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Welcome. I'm pretty new too and also have a Rav( well, ours is 2009), Sport with SAP.
Here's what I'm doing. I got a set of OEM takeoff wheels from a Rav4 Limited, 17", and am currently shopping on Craigslist for 225/65 R17. I was going for new Nokian Hakkapelliita 'R'...I liked the low rolling resistance and was also looking at Gislaved but the price was getting a bit rich for me. I came down to earth and decided that Consumer Reports third choice, the General Arctic Altimax would do fine. I ordered a set locally, $675 m&b, but am desperately trying for a last -minute Craigslist deal for some almost new tires. I just missed a couple of deals so I still have a glimmer of hope.
Anyway, double check that 16" wheels will actually fit and not hit the brake calipers. Btw, when you change from stock wheel/ tires to something else, you want to make sure the outside wheel diameter of the new tire is within 3% of the stock. Good luck.
PS, yeah, the Blizzaks are available as RF. Prob not worth it... thing with rfs is that you are still going to f them up if you drive any distance... they are no miracle product... and that stiff sidewall makes for a stiff ride.
2009 RAV4 Sport 4WD V6 SAP