2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Starts at $29,270, Gets 33 MPG Combined

Yet another hybrid model is joining the Toyota lineup in the form of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, which accompanies a refresh for the compact crossover. This new gas-electric version costs just $700 more than the equivalent gasoline-powered RAV4, and offers an 8-mpg bump in combined fuel economy according to the EPA.

Available in XLE and Limited trims, both of which come standard with all-wheel drive, the RAV4 Hybrid starts at $29,270 with destination. The uplevel, $34,510 RAV4 Hybrid Limited adds equipment like leather seats, a premium audio system, and active safety features including blind-spot monitoring and pre-collision braking.

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The RAV4 Hybrid uses a similar powertrain to the Toyota Camry Hybrid, combining a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder with an electric motor, with an extra rear-mounted electric motor providing all-wheel-drive capability. Total system output is 194 hp, 18 hp more than the non-hybrid RAV4, and EPA ratings for the hybrid are 34/31/33 mpg city/highway combined.

The rest of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 lineup also receives a freshening, with slightly tweaked styling front and rear. The interior is also updated with new display screens and some revised storage bins. The base price of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 LE with front-wheel drive goes up $620, to $25,250, and a new sport-oriented SE trim joins the lineup with a starting price of $30,525. As before, adding all-wheel drive to any trim costs $1,400 extra.

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