Toyota’s been leading the gas-electric hybrid market since 2000 with over 3.5 million hybrids sold globally. The result has been unanimous as other automakers have created hybrid versions of their popular vehicles in order to compete. Now Toyota is adding an eighth hybrid to its lineup.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has made its debut and runs on a full hybrid powertrain. Available in both front- and all-wheel drive, the RAV4 Hybrid is both powerful and fuel efficient.
The front wheel drive model runs on a 2.0-liter engine capable of 143 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive model runs on a 2.0-liter gasoline engine capable of pumping out 151 hp and 143 lb-ft of torque.
The RAV4 Hybrid also boasts better performance than non-hybrid models in addition to best-in-class fuel economy. The hybrid model hits 60 mph in 8.1 seconds while non-hybrid models take up to nine seconds.
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid’s ad campaign shows how extreme the model is. One ad depicts the RAV4 Hybrid thrown in with lumberjacks. Two other ads will feature a pack of wolves and Amazon tribe.
Toyota has always been a leader in the hybrid segment. Now, the Japanese carmaker has become a leader in the safety category, as well. During the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debut, Toyota not only introduced the first hybrid in the crossover segment—it also introduced a new, affordable suite of safety technologies that is sure to make a big impact on the industry.
The RAV4 Hybrid showed off its innovative powertrain, which combined a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two motors, while also showcasing Toyota’s brand-new Toyota Safety Sense program. This new program is a suite of safety features that will keep both you and your passengers safe. It includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic Hi-Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control all for the extraordinarily low price of just $500.
Along with its innovative powertrain and safety system, the RAV4 Hybrid also offers an All-Wheel-Drive system for those who plan on going off road while being eco-friendly. If you are interested in learning more about the innovative Toyota Safety Sense program or the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid crossover, contact Bill Walsh Toyota today.