Toyota Introduces New Hybrid Vehicle: The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Posted Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 by nhtwpprod

Some of the top selling vehicles in the U.S. are SUV crossovers. As the country demands more fuel efficiency, more comfort, and more eco-friendly choices, Los Angeles Toyota dealers are proud to announce the all-new 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Toyota has long been a leader in hybrid vehicles, since they first introduced the Prius several years ago. Each year there are more models introduced, and the 2016 RAV4 hybrid is the latest introduction from Toyota that uses electricity to create a fuel efficient and eco-friendly family vehicle that boasts power and space, as well as smooth handling and top of the line technology.

RAV4 Historically

Having been one of the top sellers in the crossover SUV market, the RAV4 Hybrid is one vehicle that many have waited for eagerly. Because so many of Toyota’s vehicles have been “hybridized,” many consumers and industry experts assumed that the limited-run battery-electric RAV4 introduced a few years ago would be the predecessor for a hybrid model. It took a bit longer than expected, but, based on first looks and first drive reviews, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid was worth the wait. Some are even calling it the best hybrid on the market.

Toyota Synergy

Thanks to the commonality of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, there’s not a lot of surprises under the hood. The Camry Hybrid and other hybrids in the Toyota family all have the same 2.5 liter engine, continuously variable transmission, and electric motor/generator. When you add in the all-wheel drive setup, the RAV4 Hybrid has a drivetrain that is almost identical to the Lexus NX 300h.

Rather than having the CVT connected to the rear wheels with a transfer case, or other physical connection, the RAV4 Hybrid has a single electric motor on the rear axle that engages when necessary. Anyone with a basic knowledge of physics can understand that removing all the mechanical connections and weight will free up more power, making the RAV4 a great choice for speed, handling, and fuel efficiency.

In test drives the RAV4 Hybrid has exceeded best-in-segment EPA ratings and scored higher than the closest competitor can claim. With 33 mpg combined, 34 mpg city, and 31 mpg highway, there’s no complaint about this powertrain option.

Interior Changes

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid doesn’t have a great deal of interior changes. There’s an up-lifted dash, a utility tray, and smart pass-throughs for wiring and plugs, while maintaining the comfortable and spacious seating in front and rear. There is a bit less cargo space, but the power operated and height adjustable rear lift gate makes up for that.

If you’re in the market for an SUV crossover that doesn’t guzzle gas, doesn’t handle like a tank, and still has plenty of room for your family and gear, you will want to head to your local Los Angeles Toyota dealer and check out the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Sure, the sleek and stylish appearance will impress you, but get behind the wheel and take it out for a test drive to really see the difference that hybrid technology makes in handling, speed, and efficiency.