2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Feb 2016Enlarge Photo
A few random notes from our time with the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid:
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Our test car was a 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XLE, painted in a vivid color called "Electric Storm Blue"--perhaps the brightest blue car we've ever tested.
With a base price of $28,370, it came with only three options. Two were minor: roof-rack cross bars ($315) and mudguards ($129).
The big-ticket item was the so-called Convenience Package, at $2,060, which bundled a host of electronic active-safety options (blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sonar, pre-collision sensing with pedestrian detection, and radar-based adaptive cruise control among them).
2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid - 2015 NY Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
It also included the Entune premium audio system with navigation, the Entune Multimedia bundle with a 7-inch color touchscreen, split-screen display, and backup camera, and a host of other infotainment functions.
With a mandatory delivery fee of $900, the bottom line on our hybrid RAV4 as tested was $31,774.