The hybrid system will be more powerful than the gas engine in the regular RAV4, although Toyota doesn’t yet have official horsepower or fuel economy numbers. The powertrain uses a 2.5-liter gas engine and two motor-generators (AWD models have three motors), and is related to the system in the Lexus NX300h. For reference, the Lexus NX300h is rated for 194 hp total system power, and returns EPA ratings of 35/31 mpg (city/highway) with front-wheel drive and 33/30 mpg with all-wheel drive.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is one of the first applications of the Toyota Safety Sense active-safety suite, along with the new Lexus RX. Fay confirmed today that TSS, which includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, will be available on “nearly all Toyota U.S. models and trim levels by 2017,” with an average cost for the package of just $500.
3. Extra cameras
In addition to a traditional backup camera, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 adds a new Bird’s Eye 360-degree camera system. Many automakers offer similar systems, although Toyota’s differentiates itself by offering a rotating, 3D “perimeter view” mode to help drivers check for hazards (read: soccer balls, bicycles) near the crossover.
4. Can you hear it now?
Compared to the prior model, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 receives 55 percent more in-floor sound insulation and enhanced rubber door seals, which should make the crossover significantly quieter than before.
5. Shift it yourself
A new sporty SE trim levels brings a unique front fascia, new wheels, and more aggressive suspension tuning to the 2016 Toyota RAV4. It also adds paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission, a welcome effort to help improve driver engagement in the crossover.