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2014 Toyota RAV4

Monday, July 15th 2013. | Toyota

2014 Toyota RAV4 – It’s the way the auto trade works: each technology of a product must be bigger, extra technologically adept, get better gasoline mileage and be more attractive.

So while Toyota 2014 RAV-4 could have been the massive gun in the mini sports activities utility segment, it wasn’t sleek and sexy, so Toyota’s made it more attractive.


This RAV-4 design adjustments revolve across the front finish, which has been elongated to fulfill European pedestrian safety standards. They took the spare tire off the back and put it under the cargo ground, pushing the again of the automobile rearward, and within the greater trim levels, added a power liftgate that lifts up out-of-the-method like the most other compact utes.

You possibly can even customize this liftgate: you’ll be able to set its top in order that it doesn’t hit, say, your garage door railings. After getting the hatch open and the rear seats down, you’ll find total cargo house of 73.four cubic feet. With the rear seats up, you continue to get a reasonable 38.four cubic feet.

The car seems modern, though there’s not quite a bit to distinguish it. More enticing for 2014, yes, but it surely doesn’t break any new floor, and perhaps it should. Competition on this phase is fierce.

The phase can be large enough that there are niches for varied merchandise to fill – sporty mini ute, inexpensive, conventional and economical, to name a few. Toyota owns the “traditional” niche, so possibly they don’t really feel the necessity to push technology very far, as a result of that’s not likely their customer base.

However Toyota can’t get this fourth-era RAV-4 improper so they gave it more functionality and space to maintain its competitiveness. Launched in 1994, 1.7 million of them have been bought, and 80 percent of these sold within the U.S. are nonetheless on the road. It’s additionally offered in 150 international locations, so it must meet standards in lots of cultures.

The interior is dramatically completely different and extra stylish. There’s depth to the dashboard and instrument panel that offers it substance. An interestingly strong horizontal component that just about appears like a shelf begins on the passenger’s door, then crosses the middle console dramatically.

One other fascinating function: there’s no leather-based seat possibility for the RAV-4. You will get Safetex, which is artificial leather, in the high model, which has Safetex integrated with fabric for its seating, but the other two fashions get material interiors.

The usual audio system is a six-speaker with most standard options. The Premium offering is an 11-speaker JBL system. Both systems do the job.

All RAV4 styles get a typical backup digicam, however to get the provided Blind-Spot Warning system, it’s important to buy the Limited mannequin, and add it as an option.

Both entrance-wheel-drive and a rear wheel-drive models are new this year, but Toyota will no longer offer a six-cylinder engine in the RAV-4. All fashions might be powered by a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine. It’s a good engine, and I doubt any buyer will really feel a lack of power.

The engine produces 176 hp. and 172 lbs.-ft. of peak torque. To help with the all-vital gas effectivity ratings, Toyota’s replaced the present era’s ancient four-speed computerized with a six-pace automatic transmission. It’s a smooth shifter, and its electronically controlled shifting does a superb job of discovering the appropriate gear with out lots of searching.

There are each Eco and Sport modes on all models and so they actually feel different. On my short drive, working with the Eco button pushed most likely improved mileage as a result of it reduces throttle response, changes shift points and even modifies air conditioning settings.

The Sport button reconfigures shift factors, how lengthy the engine holds in a gear and even the steering reaction, so driving was extra spritely than most owners will ever need to experience. There was an excellent degree of feedback from the steering wheel.

The RAV-4 incorporates a MacPherson front suspension setup, and a trailing arm, double wishbone system within the rear, which makes for a cushty, yet succesful ride. If you happen to opt for the all-wheel drive, and lots do, you may have a front-wheel based drive system that uses toque management to move energy to the rear wheels when it senses it should. The utmost power that can movement by way of the rear wheels is 50 percent.

There are three models. The entry-stage mannequin is the LE; its value begins at $23,300. The volume mannequin XLE, which Toyota estimates will make up some forty % of sales, starts at $24,290. The top-of-the-line RAV-four Restricted’s worth begins at $27,010. These prices are for the entrance-wheel-drive models. All-wheel-drive fashions add $1400 to each trim line.

Toyota says they anticipate to sell 200,000 vehicles in model 12 months 2013. 2014 Toyota RAV-4 major buyer is young households and couples. This new generation should greater than fulfill their expectations.

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