Toyota RAV4 SE

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The RAV4 is so popular each year for Toyota, most changes are subtle. The nose has been redesigned for 2016 and all lights, including headlights, are now LEDs.

Our review RAV4 is the loaded SE version with all-wheel-drive.

While the SE model can get pricey, Toyota does a good job of dressing up the interior. I like the dash padding and a wide shelf for sunglasses and phones. The leather-covered buckets are excellent. $3,000 dollars for an advanced technology package adds electronic driving aids, navigation, and premium sound.

A feature you don’t see on many smaller crossovers is reclining row 2 seats. It gives a lot more flexibility for passengers and cargo. No row 3 seating is available, but cargo capacity is among the best in class. Under floor offers a spot to hide valuables.

Only one engine is offered: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 176 horsepower. When the RAV4 is loaded to the max, that’s not much power. Handling is good for a crossover and road noise is acceptable.

So, for the 2016 Toyota RAV4 SE all-wheel-drive, I say thumbs up to the cargo space, comfort, and utility. It’s thumbs down to no bigger engine option.

I averaged about 24 miles per gallon. The as-tested sticker price is $34,595.

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