New for 2016

The RAV4 Hybrid is a new addition to the RAV4 lineup.

Redefining What a Hybrid Can Be 

It's taken longer than expected for Toyota to introduce a hybrid variant of its popular compact crossover SUV, but let us assure you that the wait was well and truly worth it. The 2016 RAV4 is here, and eco-conscious buyers have a lot to get excited about.

The brand that brought us the fuel-sipping Prius and Camry Hybrid has utilized its fuel-saving expertise to create a hybrid crossover that is confident and efficient. The RAV4 Hybrid mixes all the attributes of the standard gasoline model with the miserly fuel economy we’ve all come to love and appreciate from Toyota’s brand of hybrids. 

Powertrains and Performance

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motors front and rear, a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Combined system output is 194 horsepower. 

Under normal operation, the RAV4 Hybrid's powertrain sends power to the front wheels for maximum efficiency. Venture off the beaten path or encounter slippery conditions, however, and the powertrain automatically engages the electrically driven rear wheels when needed to provide enhanced traction. 

When it comes to fuel economy, the RAV4 Hybrid is a real winner, returning an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined (34 city/31 highway).* Naturally, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is the most fuel efficient model in the entire lineup, it's also the most fuel-efficient vehicle in it its class and the most fuel-efficient all-wheel drive hybrid you can buy. 

Features and Trims

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is available in XLE and Limited trim levels, with a starting price of $28,370.** 

When it comes to features, the XLE trim strikes a good balace between value and convenience. Standard exterior items include 17-inch wheels, exteriors roof rails, and a sunroof (sun not included). Does your body temp not always allign with your co-pilot's? Standard dual-zone climate control is on hand to help. The RAV4 Hybrid even comes with standard keyless entry and ignition, as well as a remote power liftgate, making it easy to load and unload gear. Do you appreciate help when backing out of spaces? No problem. The RAV4 Hybrid comes with a standard rearview camera. 

XLE models also feature a robust list of in-demand tech features designed to make your commutes easier and more enjoyable. The Entune™ Audio Plus system with Connected Navigation is ready to help you find your way wherever the road may take you. And the RAV4 Hybrid is now equipped with the Scout® GPS Link App, meaning you can simply pair your phone to get turn-by-turn directions.

Stepping up to the Limited trim nets you chrome exterior trim, LED headlights, and 18-inch wheels. The Limited also incorporates additional safety features that all drivers are sure to appreciate. These include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. 

Limited trim models also increase the luxury quotient with synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar) and driver memory settings. 

Design

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid brings the compact SUV to new stylish heights. The design features a sleek front end, as well as updated side lower exterior panels.

The interior shows all the right touches with upgraded materials designed for both comfort and noise/vibration reduction. It's not only a smooth ride -- it's a quiet one, too. Also standard are eight cup holders and 60/40 split rear seats that fold down to give a whopping cargo capacity of up to 73.4 cubic feet.

Safety

All 2016 Toyota RAV4 models come with four-wheel ABS anti-lock brakes standard. Also standard are tire traction control (TRAC), front and side airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Important for families, the RAV4 Hybrid includes child seat anchors and child-protector rear safety locks.

Bottom Line

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid keeps things on the cutting edge with a new hybrid powertrain that instills confidence while delivering class-leading fuel economy. 

For more information, or to schedule a test drive, contact us online or visit DCH Toyota of Simi Valley at 2380 First St., Simi Valley, CA 93065. 

*2016 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

** Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $825 for Cars, $885 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1100 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $925 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota's charge for these services is called the "Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee" and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota's overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. Actual dealer price will vary.