A crossover, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 is the car maker's smallest sport utility vehicle. While this year's model features a refresh of some of the popular vehicle's features, it also marks the introduction of a RAV4 Hybrid model. Toyota also released a sporty model, the RAV4 SE.
First introduced to the North American market in 1995, the Toyota RAV4 was the world's first compact crossover SUV. In an effort to provide consumers with the increased visibility and cargo room they love in an SUV, coupled with a compact car's fuel economy and maneuverability, the RAV4 was born. While four-wheel drive is not standard on this vehicle, it is an option in the United States. Hence, the name, RAV4, means "Recreational Active Vehicle with four-wheel drive."
The base engine of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 is the 2.5-liter inline-four that delivers 176 horsepower. It moves from zero to 60 mph in less than nine seconds, which is plenty of pep for most uses of the vehicle. With the six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive standard equipment on the base SE trim, the EPA estimates that the 2016 Toyota RAV4 offers 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for a combined 26 mpg.
A used 2016 Toyota RAV4 provides a way for consumers who are looking for a responsive, stylish, and comfortable, compact, crossover SUV to obtain one for a solid price. While it holds its value in features and reliability well, its natural depreciation makes it a solid choice.
Out on the road, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a stylish and fresh player. Its performance is responsive and fluid. Some trim levels offer an optional all-wheel drive that is effective at delivering the expected performance. Its sleek and modern lines make it a head turner as it purrs along quietly. Because it offers a nearly perfect balance of features, space, and the famous Toyota reliability, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 is one of the top-selling vehicles in its class.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is available in two gasoline engine sizes: a 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter. It also comes in two turbodiesel size engines: a 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter. Two transmissions are also available: a six-speed manual continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a six-speed automatic.
As part of its redesign, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 received some interior updates that were the result of feedback from consumers. These include soft-touch surfaces and other better-quality materials, trim around select console and dashboard elements, a revised instrument cluster complete with a digital display, and 12-volt and USB ports for the rear. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 comes in four trim levels - LE, XLE, SE, and Limited - plus a Hybrid version.
The following features are also standard on all trim levels of the 2016 Toyota RAV4: