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Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by nhtwpprod
Toyota has long been the king of the hybrids, thanks to the popularity of its Prius, the first truly successful mass market hybrid gas/electric vehicle. The Japanese automaker is now branching out, extending hybrid technology to other vehicles in its line-up, including the popular RAV4 SUV. Now available at Toyota dealers, the new hybrid crossover tops fuel efficiency standings and offers all the features that have made it a best seller.
The popularity of hybrids has dipped somewhat from the banner days they enjoyed back when gas prices were in excess of $4 per gallon in many areas of the country. While gas prices remain low at this time, they are beginning to creep back up again. As prices rise, hybrids will likely see a resurgence in popularity.
Strong Mileage Results
The RAV4 hybrid is the eighth hybrid model launched by Toyota. The RAV4 SUV has been around for 20 years now and has gained considerable popularity, as America has fallen in love with crossover SUVs.
The new RAV4 hybrid is posting some impressive fuel efficiency numbers for a SUV. The RAV4 hybrid model gets 34 mpg in urban driving and 31 mpg on the highway. The standard gasoline engine RAV4 gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
The RAV4’s engine is known as an AWD-i. It consists of a 150 horsepower, 2.5 liter engine and a 141 horsepower permanent magnet electric motor up front, and a 67 horsepower electric motor in the rear.
On the road, the 2016 RAV4 hybrid offers a smooth ride. Acceleration is good, and while braking is a little rougher than on a standard model, the difference is only barely noticeable.
Toyota Tweaks for 2016
Toyota’s RAV4 SUV has long been loved for its comfort, performance, and reliability. The new hybrid model is no exception to the RAV4’s great reputation.
The new hybrid RAV4 is part of the vehicle’s mid-life upgrade for the vehicle, which started its most recent design generation in 2013. Toyota designers made a few exterior changes for the 2016 RAV4. It has more angular headlights and a larger grille, and the rear of the vehicle now sports pinched taillights.
On the inside, Toyota stuck with the RAV4’s winning formula, making only a few tweaks here and there. The hybrid version is only available at the RAV4’s upper trim levels, which also include creature comforts such as soft-touch dash materials and a few other amenities. The hybrid version of the RAV4 did give up about three cubic feet of cargo space to accommodate its electric batteries, but the vehicle still has ample space.
The 2016 RAV4 has a great safety record. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the vehicle a perfect five star rating for overall crash protection, four stars for frontal crash protection, and five stars for side protection.
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