Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

For the 2016 model year, Toyota has broken new ground with 13 of the vehicles they currently offer being hybrids. With the introduction of the RAV4 Hybrid, Toyota is trying to reach a surprisingly untouched market, a compact hybrid crossover. It is apparent that small crossovers are already efficient vehicles, so by adding Toyota’s trusted and proven hybrid technology to the already efficient RAV4 only makes sense and will make filling up a rare occurrence. Base MSRP $27,500


Something noticeable that Toyota did well with the new RAV4 Hybrid is, instead of doing what a lot of other manufacturers do with varying trims of the same car, Toyota made the RAV4 Hybrid look better and different than the standard RAV4. Thanks to a new front-end redesign that appears to have been inspired by the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. The face of the RAV4 Hybrid is exclusive to the Hybrid model only, featuring smaller headlights and a sharper, edgier fascia. At the rear of the vehicle, one key change that Toyota incorporated is the clear-lensed taillights versus the red-lensed taillights. This, along with the signature blue highlights here and there, are what really make the RAV4 Hybrid unique, plus the limited color palate: Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, Black Sand Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, and a new color Toyota is simply calling BLUE.


Some minor changes over the standard RAV4 occur inside the cabin. Changes like the revised gauge cluster and an updated navigation system. Almost everything else inside the RAV4 Hybrid translates to the standard RAV4. That being said, the RAV4, whether it be the standard or hybrid model, has spacious rear seats offering plenty of head-space and leg-room. Cargo space is also very generous, so there should not be any question of “Can it fit?”


Just like the standard RAV4, power comes from a 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder engine, however in the Hybrid that engine is mated to Toyota’s Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence. This system uses a separate motor located near the rear axle of the car to instantaneously and automatically apply torque to the rear wheel when the car senses that additional traction is required. Power is rated at 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. The RAV4 Hybrid can reach 60 mph in around 9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 125 mph.


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