When you’re considering your next vehicle, there are a lot of factors that come to mind, and since you’ll ideally be driving this thing for a long time, you want to hit all the big marks. If you’ve set your sights on the compact crossover market, chances are you’re looking for something that’s got that family-friendly blend of a car-like feel with plenty of cargo space at your disposal. Capability may also factor in – perhaps you’re thinking an AWD option might be nice.
Enter the Rav4. Here’s a crossover that helped define the now-ubiquitous class, giving people the sort of spacious, dependable, and efficient option they didn’t even know they were missing. Ever improving and evolving, the Rav4 has come a long way since its 1995 North American debut, and it’s back for the new model year with a brand new option: a hybrid powertrain. Wondering how the numbers stack up in terms of the 2016 Toyota Rav4 fuel economy for AWD, FWD, and hybrid models? This handy chart should give you a quick glimpse:
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Toyota Rav4 FWD vs AWD
If you’ve excluded the hybrid option for one reason or another, then you’re looking at whether to go for the FWD or AWD regular gas engine model. When it comes to the fuel economy factor, we think the All-Wheel Drive option actually does a pretty good job of staying competitive with its Front-Wheel Drive counterpart with just a few miles per gallon difference in both city and highway conditions.
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What you’re probably considering more at this point is how to weigh out the additional cost of an AWD with the confidence it gives you on the road when things get slippery – and that really depends entirely on your personal preference and budget. We’re happy to help you make that call here at our dealership if you’re in the Grand Junction area.
Does the Rav4 Hybrid Come in AWD?
Does it ever! In fact, for the time being AWD it is the standard and sole option for the 2016 Rav4 Hybrid. Depending on how this model does, it could be reasonably anticipated that Toyota will introduce a FWD hybrid Rav4, but for now you’re going all-out or not at all!