New Toyota RAV4 2024 Review

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Toyota RAV4 2024 – While the 2024 Toyota RAV4 isn’t the funniest compact SUV from the driver’s point of view, its practicality and efficiency boost its value. The entry level model is affordable, but very basic, but the mid-range reminders offer plenty of features that customers in this segment will appreciate. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard as are the eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available, but you won’t see even the roughest model in the RAV4 setups sidling up to the 4Runner or Tacoma on the trailhead. Toyota is augmenting a host of standard RAV4 driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control. Upscale trims come with luxury features such as faux leather upholstery, heated seats, and a JBL stereo system. Those who want even greater efficiency can go with the RAV4 Hybrid, which we are considering separately.

What’s new for 2024

The RAV4 receives the most minor updates for 2024: More aggressive-styled headlamps are now offered on all but the base LE models, Calvary Blue is the new color available, and LED fog lights are now standard on XLE Premium, Limited, Adventure, and TRD Off-Road trims.

It’s hard for us to resist the cool new TRD Off-Road, but we would practice restraint and choose the mid-range XLE Premium. It provides an abundance of standard equipment not offered by the LE and XLE, such as 19-inch wheels, a power elevator, two-zone automatic climate control, a fake leather upholstery and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift handle. Toyota makes its suite to help drivers and function standards across the lineup, so there’s not much reason to go with a pricier trim – unless, of course, you really want airy seats.New Toyota RAV4 2024 Review

Toyota RAV4 2024 – Engine, Transmission and Performance

The Toyota RAV4 2024uses a 203-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive remains standard, but Toyota now offers a choice of all trim-dependent wheel drive systems. The adventurous model we drove was equipped with an all-wheel drive system that can break the rear axle when needed to improve fuel economy. On our test track, the RAV4 proved to be faster than its predecessor: We recorded a 60 mph time of 8.0 seconds with the 2019 model and 8.3 seconds with 2018. The dutiful four-cylinder can be noisy, especially when trying to cross the highway while transmitting on our test vehicle he apparently stumbled when called for cancellation. The RAV4 Hybrid – reviewed separately – burst even faster than 7.4 seconds and 60 mph of time in our hands. The RAV4 feels solid and stable when cruising the interstate and holding its own when thrown into the twisty part of the road, but it doesn’t inspire the same confidence as our segment favorite, the Mazda CX-5.

Toyota RAV4 2024 – Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Toyota RAV4 2024 has earned fuel and economy class estimates from the EPA. RAV4s with front wheels can handle up to an estimated 35 mpg on the highway. The All-wheel-drive Adventure delivered 32 mpg for us on our 200 mile highway fuel-economy route, 1 mpg laughing from the EPA rating estimates for that trim. This puts it on its neck and neck with the Honda CR-V and represents a huge improvement over the 2018 Adventure model (which managed only 25 mpg), but is surpassed by the Volkswagen Tiguan, which delivered 33 mpg. For more information on RAV4 fuel economy, visit the EPA website.

Toyota RAV4 2024 – Interior, Comfort and Cargo

Inside, the RAV4 prioritizes ergonomics and cubby storage. A useful shelf can be used for a shelf and tweaks a large center console. The version we tested shows a mixture of soft-touch surfaces and beautiful plastic. The basic trim, called the LE, is quite spartan and comes with patchwork seats, a plastic steering wheel, and single-zone manual climate control. In the next step of the XLE, Toyota introduces several advantages, but the XLE Premium has much more to like, including fake leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift button, and a sewn-on and padded dashboard and armrest with center console. The RAV4’s rear seats fold easily, and bend to an almost flat position, opening the cargo compartment. We fit 10 of our carrying cases behind the back seat and 22 with the folded ones. The Nissan Rogue matches the RAV4 here, but the Subaru Forester beat it one in every metric.New Toyota RAV4 2024 Review

Toyota RAV4 2024 – Infotainment and connectivity

The lower trims come with a 7.0-inch touch curtain, but the 8.0-inch can have a start at the XLE level. The infotainment system includes 4G LTE mobile hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. JBL premium audio system, navigation and wireless charging panel for smartphone are optional. If you cool down for a trim level without nav, don’t bother. All other models come with a Scout GPS Link, which allows compatible smartphones to display the map and turn-by-turn directions to the ribbon screen.New Toyota RAV4 2024 Review

Toyota RAV4 2024 – Safety and driver assistance functions

The Toyota RAV4 2024 setup boasts a range of standard driver assists. Customers can also add blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alerting, but these features cost extra on the base model. For more information on the results of the RAV4 crash test, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Toyota RAV4 2024 – Warranty and maintenance coverage

Toyota’s warranties are on the industry line with three years of bumper coverage and five years for the powertrain. All models come with two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance – a rarity in this segment.

When Toyota launched its GR performance sub-brand in 2019 with the new Supra, the Japanese car giant set a clear mission to transform back into an exciting brand.

New Toyota RAV4 2024 Review

This mission has so far been a great success with the GR Supra and GR Yaris impressing enthusiasts, and the upcoming GR 86 coupe is on track to continue this tradition.

While these cars are really exciting they are not what you would call ‘practical’, so we decided to take a look at what the original GR version of the Toyota RAV4 version will look like.

I’m breaking the look of GR RAV4:

Our GR RAV4 render closely follows the classic ‘GR look’ seen on the GR Yaris and the look-oriented GR Sport option package available on the C-HR small SUV.

When designing the front end, our designers tried for a large and wide grille at the front to provide adequate cooling for the more powerful engine and drivetrain.

This side-by-side area is a set of deep chopped side pods that not only show a menacing look but also house LED fog lights as a practical touch.

The RAV4 is highly praised, including by Chasing Cars, for its adequate driving dynamics common to Toyota’s models based on the TNGA platform, but the high-riding features of the SUV still let it down in the corners.

For that reason, we lowered the driving height to a moderate level and added larger wheels wrapped in low-profile sticky tires to improve the feel of the road and reduce body rolling.

With more power on board we would also expect the tires to grow slightly wider to 245mm at the front and at the bottom to provide extra edge at the corners.

What’s under the hood Toyota RAV4 2024?

As previously mentioned, the current RAV4 is a surprisingly fast thing underfoot and this is especially true when light for a hybrid.

The RAV4 Hybrid equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder petrol engine paired with two front electric motors produces around 160kW in its current form, or 163kW if you add in the modest third engine on the back which is fitted to all wheel drive models.

To cut this we see two viable options for the RAV4, let’s start with the first and most logical: the cuckold shoe in the tuned version of the hybrid drivetrain beefer that can be found in the Kluger large SUV.

The Kluger uses the same 2.5L four-cylinder engine paired with a more powerful hybrid system that powers up to 184kW with a torque figure that Toyota didn’t specifically list.

Unlike the RAV4, the third engine on the back is quite strong in the Kluger, and can add 40kW / 121Nm to the mix in a split second, which should improve driving dynamics and make it more efficient on slippery roads.

To be competitive in this space, the RAV4 should make at least 210kW / 380Nm, with upcoming rivals such as the Volkswagen Tiguan R set to produce a healthy 235kW / 420Nm from its two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol

But what about the Kluger 3.5L V6 option that makes 218kW / 350Nm and has mechanical all-wheel drive? Well, maybe it’s possible, considering the common platform, but an engine of that size could be too big to fit in a small RAV4.

In a smaller chassis Kluger’s hybrid or V6 drivetrain would make the RAV4 much faster but maybe not fast enough to be worthy of the GR badge, get into its fancier twin Lexus NX 450h +.

Armed with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine paired with a plug-in hybrid system instead of the traditional self-charging hybrid system as in the RAV4, NX 450h + power steps quite a bit up to a rumor of 231kW.

Power is sent to the CVT transmission before it reaches all four wheels through a combination of petrol engine and electric motors. The SUV is even equipped with a flexible vector torque system that can redirect power to any ax in the fly.

The Powertrain is not only pretty beef but provides up to 75km of range just for electricity (WLTP), allowing most to complete their daily journey without the use of a drop of gasoline.

Or, Toyota could play a flat stick and simply drop a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol three-cylinder from a 200kW GR Yaris into RAV4’s engine drive.

Will Toyota actually make the GR RAV4?

The short answer is that it seems unlikely – but Toyota doesn’t rule it out either.

In an interview with the American publication MotorTrend earlier this month, Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota North America, said GR will focus on cars not on SUVs.

“I don’t want to eliminate anything, but not at first. The important thing is an exciting ride. When you go to the dry ones, you have a higher center of gravity, and that is simply not victorious,” said Mr. Carter.

“Nothing is off the table, but at first you can expect it to be a car-based vehicle. There’s still a market for it.”

So for now at least, we may not see the GR RAV4 but it’s important to note that Toyota didn’t say no and with the success of the RAV4 in Australia and around the world it would be logical to extend the reach to please new customers.