2016 Volvo XC60 vs Toyota RAV4 Comparison

2016 Volvo XC60
2016 Toyota RAV4

2016 Volvo XC60

Horsepower:

240 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

Transmission:

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power seats:

Standard

Anti-theft system:

Standard

2016 Toyota RAV4

Horsepower:

176 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

172 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

Transmission:

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power seats:

Available on other styles

Anti-theft system:

Optional

2016 Volvo XC60 vs Toyota RAV4

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The compact SUV sits in a wonderful niche between large but cumbersome full-size SUVs and the sporty but rather small sport sedans. It combines the utility and space of the former while still having the exciting driving experience and good economy of the latter. It’s perfect for moving large cargoes off road, taking the kids to school and everything in between. Dominant in the segment are two cars that represent diverse visions of how a compact SUV should look. The Volvo XC60 is a European car that is focused on refinement, driving experience and safety, while the Toyota RAV4 is designed by the Japanese for utility and reliability. So how does the 2016 Toyota RAV4 match up to the 2016 Volvo XC60?

Performance

A compact SUV, despite its name, is not a small car and needs a powerful and robust power plant to deliver the proper driving experience. Both cars offer plenty of powerful options to pick from. The RAV4 offers two engines: a standard gasoline engine doing 176 horsepower and a hybrid engine that produces a combined 194 horsepower. The XC60, however, easily outclasses its Japanese competitor. Its weakest engine option is a 2-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that outputs 240 horsepower, while its most powerful is a 3-liter turbocharged and tuned six cylinder putting out an impressive 325 horsepower. Both cars use a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Eco modes to maximize either power or gas mileage.

Features

The difference in design philosophies between the two cars really strikes home when comparing their dashboards. The Toyota’s dash and center console are filled with little buttons and indicators which would be overwhelming. The Volvo interior design, on the other hand, is very simple and modern. Many unnecessary buttons are hidden away and gone are distracting bits of shiny plastic and metal. Likewise, the cars’ feature sets differ widely. Every XC60 comes standard with sunroof, Bluetooth®, HD and satellite radio and power seats, with most other options being added in pre-set packages. The base model RAV4, on the other hand, comes with very few standard features, requiring one to move up to the higher trim levels. Power seating, a standard feature on the Volvo, is only available in the highest Limited and SE levels on the Toyota.

Safety

One of the top cited reasons for purchasing an SUV is for the additional safety those large cars offer. Both the Toyota RAV4 and the Volvo XC60 score highly from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, though the Volvo comes off a little better in the balance. The RAV4 earned five stars from the NHTSA on side collisions, but only four stars for both the front and rollover tests. The Volvo, on the other hand, earned five stars across the board, with the exception of the rollover test, where it matched the Toyota’s four star rating. The IIHS chose the RAV4 as a Top Safety Pick, but the XC60 was chosen for the more exclusive Top Safety Pick Plus category on the basis of its active accident prevention technologies like the Blind Spot Information System and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection.


In every category, the 2016 Volvo XC60 dominates the 2016 Toyota RAV4. It is faster, safer and has more features. So don’t wait; come down to Capital Volvo and experience the excellence of the Volvo XC60 for yourself.

* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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