2016 Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV review

When 2016 Toyota RAV4 comes to car markets it will have a difficult task to justify reputation of one of the first and most popular compact crossover SUV vehicles in the world. This crossover came out in 1994 and back then it was the only SUV looking vehicle that was built on unibody platform. Since then this vehicle went through 4 generations with fourth generation vehicle being released in 2014. The Toyota RAV4 2016 will have same engine like current model and probably it will be promoted on the next New York Auto Show.

2016 Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV review

2016 Toyota RAV4 redesign

Since the introduction of fourth generation RAV4, it received much different, more family oriented look. Although it was always a crossover SUV, this vehicle always came with exterior design features that emphasized its SUV characteristics. One of those features is the spare tire on the rear bumper, which is gone now in the attempt to make this vehicle more appealing to the family crowd. New look came with the influences from Toyota Highlander and Toyota Venza which is considered to be one of the most originally designed vehicles on American market with its combination of crossover and station wagon look. The upcoming 2016 Toyota RAV4 will come with just minor changes on its look because it was revamped in 2013.

2016 Toyota RAV4 crossover SUV review

2016 Toyota RAV4 interior

When it comes to interior first fourth generation models came with very limited and retro looking interior design. 2016 Toyota RAV4 is definitely going to be much more luxurious from the inside, we can expect much less plastic and more soft-touch materials, it is also going to come with redesigned seats, which will be little more supportive and will have new cloth upholstery in the lower trim levels and maybe even some leather in the higher trims. Last model came with very tasteful looking color scheme, two tone combination with double stitching; we hope that color design is going to come with Toyota RAV4 2016 as well.

Toyota RAV4 2016 interior

Toyota RAV4 2016 specs

One of the biggest mistakes of Toyota when it comes to this vehicle was the discontinuation of V6 engine models. These were replaced last year with only one four cylinder engine. This engine is able to make 176 horsepower and it is paired with six speed automatic transmission. It can also reach 60 mph in nine seconds, which is not bad, but definitely less than the result of V6 models available just a few model years back. It is too early to hope for the V6 return or the introduction of turbocharged engine for the higher trim levels. This is the second year of the fourth generation crossover, and these changes are not going to come before mid-generation upgrade in few years, and maybe not even then. Only novelty for Toyota RAV4 2016 could be some innovations in hybrid version but it is model for itself.

2016 Toyota RAV4 release date

2016 Toyota RAV4 release date and price

There are no relevant information about the 2016 Toyota RAV4 price or release date. We can expect this Toyota crossover SUV to be promoted on 2015 New York Auto Show, and it will probably arrive in the showrooms in the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. When it comes to price we hope that Toyota RAV4 2016 is not going to be more expensive than the current one, which can be bought for $23,680 as a base version.

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