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Toyota RAV4 Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Models & Specs

The Toyota RAV4 led the compact SUV crusade in Australia after its launch in 1994, starting a shift in Australian car-buying habits, from standard sedans and wagons to a raft of road-focused SUVs.

The RAV4's blend of city-ready dimensions and off-road pretensions, along with the interior space of a big hatchback, made it an instant hit, swaying Australians by the thousands. Growing into more of a mid-sized SUV over successive generations, the RAV4 is now offered as a five-door SUV only, as opposed to its three-door origins. Buyers can choose between petrol and hybrid engines, two or four-wheel-drive and a range of specification levels.

Hybrid demand has proven to be exceptionally strong, accounting for the lion's share of RAV4 sales. The Toyota keeps on pushing boundaries.

Current prices range from $39,760 for the RAV4 GX (2WD) Hybrid to $58,630 for the RAV4 Edge (awd) Hybrid.​

Toyota RAV4 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota RAV4 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $39,760 and going to $58,630 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 SUV 2.5L, Hyb/ULP, CVT AUTO $39,760 $58,630
2022 SUV 2.0L, —, CVT AUTO $33,220 $74,470
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $28,380 $72,710
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $26,180 $62,590
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $21,230 $59,290
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Toyota RAV4 Colours

The RAV4 has nine standard colours – ‘Silver Sky’, ‘Frosted White’, ‘Glacier White’, ‘Graphite’, ‘Mineral Blue’, ‘Atomic Rush’, ‘Eclipse Black’, ‘Saturn Blue’, and ‘Jungle Khaki’.

  • Silver Sky
  • Frosted White
  • Glacier White
  • Graphite
  • Mineral Blue
  • Atomic Rush
  • Eclipse Black
  • Saturn Blue
  • Jungle Khaki
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Toyota RAV4 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota RAV4 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Advice on buying a hybrid car

    Not really sure what you consider a normal sedan's length to be, but I'll presume you have a relatively short parking space to deal with. Also, your minimum height requirement suggests you're sick of climbing up out of cars and want something with a higher seat to make entering and leaving the car easier. With that in mind, something like the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid springs to mind. It's high enough at 1685mm (with decent seat height) and at 4600mm long, it's quite a bit shorter than the Toyota Camry sedan (4885mm long).

    But, really, there are plenty of choices out there with just about every mainstream manufacturer offering an SUV of similar size, and many of them in a hybrid format. Which is great, because the big catch with the RAV4 is that it's so popular, there are long waiting lists. What you really need to do is invest a little shoe leather and visit some dealerships where you can try the candidates on for size. Or check out this website for the latest mid-sized SUV comparison tests.

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  • What's a good hybrid car to buy?

    The default purchase for somebody looking for a mid-sized hybrid SUV is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. But if that’s too big, there’s the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, C-HR Hybrid and even the Corolla Cross Hybrid which sounds like the marketplace is getting crowded but is really just a reflection of the appetite right now for cars like these. And that’s the catch; the waiting times for a brand-new example of some of these cars is out to many months and even years. So your plan to shop second-hand makes plenty of sense, but don’t expect any bargains in a market currently being dominated by lots of demand and less supply.

    Beyond the Toyota brand (which has been doing hybrids longer than just about anybody else) there’s also the Mazda CX-30, Subaru XV Hybrid, Haval Jolion Hybrid, Kia Niro, Subaru Forester Hybrid, Nissan Qashqai e-Power, MG HS, Honda HR-V e and more. For something a bit bigger, try the Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. There are others out there, too, that are probably bigger or more expensive than you need, but it's very much a growing scene in the Australian marketplace.

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  • Do I need to add a ceramic coating to the duco that the dealer wants to sell me to my Toyota RAV 4 hybrid in Crystal Pearl finish or is that finish good enough on its own to protect the surface?

    These add-ons have traditionally been a huge cash-cow for new-car dealers who will urge you into buying paint protection, interior treatments, window tint and more at huge mark-ups in their favour. It's your choice, obviously, but here's the reality: If a car maker can't sell you a car, in 2022, that has a painted exterior finish that will survive in the world, it doesn't deserve to sell you, or anybody else, that car. Fundamentally, any brand-new car should be as durable as possible, fresh from the factory. And if these add-on treatments are so good, why don't car-makers use them at the factory?

    Again, it's your money, so your choice, but not buying them won't affect your warranty if something does go wrong with the paint and you need to make a claim.

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  • In my Toyota RAV4 Rush the check engine light is going on/off and the AT light also blinks...

    This could be a fault with the engine and/or transmission but it could just as easily be a fault with a sensor or even a poor earth or other electrical connection somewhere in the vehicle. Scanning the vehicle should show up any faults the on-board computer has logged.

    The fix? That’s easy: Your car is still covered by the factory warranty, so Toyota is obliged to make things right. Take it back to the dealer as it’s Toyota’s problem, not yours.

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Toyota RAV4 Interior

The Toyota RAV4 has a pleasant interior and a dashboard that is headlined by an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia screen and a pleasing mix of soft touchpoints, synthetic trims throughout. A panoramic sunroof or moonroof are optional extras on the higher grades.

Toyota RAV4 Interior

Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota RAV4 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 SUV 1685x1855x4600 mm 190 mm
2022 SUV 1685x1855x4600 mm 195 mm
2021 SUV 1685x1855x4600 mm 195 mm
2020 SUV 1685x1855x4600 mm 195 mm
2019 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Accessories

Standard equipment in the Toyota RAV4 includes: space-saver spare wheel, 7.0-inch instrument panel, powered windows, two USB-C ports, two 12-volt ports, two USB-A ports, 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, four bottle holders, four cupholders, map pocket, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, push-button start and reversing camera with guidelines.

Toyota RAV4 Accessories

Toyota RAV4 Boot Space

The RAV4 has a 542L boot capacity with all five seats in use.

Toyota RAV4 Boot space

Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

The Toyota RAV4 has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2022 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2021 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2020 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 480kg 1500kg
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Toyota RAV4 Seats

The Toyota RAV4 comes with five seats (2/3). The second-row has a 60/40 split-fold. There are ISOFIX child seat mounts on the outboard seats plus three top tether anchor points. The back seat is narrow and you might struggle to fit three car seats in side by side. With the right seats, you should be able to fit three child seats side by side. Cloth trim is standard for seat upholstery until you get into higher grades.

Toyota RAV4 Seats

Toyota RAV4 Fuel Consumption

The Toyota RAV4 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP, ULP, — and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4.8L/100km for SUV /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV 4.8L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2023 SUV 6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 6L/100km 2.0L CVT AUTO
2022 SUV 6L/100km 2.0L ULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota RAV4 Pricing and Specs for 2023

Toyota RAV4 Wheel Size

The Toyota RAV4 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x65 R17 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 225x65 R17 225x65 R17
2022 SUV 225x65 R17 225x65 R17
2021 SUV 225x65 R17 225x65 R17
2020 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota RAV4 Wheel Sizes

Toyota RAV4 Engine

The RAV4 has three engines available - a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine (127kW/203Nm), a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol-electric hybrid (160kW/221Nm) and a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine (152kW/243Nm).

Toyota RAV4 Engine

Toyota RAV4 Speed

Independent testing has variants of the RAV4 sprint from 0-100km/h in around 8.1 seconds. Top speed varies between 190-200km/h depending on variant.

Toyota RAV4 Range

The RAV4 has a 55L fuel tank and has an approximate driving range of 785km to 1170km.