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The Toyota RAV4

Written by

Shaun McGowan

The RAV4 is a popular midsize SUV and a direct competitor of the Subaru Forester, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

The range is quite complex, with the vehicle being available in five different spec levels, together with conventional internal combustion engines, or hybrid, both with 2WD (front drive) and all-wheel-drive powertrains available.

The popular hybrid variants offer up to 163 kilowatts of combined power from the 2.5-litre internal combustion engine and battery/electric motor system.

Cheat sheet

Power

2.5L AWD Hybrid delivering 163kW

Towing

1,500kg braked towing capacity

Adventurous design

Cruiser and Edge models add a 360 degree view monitor

Drivetrain

4 x dynamic drivetrains available in Hybrid or petrol.

The RAV4 Engine

The entry-level internal combustion engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder offering 127 kilowatts and 203 Newton-metres, while the higher-grade internal combustion RAV4s employ a 2.5-litre four with 152 kilowatts and 243 Newton-metres. The 2.0-litre engine is packaged as a front-driver, while the 2.5 is AWD.

Hybrid RAV4 with front drive loses only 3kW of peak power (maximum of 160kW), but the AWD hybrid employs a second electric motor system to drive the rear axle, and this has significant implications if you plan on doing any significant towing.

Towing power

The 2WD Hybrid RAV4 offers a maximum tow capacity of just 480kg, which is very low for a vehicle in this class. Hybrid AWD models (and 2.5-litre internal combustion-only RAV4s) will tow up to 1500 kilograms, however. The 2.0-litre internal combustion-only RAV4 with front drive is somewhere in the middle of these extremes, with a maximum tow capacity of 800 kilos.

The upshot of this is that, if adventuring involving a camper-trailer, a boat or a caravan is something you are considering, it will probably be prudent for you to choose one of the AWD models - either hybrid or conventional.

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Toyota RAV4 specs

GX

  • 2.0L Dynamic Force direct injection petrol engine with 6-speed auto CVT, or 2.5L Toyota Hybrid System with auto CVT
  • 2WD (Petrol/Hybrid) or electric AWD (Hybrid)
  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ , 6-speaker audio with DAB+ Digital Audio
  • Toyota Safety Sense

GXL

  • 2.0L Dynamic Force direct injection petrol engine with auto CVT, or 2.5L Toyota Hybrid System with auto CVT
  • 2WD (Petrol/Hybrid) or electric AWD (Hybrid)
  • 18" alloy wheels
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, Satellite navigation with 6-speaker audio with DAB+ Digital Audio
  • Toyota Safety Sense including Active Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian (night and day) and Cyclist detection (day only), Lane Departure Alert, Lane Trace Assist , Auto High Beam and Road Sign Assist

XSE

  • 2.5L Toyota Hybrid System with auto CVT
  • 2WD (Hybrid ) or electric AWD (Hybrid)
  • 18" alloy wheels
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, Satellite navigation with 6-speaker audio with DAB+ Digital Audio
  • Toyota Safety Sense including High-Speed Active Cruise Control (ACC), Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Alert and Road Sign Assist

Cruiser

  • 2.0L Dynamic Force direct injection petrol engine with auto CVT, or 2.5L Toyota Hybrid System with auto CVT
  • 2WD (Petrol/Hybrid ) or electric AWD (Hybrid)
  • 19" alloy wheels (18" black gloss alloys on 2.5L Hybrid)
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, 9-speaker JBL® premium audio with DAB+ Digital Audio
  • Toyota Safety Sense including Active Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian (night and day) and Cyclist detection (day only), Lane Departure Alert, Lane Trace Assist, Auto High Beam and Road Sign Assist

Edge

  • 2.5L Dynamic Force direct injection petrol engine with 8-speed auto, or 2.5L Toyota Hybrid System with auto CVT
  • AWD (Petrol/Hybrid)
  • 19" alloy wheels
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, 9-speaker JBL® premium audio with DAB+ Digital Audio
  • Toyota Safety Sense including Active Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian (night and day) and Cyclist detection (day only), Lane Departure Alert, Lane Trace Assist, Auto High Beam and Road Sign Assist

Your RAV4 options

GX

Built with Toyota's latest tech and safety features, the GX is a practical all-round SUV.

GXL

Look cool and stay cool with the GXL. Enjoy 18" alloys, privacy glass and dual zone climate control.

XSE

Our brand new addition to the range. Luxurious features like ambient lighting as well as unique styling afford the XSE a more premium feel.

Cruiser

Enjoy total luxury with a stylish leather-accented interior, 18" alloy wheels (19" available on petrol variants) and even more driver tech.

Edge

We've combined a confident new design with our full suite of premium features, to deliver the total RAV4 package.

What you'd get when you salary package a RAV4

  • Fleet discount
  • Registration and CTP
  • Fuel Card
  • Tyres
  • Repairs and Maintenance
  • Roadside Assist
  • Comprehensive Insurance

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In summary

It’s also worth knowing that the Hybrid RAV4 available in Australia is the kind designed just to capture some kinetic energy that would otherwise be lost during braking - it stores that in the battery and uses it for propulsion later. If you are reading overseas RAV4 reviews, you need to be aware that the RAV4 Prime Hybrid, which has a much bigger battery, better performance and which can be recharged by plugging in at home, overnight, is not available in Australia.

About the Author

Shaun McGowan from money.com.au

Shaun

McGowan

Shaun McGowan

Shaun is the founder of Money.com.au and is determined to help people pay as little as possible for financial products. Through education and building world class technology. Previously Shaun co-founded CarLoans.com.au and Lend.

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