2016 Toyota RAV4 gets refreshed and re-electrified for $29,270

2016 Toyota Rav4 hybrid EV electric vehicle gas engine ATC Atkinson cycle engine direct injection 4-cylinder four cylinder I4

Farewell RAV4 EV — hello RAV4 hybrid

Toyota has announced an electrified version of its solid-selling SUV…again. The difference? Toyota finally made it a hybrid.

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid will get the direct torque of an electric motor, and the convenience of a 2.5-liter gasoline engine. Mated to the Atkinson-cycle I-4 will be a CVT transmission. The range as an EV is a scant 0.6-miles due to a small NiMH battery pack, but the hybrid powertrain produces a combined 194 horsepower, and knocks-out a 0-60 time of 8.1-seconds — a second faster than its gas-only sisters.

EPA estimated fuel economy in hybrid trim is a pretty remarkable 34 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined — that latter figure is 8 mpg better than the straight-gasoline RAV4 AWD. Regenerative braking and on-demand all-wheel drive are standard on the hybrid.

The 2016 Rav4 includes a new color ‘Electric Blue’ which will probably be a hot seller among the hybrid models

Both the hybrid and gas-only Rav4s will receive refreshed styling: a new front fascia, new rocker panels and new front and rear bumpers. Exterior LED lighting, front and rear, is optional – if luxe lighting is your thing. Three new colors hit the refreshed SUV: Silver Skye Metallic, Black Currant Metallic and Electric Storm Blue. 

The Rav 4 hosts a redesigned gauge cluster and dash area, as well as a touch screen infotainment system

The interior was refreshed slightly, and features a new gauge cluster — making space for a 4.2-inch TFT display. An available 7-inch infotainment touch screen is available as well. LED lighting graces the center console, helping you find that pack of gum a little easier.

Toyota is showing off its new Toyota Safety Sense package on the new RAV4s – allowing for automated pre-collision braking, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, pedestrian pre-collision warning and dynamic cruise control. Standard safety tech on the limited trim, and hybrid models, now includes blind spot warning.

Pricing for the hybrid starts at $29,270, but shoots up to $34,510 for the Limited model. Gas RAV4s start at $25,250 for a bare-bones front-wheel drive model, rising to $33,810 for the Limited all-wheel drive model. Both the standard and hybrid 2016 RAV4 models are arriving at dealerships now.

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