TORRANCE, California – The new 2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE Hybrid is on sale now at Toyota dealerships, starting at $29,270, including a $900 destination charge.
The top-of-the-line 2016 RAV4 Hybrid AWD Limited model is priced at $34,510, including shipping.
Car shoppers who value fuel efficiency have been awaiting the arrival of the RAV4 Hybrid, the only gasoline-electric compact SUV in the segment. The Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, two key RAV4 competitors, are not offered as hybrid models.
The RAV4 is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market.
The EPA said the RAV4 Hybrid received fuel economy ratings of 34 mpg in city driving, 31 mpg on the highway and 33 mpg combined for both RAV4 Hybrid models.
The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said gasoline prices remain relatively low. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline stood at $2.21 on Tuesday, compared to $2.92 a year ago.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 features a mild refresh with the key additions of a sporty SE trim.
The SE model includes a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission. The cabin is dressed up with twin dials with red illumination, a black headliner and sport floor mats.
The base 2016 RAV4 gas model is priced at $25,250, including shipping for the LE two-wheel-drive model. Pricing reflects a $670 increase over the 2015 RAV4.
Toyota’s top-of-the-line 2016 RAV4 all-wheel-drive Limited starts at $33,810, including shipping. The new RAV4 SE starts at $30,165, including shipping.
Other RAV4 competitors include the Chevrolet Equinox and Mazda CX-5.
Edmunds says: The 2016 RAV4 lineup expands with the addition of the hybrid and SE models, offering something for everyone.