Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine
Transmission/drive: 8-speed automatic transmission
Fuel economy: 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway/29 mpg combined
Alternative: Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-trail, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson
New crossover Toyota RAV4, like its predecessors, is designed on a full-drive platform. There are four different configurations available for the buyers: Standard (basic version), Comfort, Style, and the flagship - Exclusive.
The appearance of the car has become more resolute and presentable. We can say that this is an elegant SUV that fits perfectly into the environment of city streets. A very interesting detail is the square wheel arches, wonderfully in tune with the angular lines of the body. Now it looks “muscular”, powerful and well presented.
Rear windows have increased in size, and this has improved field of view.
The Toyota RAV4 cabin is very different from the interior of the previous models. It has become much more smart, elegant and comfortable. The increase in wheelbase allowed making the interior more spacious.
In the design of the driver's seat we can see some sports touches. In the dashboard the large display of the Etune 3.0 infotainment system stands out. It has a higher resolution and speed of response. A special monitor is also built into the mirror. It shows video from the rear view camera.
The new interior has many sockets and USB connectors. A socket is even in the trunk. The central console has a built-in box for storing important items, a large niche for a smartphone and several cup holders.
The seats have an advanced design and provide increased comfort. Depending on the vehicle equipment, they may have ventilation and heating systems.
Infotainment has WiFi, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay. Audio and climate control buttons have an elegant rubber coating.
The TNGA modular platform has not only increased body rigidity by 57%, but also has significantly improved the car's aerodynamics, while the rear multi-link suspension has improved the car’s handling and made it move smoother. Optimum dynamics is also achieved by reducing the ground clearance.
Side mirrors are slightly lower than the previous models, and this improves the view of the road.
The hybrid model accelerates to 100 km / h in just 7.8 seconds, the base model requires 8.1 seconds.
According to the EPA, fuel economy is 5.7 liters per 100 km on the highway; 6.3 liters in city mode; 6 liters in the combined cycle. This is one of the best results in this price segment.
Due to the TNGA platform, the center of gravity of the car went down lower, which made the car more stable and maneuverable. At the same time, the ground clearance is large enough, and Toyota RAV4 cars can be called excellent off-road vehicles.
Transmission provides modes Normal and Sport.
Configurations Adventure and Limited have the system AWD, which differently distributes torque to each of the rear wheels. This greatly improves the grip and the car moves without problems on such complex surfaces as wet asphalt or liquid dirt. When the car drives on a flat, smooth road, the AWD system automatically shuts off the rear axle, which provides significant economy of fuel. If, however, a front axle slip is detected, then the AWD redistributes the torque to the rear axle.
The basic equipment of all Toyota RAV4 models includes the Multi-Terrain Select system, which provides the “Mud & Sand”, “Rock & Dirt” and “Snow” modes. A modification Adventure also has an assistant for descending from a steep slope.
The car has a 2.5 liter gasoline engine Dynamic Force with variable valve timing VVT-iE. The power of this design reaches 200 horsepower. Those buyers who want to purchase the most environmentally friendly car are offered a model with a hybrid powertrain that has a THS II system, an ECVT electronic transmission and All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence (AWD-i).
Gearboxes can also be different: continuously variable version, 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-band automatic transmission.
Convenient cruising control, a rear-view camera, a marking tracking system, an automatic braking system provide easy driving as standard.
The luggage compartment has become slightly smaller compared with previous models. Its volume is about 570 liters. But on the plus side there are important improvements in it. Now in the luggage compartment there is an additional outlet, thanks to which you can use a car refrigerator, a pump for pumping the rear wheels, a car vacuum cleaner and other equipment.
False floor panel can be slightly lowered, and then the depth of the trunk will be increased.
In the more expensive vehicle configuration trunk has an electric drive and a sensor that allows you to open the trunk without using your hands.
The new Toyota RAV4 is primarily intended for young people with families and who love outdoor activities. The car moves equally well around the city and off-road, so you can drive it to work, to the beach, to picnics, and even to the mountains for an excursion.