Interior space still a bit narrow; no V6 engine; rough ride with 18-inch wheels; towing ability limited to 1,500 pounds
The RAV4 makes four big changes for 2016. One is the addition of a fuel-efficient new hybrid model. Another is the newly available Toyota Safety Sense package that features several modern new safety gadgets. Third, there's a sporty new SE model. Finally, the SUV sees updated styling inside and out. See the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models for sale near you
For the money, we think the RAV4 Limited is the best pick in the lineup. Yes, it's the most expensive, but it includes just about every feature as standard equipment for a mere $800 premium over the SE. It's essentially a luxury SUV with more affordable pricing, along with compact-crossover fuel economy and dimensions. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale
The RAV4 is offered in four trim levels: base-level LE, midlevel XLE, sporty SE and upscale Limited.
Shoppers who choose the RAV4 LE ($25,200) get 17-in steel wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, air conditioning, power accessories, a CD player, a split folding and reclining second-row seat, a 6.1-in center-mounted touchscreen system, a rearview camera, power-folding mirrors and a USB/iPod interface.
Step up to the RAV4 XLE ($27,100), and you get 17-in alloys, a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and roof rails.
The sporty SE ($31,500) adds 18-in alloy wheels, revised exterior styling, automatic LED headlights, a power driver's seat, synthetic leather upholstery with heated front seats, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, steering-wheel paddle shifters and memory settings for the driver's seat.
Topping the RAV4 lineup is the Limited ($32,300), which loses the SE's sporty styling cues but keeps its equipment. It also adds chrome wheels, adaptive cruise control, auto-dimming mirrors, a 7-in touchscreen, a navigation system with smartphone integration and the Toyota Safety Sense package, which includes forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist and automatic high beams.
In terms of options, the RAV4 offers several. Highlights include a navigation system, a JBL sound system, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and Toyota's Entune infotainment system, which boasts HD Radio, voice recognition, Bluetooth streaming audio and app connectivity. Safety options, such as forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist and automatic high beams, are included in the new Toyota Safety Sense package.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||2 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/25,000 Miles|
2017 Ford Escape -- The Escape offers a wider variety of engine choices than the RAV4. It also boasts better gas mileage and a more modern interior, but the RAV4 has more interior room and costs a bit less when comparably equipped.
2016 Honda CR-V -- The CR-V has slightly better fuel economy than the RAV4, along with more power, plus it offers the option of genuine leather seating. But the CR-V doesn't have as much legroom or cargo space as the RAV4.
2016 Hyundai Tucson -- The recently redesigned Hyundai Tucson is an excellent compact crossover that touts a long list of equipment, reasonable pricing and strong fuel economy. It's definitely worth a spot on your shopping list.
Used Toyota Highlander -- If you like the RAV4 but want a larger vehicle, you might want to consider the Toyota Highlander, which offers a comfortable ride, Toyota reliability and 3-row seating. They're expensive when new, but a used model is a worthy competitor to the RAV4.