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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: What You Need to Know

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a car parked in a grassy field: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid © Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid offers a robust features list and lots of space, and it has an excellent safety score. However, its lackluster handling keeps it near the bottom of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings.

Is the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

Its ranking aside, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a good choice in the hybrid and electric SUV class. If you have a flexible budget and fuel efficiency is your primary concern, it’s tough to beat the RAV4 Hybrid. It’s one of the roomiest two-row compact crossovers around, and it returns impressive fuel economy numbers. Additionally, this Toyota comes with all-wheel drive and plenty of features. We named it our 2016 Best Hybrid SUV for the Money.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the reviews of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 15 reviews for this 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid overview.

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How Much Is the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

Our site has more than 200 listings for a used 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, with prices ranging from $20,300 to about $29,700. The average list price is $25,400. Your price will vary depending on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

How Much Does the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cost to Own?

Aside from a vehicle’s purchase price, you’ll need to consider the ongoing costs for gas, repairs, insurance, and maintenance. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s five-year estimate for these expenses adds up to nearly $21,150. That’s in line with some nonhybrid competitors. For reference, both the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Mazda CX-5 have five-year estimates that are nearly $21,300.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New RAV4 Hybrid?

A new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid starts at $27,235, which is only about $1,800 more than the average price of a used 2016 model. For the additional money, you'll gain Toyota Safety Sense – a suite of driver assistance systems that includes adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. These features are rarely offered as standard equipment, even in luxury cars. If you can afford it, get the new model.

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Most new 2018 compact SUVs have lower starting prices than the average used 2016 RAV4 Hybrid ($25,400). Unlike the Toyota, however, few of them come standard with all-wheel drive. Adding that feature raises the price considerably. The Mazda CX-5, for example, jumps from $24,150 to $24,450. The Honda CR-V goes from $24,150 to $25,550. And the GMC Terrain with AWD starts at $30,595. The Subaru Forester, however, has standard AWD and starts at just $22,795. With so many options, you’ll probably find a new vehicle that suits your needs better than a used 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will. Plus, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a new-car warranty.

How Reliable Is the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid a 3.5 on its five-point rating scale for reliability. That’s a bit above average for the automotive market.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Recalls

 At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls on the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

See more information on Toyota RAV4 Hybrid safety recalls »

Which Model Year of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Is Best?

The RAV4 Hybrid was an all-new model for 2016. Toyota added the Toyota Safety Sense suite of active-safety features to all 2017 models. The 2018 model is nearly identical to the 2017. A 2016 model with Safety Sense will probably cost at least the same as the average 2017 RAV4 Hybrid, so stick with the newer used model.

Which Used Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

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The RAV4 Hybrid comes in two trims: XLE and Limited. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE comes with a typical number of standard features for the class, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and voice recognition. For more comfort features and technology, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited is the best model. It comes with smartphone integration, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, a navigation system, and an upgraded infotainment system with a touch screen. It also adds several crash prevention features, including adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.


How Safe Is the RAV4 Hybrid?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tested the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. A suite of safety features called Toyota Safety Sense is available; it includes automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection. Additional available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, and blind spot monitoring.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or 2016 Mazda CX-5?

While the RAV4 Hybrid has better city fuel economy numbers than the 2016 Mazda CX-5, their highway estimates are neck and neck. The Mazda also has a spacious and upscale interior with user-friendly technology. If you can accept good instead of class-leading fuel economy estimates, go for the more enjoyable and affordable CX-5.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid?

There’s little reason to opt for the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid over the RAV4 Hybrid. Neither vehicle feels particularly energetic, but the Toyota gets better gas mileage, has more cargo room, and boasts higher safety and predicted reliability ratings. On average, buying the RAV4 hybrid costs around $3,400 more than the Subaru, but if that’s in your budget, go for the Toyota.

Which Is Better: 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid or 2016 Toyota RAV4?

The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is the more fuel-efficient version of the 2016 Toyota RAV4. They have similar features, as well as comparable cabins and interior space (though the RAV4’s cargo bay is a few cubic feet bigger than the hybrid model’s). The RAV4 Hybrid has better fuel economy estimates, however, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive. If it’s in your budget, buy the RAV4 Hybrid.

2016 RAV4 Hybrid Performance

How Does the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Drive?

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that together make 194 horsepower. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard. The RAV4 Hybrid has adequate power for day-to-day driving, but acceleration isn’t particularly quick. However, it does deliver a polished ride and predictable – if mundane – handling.

Does the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid gets 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s one of the best city ratings in the class. Nonhybrid competitors like the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox and 2016 Mazda CX-5 get a few more mpg on the highway, but only in front-wheel-drive models.

2016 RAV4 Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Seat?

The 2-row 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid seats five on cloth seats. The cabin features a straightforward design and decent materials, many of which are soft to the touch. The front seats are pleasant, and the reclining back seats provide ample space for long-legged passengers.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?

The RAV4 Hybrid has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear seats.

 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Features

Standard features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, and the Entune Audio Plus infotainment system, which includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, voice recognition, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Entune Premium Audio – which includes a 7-inch touch screen, built-in navigation, and smartphone app integration – is available. An 11-speaker JBL stereo and several active safety features are also available.

Both the touch screen and physical buttons on the dashboard are easy to use. However, smartphone integration setup can be tricky.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Cargo Space

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has 35.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 70.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Because of its battery, the RAV4 Hybrid has a little less cargo space than the nonhybrid RAV4. However, that’s a lot of space compared to what the rest of the hybrid and electric SUV class offers.

 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Length and Weight

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is about 15 feet long, with a gross vehicle weight of 4,960 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Built?

The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid was manufactured in Japan.

Read the full 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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