2016 Toyota RAV4 vs. Its Competition

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The 2016 Toyota RAV4 sits squarely in the center of the small crossover utility vehicle segment, selling well against other mainstream contenders like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Subaru Forester.

The Escape offers several powertrains, though its real-world fuel economy may not live up to its high ratings; it offers sporty handling, but a bit less interior room.

The Honda CR-V has good gas-mileage ratings, excellent flexibility and capacity, at the cost of unremarkable driving quality.

If you want more enjoyment behind the wheel, the Mazda C-5 is fun on any roads—and it may be the most fuel-efficient of the group, at least until we see how the new RAV4 Hybrid does.

The sturdy Subaru Forester offers a sportier XT model too, and better mileage than its earlier versions.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, meanwhile, falls into a bigger size class, but while its turbo four is peppy, it's not that great of fuel economy compared to the others.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a competent crossover utility with a new Hybrid model this year, updated safety systems, and lots of interior space.
The 2016 Ford Escape gives up a little comfort and utility in its quest to be the most exciting crossover SUV to drive.
The 2016 Honda CR-V has its priorities in the right place, with lots of space and features—but performance takes a back seat.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 is one of the more athletic crossovers; high gas mileage and high style just add to the value.
The 2016 Subaru Forester continues to be a good value and one of the best small SUVs you can buy, with superb all-weather capability, safety ratings, and versatility.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name    
FWD 4-Door LE (GS)FWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LX2016.5 FWD 4-Door Manual Sport4-Door Manual 2.5i PZEV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility2016.5 Sport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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