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Toyota Introduces New RAV4 SE Trim for 2016

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Last week at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), all eyes were on Toyota’s latest hybrid model, based on the RAV4 crossover. But the addition of a new hybrid engine was only one of the announcements Toyota made about the RAV4. The second announcement might have been overlooked in favor of the hybrid news, but it’s important nonetheless.

2016 Toyota RAV4 SE

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 SE

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For the 2016 model year, Toyota has significantly refreshed the RAV4. One of the things to come out of this refresh is a brand new trim level—SE. The 2016 RAV4 SE is a sportier version of Toyota’s compact crossover, broadening the vehicle’s appeal to an even larger audience. The RAV4 SE will feature sporty 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head and taillights, a new bumper and lower grille design, SofTex seats with contrast stitching, a choice between black or black/tan interior colors, paddle shifters, a black headliner, gunmetal accents, and a 4.2-inch color multi-informational display.

2016 Toyota RAV4 SE

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 SE

These features will be unique to the RAV4 SE model (with the exception of the SofTex seats, which are also available in the RAV4 Limited model). Additionally, the RAV4 SE will come with an optional two-tone paint design with Classic Silver Metallic paint on the lower half of the vehicle, and a choice between Super White, Black Sand Pearl, and Electric Storm Blue on the upper half.

In addition, all 2016 RAV4 models will come with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which is a new, affordable safety package that will be offered on all models in the Toyota lineup by the end of 2017.

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    The SE trim level sounds like a great buy IF the proximity key is included. Toyota has been putting proximity keys in their highest end trims. Hopefully, that changes for the 2016 model.