It’s hard to believe that the current Toyota RAV4 is the fifth-generation of the SUV with the first-generation launched in 1994.
The all-new Toyota RAV4 has raised the bar for SUV performance, safety, technology, style and refinement and is the first Toyota hybrid SUV for the Australian market.
With the option of 2WD and AWD systems the powerful and efficient Toyota Hybrid System in the new RAV4 continues to drive Toyota’s spirit of adventure.
The new RAV4 has a better driving position and improved dynamics due to its lower centre of gravity and greater torsional rigidity. The adoption of a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform results in a longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks for stable, confident driving while shorter overhangs enhance new RAV4’s ability to overcome rugged terrain.
With these enhancements the RAV4 is far superior to its predecessor and drives like no model before. It goes, it stops and it can hold the line on the road. While it doesn’t have a decent engine note, the lack of noise inside means the you can hear your music clearly.
A new 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder engine features in both petrol and hybrid models to meet the demand of responsive, yet fuel efficient driving. The hybrid version is equipped with a continuously variable transmission which is actually capable in everyday driving.
Being a hybrid there is plenty of power when the foot goes down. The power is almost instant and when taking off from a stationary position you will not be left wondering what happened. The power delivery is smooth and if you want to drive to a “greener” standard, the dash will tell you what to do.
The new RAV4 features a more rugged exterior with an aggressive grille, fog light surrounds, large over-fenders and unique wheel design. Compared to older versions the new model has a lot sharper edges and is more prominent in appearance. It really has style and a more modern feel without overdoing the lines.
The black wheels really set it apart. While many SUV’s can’t pull off the black wheels the RAV4 really can and it looks sportier than it actually is.
The advanced multimedia system with steering wheel controls incorporates full Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM/DAB+ radio, satellite navigation and voice recognition with all information displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen.
The new RAV4 comes standard with new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection. Its equipment includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, autonomous emergency braking, all-speed radar cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist and automatic high beam.
The rear load space has been extended by 65mm offering an increase in luggage capacity of up to a class-leading 580 litres compared with the previous model and features a clever two-level reversible floor for added functionality (not available with full-size spare wheel option).
Seven airbags, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitor, rear-cross traffic alert, reversing camera, and ABS with vehicle stability control and active cornering assist, further add to the new RAV4’s impressive safety credentials.
Car and Bike News Opinion
The new RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid is a good looking SUV and has even better fuel efficiency than some smaller hybrids. It goes a lot better than we were first expecting and for the price the value is there.
As an everyday car and one to take on weekends away, the RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid is one worth considering.