Toyota’s all-new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid arrived at the 2015 New York Auto Show, a vehicle that targets young adventure-seeking couples that are looking for a vehicle with excellent fuel efficiency as well as utility, versatility and capability. Just like the Lexus NX 300h, the new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine as well as by an electric motor.
Both axles receive power thanks to the standard Electric On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System. Although it didn’t offer any performance figures, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will arrive with more than 176 hp. Toyota says that its new hybrid crossover will better acceleration than the standard RAV4. Moreover, the vehicle will be offered in two premium grades: XLE and Limited.
Both grades are offered as standard with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i), optional 17-inch alloy wheels and six exterior colors (Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl and a new BLUE).
When it comes to design, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid comes with a new front fascia with an available LED trifecta (headlights, LED daytime running lights and Hi-Lo headlights). The styling extends along the lower rocker panel to the rear bumper.
Moreover, the rear bumper and lift gate with optional LED taillights add a premium touch. Other features include front and rear skid plates, as well as a standard shark fin antenna. Inside, we find more premium materials, an optional 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display in a revised gauge cluster, an available 7-inch touch-sensitive display audio touchscreen, a steering wheel wrapped in leather, an updated interior shifter and window/lock control bezel material and a revised cup holder that can accommodate tall mugs with handles.
Furthermore, there is a new sunglasses holder, additional USB added to the front and one 12V power outlet for the rear, as well as new interior colors – Tan, Beige and on SE a Tan/Black combination.
Safety is enhanced thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), a multi-feature safety package anchored by automated pre-collision braking. TSS safety technologies include Pre-Collision System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Pedestrian Pre-Collision System and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. [source: Toyota]