For the 2013 model year, the RAV4 received a complete overhaul that gave it the modern look it had lacked. Unfortunately, the hybrid version of the crossover did not join in the fun in 2013, 2014, or 2015. For the 2016 model year, Toyota is refreshing and expanding its RAV4 lineup. With this comes the introduction of a hybrid version of the small crossover.
Like the rest of the 2016 RAV4 lineup, the hybrid model gets a refreshed look when compared to the 2015 RAV4. Its nose is almost all new, as it features a new, thinner grille, bolder air inlets, new fog light surrounds, and available LED headlights. Down the sides, the restyled RAV4 features new rocker panels, and a new bumper and available LED taillights live out back.
The interior of the refreshed RAV4 also received a little love, and the hybrid version gets the same treatment. This includes an available 4.2-inch multi-info display, a new 7-inch display audio, LED illumination on the lower center console, a 12-volt power port in the rear, redesigned cup holders that accommodate taller mugs with handles, and a new sunglasses holder.
The RAV4 Hybrid sets itself apart from its siblings under its hood, which is where it features its 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and small electric motor. Combined, this hybrid powertrain puts out 194 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque, which is an 18-horsepower and 34-pound-feet increase over the standard RAV4. All RAV4 Hybrid models come standard with all-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission.
This powertrain allows the RAV4 Hybrid to hit 60 mph in just 8.1 seconds, which is about a second quicker than the standard model. What’s more, the RAV4 Hybrid can travel up to 0.6 miles at speeds of up to 25 mph on electric power in certain conditions. Fuel economy rings in at 34 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined.
Toyota has not reveled when the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will hit dealer lots. It did, however, announce that its two trim levels, XLE and Limited, will run $28,370 and $33,610, respectively.