If you are searching for an affordable compact crossover SUV that can zip around traffic and into tight parking spaces, return impressive fuel economy, and provide the latest safety features, then the 2016 Toyota RAV4 should be at the top of your list of vehicles to test drive! Toyota's latest version of the RAV4 is right-sized for so many lifestyles, from active singles to small families and more. Perhaps that is why the RAV4 continues to be such a popular option in the growing crossover segment. If you are near Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, or Northridge, make the short trip over today to see a 2016 RAV4 in person at Ventura Toyota. You can find a new 2016 Toyota RAV4 in Ventura right now, by shopping our online inventory, too.
Before you visit our Ventura location, why not learn more about the new RAV4 and how this popular Toyota crossover compares to one of its chief competitors, the new Honda CR-V?
Toyota likes to give drivers plenty of options on its vehicles. That's why the 2016 RAV4 is offered with two powertrain choices: a standard gas-powered engine and a new hybrid option. The standard engine of the RAV4 is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder that generates 176 hp and comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The RAV4 Hybrid takes RAV4 efficiency even higher, returning an exceptional 34 city, 31 highway, and 33 miles per gallon combined fuel economy rating!* This crossover not only caters to the economical side of you with it supreme fuel economy, but also to your sporty side, thanks to its sport mode.
The Honda CR-V has a reputation for being a bit sluggish in terms of performance, but Honda has made improvements to its powertrain over the years to try to remedy this. Every CR-V comes equipped with a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that provides ample power for daily driving, just don't expect it to be charging any mountain passes anytime soon. The Honda CR-V is an adequate vehicle that neither impresses nor lets down drivers in terms of performance.
The Toyota RAV4 continues to impress with its safety record, as it has been awarded with a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This stylish crossover comes standard with eight airbags, including front passenger knee airbags to further protect your body in the rare incident of a head-on collision. Car shoppers can also opt for a RAV4 that is outfitted with the Toyota Safety System which includes a slew of features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure alerts, and automatic high beams. With the new RAV4, Toyota has designed a crossover that can respond to problems even before you realize there is one! The 2016 RAV4 model is also available with an innovative feature that allows for 360 degree viewing of your surroundings by utilizing four mounted cameras.
The CR-V has also received a Top Safety Pick+ award, but with a few key differences from Toyota's crossover. First off, the Honda crossover comes with just six airbags, compared to the RAV4's eight. The CR-V is also available with a lane keeping assist feature similar to that of the RAV4, as well as adaptive cruise control, but these features are reserved for top-of-the-line models. Schedule a test drive of the RAV4 at Ventura Toyota in Ventura, CA to explore its smart safety and driver assist features.
The RAV4 recently received a significant update to its design, inside and out. Its sleek, modern design shares styling cues with other Toyota vehicles, but adds its own flair to the mix with its aggressive front grille and rear spoiler. Its sporty alloy wheels only add to the curb appeal of this sleek crossover. Inside the cabin, an available 7-inch color touchscreen display and comfy seats add convenience and comfort. The rear seats can be folded down, thanks to its 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat, and can provide more cargo room for those long weekend road trips.
While the Honda CR-V has grown over the years in overall dimensions, its overall styling has remained quite similar. A new, larger grille and more chrome accents stand out as highlights of its exterior design. Inside the Honda, the cabin is a bit more understated when compared to its rival from Toyota, so the interior you prefer will come down to your preference for style or subtlety.
Standard features are where it is at with these crossovers, since they provide the best value at their base prices. With the 2016 RAV4, you will get a slew of standard amenities like power door locks, power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, LED cabin lighting, as well as a color touchscreen display. Of course, you can personalize or customize the RAV4 further with higher trim levels or optional packages.
The 2016 Honda CR-V crossover comes with similar standard features to the RAV4, with many of its higher end optional features coming at a higher price than that of the Toyota crossover. For exceptional value and desirable features, choose the Toyota RAV4.
While you now have detailed information on both of these popular crossovers, the best form of research is to get behind the wheel and take them for a test drive. To take a shiny Toyota RAV4 for a spin, visit Ventura Toyota today. You can shop our supreme selection of new RAV4s and other Toyota vehicles here on our website as well. While browsing our website, you can also get pre-approved for a new car loan, shop our new car specials, and value your trade-in vehicle. Here at Ventura Toyota, we proudly serve not only residents of our Ventura community, but also our neighbors near Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Northridge, and beyond. Visit us today and drive off in a shiny RAV4 tonight!
*2016 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.View Inventory