If you’ve got to drive an SUV Crossover you might as make it one that is fun to drive while serving all the Crossover requirements of space, comfort and versatility. Looking for one that fits the bill? Try the 2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE.
On the outside the RAV 4 has an updated face that gives it a more modern look, but the inside remains unchanged with it spacious feel and low floor for easy loading.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a five-passenger compact SUV available in LE, XLE, SE and Limited trim levels. This review will focus on the XLE trim.
The XLE includes satellite and HD radios, traffic and weather information, Siri Eyes Free for iPhones and the Scout GPS Link navigation smartphone integration app, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, a sunroof, a height-adjustable power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, more aggressively bolstered front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Optional on the XLE is the Etune Premium Audio package (included on my test model) adding a bigger touchscreen, nav system and smartphone app integration. The XLE’s Convenience package bundles those features with keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors and the Safety Sense package.
Making the RAV4 go is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 176 horses and 172 pound-feet of torque. Mileage estimates are 24/city, 31/highway and 26/combined mpg.
The RAV4 received five out of five stars for overall crash protection in government crash tests. Frontal protection scored 4 stars and side protection 5 stars.
The interior of the RAV4 is anything but boring with a modern-looking dash and easy-to-use controls. Seating in the front is plenty comfy with lots of leg and headroom. Back seat passengers won’t complain as there is plenty of room for even 6-footers.
Cargo capacity is generous too with 38.4 cubic feet with the seats up and 73.3 with them down. It also has a low loading floor for easy loading of heavy objects.
Driving the RAV4 is a pleasure with an easy feel while cruising. Cornering is true and firm and acceleration is good.
Looking for a crossover SUV with some style? Give the 2016 Toyota RAV4 XLE a try.