2016 Toyota RAV4

MSRP $24,350 - $32,910

Ranked #8 in Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2016 Toyota RAV4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Toyota introduced the RAV4 to offer the practicality of an SUV yet the frugality and easy-to-drive characteristics of a compact car. After being launched in 1994, the RAV4 picked up the pace in the market rather quickly owing to its immense value-for-money nature combined with Toyota’s bullet-proof reliability.

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Pros

Spacious cabin 

Generous amount of cargo capacity

User-friendly infotainment system

Excellent safety scores

Cons

No optional powertrains offered

Uninspiring driving dynamics and fuel economy ratings as compared to the rivals

What's New?

Redesigned exterior and updated interior

All-new SE trim now available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

108 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

172 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.8/11.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.7 in.

length

181.1 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

67.1 in.

curb weight

3455 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

73.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

900 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 @ 80 mph sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24 mpg/26 mpg/31 mpg mpg

highway range

492.9 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ Unlimited

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LE$24,350 onwards

XLE$26,270 onwards

SE$29,265 onwards

Limited$31,510 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Toyota RAV4 in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.6

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.1

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The 2016 Toyota RAV 4 comes with a redesigned exterior as well a reworked interior along with the introduction of a new trim level. The SUV is powered by a 2.5-liter powertrain which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The performance is not so inspiring yet it has good safety scores, a comfortable cabin, and more cargo space than most of its competitors.


8.0/10
Features

7.6/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.1/10
Safety


2016 Toyota RAV4 Features

8.0/10

There are four trims available: LE, XLE, SE, and Limited. A hybrid variant is also available. Standard features in the 2016 RAV4 include Bluetooth, voice recognition, a six-speaker audio system, and the Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen and a USB port. Available features include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an 11-speaker JBL audio system. An upgraded infotainment system is also available. It comes with a 7-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, HD radio, Siri Eyes Free, and smartphone app integration.

Trim

LE

XLE

SE

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$24,350

$26,270

$29,265

$31,510

MSRP (AWD)

$25,750

$27,670

$30,665

$32,910

Key Features

Projector-beam headlights with auto-off feature

Halogen projector-beam headlights with auto on/off feature

LED projector-beam headlights with auto on/off feature

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

 

Power outside mirrors with folding feature and blind spot mirrors

Integrated fog lights

LED Daytime Running Lights

Advanced Technology Package — Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, and Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation18 and App Suite

 

Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD

Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter

Driver and front passenger heated seats

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and folding feature

 

17-in. wide-vent steel wheels with wheel covers and P225/65R17 tires

17-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels with P225/65R17 tires

18-in. 5-spoke sport alloy wheels with P235/55R18 tires

Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

 

Tilt/telescopic urethane steering wheel with audio, Multi-Information Display (MID), advanced voice recognition, and Bluetooth hands-free phone control

4.2-in. TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) 

4.2-in. TFT Multi-Information Display (MID)

Frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver’s seat with seatback pocket; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

Fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver’s seat with sport bolsters and seatback pocket; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with sport bolsters and seatback pocket

SofTex-trimmed 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, power lumbar support, sport bolsters, and seatback pocket; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with sport bolsters and seatback pocket

SofTex-trimmed 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, power lumbar support, sport bolsters, and seatback pocket; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with sport bolsters and seatback pocket

 

Fabric-trimmed 60/40 split, reclining, fold-flat second-row seat with center armrest

Convenience Package — Smart Key System (XLE gas models only), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), front and rear parking sonar, Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and Toyota Safety Sense

SofTex-trimmed 60/40 split, reclining, fold-flat second-row seat with center armrest

Smart Key System with Push Button Start and remote power liftgate function

 

Entune Audio

Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

Entune™ Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App

Lane Departure Warning System

 

Backup camera with projected path

Height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection

Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)4 and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Universal Garage Door Opener 

We Recommend

The base LE is the most recommended one since it offers a plethora of features as standard along with some tasteful optional enhancements as well.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Engine and Performance

7.6/10

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 employs a 2.4-liter powertrain which puts out 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard but you can also equip the SUV with an all-wheel-drive layout as well. The motor is not as peppy as some rivals' turbocharged engines, and it's occasionally a bit loud when pushed hard, but it provides ample power and acceleration whether you're driving around town or on the highway. Under a full load, overtaking out on the freeways might take a wee bit of prior planning. The RAV4 can sprint from 0 to 60 in just 8.3 seconds and reaches the quarter-mile mark in 16.7 seconds. It is above average performance for such heft and similar to rivals in this segment. Braking is linear and it takes 125 feet to stop from 60 mph.

Models

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

MSRP

$24,410

$23,750

$24,045

$24,045

Engine

2.5L I4

2.5L i-VCT

2.4L I-4 16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC

2.5L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

176-hp @ 6,000 rpm

168 hp @ 6000 rpm

184 hp @ 6400 rpm

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

172 lbs.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

170 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

9.1 sec

8.6 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter mile

16.7 sec

16.8 sec

16.7 sec

16.6 sec

Top Speed (mph)

125 MPH

N/A

112 MPH

125 MPH

The Ford Escape has significantly lesser horsepower output than all the rivals here but trails the RAV4 in terms of torque output. The Honda CR-V dishes out a significantly higher horsepower and torque than the Toyota RAV4 but its performance numbers tell a different story. The Mazda CX-5 has the maximum horsepower and torque ratings here but fails to impress with its acceleration times.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 impresses when it comes to fuel economy. The front-wheel-drive variant returns 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive iteration will return about 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The SUV benefits from a sizable 15.9 gallons gas tank and offers some highly practical overall driving range figures.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

MPG (city)

23

22

26

24

MPG (highway)

30

31

32

31

MPG (combined)

26

25

28

27

Fuel tank (gallons)

15.9 

15.5 

15.3

14.8

Range (miles) (city/highway)

382/493

341/481

398/505

N/A

The Ford Escape has the least city mileage rating here but a marginally low highway mileage when compared to the RAV4. The CR-V truly impresses with its mpg figures while the Mazda CX-3 trails it closely.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Interior

8.2/10

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 interior can seat five people with its two-row seating layout. The cabin is crafted from high-quality material and oozes robustness. The front and rear legroom are enough and there is plenty of headroom for an average size individual. The design of the cabin is simple and practical with adequate storage cubbies. There is a decent amount of exposed hard plastic surfaces but as mentioned before, the overall quality is top-notch.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/57.3/42.6

39.9/56.0/43.1

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.7/57.1/41.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/55.4/37.2

39.0/55.3/36.8

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.0/54.8/39.6

Cargo Volume to rear seat up (ft.3)

38.4

34.3

39.2

30.9

Cargo Volume to rear seat folded (ft.3)

73.4

67.8

75.8

59.6

The RAV4 leads the class in cargo space, offering 38.4 cubic feet with the rear seats upright. You'll have 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is more than rivals like the Ford Escape. The swing-up door allows you to load up the cargo with ease. The Honda CR-V has the most practical and stylish cabin here and it also offers the maximum headroom for the front passengers as well.

Some interior features are:

  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Steering wheel paddle shifters
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering wheel
  • 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seat
  • SofTex upholstery

How intuitive is the 2016 Toyota RAV4’s infotainment unit?

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 offers a standard 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Toyota’s Entune interface. The user interface is snappy with crisp graphics and a straightforward layout. Some standard features on offer are Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, and an auxiliary audio jack among others.

Some standout infotainment features include:

  • 6.1-inch infotainment unit
  • CD Player
  • Aux Input
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • USB port and a media player interface

2016 Toyota RAV4 Exterior

8.0/10

The Toyota RAV4 exterior gets a mid-cycle refresh this year but its boxy design with a sloping front end carries over as it has been in previous years. In the front, you will see a grille that is much inspired by passenger cars while the rear fascia is still upright like the rest of the lineup.

Model

Toyota RAV4 LE

Ford Escape S

Honda CR-V LX

Mazda CX-5 sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

3455

3515

3307

3527

Length(in)

183.5

178.1

180.6

179.1

Width(in)

72.6

72.4

73.0

72.5

Height(in)

67.1

66.3

66.1

65.3

Ground clearance (in)

6.1

7.9

N/A

7.6

Wheelbase (in)

104.7

105.9

104.7

106.3

The Ford Escape gets the most simple and understated design here with minimal design cues and styling all around the car. It is also the most compact one among the rivals here as well. The Honda CR-V has a bold front-end design with a subtle aggressive touch to it while the Mazda CX-5 looks the sportiest one among the rivals here.

Some exterior features are:

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Integrated driver blind-spot mirror
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Roof rails
  • Height-adjustable power liftgate

2016 Toyota RAV4 Safety

9.1/10

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 gets a strong safety aspect and most of the safety features are standard in all the trims. To ensure the safety of passengers of RAV4, the SUV is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, Automatic High Beams and Blind Spot monitor are also available to reduce the chances of mishaps on the road. The NHTSA gave a perfect 5-star rating to the SUV while the IIHS gave the best possible “Good” rating as well.

Some standout safety features include:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Assist
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning

2016 Toyota RAV4 Final Verdict

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 SUV offers a complete package with a strong mileage and an adequately powerful powertrain along with a spacious and practical interior. Also, the safety aspect of the SUV is more than adequate for it to qualify as a trusted and dependable daily driver as well as a great family vehicle too.

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