A new Hybrid joins the RAV4 lineup for 2016.
Set to be offered in both XLE and Limited trims, both versions of the RAV4 Hybrid will ship standard with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System. Like a few other hybrid models already on the market, Toyota's hybrid all-wheel drive system uses the RAV4's 2.5L gas engine to power the front wheels while an electric motor powers the rear axle.
The gas-electric systems nets a total output of 194 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. Toyota says the RAV4 Hybrid can scoot from 0-60 in 8.1 seconds, which is about a second quicker than the gas-only RAV4.
The RAV4 Hybrid's EV mode is limited, but Toyota says the crossover can cover 0.6 miles on electric power alone at speeds under 25mph. A nickel-metal hydride battery provides the necessary juice for the electric motor.
The RAV4 Hybrid is rated at 34mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway, netting a combined rating of 33mpg. In comparison, the gas-powered Honda CR-V is rated at 25mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway.
The RAV4 Hybrid's cargo space does suffer somewhat from the vehicle's additional hardware, with cargo room slipping from 38.4 cu. ft to 35.6 cu. ft. with the rear seats in place. With the rear seats folded the RAV4 Hybrid offers 70.6 cu. ft. of space, compared to 73.4 cu. ft. for the gas models.
The RAV4 Hybrid XLE AWD will carry a base price of $28,370, which is only $700 more than the gas-powered XLE AWD. The RAV4 Hybrid Limited will retail from $33,610, which is also $700 more than its gas counterpart. All prices exclude a $900 destination fee.
Look for the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid to appear in Toyota showrooms over the next few weeks.
Live images by Brian Williams.