What Do RAV4 Owners Say About the 2016 Model
Although the 2016 RAV4 costs little more than most rivals, it’s one of the most reliable small SUVs you can get. I asked TorqueNews long-term reporter John Goreham, who specializes in Toyota/Lexus coverage and has reviewed the 2016 Hybrid version of the Toyota RAV4 how he would characterize this SUV in one sentence. “For those who want a bit more power and a few more mpg Toyota also offers the RAV4 in a hybrid,” said Goreham in a written reply.
The LE FWD version of the 2016 RAV4 gets 26 MPG combined fuel economy. On average, it spends 3.8 gallons of gas per 100 miles. The gas mileage of the 2016 RAV4 LE in the city is 24 miles per gallon and 31 on highways.
It’s a little pricier than the comparable small SUVs, but you get good reliability, safety and a bit more power. In fact the hybrid version of the 2016 RAV4 is only 700 dollars more expensive than the non-hybrid version. Speaking and chatting with current RAV4 owners, most of them point to the hybrid version and say it’s well worth it. The price of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 LE FWD is $25,925, which includes all basic goodies and delivery processing and handling fee, which is 900 dollars.
When you drive, it you get a feeling that the car is built tough. In fact, many light armored cars are Toyota based.
“You can go Korean or a CRV,” tells me a RAV4 owner, named Bill. “I have a neighbor with a new CRV and it's already been towed back to the dealer for repairs,” he wrote. In fact I went ahead and checked the number of 2016 CRV complains vs number of 2016 RAV4 complaints on carcomplaints.com. If you check there, you will see that 2016 RAV4 has about 3 times fewer complains then the 2016 CRV.
“I bought a Rav4 recently before screening almost all vehicles in this segment, it was as close choice between Rav4 & HRV/CRV. The reasons, No maintenance, built tough, longer life, good fuel economy and better driving and seating comfort over its competitors. Also, you can break a good deal if you are a good negotiator,” wrote another owner named Nicholas.
Another owner Kenny says he purchased his 2016 RAV4 XLE in June and gives an interesting reason why he chose the 2016 RAV4 over its competitors. “I went with the RAV4 because it came with more options than some competitors. Example sunroof, navigation, large touchscreen entertainment screen with apps. A lot more options for this trim line in the price range I paid compared to other cross over vehicles in its class.” The LE FWD version doesn’t come with a sunroof as it’s one of the added benefits of the XLE version.
I am driving the LE version. I do love the space for the passenger areas inside the interior and still good trunk space. The SUV runs smooth and love how it handles the roads. It’s got a good 4-star rating for the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle crash. The car has lots of tech goodies, rides super smooth, plenty of power. Toyota has done very well with this vehicle.
You know, Toyotas might cost more upfront, but they are like the Energizer Bunny, they keep going and going. One owner told me that his RAV4 just reached 200,000 miles and it’s still nicely driving.
A new RAV4 owner Maddie writes. “Just bought mine yesterday, I decided on that because of the warranty and the upgraded features. It is very hard to get used to because I have never been in a car that done so much technology wise! The backseat has a lot of space also. I honestly cannot find one thing I would change about it not even the price.”
Indeed, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 has gone a long way since its first unveiling of 1995. So many upgrades and goodies and the addition of the hybrid version in 2016. RAV4 has really gotten better with each new generation update. No wonder this SUV has remained a long time favorite among SUV drivers due to its character.