For 2023, Toyota completely redesigned the Toyota RAV 4. The Japanese automaker has abandoned its previous rounder design for a squarer profile. The designers at Toyota were clearly influenced by the company’s robust SUV lineup, which includes the Tacoma midsize truck and the 4Runner SUV. Its striking hexagonal grille and angular, flared wheel arches are clear indicators of these design cues.
This makeover lends a sense of athleticism and daring to the diminutive Japanese softroader. The interior is the same, with an angular dashboard to match the rest of the car. The use of plush fabrics gives it a sophisticated air. The new Toyota RAV4 has a floating touchscreen like those found in modern tablets, as do other modern automobiles. Toyota has made various changes for 2023, the most notable of which being the elimination of Toyota RAV 4 models from the lineup.
A 2.5-liter A25A-FXS Dual-VVTi gasoline engine from Toyota produces 176 horsepower and 221 Newton-meters of torque; it is mated to an electric motor that generates 118 horsepower. In total, the system generates 215 horsepower. Continually variable gearbox and front-wheel drive are standard on all trim levels.
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Overview of the Toyota RAV4
The RAV4, now in its fifth generation, exemplifies Toyota’s current design philosophy. With the help of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, it has developed into a more refined and upscale crossover. The 2019 RAV4 now has enhanced manoeuvrability, power, and aesthetic appeal as a result.
Nonetheless, it has stayed true to its roots as a mode of transportation for those of us, young and old alike, who consider the great outdoors to be our true home. The new RAV4 for 2019 has a more athletic appearance thanks to its redesign. It has what Toyota refers to as a “cross-octagon” design, with a wide, wedge-shaped front and an octagonal back.
It stands out from the rest of the lineup with its distinctive top and lower grille. These higher and lower trapezoidal grille provide an intimidating frontal profile. The 2019 RAV4’s cabin has been designed with the customer in mind, with intuitive controls and simple electronics. The driver can choose between digital and analogue displays on the seven-inch multi-information display that makes up the instrument cluster.
For the driver’s comfort and convenience, an eight-way power seat is available, complete with memory and lumbar support. With a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 RAV4 is a formidable vehicle.
Not surprisingly for a design that is only three years old, Toyota has made little visual changes to the RAV4. Muscular, anime-robot lines on the flanks haven’t aged a day, and they look especially beautiful in Toyota’s distinctive Pearl White.
The long overhangs and relatively big and flat back panel feel a bit antiquated. The glowering grille isn’t for everyone, but it certainly grabs attention. This is a trademark Toyota design language that has been applied to the company’s other sport utility vehicles (SUVs), multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), and crossovers.
Chrome door pulls, gunmetal 18-inch alloy wheels, and a massive panoramic sunroof set the LTD trim apart. The other two upgrades are great, but I could do without the chrome.
The high-tech rugged theme works well in the interior. Maybe a bit too well. The dashboard makes the RAV4 look like it’s looking at you in a creepy, wary way. Most of the materials are pretty good. The dashboard is made of a soft, spongy material that looks like leatherette, and the plastics fit together tightly. Maybe too tight, because when we went over potholes, there was an annoying squeak coming from behind the instrument cluster that we couldn’t quite find. Not a deadly sin, but a strange annoyance in an otherwise high-end car.
Since this is a Toyota, there are lots of clever ways to store things, but there are no cupholders for the A/C this time. The cupholders are nice and big, and they are set up so that you can put your phone in them sideways. The main tray up front is wide enough for phones with a screen size of seven inches and has wireless charging. It’s not the fastest wireless, and you have to use a USB cable to connect it to the infotainment system, but it’s a nice addition to the kit.
The seats are generally comfortable, and the power driver’s seat has a lumbar support that can be adjusted. However, they don’t really stand out from other seats in the class. Still, there’s a lot of room for your head, legs and elbows everywhere, and the trunk is huge.
The back seats fold in half to make even more space, but they don’t fold all the way flat because the battery pack is under them. Still, there’s more than enough room for anything you might want to carry. Mountain bikes in pairs? No problem. A whole bunch of kids who fight? No problem. A dozen bags of stuff to bring to the job site? No problem. No problem at all.
How the engine works
The RAV4’s best trick is the Hybrid Synergy Drive, which will come in handy if you have to haul heavy loads. With a high-compression 2.5-liter petrol engine that makes 174hp and front and rear electric motors that add 118hp together, it can reach 100kph in a respectable 9sec.
If you flip the switch to “sport mode,” the time it takes to go from 0 to 100kph drops to an even more respectable 8.3 seconds. With almost all of the petrol tank full and a “green” engine. Few other cars can match that, and none of them can come close to the RAV4’s fuel efficiency.
The RAV4 isn’t quite as fuel-efficient as the Corolla hybrid, but the numbers it put up were still amazing. Even after hours of being stuck in Manila traffic at a crawl, the combined fuel efficiency is between 17 and 18 km/L. When I drove it like I usually do, I got somewhere between 23 and 24 km/L of gas mileage, with peaks of 30 km/L or more when I was able to charge the battery.
But I think the last one is cheating. That battery isn’t much of a power storage system. Instead, it’s a power management system that stores energy from braking, coasting, and even accelerating to use later. You can use the stored energy to run the car for 4 km on electric power alone, or you can use it to cut down on fuel use so that you can get over a thousand kilometres out of the relatively small 55-liter tank.
Ride and handling
Driving the RAV4 is a lovely way to travel a thousand kilometres in perfect comfort. Even though it has big 225/60 R18 Bridgestone Alenza tyres, the ride is soft. The noise from the road and wind isn’t too bad, and all of the controls have a slightly rubbery, sleepy feel.
If you do fall asleep while driving the RAV 4, the driving aids will keep you from getting into trouble. Even on winding roads, the aggressive lane-keeping system keeps the car in its lane, and the radar-assisted cruise control works from 100 mph all the way down to a stop.
When you’re not falling asleep at the wheel, the Toyota RAV 4 is, surprisingly, a little bit of fun. Even though the ride is soft and the tyres are dull, the car handles better than you might think. The electric all-wheel drive gives it a good balance, and the steering is more accurate than you might think. Even though the brakes aren’t as good as those on dedicated sports SUVs because of the regenerative braking system, the RAV4 is surprisingly quick in canyons.
Around town, driving the Toyota RAV 4 isn’t too bad. Big windows and cutouts in the side windows give a good view of the outside, but the tall nose makes it hard to get close to a wall. The RAV4 has cameras in the front and back as well as parking sensors, which makes it much easier to drive in tight spaces than even some smaller crossovers.
Crystal Shine are all available colours for the Toyota RAV 4.
- Attitude Black Mica
- Cyan Metallic
- Silver Metallic
- Red Mica
- Dark Gray Metallic
- Urban Khaki
- and White Pearl
One Last Thing
It might seem rude to complain about such a small thing on such a nice car, but when you have a car that is so well-made, the little things tend to stand out. Even more so at this price. Okay, you can get a “base” RAV4 for P400,000 less if you skip the leather, moonroof, 18-inch wheels, and active driving aids. But if you’re already spending over P2 million, why wouldn’t you splurge?
So the RAV4 won’t save you enough money on petrol to make up for its much higher price compared to many of its competitors. That’s not a big deal. In reality, most competitors with similar power and luxury already cost between P2.3 million and P2.5 million (like the CX-5 turbo), and cheaper diesel-powered 4×4 SUVs with borloloy cost about the same.
None of them can really compete with the RAV4’s combination of quiet competence, fuel efficiency, and great performance. And based on how reliable Toyota’s hybrid systems have been in the past, it’s a safe bet that none of them will give you as many trouble-free years.
There aren’t many cars that come close to being perfect, but for a lot of people, the RAV4 comes closer than most.