Toyota is expanding its electrified lineup in Canada with the addition of the RAV4 Hybrid for the 2016 model year.
The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid joins six other hybrid or plug-in hybrid models in Toyota's Canadian lineup, and uses a Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive that has been "uniquely optimized" for the compact SUV.
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Powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine and electric motors at each axle, the RAV4 Hybrid makes a combined 194 horsepower and 206 lb.-ft. of torque.
That power is put to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission.
Fuel economy numbers provided by Toyota claim the RAV4 Hybrid burns 6.9 L/100 km city and 7.6 L/100 km highway, the latter of which is the same as the given numbers for front-wheel drive, gas-powered RAV4s.
The city fuel economy is more than 3 L/100 km better than gas-powered versions of the popular compact crossover.
With two trim levels available, the RAV4 Hybrid starts at $34,465—about the same price as an all-wheel drive RAV4 SE with the 2.5-litre four-cylinder under the hood.
That model, the XLE, features dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, tinted windows, push-button start and a power tailgate.
The $38,265 RAV4 Hybrid Limited adds a host of standard equipment, including a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, a backup camera, leather seating and LED exterior lighting.