2016 Toyota RAV4 gets a refresh and a new hybrid version

Toyota continues its quest to offer hybrid versions of many of its models and now the RAV4 SUV can be included in that list. Toyota has revealed the updated 2016 RAV4, which sees the introduction of the model’s first hybrid version.

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Toyota continues its quest to offer hybrid versions of many of its models and now the RAV4 SUV can be included in that list. Toyota has revealed the updated 2016 RAV4, which sees the introduction of the model’s first hybrid version.
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As expected the RAV4 Hybrid borrows its powertrain from the Lexus NX hybrid, which means that it gets a 2.5L four-cylinder that’s mated to an electric motor. Toyota hasn’t released the specs for the RAV4 Hybrid, but does state that it will be more efficient and powerful than the standard gasoline-powered RAV4.

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The RAV4 is available in four grades: LE, XLE, Limited and the new SE. The hybrid is only offered in the XLE and Limited trim levels, which both will be equipped with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System.

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The 2016 RAV4 gets several styling updates that include an updated front fascia with LED headlights. The updated styling extends all the way back to the lower rocker panel and the rear of the 2016 RAV4 gets a new bumper and lift gate with available LED taillights. Inside the interior gets more premium materials, revised cup holders, new interior colors, an available 4.2-inch TFT display and an available 7-inch touchscreen.

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The new SE trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, SofTex seats, a different bumper and lower grille design, paddle shifters and the 4.2-inch TFT display.

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Source: Toyota