Exploring the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid


Thanks for taking a moment for watching our walk-around of the all new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. Special thanks to Internet Sales Manager Penny Andersen for giving us a tour of the RAV4.

We wanted to take a moment and look a little bit closer at some of the features Penny mentioned in the video.

One of the first things that Penny talked about was the AWD-i. This is system is a little different than a traditional AWD. According to Toyota “The system looks at the driver demands and the steering-wheel position to anticipate wheel spin and engage the rear wheels before the fronts even start to slip.” This allows greater flexibility in the split of power between the front and rear.


Another big feature Penny touched on was the available Toyota Safety Sense P (TSSP). This is comprised of several different systems working together to help keep you and your family safe on the road.


-Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection: This system has a forward facing radar that scans the road ahead. Audible and Visual Warnings go off when the system is activated. If necessary the vehicle will help with braking.

– Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist: Perhaps you take your eyes off the road for a brief moment. Be honest, it happens to all of us. The system can detect painted line markings on the road. If you start to drift out of your lane, the vehicle will alert you.

-Auto High Beams: We have all been guilty of this “driving sin”. Forgetting to turn off your high beams when another vehicle is coming in the opposite direction. A camera  detects an on coming vehicle’s headlights and will switch automatically from high to low.

-Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: This system detects the speed and distance of vehicle in front of you and maintains a preset following distance. When traffic clears, the system will accelerate back to speed.

While not apart of Toyota Safety System, another cool safety feature is the available Bird’s Eye View Camera. The camera provides a Perimeter Scan, a live rotating 360 degree view of surrounding area.


The biggest feature is of course the Hybrid system. This is the 8th hybrid vehicle in Toyota’s line. The 2016 Hybrid RAV4 features a 2.5L 4 cylinder DOCH 16 valve with Dual VVT. It has a 194 net system hp. The 2016 Rav4 Hybrid is also rated at a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) With an estimated 34/31/33 mpg (City/Highway/ Combined) you gain approximately 7 mpg gallon more over a traditional gas 2016 RAV4.  If you ever wondered how a Toyota Hybrid system works, check it out Here.