Toyota’s compact SUV, the RAV4, has been a best-seller in the United States since its inception in 1994. Over the past two decades and then some, the RAV4 has sold over 2.4 million units. Now, the nameplate has an eighth variant joining its American lineup — the Toyota RAV4 hybrid. The 2016 model year of the RAV4 marks the SUV’s fourth generation, and adding a hybrid version to the nameplate is just one of many updates to the vehicle’s design.
The 2016 RAV4 features new styling that mimics the appearance of Toyota’s passenger vehicles. Features across the entire RAV4 family include standard all-wheel drive, rear view camera, Hill Start Assist, five-passenger seating and the Entune Infotainment System. Versatile seating allows for up to 70 cubic feet of cargo storage when the back rows are down.
The RAV4 Hybrid pairs the 2.5-liter gas engine with electric motors that power both the front and rear axles. This combination yields an output of 194 HP and an EPA-estimated 34 mpg in the city.
The RAV4 hybrid and other variants in the family are now available in the United States for the 2016 model year. The entry level RAV4 begins at $24,350, while upgrading to the hybrid model ups the price to $28,370.