2016 Toyota RAV4 With A New Hybrid Version


The new generation Toyota RAV4 compact SUV was presented recently on the New York Motor Show 2015. It is the first RAV4 which would be available as a hybrid. It will be the 8th hybrid car available in the US. You might read a brief review about some hybrid Toyota cars here. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid release date is not announced officially yet, but claimed to be in late 2015, presumably in fall.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review


1. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review
2. Exterior changes
3. 2016 RAV4 Interior Changes
4. Equipment Feautres
5. Technical Specifications
6. Dimensions
7. Trim Levels

Let’s find out what is new in 2016 model year Toyota RAV4. Only recently Toyota completely redesigns its RAV4 compact SUV in order to correspond with current Toyota design conception, and now carmaker decided to make a facelift. 2016 Toyota RAV4 pricing is not officially announced yet. However it is possible to predict the price comparing current pricing for Toyota hybrid cars line up. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid cost might be started at $27 500 for standard trim. Beside the fact of availability of hybrid version, RAV4 2016 model year has got a lot of minor changes regarding exterior, interior and trim levels.
new hybrid SUV on grass

In terms of design it is the same as standard RAV4

Also read about 2016 Toyota Prius release date

Exterior changes

Exterior has undergone the most significant changes. After restyling the car received a new front design. Now there are new radiator grille, modified fog LED-lights, and a new bumper. Headlights become narrower.

blue hybrid SUV

Nice-looking SUV

The rims were also redesigned. Now alloy wheels on the new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid available in three colors: blue storm, black and silver metallic. The new car body also features a variety of new colors. Now 6 color options are available for the new Toyota RAV4 2016: white, gray metallic, silver metallic, black, pearl and blue. Overall, the car has gained a new appearance. The lines become sharper and shape becomes sleeker.

2016 RAV4 Interior changes

There are no so many changes as in the case with the exterior design of the vehicle. Dashboard was slightly modified, the other noticeable thing is 7-inch touch-screen display to control the car multimedia system. Basic information will be displayed on a 4.2-inch TFT-display where you can learn about the fuel consumption, tire pressure, battery charge and the current transmission mode.

hybrid SUV interior

The interior is the same as well

In addition, the interior of the updated crossover got a new gear selector, updated cup holders, adjustable SofTex seats and additional USB port. A variety of interior color options is also implemented.

Furthermore, Toyota designers have listened to the needs of their customers and improve some characteristics of the cabin. They raised the level of noise reduction, improved interior trim materials (for example, the steering wheel is now made of high-quality leather) and equipped the car with some technological innovations.

front seats in hybrid SUV

Leather front seats

Equipment features

Innovation has become a system of circular view called Bird’s Eye View Monitor. With four cameras located in the perimeter of a vehicle, the system reproduces the track around the car at the dashboard in real time, thereby helping the parking, and in general, making the driving more convenient and comfortable.

Also, the car gets updated TSS (Toyota Safety Sense) system. The system includes cruise control with automatic braking; the newest system that alerts the driver of obstacles behind and in front, lane departure warning; pedestrian recognition and the automatic headlights switching.

design features of hybrid SUV

RAV4 is capable of light off-road

Technical specifications

Unfortunately the exact characteristics of the hybrid engine are unknown. According to rumors the car has a gasoline 2.5-liter engine with eCVT and two electric motors. Estimated output is 180 hp and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 9.3 seconds. The rear axis is driven by electric motors. The layout is differ from Toyota Prius hybrid system.
Conventional RAV4 will be equipped by either manual gearbox or 6-speed automatic transmission or CVT.

In general, this is all that is currently known about technical specifications of the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. However, the developers of the car claimed the compact SUV will be more powerful and faster than the gasoline model.

hybrid engine in mid-size SUV

Toyota hybrid powertrain


The new SUV Toyota RAV4 has become larger in size as compared with the previous model. Increasing the size allowed to make interior more spacious. In addition, the company’s engineers were able to maximize optimal layout distribution of the vehicle. Thus, due to the reduced seat thickness, rear seat get additional comfort – 37,4 inches of legroom. The trunk capacity has increased to 70,6 cubic ft (2,000 liters) with rear seats folded.
The exact dimensions of the crossover:

  • Length – 180 in (4570 mm);
  • Width – 72,6 in (1845 mm);
  • Height – 65,7 in (1670 mm);
  • Wheelbase – 104,7 in (2660 mm);
  • Clearance – 7,51 in (191 mm).

side view of hybrid SUV

Side view of SUV

Trim levels

The new 2016 Toyota RAV4 will be available in 8 trim levels. However, it is worth considering that the customer can choose between different transmissions, drives and motors. Thus, the number of different trims increases to 17! Hybrid model will be available only in 2 trim levels. The main competitors of 2016 RAV4 hybrid are Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Tucson. Prices, specifications, options, features of 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid could change without notice.

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