2023 Toyota RAV4

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$28,525

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Key Spec of 2023 Toyota RAV4
fuel economy

25/28/32

fuel type

-

horsepower

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

User-friendly control layout.

Feels slow when trying to accelerate from a standstill.

Minor refresh on the design.

Silent and refined engine.

Steering wheel feels disconnected and lacks response.

Revised feature list across the trim line.

Has separate trim designed for the off-road audience.

Base model offers barely any features.

2023 Toyota RAV4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 14, 2022

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The Toyota RAV4 is consistently one of the top-selling SUVs on the market. Toyota's success undoubtedly has a lot to do with its reputation for dependability. We also admire this compact SUV for its spacious interior, smooth ride, and user-friendly technology. Additionally, a wide range of trim options is offered to match your preferences or budget. For instance, the RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim is one of the few in its class to offer excellent off-road capabilities through the use of all-terrain tires and unique suspension tweaks. It is said that Toyota would only be making minor cosmetic changes that would be barely noticeable but the brand has announced a special new trim for the RAV4 Hybrid called the Woodland edition that is off-road focused with rugged styling.

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Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#9 in Suv


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Trims

LE$28,525 Est. onwards


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2022 Toyota RAV4 SUV

XLE AWD

Dealer Price
$30,218
Est. $410/mo
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$3,873.5 Below market
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MSRP $31,727
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XLE AWD

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MSRP $31,727
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XLE AWD

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XLE AWD

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Colors and Styles

2023 Toyota RAV4 in Magnetic Gray Metallic color
Magnetic Gray Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The regular gasoline variant will sell in an identical package to the outgoing model with a revised feature list. It's a likable SUV, but rivals like the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-5, and the Nissan Rogue are very competitive, offering value-for-money deals. Although the entry-level model is reasonably priced, it's quite basic but the mid-range trims offer a wealth of features that customers in this market will enjoy. Front-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine are included as standard features while all-wheel drive is available as an option.


Features

We don’t expect any changes made to the trim structure for the 2023 Toyota RAV4 and will be offered in 6 variations as seen on the outgoing model. The pricing is expected to go slightly high but should still remain in the vicinity of how much the SUV was being sold for. The base LE is expected to be sold for $29,000 while the fully loaded Limited trim will wear a price tag of just over $40,000. Both the Adventure and TRD Off-Road variants of the RAV4 are designed for the trails and feature a more rugged appearance than the rest of the lineup. These models will carry off-road specific drive modes and specially tuned suspension to allow them to travel more efficiently on rough patches. The regular RAV4 buyers may not be disappointed either and even though the base variant offers a very limited feature list, moving up the trim line unlocks larger wheels, Additional USB ports for charging your devices, additional safety aids like a blind-spot monitor, simulated leather upholstery and much more, targeting all kinds of buyers and budgets. This vast lineup and options list is the reason why the RAV4 has been a high-selling vehicle in the segment as well as for the brand.

Trim

LE

XLE

XLE Premium

Adventure

TRD Off-Road

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$29,000

$30,500

$33,000

-

-

$39,000

MSRP (AWD)

$30,200

$31,700

$34,200

$35,500

$37,500

$40,200

Key Features

LED headlights

Power-adjustable driver's seat

19-inch wheels

Taller roof rails

18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires

Power-adjustable front passenger seat

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Blind-spot monitor

LED foglights

Hill descent control

Unique black exterior and interior trim

11-speaker premium JBL audio system

6-speaker sound system

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Raised suspension

Fender flares

Sunroof

9-inch touchscreen

17-inch wheels

Keyless entry and ignition

Power liftgate

Selectable terrain drive modes

Power liftgate

Heated and ventilated front seats

7-inch touchscreen

Additional USB charging ports

Sunroof

Does not have a sunroof or a power liftgate

Off-road-tuned suspension

Adaptive cruise control

Simulated leather upholstery

Forward collision mitigation

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Automatic high beams

Traffic sign reader

Lane-keeping system

We Recommend

The off-road connoisseurs would definitely love the TRD Off-Road variant but we'd stick to the XLE Premium, which falls right in the middle. It comes with many features as standard that the LE and XLE do not, including 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux-leather upholstery, and a steering wheel and shift knob covered in leather.

Release Date

Toyota hasn’t officially announced the dates for the release of the 2023 RAV4. Reports suggest that the SUV would hit the dealers towards the end of 2022.

Engine and Performance

A 2.5L 4-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission power the 2023 Toyota RAV4. All the models except the off-road-oriented trims come standard with front-wheel drive while all-wheel drive is available as an option. The Adventure model has an all-wheel-drive system that has the ability to disconnect the rear axle when necessary to increase fuel efficiency. This suggests Toyota’s effort towards making their vehicle efficient but the obedient four-cylinder may be loud, especially when attempting to pass on the highway, and the transmission appeared to stutter when a downshift was required. The RAV4 does not pack in the most exciting engine and this SUV takes 9.1 seconds to hit 60mph from a standstill.

Model

2023 Toyota RAV4

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Mazda CX-5

2023 Nissan Rogue

MSRP

$29,000

$32,055

$28,500

$27,000

Engine

2.5L NA Inline-4

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L NA Inline-4

2.5L NA Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

8-Speed AT

CVT

6-Speed AT

CVT

Power (Hp)

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

190 hp @ 5600 rpm

187 hp @ 6,000 RPM

181 hp @ 6,000 RPM

Torque (lb.-ft)

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

179 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

181 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.1 Seconds

8.2 seconds

8.5 Seconds

8.5 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

16.6 Seconds

16.0 seconds

16.4 Seconds

16.2 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

130 MPH

127 MPH

130 MPH

116 MPH

Going just by the numbers, the Toyota has the most powerful engine in this lineup but that does not reflect well in terms of the acceleration as the car takes over 9 whole seconds to get to 60mph. The quickest car here is the Honda while both the Mazda and Nissan clock a sub 8.5 seconds timing. Mazda is the only vehicle here to offer AWD as standard, making it handle the corners pretty well. Honda is equipped with a turbocharged setup while the other vehicles come who a more traditional naturally aspirated setup. It is clear from the performance that the Toyota RAV4 isn’t meant for the crowd looking for something quick and fun to drive.

2023 Toyota RAV4 Ride and Handling

When driving on the highway, the RAV4 feels sturdy and steady, and it manages to hold its own when placed on a narrow, winding part of the road, however, the car does not feel as exciting as a few of its rivals. Another issue we have is with the steering, which lacks the right amount of feel and heaviness and is fuzzy towards the center. So it's simple to underestimate your amount of inputs. In brighter news, the RAV4's optional enhanced all-wheel-drive system features hill descent control, configurable terrain settings, and torque vectoring at the rear axle. These systems, together with the RAV4 Adventure's reasonable ground clearance, provide it with above-average off-road capability for a small SUV.

2023 Toyota RAV4 Braking Performance

The RAV4 gets brakes that are decently sized and upfront, the 12.0-inch discs come vented to allow faster cooling of the brakes, allowing the brakes to function with maximum efficiency at all times. The rear discs are sized 11.1-inches and when this setup is paired with the all-terrain tires that the car comes with, it offers good grip even when hard braking in the case of an emergency. The brakes on the RAV4 are claimed to last anywhere between 30,000 and 70,000 miles depending on how heavily or frequently the brakes are used and the driving conditions.

Model

2023 Toyota RAV4

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Mazda CX-5

2023 Nissan Rogue

Brake Rotors (front) (in.) 

12.0

11.1

11.9

11.7

Brake Rotors (rear) (in.) 

11.1

10.2

11.7

11.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,655

3,708

3,717

3,428

60-0 (.-ft)

124

118

132

NA

Despite having a good brake setup, the RAV4 isn’t the best performer when it comes to stopping as the Honda feels much grippy and takes just 118 feet to get from 60 mph to 0 mph. The Nissan hasn’t been tested for its braking yet but the fact that the car is the lightest and has brakes that are large enough suggests that it could perform well. However, brake size isn’t always the determining factor as the Mazda carries the largest rear brakes but puts itself at the bottom of the table.

Fuel Economy

According to EPA assessments, the RAV4 has a class-competitive fuel economy. On the highway, front-wheel-drive RAV4s may achieve up to an estimated 35 mpg while the all-wheel drive trims achieved 32 mpg. These figures put the RAV4 in the higher section for its class. However, those who feel that the fuel economy isn’t any exciting can check the RAV4 plug-in hybrid version of the SUV.

Model

2023 Toyota RAV4

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Mazda CX-5

2023 Nissan Rogue

MPG (city)

27

28

25

27

MPG (highway)

35

34

31

35

MPG (combined)

30

30

28

30

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

14.5

14.0

14.8

14.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (mi.)

391/507/435

392/476/420

367/459/399

361/507/435

The Nissan matches the fuel economy figures with the RAV4, making both these vehicles class leaders. The Honda CR-V is equally good in comparison and only falls behind slightly in terms of the highway figures. However, things aren’t as good for Honda in terms of the range as despite having lower fuel economy, the Mazda covers more miles due to its larger tank. Despite all these factors, the RAV4 doesn’t switch its 1st position and this is a major reason why families have been preferring the Toyota in this segment for years.

Interior

The RAV4 prioritizes cubby storage and ergonomics throughout its interior. The spacious center console is complemented by a functional shelf that spans the dash. The LE base specification is fairly basic and has single-zone manual climate control, cloth-covered seats, and a plasticky steering wheel. Toyota includes a few bonuses on the XLE, the model up, but the XLE Premium has many more appealing features, such as faux-leather upholstery, a steering wheel and shifter wrapped in leather, and a stitched and padded dashboard and center-console armrest. The RAV4's back seats are simple to store and fold almost flat to make more room inside for cargo. However, the RAV4 would receive a higher rating if the front passenger seat could be lowered on most trims or wasn't positioned so high. The front passenger seat is power-adjustable only on the RAV4 Limited. Tall drivers would wish for a little bit more adjustability in the steering wheel and driver's seat, despite their good range of adjustability. The RAV4 also has excellent outward visibility, allowing for a confident drive.

Model

2023 Toyota RAV4

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Mazda CX-5

2023 Nissan Rogue

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

39.5/57.8/41.0

40.1/57.9/41.3

39.3/57.1/41.0

39.2/57.1/41.5

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

39.5/56.4/37.8

39.2/55.6/40.4

39.0/54.8/39.6

37.8/55.9/38.5

Trunk Capacity to the rear seats (cu.-ft)

37.6

39.2

29.1

36.3

Trunk Capacity to the first row seats (cu.-ft)

69.8

75.8

58.1

74.1

The Toyota RAV4 holds ample cabin room to accommodate all sizes of passengers but the rear row of seating when compared to its rivals might look confined. The Honda happens to be the most spacious SUV both in terms of cabin room as well as cargo space. The trunk of the Mazda is the smallest among the competition and for an SUV, it is important to boast a large cargo area. The RAV4 stands third when it comes to the luggage holding capacity and despite offering a good space, there definitely are better options available.

Some standout interior features on the 2023 Toyota RAV4 include

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Optional panoramic sunroof
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • TRD-specific interior trims

How intuitive is the 2023 Toyota RAV4 infotainment system?

A 7.0-inch touchscreen is standard on lower trim, but starting at the XLE level, an 8.0-inch touchscreen is available. A 4G LTE mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are all features of the infotainment system. Optional extras include a wireless charging pad for a smartphone, GPS, and a JBL premium music system. Don't worry if you choose a trim level without navigation. The Scout GPS Link feature, which is standard on all other models, enables compatible smartphones to project a map and turn-by-turn directions onto the dash-top screen.

Some of the standout infotainment features on the 2023 Toyota RAV4 are

  • 7.0 or 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • 11-speaker JBL audio system
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Scout GPS Link
  • USB charging ports
Exterior

The current generation RAV4 was introduced in 2019 and hence, there would not be much of a change for the 2023 variant. The SUV would look identical to the outgoing model with minor cosmetic refinement. The RAV4 follows an aggressive and utilitarian design that makes the vehicle looks rugged. While most RAV4s follow the same design layout, picking the Adventure and TRD Off-Road trims will make the vehicle distinguishable as it features larger 18-inch wheels and stands slightly higher due to the off-road-tuned suspensions. These trims also feature fender flares that match their purpose along with roof rails that sit taller than what is found on the regular RAV4.

Model

2023 Toyota RAV4

2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Mazda CX-5

2023 Nissan Rogue

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,655

3,708

3,717

3,428

Length (in.)

180.9

180.6

179.1

183.0

Width (in.)

73.0

73.0

72.5

72.4

Height (in.)

67.0

66.5

66.2

66.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.4

8.2

7.5

8.0

Wheelbase (in.)

105.9

104.7

106.2

106.5

Right off the line, the RAV4 features the highest ground clearance, making it more off-road ready than its rivals. The taller stance on the Toyota also makes it very comfortable to get in and out of. There aren’t any drastic differences between these SUVs in terms of their dimensions but as far as the curb weight is concerned, the Nissan is the lightest vehicle. The Nissan is also the longer SUV and that could make maneuvering in tight spaces a challenge, especially for new drivers. Both the Toyota and Honda share the same width, making them feel spacious inside with ample shoulder room.

Some of the standout exterior features include

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Puddle lights
  • LED headlamps
  • Black hexagonal grille
  • Active grille shutters
Safety

All RAV4s include automatic high beams, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control in addition to automated emergency braking. It is possible to install blind-spot monitors, and doing so is advised because substantial roof pillars obscure a portion of the backward view. The 2023 model is yet to be crash tested but the RAV4 holds a great text record and history with the previous model scoring a 5-star rating in tests conducted by NHTSA while IIHS awarded the RAV4 with the “Top Safety Pick“ badge.

Some of the standout safety features available with the 2023 Toyota RAV4 are

  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane-keeping system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high beams
  • Traffic sign reader
  • Optional surround-view camera system
Competition

2023 Toyota RAV4 vs 2023 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V had its most recent makeover in 2017 and has impressively maintained its best-in-class ranking ever since. Simply put, the Honda's combination of rapid acceleration, ingenious storage options, and overall comfort is unbeatable for the RAV4. It just lacks an off-road variant, like the TRD Off-Road grade on the RAV4.

2023 Toyota RAV4 vs 2023 Mazda CX-5

Due to its optional turbocharged engine's powerful acceleration and agile handling, the Mazda CX-5 is the athlete in its class. It also helps that it's very streamlined style stands out from the competition and that the interior's design and material quality go above and beyond expectations. However, the RAV4 has a larger cargo area, making it much more practical in comparison.

2023 Toyota RAV4 vs 2023 Nissan Rogue

For 2022, the Nissan Rogue underwent a complete redesign. Compared to the RAV4, you will receive a few more features for your money. We also praise the Rogue's spacious cargo area, high level of general comfort, and abundance of driver assistance and safety systems. But compared to the RAV4, the Rogue feels unrefined and gets noisy while cruising on the highway.

Final Verdict

It is located between the smaller Corolla Cross and the bigger Highlander in the Toyota lineup. The RAV4 is a comfortable, economical, and roomy SUV, but its engine can sound a little rough, and it accelerates slowly to highway speeds. The fifth year of this RAV4 generation will be the 2023 model year. This is often the time when automakers give a vehicle a style upgrade, such as new wheels, a new bumper, or a new taillight design. To increase the model's value, they have also added previously optional features to the standard list. The RAV4 does suffer when it comes to performance but for someone looking for a laid-back and comfortable drive, the RAV4 would be the perfect fit. It is also advisable to check the Hybrid variants of the SUV as they offer more power as well as efficiency which is ample enough to justify the price hike.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$28525

body style

dr SUV

engine type
horse power

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

180.9 in

wheelbase

105.9 in

width

73 in

curb weight

3490 lbs

Height

67 in

Ground Clearance

8.4 lbs

capacity
passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

25/28/32 mpg


Toyota RAV4 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$29,970
5 Year Cost To Own
$41,704
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,704
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$4,432$1,762$1,632$1,907$1,830$11,563
Insurance$1,235$1,320$1,344$1,375$1,448$6,722
Fuel$1,554$1,611$1,707$1,755$1,829$8,456
Maintenance$104$491$521$1,838$2,454$5,408
Repairs$-1$-28$152$247$344$714
Financing Interest$1,815$1,542$1,121$712$253$5,443
Taxes and Fees$2,546$247$158$223$224$3,398
Total Cost-To-Own$11,685$6,945$6,635$8,057$8,382$41,704
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