|Engine Size:||2.5 L|
|Drivetrain:||Front Wheel and All Wheel|
The Toyota RAV4 is a five-passenger compact SUV available in LE, XLE, SE and Limited trim levels. The RAV4 has gotten an updated styling for 2016, including a sleeker front fascia, LED headlights and additional distinctive styling elements inside and out. A new Toyota Safety Sense package available on the SE and Limited includes a variety of high-tech accident avoidance technologies, and this year sees the debut of a new RAV4 Hybrid.
To its credit, Toyota has truly improved the appeal of the RAV4 with this year’s creative tinkering. The exterior styling has been subtly enhanced, especially up front, where there's a more streamlined look that modernizes this crossover's bearing.
A big plus in this new version is that none of the RAV4's impressive cabin space has been cut back. Its cargo area has been a favorite of owners with its large compartment and its low load floor. No sacrifice in cabin space was made; for passengers the RAV4 has a spacious interior, rear passenger comfort and space is abundant even for taller adults. The 60/40-split seatbacks provide a large amount of recline adjustment.
The cargo bay measures 38.4 cubic feet and opens up to a generous 73.3 cubes when the second row is folded. That's one of the largest capacities in the class. The power-operated and height-adjustable liftgate is especially convenient.
With looks, space, comfort and the RAV4's history of dependability, you will find the elements that constitute this compact crossover's primary appeal and attractiveness.
What’s special for each of the trims
The LE comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, an integrated driver blind-spot mirror, rear privacy glass, roof rails, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface (Entune), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port and a media player interface.
Optional for the LE is the Entune Audio Plus package, which adds satellite and HD radios, traffic and weather information, Siri Eyes Free for iPhones and the Scout GPS Link navigation smartphone integration app.
The XLE includes the Entune Audio Plus package plus 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, a height-adjustable power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, more aggressively bolstered front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The 2016 RAV4 also adds an SE trim to its portfolio. The SE, following the trend in the popular Camry and Sienna SE trims, brings a sporty styling flourish and a suspension tuned for better handling.
This year's new SE adds to the standard XLE equipment a sport-tuned suspension; different exterior styling; 18-inch wheels; LED exterior lighting (automatic headlights, running lights and taillights); keyless ignition and entry; heated front seats; an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar); driver memory settings; synthetic leather (SofTex) upholstery; steering wheel paddle shifters; a blind-spot warning system; and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Limited shares the XLE's suspension and styling, but includes the SE's other equipment along with chrome-clad 18-inch wheels and exterior trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the Toyota Safety Sense package (see Safety section), adaptive cruise control, a 7-inch higher-resolution touchscreen, a navigation system and smartphone app integration.
Optional for the XLE and SE is the Entune Premium Audio package, which adds the bigger touchscreen, nav system and smartphone app integration. The XLE's Convenience package bundles those features with keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors and the Safety Sense package.
The SE and Limited can also be equipped with an 11-speaker JBL sound system as well as the Advanced Technology package that includes that system plus a 360-degree top-down parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors and, on the SE, adaptive cruise control and the Toyota Safety Sense package.
Every 2016 Toyota RAV4 includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, full-length airbags, a driver knee airbag, a rearview camera and an integrated driver blind-spot mirror. A blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the XLE and standard on the SE and Limited.
The optional Toyota Safety Sense system (standard on the Limited) includes a forward collision warning system (with pedestrian detection), forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, a lane-departure warning and intervention system and automatic high-beam headlight control.