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2016 Toyota RAV4

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2016 Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4 highlights

Customer reviews

4.3 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

4.5 out of 5


  • Spacious interior for five and their luggage
  • Hybrid joins the lineup in late 2016


  • No V6 option if you want more power
  • Some driver aids are options only on top models

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 30 highway, 26 combined

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2016 Toyota RAV4 gets fresh new look, a new midlevel trim, and hybrid

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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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a car that is loved by many customers. They like it's easy to get in and out of, the AC system, and the easy to use features. The car is also spacious and sturdy.
5 Stars15
4 Stars3
3 Stars4
2 Stars1
1 Star1

RepairPal reliability rating**

RepairPal gave the Toyota RAV4 an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota RAV4 2nd out of 26 among Compact SUVs.
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Explore Toyota RAV4 details

Limited 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Engine type


Drive type





176 @ 6000


172 @ 4100

Seating capacity


Towing capacity

150/1500 lbs.

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