Toyota has revealed fuel economy and pricing for its new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid models, which are not just the most fuel-efficient models in the RAV4 lineup but the quickest and most powerful.
The RAV4 Hybrid gets a version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive featuring a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor system, altogether producing 194 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. With it, this model can accelerate to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is about a second faster than the gasoline-only model.
And the RAV4 Hybrid achieves EPA ratings of 34 mpg city, 31 highway—or 33 mpg in the Combined cycle. That’s more than a 30 percent improvement over the 25 mpg delivered by the other RAV4 AWD models.
All models come with an Eco mode that softens throttle response and reduces air-conditioning output. The Hybrid also gets an EV mode button that allows all electric operation for up to 0.6 miles at less than 25 mph.
The Hybrid is offered only with all-wheel drive but can be had in midrange XLE or top-lux Limited trims. XLE models all get Entune Audio Plus, with a Connected Navigation App and 6.1-inch touch screen, plus HD Radio with iTunes tagging, HD Radio with traffic and weather, SiriusXM satellite radio. Limited models get integrated navigation, a larger 7.0-inch touch screen, a customizable home screen, premium audio with a cache, and an app suite that works with apps such as Pandora, Slacker Radio, Yelp, and Facebook Places, among others.
All RAV4 models get a new look for 2016 and include new illumination, a revised gauge cluster, a rear power outlet, and other interior improvements. A new Perimeter Scan 360-degree camera system helps use a surround-view camera system to see potential obstacles. And this is the first Toyota vehicle to offer the new Toyota Safety Sense suite of active-safety items (standard on the Limited trim and optional on all but the base LE).
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE starts at $29,270, while the RAV4 Hybrid Limited costs $34,510. So far, the Hybrid isn’t offered in base LE or sporty SE form.
See our review of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 for more information on the entire lineup, and check back soon for a first drive of this new, more fuel-efficient crossover wagon.