2016 Toyota Rav4, Edmonton Alberta
Coming mid-November to early-December 2015
*Disclaimer: Information may not be 100% accurate as changes are ongoing until RAV4 officially launches
The best SUV in the market just got better
The RAV4 Hybrid has a distinctly different look then it's gasoline predecessor, thanks to a front-end styling that appears to have been inspired by the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. The entire face of the RAV4 Hyrbid is exclusive to this model, with smaller headlights and an edgier fascia. The key change at the rear of the RAV4 Hybrid is the clear-lensed taillights, and the rest of the changes focus on Toyota's signature blue highlight on the corporate logos and a color palate that includes: Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl and a new color Toyota simply calls, BLUE.
Display screen is 7" vs 6" on gasoline RAV4. Additionally, the hybrid receives a 4.2" TFT information screen in the gauge cluster. Newly available around-view monitor which gives the driver a 360-degree view. Helpful while parallel parking and getting in and out of otherwise tight space.
Conquering the Road
Just like the standard version of the RAV4, the sole engine used for the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be the 2.5-liter inline-four. Power output is not being announced at this time, but Toyota did say that the Hybrid powertrain will have more horsepower than the non-hybrid RAV4, which is rated at 176 horsepower. The engine mates to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT), and all RAV4 Hybrids will come standard with Toyota's Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i). This system uses a separate motor located at the rear axle to instantly and automatically apply torque to the rear wheels when additional traction is required.
If this system sounds familiar, it's because it is likely the same setup used in the Lexus NX 300h, Lexus' newest crossover model based on the RAV4 platform. Although it's hard to say if the RAV4 Hybrid will use the same hybrid system as the NX 300h, shared components would make sense. The Lexus NX 300h uses three motors total: one to start the engine and charge the battery, another to drive the front wheels and use for brake regeneration and the third, on all-wheel-drive models, to drive the rear wheels. Total power output is rated at 194 horsepower.
Since Toyota isn't releasing fuel economy for the RAV4 Hybrid at this time, a quick look at the NX 300h's spec sheet shows that it returns EPA estimates of 33 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for AWD models. As such, expect the RAV4 Hybrid's numbers to be somewhere in this neighborhood. RAV4 will have class-leading gas mileage in the SUV segment
Pro-active Safety Measures
Toyota Safety Sense includes:
- Pre-collision system
- Pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
- Lane departure alert
- Automatic highbeams
- Dynamic radar cruise control
Pricing and Additional Information
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will only be available in the XLE and Limited trim levels, which start at $26,125 and $29,335, respectively, for the current 2015 RAV4 front-drive-models. Look for the hybrid system to add around $3,000 to the base price, giving the model a starting price of closer to $30,000.