2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid releases this fall in XLE and Limited trims only


Toyota is offering something refreshed and innovative for car enthusiasts as it brings the 2016 Toyota RAV4 to market this fall.

Debuted at the 2015 New York auto show, the car manufacturer describes the upcoming vehicles on the official site as: “A smarter way to have more fun. Let’s bring tech, style and efficiency to all your adventures. With RAV4 Hybrid’s advanced innovations and proven hybrid powertrain, you can make the most of any trip. And in addition to great fuel economy, RAV4 Hybrid adds extra thrills with more power, improved acceleration and Electronic On-Demand AWD-i. It’s the perfect partner for everything you want to do. Let’s go places.”

When it comes to specifications, all of the units get the familiar 2.5 liter, four cylinder engine coupled with six speed automatic that can pump 176 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque. With Atkinson-cycle version, axle mounted on the rear for all-wheel drive and an assumed nickel metal hydride battery pack, it is said to have the ability to produce 194 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque.

The EPA ratings is at 34/31 when using the gas pedal and its 0 to 60 mph capability is noteworthy.

Moreover, RAV4 Hybrid will only become available on XLE and Limited trims which include 17-inch wheels, improved interiors such as 4.2-inch TFT information screen, additional USB port an around-view monitor.

The Limited version features a safety pack called Toyota Safe Sense which has auto-braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, auto high beams, lane-departure warning, push-button start, a frameless rearview mirror with HomeLink garage openers, heated front seats and eight-way adjustment for the driver seat.

The pricing for the XLE unit starts at $29,270 while the Limited top-end one is at $32,410 and can go as high as $34,510 depending on the materials and technology included. Toyota has yet to announce official release date for the vehicle.