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In the fast-paced compact crossover SUV space, you can't rest easy, and it's not surprising Toyota made some changes to keep its popular RAV4 top of mind for buyers. The new styling is most obvious, as the 2016 RAV4 looks much sharper than the somewhat forgettable previous model. Elsewhere the changes aren't so transformative, but the revised interior, slight changes to the trim levels, and retuned suspension all add appeal to the already well-rounded RAV4. For those who seek better fuel efficiency, Toyota has introduced a RAV4 Hybrid. Its combination of electric motors and the 2.5-liter four-cylinder creates not just attractive EPA estimates but energetic performance, too.
The trunk remains one of the most spacious among crossover SUVs, and you access it via a huge roof-hinged tailgate. The low load floor helps when you're transporting large items. Passenger space is good, too, with plenty of space to seat five in comfort. There's still only one engine choice, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that supplies enough power and EPA-estimated fuel economy to compete with, if not best, rivals. Front- or optional all-wheel drive is offered, and all versions use a six-speed automatic transmission. The familiar trim levels of LE, XLE, and Limited are joined in 2016 by the SE. It slots in between the XLE and Limited and adds a sportier suspension. All the trims come well equipped, but we'd aim at least for the XLE, which comes with alloy wheels, a power tailgate, and dual-zone climate control over the simpler air conditioning of the LE. It's regrettable that the most advanced driver aids remain optional or limited to the top-end models, but in every other way the 2016 RAV4 makes good gains for this year, bolstering its appeal among rivals.
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Available across all trim levels, the dynamic torque-control all-wheel drive of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 offers the opportunity for off-road fun in a compact SUV. If you want confident grip when trekking across wet grass or parking up at that muddy festival, look for a RAV4 with all-wheel drive. The dynamic torque control also enhances handling on the road by distributing engine power to the wheels where it's needed most and managing the braking from side to side for optimal control.
By adding electric power to the RAV4's engine, you get a competent hybrid SUV. Not only does it improve fuel economy, but you'll enjoy the 194 net horsepower from this powertrain, too. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.
The flexible cargo options in the RAV4 make life easy. The 60/40 split-folding rear seat lets you configure the interior to fit your needs, whether you're carrying passengers, things, or both. With all seats in place, you'll get 38.4 cu-ft of space (35.6 cu-ft on Hybrid models) and a total cargo volume of 73.4 cu-ft (70.6 for Hybrid models) with the rear seats folded.
If you commute to work or regularly head out on errands or to see friends, the RAV4 has plenty of features to make those drives a breeze. The cabin is quiet and comfortable so you can enjoy some time just you and your thoughts or you can fire up the Entune™ premium audio system (available on XLE models, standard on Limited) for a singalong. If music is important to you, look out for the optional 11-speaker JBL® system. On top of all this, you can enjoy standard features such as cruise control, remote keyless entry, and more.
It's not just the front seats that provide passenger comfort. All rows of the 2016 RAV4 are designed with comfort in mind. You have everything you need within arm's reach but there are plenty of optional features available if you'd like to upgrade the interior to fit your needs. Look out for the heated front seats, power-adjustable driver's seat, and the SofTex® reclining rear seats on SE models and up.
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Features include rear privacy glass, roof rails, cruise control, automatic limited-slip differential, fabric upholstery backup camera, Entune Audio, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, six-way adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split second-row, and more.
Adds heated mirrors, power tilt and slide moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection, Entune™ Audio Plus, and more. Unlocks the trim-exclusive available Convenience package.
Adds 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, LED exterior lighting, heated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, steering wheel paddle shifters, rear cross-traffic alert, trim exclusive exterior accent finishing, and more. Unlocks the available Advanced Technology package.
Adds 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, Front and rear parking sonar, Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation, adaptive cruise control, driver-seat memory function, seven-inch touchscreen, and more.
Both are great examples of a modern compact SUV, offering comfortable cabins, great cargo space, and a slick exterior look that would be welcome on any driveway. While the RAV4 offers hybrid options, the Honda CR-V has its own appeal with more interior storage options. However, if you’re looking to go off-road on the weekends, the RAV4 may be a better choice.
The RAV4 is Toyota's compact SUV and compares well with the CR-V for interior finishing and engine capability.
This depends on what you're looking for. For the 2016 models, choose the new-for-that-year SE trim, its sports tuning and exterior styling should elevate your daily driving, and excite passengers too.
Barcelona Red Metallic (not available on hybrid models)
Black (not available on hybrid models)
Black Currant Metallic (not available on hybrid models)
Black Sand Pearl (hybrid models only)
Black Sand Pearl/Silver Sky Metallic (SE only, additional cost)
Blizzard Pearl (additional cost)
Classic Silver Metallic (hybrid models only)
Electric Storm Blue
Electric Storm Blue/Silver Sky Metallic (SE only, additional cost)
Hot Lava (not available on hybrid models)
Magnetic Gray Metallic
Silver Sky Metallic (not available on hybrid models)
Super White/Silver Sky Metallic (SE only, additional cost)
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 interior is comfortable with plenty of cupholders and a comfortable driving position. Base models come with cloth seating and manually adjustable front seats. If you're looking for a little more comfort, SE models and up have SofTex leatherette seats, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The top-tier Limited trim gets additional features such as a leather-trimmed shift lever and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Cargo space is generous with 38.4 cu-ft of space behind the rear seats and a total volume of 73.4 cu-ft. On hybrid models, this drops to 35.6 cu-ft and 70.6 cu-ft respectively. Front seat passengers get 42.6 inches of legroom while rear-seat passengers get 37.2 inches.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 has two full sets of LATCH restraints (upper tether and lower anchors) in the second-row outboard seats, and an upper tether only, for the rear-row middle seat. Lower anchors are found between the seat upholstery, with upper tethers under the upholstery in the middle of each seatback. Two child seats can fit in the rear, from your choice of booster, infant, or convertible front- and rear-facing seats. An easy win for parents or guardians.
All standard 2016 Toyota RAV4s have a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 176 horsepower. Hybrid models have a 2.5L hybrid engine with a net output of 194 horsepower. The standard gas engine on LE and XLE trims gets an EPA-estimated 26 combined mpg.
All hybrid models have intelligent all-wheel drive while gas-only options have dynamic torque-vectoring AWD as an available option.
According to EPA estimates, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 has these tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions:
LE and XLE models with FWD and the 2.5L engine have tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 338 grams per mile.
All other models with FWD and the 2.5L engine have tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 349 grams per mile.
Base models with AWD and the 2.5L engine have tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 357 grams per mile.
SE and Limited models with AWD and the 2.5L engine have tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 362 grams per mile.
All Hybrid models with AWD and the 2.5L gasoline engine with the onboard hybrid system have tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 274 grams per mile.