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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|22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4|
|Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 4WD|
|FWD 4-Door LE (SE)||FWD 4-Door S||2WD 5-Door LX||2016.5 FWD 4-Door Manual Sport||4-Door Manual 2.5i PZEV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||2016.5 Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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