Toyota RAV4 – Overview – CarGurus

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Toyota RAV4


About the Toyota RAV4


A game-changer since its inception, the RAV4 helped establish the SUV automotive segment and was the first of its type to hit highways around the An acronym for Recreational Active with four-wheel drive, the combines a car-like ride the visibility, cargo space, and offered by a typical SUV. In the RAV4 has been warmly by reviewers and owners for its sporty nimble handling, solid good fuel economy, and interior, with optional for up to seven passengers.

Despite the generally stellar reviews, the version might seem to some, as it nears the end of its third Despite a mid-generation refresh in the RAV4’s current design back to 2006, an eternity in fast-moving automotive market.

Add in the high-profile recall of the RAV4, as as other Toyota models, due to with the accelerator pedal, and it seem the RAV4 would an uphill climb when it to attracting buyers, given its automotive segment. But the RAV4 to prove popular, due in part to the positive reputation it has maintained its introduction.

For 2011, the RAV4 to come in Base, Sport, and trim levels, with front- or four-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder provides power for all trims, although who require more power can to a 269-hp, 3.5-liter V6, which 246 lb-ft of torque and makes the one of the quickest crossover SUVs today. The four-cylinder posts economy numbers of 22/28 while the V6 manages numbers of for front-wheel-drive trims.

The RAV4 draws positive from owners and reviewers in about every area, its refined exterior styling, ride, quick steering, performance (even with the engine), and functional interior, by a two-level dash, easy-to-use and comfortable seats. However, agree the RAV4 could use an especially in its exterior styling. In its optional third-row seat a tight fit for adults, and many find the rear door on the wrong side for U.S.

Toyota will roll out the RAV4 in time for the 2012 year. In addition to making a few styling updates, giving the a sleeker, more aerodynamic the automaker will unveil a Hybrid. Mileage estimates for the are rumored to exceed 30 mpg on the highway.

In some rumors point to a electric RAV4 in the next few which makes sense, early in its production history, the was available as an electric vehicle, it was sold only as a fleet and very few made their way to the

Model History

Loosely on the Corolla platform, the Toyota debuted in the U.S. with the model year, although it appeared in Japanese showrooms in after an eight-year-long gestation During that development a concept version of the RAV4 was at the Tokyo Motor Show in and a close-to-production version was displayed at the show in 1993. The final version was shown at the Geneva Auto Show in 1994.

The development period was perhaps since the RAV4 was fairly edge for its time and helped a new automotive segment, the crossover combining elements of a full-size, SUV with those of a smaller, sedan/wagon.

In its initial incarnation, the was powered by a 120-hp, 2.0-liter engine, which mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an four-speed automatic. The RAV4 on a car-like fully independent with unibody construction, in good handling. Performance however, as it took a full 10 for the RAV4 to accelerate from a to 60 mpg.

With its short to larger SUVs) yet wide the RAV4 exhibited good and maneuverability. It was available with front-wheel drive or full-time drive. Although not designed for off-roading, owners could manual-shift four-wheel-drive trims a center differential lock, improved off-road performance. and four-door versions were with a side-opening tailgate at the

Front airbags were and owners could add antilock as an option.

The RAV4 received a facelift in 1998, with a new front end, headlights, and In addition, the four-cylinder engine a boost in power, to 127 hp, although and reviewers alike still about sluggish acceleration. revisions inside included a new steering wheel and updated systems.

Toyota also a new two-door soft-top convertible as well as a four-door RAV4L Edition, with leather and unique exterior colors. The hardtop trim disappeared the lineup in 1999, leaving the four-door and two-door soft-top

For its second generation, which with the 2001 model the RAV4 grew in length by 1.3 inches and in width by about 2.4 resulting in more interior Exterior styling updates a more muscular appearance, a more rigid body and a suspension resulted in an improved, comfortable ride, with flexing. The RAV4 also a new all-aluminum, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with variable valve which helped improve efficiency.

Horsepower jumped by 21 hp to 148 hp, and the was designated as a low-emissions vehicle for in California.

Inside, front-seat grew by about 3 inches, and increased as well in the front, both headroom and legroom by about half an inch for passengers. The rear seat and split 50/50, and slid and forward to increase cargo Owners again could front- or four-wheel-drive configurations, as as such options as antilock and a power moonroof.

In 2004, the RAV4 received a new four-cylinder engine, which 161 hp. Toyota also made a few exterior styling updates, included new circular foglights into the front bumper. added air conditioning, power mirrors, and its electronic stability system, called Vehicle Control, to the RAV4’s standard list, while options front-seat side and side-curtain

An optional L package added features as power door and an upgraded six-speaker AM/FM system with both CD and players. Leather upholstery was available as a separate option.

the third-generation RAV4 debuted in the lineup expanded to include Sport, and Limited trim Again, all came with front-wheel or four-wheel drive. The grew in length by more half a foot (6.7 so owners could squeeze in an third-row bench seat as an boosting seating capacity to A new 3.5-liter V6 powerplant, putting out 269 hp, the lineup, giving the RAV4 the many were seeking.

In the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder a bump in power to 166 hp. Both linked to a manual transmission as Toyota dropped the manual from availability.

Sport trims came a sport-tuned suspension, while V6 included hill ascent and control as a standard feature. The seat continued to slide and forward, while the optional bench seat folded the floor. Owners of the Limited could add such options as upholstery, heated front and a DVD entertainment system.

In 2007, side airbags and side-curtain joined the standard equipment for all trims, while in 2009, a refresh included updated and rear ends, a new front and a larger spoiler for the Sport as well as a number of new standard and features, including push-button a rear-view camera, and a navigation

Used Versions

Though the has changed minimally over the since its introduction, prospective do have some points to when shopping for a used One of the primary changes involves the size, which expanded in to include room for an optional seat, pushing seating to seven passengers.

Owners large families or those who haul large amounts of will want to look for versions, which offer up to 73 feet of cargo space both rows of seats down. In addition, only the RAV4 offers an available V6 which provides plenty of for owners who require it.

A high resale value for the will push budget-minded to earlier generations, where can still find good Although some consider the trims equipped with the engine underpowered, older of the RAV4 have plenty of to prospective buyers, including handling and functional interiors. The RAV4, with its 148-hp and muscular exterior, provides the bet for owners who seek a RAV4 at an price.

Prospective buyers something a little different have several options. Sport trims, with sport-tuned suspensions, exhibit handling characteristics, while Limited trims should to those who seek a more ride. Owners planning to the RAV4 for off-roading should four-wheel-drive V6 trims, as well as equipped with hill and descent control.

Similarly, seeking a more open-air experience should look for the soft-top trims from the generation, produced in the late

Finally, given Toyota’s recall woes due to problems accelerator pedals, buyers who safety paramount will to ensure any late-model trims planning to purchase have had the updates made. In addition, all produced after 2007 equipped with a wide of standard safety features, as electronic stability control, brakes, and a full range of including front-seat side and airbags.

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