After it made the Prius name as synonymous with hybrids as Kleenex is to tissues, Toyota has been slow to expand its signature technology to other Toyota-brand models in the U.S. market. The Highlander hybrid was introduced in 2005 and a hybrid version of the bestselling Camry debuted in 2006, but in the past decade the only other Toyota to get the hybrid treatment was the Avalon in 2012. (The Prius itself has also spawned V and C variants.) But now comes this hybrid RAV4, introduced in conjunction with a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. After testing this new compact crossover, we can only wonder why Toyota waited so long to bring it to market.
Conservative Toyota certainly had little impetus to rush into this when few competitors in the booming compact-crossover segment offer hybrids. Only two have existed, really: Ford sold a hybrid Escape (and Mercury Mariner clone) through 2012, while Subaru introduced the XV Crosstrek hybrid in 2014. Yet from a consumer’s standpoint, the new RAV4 makes plenty of sense, offering an EPA fuel-economy rating of 33 mpg combined, or 8 mpg better than the nonhybrid.
Improved exterior styling
The 2016 RAV4 encourages you to venture out in style. Its bold front end creates a chiseled look, and new side lower exterior panels add to its appeal. It’s a package that’s as athletic as it is refined, and it’s ready to take you on that next great journey.
Enjoy every trip, from uphill to downtown, in RAV4’s roomy interior. The driver and front passenger enjoy available heated seats and dual zone automatic climate control. Another convenient piece of tech is the available Smart Key System. 18 The available leather steering wheel has a luxurious feel, and Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation 15 and App Suite 31 and a frameless HomeLink®-capable mirror 23 further enhance the premium high-tech experience. Immerse yourself in the improved interior design and drive in complete comfort.
Exciting hybrid power
Bring tech, style and efficiency to all your adventures. With RAV4 Hybrid’s advanced innovations and Toyota’s proven hybrid powertrain, you can make the most of any trip. And in addition to its great fuel economy, RAV4 Hybrid adds extra thrills with 194 net horsepower and outstanding acceleration.