Just arrived: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota helped create the compact crossover segment when it introduced the original RAV4 in 1996. Twenty years and 2.5 million U.S. sales later, it has given the 2016 version substantial changes for its midcycle freshening. Highlights on all 2016 RAV4s include a revamped exterior, a plusher and more comfortable interior, better handling and a more refined presence overall. The 2016 iteration also seeks to expand the crossover’s reach with the first RAV4 Hybrid, available only with all-wheel drive, and the new sport-oriented SE trim. Toyota expects each of the two RAV4 family additions to account for 10 to 15 percent of the overall mix. The hybrid could be the winner of the lineup: For just $700 more than the gasoline version, buyers give up a bit of cargo room but get significant fuel economy gains in return.

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