Toyota has lifted the veils off the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid, which brings more horsepower and higher mileage than conventional RAV4 models. The model also debuts a refreshed exterior and interior design that will be seen across the RAV4 lineup.
The hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor, with an additional motor powering the rear axle to deliver electronic all-wheel drive. No output, mileage or performance specs have been released yet, but Toyota says the RAV4 Hybrid is more powerful and delivers quicker acceleration and higher mileage than conventional RAV4s.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will be offered in two premium grades, XLE and Limited, both equipped with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i). Available features include unique 17-inch alloy wheels and six exterior colors.
All 2016 Toyota RAV4 models get a refreshed exterior styling featuring a new front fascia with available LED headlights, DRLs and hi-lo headlights, a new rear bumper and lift gate with available LED taillights, as well as front and rear silver skid plate garnishes and a standard shark fin antenna.
On the inside, Toyota made a series of updates including the addition of more premium materials and interior colors, an available 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display in a revised gauge cluster, an available 7-inch touch-sensitive display audio touch screen, leather steering wheel and other minor changes.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 will offer a new Bird’s Eye View Monitor which utilizes four cameras that to give the driver a panoramic view of the car’s surroundings. Furthermore, the RAV4 is among the first U.S. models available with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a new multi-feature advanced safety package which includes Pre-Collision System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.