features stiffer suspension and paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. Transmission in Rav4 2016 uses 6 speed automatic. Expected fuel economy should be 34 MPG in city, and 31 MPG on highway. Drivetrain in Hybrid version is All Wheel Drive, for both XLE and Limited trim packages.
Standard V4 petrol engine of 2.5L has strength of 176 HP is available in both Front Wheel Drive and AWD. First one delivers fuel economy of 23 mpg city, and 30 mpg highway, while opting for AWD comes at a cost of higher consumption (22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway). Despite being 300 lb. lighter than Hybrid edition (due to lack of electro motor), it needs 9 second to accelerate 0-60 mph. But this should be acceptable for more family-oriented buyers. Nevertheless 2016 Toyota Rav4 reaches the top speed of 125 MPH.
2016 Toyota Rav4 Price and Release date
Toyota Rav4 2016 will be available at 4 different trim levels: basic LE, median XLE, sporty SE, and the best equipped Limited edition. The hybrid powered SUV will be available in the XLE and Limited editions, with AWD drivetrain as a default. While non Hybrid version is offered with FWD in LE, XLE, and for $1.400 more you can get AWD model in SE or Limited edition. For the price tag of $500, Toyota Safety Sense technology provides: Pre-Collision System, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic Hi-Beam Headlights, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. 2016 Toyota Rav4 Price:
2016 Toyota Rav4 Prices:
LE FWD $25,250
LE AWD $26,750
XLE AWD $28,570
XLE (Hybrid) AWD $29,270
Sport AWD $31,565
Limited AWD $33,910
Limited (Hybrid) AWD $34,610
Toyota Rav4 2016 exact release date is unknown, but according to some information it might hit market later in December or even in January next year.