2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to Debut in New York
Powertrain Expected to Mirror Lexus NX300h
Toyota, the purveyor and advocate of all things hybrid, offers a fuel-sipping electrified variation of many of the models in its lineup, but one that has been conspicuous by its absence for many years has been the RAV4, the brand’s best-selling SUV. That looks like it’s about to change starting with the 2016 model year. Toyota has announced that it will unveil the RAV4 Hybrid at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Specs and details have not yet been released, but it’s believed the hybridized RAV4 will utilize the same 2.5L Atkinson-cycle I-4 and Hybrid Synergy Drive system as its uptown sibling, the Lexus NX300h.
Having recently driven the NX300h, we found its performance slightly less than inspiring, but the NX is considerably chunkier than the RAV4, so there’s a good chance the RAV4 will be several hundred pounds lighter than an equivalent NX. With total system output of 200 hp, performance will likely be respectable but less than thrilling. Due to its expected lighter weight, we expect fuel economy will be slightly better than the NX but probably not quite as high as the Camry Hybrid, which shares the same powertrain. The front-drive NX300h is rated at 35 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, while the Camry is rated at 43 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.