Toyota RAV4

2022 Toyota RAV4 XSE

Pros: Extensive range of standard safety features; cargo room and versatility; availability of frugal Hybrid models

Cons: Base prices are higher than most rivals; engine is a bit noisy when accelerating; non-linear transmission feel

CG Says: The 2022 Toyota RAV4 receives minor updates, such as restyled headlights for most trim levels, standard LED fog lamps on gas-only versions, and the addition of an SE trim level for the RAV4 Hybrid. The RAV4 is compact crossover SUV that was redesigned for 2019. The RAV4 model lineup offers a choice of conventional, Hybrid, and plug-in-hybrid Prime versions powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The engine develops 203 horsepower and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission in gas models; Hybrid versions use a CVT automatic transmission and pair the gas engine with an electric motor for a total output of 219 hp. The Prime bumps that output up 302 hp thanks to a bigger battery, and is capable of traveling 42 miles on electric power alone. All gas models offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, save for the off-road-oriented Adventure and TRD Off-Road trims, which come standard with AWD. All-wheel drive is also standard on Hybrid and Prime models. Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of safety features is standard on all RAV4s, and includes lane-keep assist and road-sign recognition features, as well as a forward collision warning system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot alert, and a camera rearview mirror display are also available. Other available features include panoramic sunroof, hands-free liftgate, heated/ventilated front seats, 120-volt AC power outlet, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone capability. The RAV4 is a likable mainstream compact crossover that mostly deserves its best-seller status. It offers respectable all-around refinement and good passenger and cargo room within its relatively tidy exterior dimensions. The Adventure and TRD Off-Road models offer a bit more rough-terrain capability for outdoor adventurers. The Hybrid models offer surprisingly peppy acceleration in addition to their better fuel economy, and the RAV4 Prime has even better acceleration and the ability to drive on electric power alone.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices LE: $28,190
AWD LE: $29,590
XLE: $29,660
AWD XLE: $31,060
XLE Premium: $32,550
AWD XLE Premium: $33,950
AWD Adventure: $34,445
Limited: $36,690
AWD Limited: $38,090
AWD TRD Off-Road: $38,130
AWD LE Hybrid: $30,790
AWD XLE Hybrid: $32,260
AWD SE Hybrid: $33,445
AWD XLE Premium Hybrid: $35,150
AWD XSE Hybrid: $36,770
AWD Limited Hybrid: $38,290
AWD Prime SE Plug-in Hybrid: $41,515
AWD Prime XSE Plug-in Hybrid: $44,840

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
203
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-35

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Hybrid)
Horsepower
219
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
41
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38

Optional Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Prime)
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
38
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
94

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2022 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road
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2022 Toyota RAV4 Prime
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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