I just traded in my 2013 RAV 4 XLE for the 2016 RAV 4 SE model. I love the performance of this vehicle. It handles much better taking corners than the XLE. I got the metallic gray with the black and cinnamon leather interior. I feel like I am sitting in a sports car because the front seat hugs your body, making it very comfortable. I also received 3 months of satellite radio for free, which is great! The tires are wider and the rims are really sporty! I only had my car for 2 days so I don't have any complaints! Very satisfied customer!
First off let me say that Toyota make pretty durable vehicles, this is my second one and the first one ran until the 250,000 mark. I bought my 2013 RAV4 XLE at my local Toyota dealership and was impressed by the design and interior; both really well done.I have two kids and this vehicle really has the space to pack around the family on vacations and your day to day travel. All in all the only complaint I have is, I wish the RAV4 had a little more power, when you put this vehicle in sport mode it feels like it has more acceleration and is much more responsive on the gas. If you prefer to save more gas then the ECO mode is great just you can feel the vehicle bog down. Town and short trips I suggest the sports mode, long travel eco will allow you to pass at least one more gas station if you had it in sports mode on the highway.
I love the storage in my 2011 RAV but they took it all away when they took the tire off the back. They took away drink holders, tightened the door pockets, replaced the locking glove box with the sliding second glove box with a non-locking glove box, and eliminated the shelf in the console. All of these features help me keep my car tidy. I will be very disappointed when I am forced to give them up. The 2013 seems to be a safer vehicle, but it isn't fun to drive anymore.