Toyota RAV4 Specifications
There are good reasons why the RAV4 is a perennial bestseller for Toyota—it's a practical and efficient SUV that appeals to your common sense. The 2023 RAV4 continues the tradition, with a cargo-friendly interior, an attractive base price, and sensible road manners. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder drives the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is somewhat poky, but fuel economy is good. A hybrid and a plug-in-hybrid powertrain are also available, but we review those models separately. The RAV4's rugged looks allow it to look at home among 4Runners and Tacomas, but even the most capable TRD Off-Road model isn't going to make it to the same remote locales as those more rugged off-roaders. The RAV4 is at its best when it's tackling more suburban tasks, such as daily commuting and trips to the home improvement store. Toyota includes a host of driver-assistance tech and desirable infotainment features as standard, which helps bolster the RAV4's value relative to its rivals.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2023 RAV4 comes equipped with a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic transmission, and standard front-wheel drive that can be swapped out for Toyota's all-wheel drive system dependent on the trim chosen. The Adventure model we drove included an all wheel drive system that improves fuel economy by disconnecting the rear axle when not in use. At our test track, we found that the RAV4 was quicker than its predecessor-- clocking in at 8.0 seconds with the 2019 model as opposed to 8.3 seconds with 2018's version of the car.
Although the dutiful four-cylinder can be noisy sometimes, like during highway-passing attempts, the transmission on our test vehicle seemed to stumble a little when asked for a downshift. The RAV4 Hybrid—reviewed separately—snapped off an even quicker 7.4-second 60-mph time in our hands; however, it doesn't inspire the same confidence as our segment favorite does, which is the Mazda CX5.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The RAV4's fuel economy is solid compared to other vehicles in its class. The front-wheel drive model can get up to an estimated 35 mpg on the highway, and the all-wheel drive model only uses 1 more gallon per mile driven than what was estimated by the EPA. However, there are some cars that still outperform the RAV4 when it comes to fuel efficiency. For example, the Volkswagen Tiguan got 33mpg during our test run; a full 2 gallons better than the RAV4 Adventure trim. If you want to know more about how different gas mileage for this car under various conditions.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The RAV4's interior is designed with ergonomics and cubby storage in mind. A spacious shelf crosses the dash, adding to the large center console. Our test model included a mix of comfortable surface materials and high-quality plastics. The LE trim, which is the most basic option, contains few luxury features: cloth seats, a plastic steering wheel, and manual climate control for one zone only.
On the next level up XLE, Toyota comes with a few bonuses, but there's much more to like on the XLE Premium. This level includes features such as faux-leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and others. The RAV4's back seats are easy to store away and they fold down nearly flat which opens up the inside of the car for cargo space. We were able to fit 10 carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat when it was upright and 22 when it was folded down—and this is just from our personal collection . Nissan Rogue did well in this area too, however Subaru Forester exceeded expectations by onefits in each area.
Which is more reliable Honda CR V or Toyota RAV4?
J.D. Power is a company that rates the reliability of products, and according to their ratings, the CR-V is just barely more reliable than the Toyota RAV4. J.D. Power doesn't only test vehicles itself to arrive at its conclusions; it asks owners of said vehicles to submit their experiences with any defects, malfunctions design flaws or other issues they may have experienced so as to get an accurate rating..
What year RAV4 has transmission problems?
Many vehicles between the years 2000 and 2006, with a 2.0 litre 1AZ-FE engine have had problems with their transaxle Automatic transmission—TOYOTA RAV4 included.
What is the major problem of RAV4?
According to Car Complaints, a website that collects car owner feedback, the most reported problem for the RAV4 is the excessive oil consumption found in the 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE engine.