2016 Toyota RAV4 Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Roomy interior for people and cargo
- strikes a good balance between ride comfort and secure handling
- well-sorted tech interface.
- No engine upgrade option
- trails class leaders in fuel economy and driving dynamics.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Leo J. T.,08/03/2016
Limited 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The Rav4 limited is a rare compact in that it is comfortable for long drives, both front and rear. Braking is about average as is the shift of the transmission. Road noise is average and some holes in the road were felt with the 18 inch tires. Emergency handling is great as I unfortunately had the experience of finding out. A truck pulled out in front of me, I was at about 55mph and the swerve I took to avoid the crash was quite radical and the Rav 4 held the road and felt as if it was in control. The EPA estimates of 23 city and 30 highway were lower than actual mileage. I regularly get 26 mpg city and easily 38 mpg highway. It should be noted that I drive gently with a light foot on the pedal. The technology takes some time to master especially the navigation system, it is confusing at times, too many options, and when vehicle is in motion many options are grayed out and are unusable not only in navigation but other apps as well. My wife could not enter a point of interest in navigation where we wanted to stop on the way without pulling over to a complete stop. Toyota dropped the ball on this system and I would recommend not wasting your money and buying an aftermarket hand held unit such as a Garmin instead. The load floor at the rear is low making it easy to load heavy items and the cargo area is huge for a compact. If not for the navigation and some road noise, I would have given this vehicle a full 5 stars. The price I paid was $29,716 plus a $995 dealer fee.Try negotiating the dealer fee and even eliminating it at some dealerships. I used true car.com and offered the lowest price possible. I have now owned this vehicle for 15 months and have noticed one other issue. The automatic headlight on feature works well after dark but when the light is low such as dusk or heavy rain the lights must be turned on manually. Apparently the light sensor on the dash is not sensitive enough to low light.
XLE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The vehicle grows on me every time I drive it. I love the styling, the performance and the overall comfort. The rear seats recline which is nice for my grandsons when we are returning from skiing. Sport mode is quicker, but I have found the performance in Eco mode more than adequate. I am averaging about 26mpg and I use the gas pedal freely. The entertainment/navigation has a fairly sharp learning curve, but the dealership employs a guy to come to your house and show you exactly how to use it and once you learn to operate the navigation it works great! If you want a sportier SUV then maybe this is not for you, but I will trade a little sportiness for a quiet, comfortable ride all day long. I would have bought the LE but I like Alloy wheels which were not available on the LE, but it turns out I like the features that come with the XLE a lot!
XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
The Rav4 xle had the best interior and smoothest ride. Also had the most cargo area. Loved that leather wrapped steering wheel, too. (much better feel than all the other cars) Also more head and foot room in back seats. You can also adjust back seats. Tested Honda Crv, nissan rogue, ford escape, mazda cx-5, kia sportage and others.
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Over all the RAV4 is a great choice. I love the way it looks and I don't get to a light and see 3 others sitting there with me. It is quiet and comfortable to drive. I have only owned it 2 1/2 years and this is what I have found. The tech guys that did the instruments over did the MPG and MPH choices, there are 3. It tells you miles till empty and I am doubting the accuracy of that since I can only get a little over 12 gallons in when it says it is empty. They could have had a electronic read out of current MPH. I have the SE and that trim level does not have a compass built in or automatic head lights. My old 2009 Escape had both. I kind of expect that at that trim level I shouldn't have to pay $2500 to move to a Limited to get it. It is comfortable for a person my size but if you were large either tall or in weights it would be tight. I am not an aggressive driver and am getting 26-27 (summer), 22-24 (winter) MPG in the city 30-31 (summer), 27-29 (winter) MPG on the highway doing in the low 70's which is great.