Overview (Final Score: A-)

Toyota gave a refresh to the 2016 RAV4 lineup of crossovers. One surprise addition is the RAV4 Hybrid, which leaps ahead of the pack with its high fuel economy and relatively few trade-offs to achieve that. This is a surprisingly good hybrid from the company frequently associated with hybrid powertrains.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid seats five passengers, has ample cargo space and comes in two trim levels comparable to the upper-tier trims in the rest of the RAV4 model line. The XLE includes a host of standard features sure to appeal to cost-conscious buyers who want the hybrid efficiency, whereas the Limited trim has everything a near-luxury buyer could ask for.

The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid sets a new bar for the segment. One that won’t likely be met by the competition anytime soon.

What We Loved About the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

  • Drives well, with good balance thanks to battery placement.
  • Excellent value proposition given its fuel economy and price point.
  • Strong ergonomics for family use.

 

What We Didn’t Love About the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

  • Exterior design can be polarizing.
  • Sometimes sluggish at highway speeds.
  • Infotainment in base model is very basic.

 

To learn more about this car’s features, see the full 2016 RAV4 Hybrid review here.

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