2022 Toyota RAV4 review, prices and specs

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Overview

While the 2022 Toyota RAV4 isn’t the most fun compact SUV from a driver’s point of view, its practicality and efficiency reinforce its value. The entry-level model is affordable but very basic, but the mid-range finishes offer many features that buyers in this segment will appreciate. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available, but you won’t see the sturdiest model in the RAV4 range climb up to one either 4Runner or a Tacoma at the beginning of the path. Toyota bundles a number of standard driver assistance features into the RAV4, including adaptive cruise control. The high-end finishes are equipped with luxurious features such as leatherette upholstery, heated seats and a JBL stereo system. Those who want even more efficiency can choose a Hybrid RAV4, which we examine separately.

What’s new for 2022?

The RAV4 receives the maximum small updates for 2022: More aggressive style headlights are now offered on all but the base LE model, Calvary Blue is a new color available, and LED fog lights are now standard on XLE Premium, Limited, Adventure and TRD Off-Road trim.

Price and which one to buy

    It’s hard for us to resist the new TRD Off-Road, but we’ll practice in moderation and choose the mid-range XLE Premium. It provides many standard features that the LE and XLE do not offer, such as 19-inch wheels, electric tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob. Toyota makes its own suite of driving assistance functions standard across the range, so there’s not much reason to go with a more expensive trim – unless, of course, you really want ventilated seats.

    Engine, transmission and performance

    The 2022 RAV4 uses a 203-horsepower 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-wheel drive systems, depending on the set-up. The Adventure model we drove it was equipped with an all-wheel drive system capable of disconnecting the rear axle when needed to improve fuel economy. On our test track, the RAV4 proved faster than its predecessor – we recorded a 60 mph time of 8.0 seconds with the 2019 model and 8.3 seconds with the 2018. The diligent four-cylinder can be noisy , especially when passing on the freeway attempts, and the transmission on our test vehicle seemed to trip when called for a downshift. The RAV4 Hybrid – reviewed separately—Screw an even faster Time of 7.4 seconds at 60 mph in our hands. The RAV4 feels solid and stable when traveling the freeway and keeps pace when thrown into a winding stretch of road, but it doesn’t inspire the same confidence as our segment favorite, the Mazda CX-5.

      Real world fuel economy and MPG

      The RAV4 earned class-competitive fuel economy estimates from the EPA. Front-wheel drive RAV4s 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 shy of the EPA’s estimated rating for that trim. That puts him head to head with the Honda CR-V and represents a huge improvement over the 2018 Adventure model (which only managed 25mpg), but is surpassed by the Volkswagen Tiguan, which delivered 33 mpg. For more information on the fuel economy of the RAV4, please visit the EPA website.

      Interior, comfort and cargo

      Inside, the RAV4 prioritizes ergonomics and storage space. A useful shelf extends along the dashboard and complements the large center console. The version we tested featured a mix of soft-touch surfaces and beautiful plastics. The base upholstery, called LE, is quite spartan and comes with fabric seats, a plastic steering wheel and manual single-zone climate control. On the later XLE, Toyota offers some advantages, but there is much more to like about the XLE Premium, including faux leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, and a stitched and padded dashboard and center console armrest. The rear seats of the RAV4 are easy to stow away and fold down to an almost flat position, opening the cabin for cargo. We put 10 of our carry-on bags behind the back seat and 22 with the one folded. The Nissan Rogue matched the RAV4 here, but the Subaru Forester beat it by one in each metric.

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      Infotainment and connectivity

      The lower trim comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but it’s possible to have an 8.0-inch one starting at the XLE level. The infotainment system includes a 4G LTE mobile hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. A JBL premium sound system, navigation and a wireless charging pad for a smartphone are optional. If you opt for a trim level without a navigator, don’t worry. All other models are equipped with Scout GPS Link, which allows compatible smartphones to display a map and detailed directions on the dashboard screen.

      Driving assistance and safety functions

      The RAV4 range boasts a number of standards driving assistants. Buyers can also add blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning, but these features cost more on the base model.

      For more information on the RAV4 crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) Web sites. The main safety features include:

      • Automated emergency braking as standard with pedestrian detection
      • Standard Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keeping Assist
      • Adaptive cruise control as standard

        Warranty and maintenance coverage

        Toyota’s warranties focus on the industry line with three years of bumper-to-bumper and five-year powertrain coverage. All models come with two years of free scheduled maintenance, a rarity in this segment.

        • The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
        • The Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
        • Free maintenance is covered for two years or 25,000 miles

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