Toyota Celebrates 25 Years of a RAV4 in North America; Introduces New SE Hybrid Grade for 2022



  • Arriving in 1996, RAV4 caused seismic change to crossovers and is today’s segment-leader

  • New SE Grade for 2022 RAV4 Hybrid

  • Enticing Exterior and Interior Upgrades Across All 2022 RAV4 Grade


TORONTO, Ontario (November 12, 2021) – It’s been a quarter-century given Toyota introduced a ground-breaking indication that went on to conclude a whole new form of newcomer car category. With ride, doing and comfort characteristics some-more same to sedans than SUVs, a initial RAV4 radically total a template for what became a “crossover SUV” or usually “crossover.” This singular car left some strong large footsteps to follow.

Following a RAV4’s arrival, a floodgates shortly opened, with crossovers of all sizes and shapes eventually entrance to browbeat a SUV difficulty and, ultimately, a Canadian automotive landscape. Now in a fifth generation, a Toyota RAV4 stays a personality in a distance class, and it has also been Canada’s best-selling non-pickup newcomer car for twin years.

With any of a 5 indication generations, a RAV4 charity increasing room, comfort, flexibility and opening while delivering aloft fuel efficiency. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 offers a new SE Hybrid grade, as good as a crowd of extraneous and interior upgrades opposite all grades.

How did it all start?

By a early 1990s, SUVs were significantly rising in recognition as some-more buyers comparison them for such defining comforts as extended float height, plenty load room and accessibility of four-wheel drive. The tiny SUVs in a marketplace during a time that a strange RAV4 debuted were built most like their incomparable cousins, regulating body-on-frame construction and solid-axle behind suspension. In a smaller SUV, this form of engineering generally yielded a bumpy, direct ride.

Meanwhile, in a Japanese market, Toyota had already found success with a RAV4 introduced in 1994, and that had severely exceeded sales projections. The initial RAV4 determined a new template for a burgeoning compress SUV segment: unitized physique construction pity some passenger-car components; four-wheel eccentric suspension; customary front-wheel expostulate with accessible full-time all-wheel drive; aloft float tallness than customary newcomer cars, and a pattern optimized for newcomer room and load versatility.

It turns out, that was accurately what a flourishing cut of a SUV marketplace was looking for, generally younger buyers with active lifestyles. The RAV4 name creatively stood for “Recreational Activity Vehicle: 4-Wheel Drive,” nonetheless a indication would always offer a choice between front-wheel expostulate or all-wheel drive.

The initial RAV4 was accessible as five-door and three-door models, nonetheless a four-door chronicle dominated sales in Canada and was a usually physique impression to lapse with a second-generation RAV4 in 2000.

If one were to review a stream RAV4 with a ancestor, a twin competence seem worlds apart. The latest indication is most incomparable than a original, nonetheless still “right sized” for a class. It is most some-more powerful, nonetheless also most some-more fuel efficient. The RAV4 offers incomparable comfort, along with amenities, reserve technology, multimedia and connectivity comforts that simply did not exist 25 years ago.

Yet, both a first-generation RAV4 and a stream indication share Toyota’s eminent core traits and values of quality, trustworthiness and durability.

The First RAV4, 1996-2000: Category Launcher

The RAV4 came to Canada in Sep 1996 in three-door and five-door models. This new-wave SUV adopted proven Toyota engineering with a 120-horsepower 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The discretionary all-wheel-drive complement came from a Camry and Celica All-Trac models. (How times change: today’s Camry adopted a discretionary AWD complement from a RAV4.)

In a renouned five-door form, a strange RAV4 was 4,115 mm  long on a 2,400 mm wheelbase, creation it twin feet shorter than a Camry sedan and a string to squeeze “compact only” parking spaces. With a renouned discretionary four-speed involuntary delivery and all-wheel drive, a 1997 RAV4 four-door delivered an NRCan-estimated fuel expenditure of 12.6 / 10.3 / 11.5 L/100 km (city / highway / combined, total practiced to a NRCan’s stream contrast protocol).

Especially when versed with a discretionary all-wheel expostulate system, a initial RAV4 appealed to outdoors-oriented business who found a vehicle’s extended traction and belligerent clearway some-more than able for posterior activities like hiking, towering biking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking and more. At a same time, a RAV4 won over a far-reaching array of business by portion as an ideal bland vehicle, preserving a comfort and doing characteristics identical to compress sedans.

Second Generation, 2000-2005: More Style, More Power, More Room

The second-generation RAV4, accessible usually as a five-door, brought a compress crossover SUV into a 21st century with impediment impression in a somewhat larger, some-more versatile package. The sophisticated, neatly creased figure emerged from Toyota’s Calty pattern works in California. The demeanour was some-more upscale outward and in. The cabin delivered on that guarantee by adding a slew of new accessible upgrades, including several packages and new comforts such as an accessible six-disc CD changer.

Beneath a eye-catching piece metal, a RAV4 grew slightly, with a 90 mm longer wheelbase benefitting interior room, generally a behind seat. Yet, during usually 4,195 mm long, a second-generation RAV4 was still super-agile and as easy to expostulate as a compress sedan. There was large news underneath a hood, with a 2.0-litre engine gaining Toyota’s Variable Valve Timing with comprehension (VVT-i) and boosting outlay to 148 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque.

The interior gave off a competition coupe vibe, and after in a indication run, a Sport Package total special wheels, gray-painted bumpers, buffer flares, exhilarated mirrors, and competition fabric seats. Toyota significantly upgraded RAV4’s opening and reserve for 2004 with a 2.4-litre engine creation 161 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque. Critically, Vehicle Stability Control became customary for 2004, and an choice package total front seat-mounted side airbags and side shade airbags covering both chair rows.

Third Generation, 2006-2012: Growth Spurt

The subsequent RAV4 was nonetheless another gamechanger. Toyota had already introduced a Highlander as a incomparable crossover, that presaged a incomparable third-generation RAV4 for 2006. Riding on an all-new height that was significantly longer and wider, a 2006 RAV4 charity most some-more cabin room than before while progressing a trim extraneous size. The third-generation RAV4 introduced a contemporary, aerodynamically neat and sporty pattern with pointy impression lines.

The wheelbase grew to 2,660 mm, and length was adult 405 mm to 4,600 mm. This valid to be a new “right size” for a shred that was apropos softened defined. The newly lengthened RAV4 charity discretionary third-row seating.

The RAV4 was now charity in 3 graphic grades; Base, Sport, and Limited, all accessible in Canada with a new customary full-time electronically tranquil all-wheel expostulate with a primer locking switch. The customary 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with VVT-i delivered 166 horsepower.

The topper, though, was an accessible 268-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 engine. Four-cylinder models used a customary four-speed involuntary transmission, while a V6 was teamed with a five-speed involuntary and a 0-100 km/h time of 6.6 seconds. The RAV4-specific height featured redesigned cessation and a new electronic energy steering complement to broach significantly softened float and handling. The Sport category featured customary 18-inch amalgamate wheels for extended agility, along with specific extraneous and interior trim.

The Limited category brought a hold of oppulance with customary dual-zone atmosphere conditioning, energy motorist seat, a JBL® Premium Audio complement with six-disc CD changer, and accessible leather-trimmed seats. A 3.5mm auxiliary jack accommodated iPods and other song players, and a rear-seat DVD party complement became available.

Toyota’s Star Safety System enclosed an extended chronicle of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control, anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist. RAV4 also charity discretionary motorist and front newcomer seat-mounted side, and front- and second-row roll-sensing side shade airbags.

With cabin space now on customary with mid-size SUVs, a lengthened RAV4 authorised Toyota to also deliver a larger, second-generation Highlander in 2007, serve defining nonetheless another flourishing segment.

Fourth Generation, 2013-2018: Segment Dominator

The fourth-generation RAV4 arrived for a 2013 indication year and solidified Toyota’s shred leadership. The model’s boldest styling nonetheless enveloped a new high-strength structure and debuted a new powertrain. With plenty load room and a tip fuel potency rating of any RAV4 to that indicate were usually a kind of bonuses that ensured RAV4’s continued dominance. The potency rating would go aloft still with a initial RAV4 Hybrid introduced for 2016.

The fourth-generation RAV4’s strong new 2.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine delivered 176 horsepower and was joined with a customary six-speed involuntary transmission. This smooth, fit powertrain warranted RAV4 an NRCan-estimated total fuel expenditure of 8.9 L/100 km with front-wheel expostulate or an 9.4 L/100 km with a worldly new All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Control.

The XLE and aloft grades total some-more amenities, including dual-zone involuntary meridian control, energy moonroof with shifting sunshade, and exhilarated outward mirrors with spin vigilance indicators. The RAV4 Limited featured customary SofTex-trimmed seats, intelligent pivotal complement and a energy behind door.

All RAV4 models were now versed with 8 customary airbags: twin theatre modernized motorist and front newcomer airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, initial and second quarrel side shade airbags, driver’s knee airbag and front newcomer chair pillow airbag.

The RAV4’s modernized touch-screen multimedia systems lonesome a media progression with AM/FM/CD, iPod® connectivity and control, and USB 2.0 in a bottom LE Trim. Higher trims and options total some-more capability, including satellite radio, Premium Audio and navigation. All RAV4 models featured steering circle controls for Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio, and a Multi-Information Display.

A poignant ascent for 2016 gave a RAV4 a quieter, some-more polished interior. The bigger story, though, was a initial RAV4 Hybrid. Its innovative Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with comprehension (AWD-i) used an eccentric behind circle engine to raise traction when needed. The Hybrid not usually had RAV4’s best fuel potency with an NRCan-estimated total fuel expenditure of 7.2 L/100km, nonetheless also charity a quickest acceleration opening in a line.

Also for 2016, a Limited category total Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), that became customary on all grades for 2017. This useful active reserve tech total a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Higher indication grades also had customary Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

In a final year, a fourth-generation RAV4 gained a new Trail indication for some off-road capability and sporty style, environment a theatre for even some-more able RAV4 variants to come.

Current Generation: Still a Leader of a Pack

The fifth-generation RAV4, introduced for 2019, offers a model’s widest preference ever, including first-ever RAV4 TRD Off-Road, a Hybrid charity in LE, XLE, XSE and Limited grades, and a flagship RAV4 Prime PHEV with an NRCan-estimated operation of 68 km on all-electric battery energy alone.

Engineered to tackle urban, suburban, and outside adventures, a fifth-generation RAV4 is built on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform. With a resolutely chiseled pattern desirous by Toyota’s tough trucks, this latest RAV4 amplifies a fascinating crossover traits that done a initial RAV4 an present success a quarter-century ago. Depending on indication category and options, a stream RAV4 can be whatever a patron needs it to be, from a unusually good versed LE indication to a record debate de force plug-in hybrid, with several levels of oppulance and journey in between.

Some high tech and reward comforts accessible for RAV4 embody digital rearview mirror; exhilarated steering wheel; Qi-wireless phone charger; kick-type energy liftgate; Bird’s Eye View Camera; Smart Key System on all doors; seperated exhilarated and ventilated front seats; Adaptive Front Headlight System, Parking Assist with Automatic Braking, and a head-up display.

In gas models, a 203-horsepower Dynamic Force 2.5-litre four-cylinder gas engine is interconnected with an 8-speed Direct-Shift involuntary transmission. This combo has an considerable NRCan-estimated fuel expenditure of 8.5 / 6.8 / 7.7 L/100 km (city / highway / combined) in a front-wheel expostulate indication versed with Stop/Start, a best ever for a gas RAV4.

The RAV4 Hybrid models have a NRCan-estimated total fuel expenditure of 6.0 L/100km, a scarcely 20-percent alleviation over a prior Hybrid. Likewise, a Hybrid’s e-AWD improves over a prior system, now with a eccentric behind engine handling proactively to raise traction even before front circle slippage is detected.

At a tip of a indication line, a RAV4 Prime PHEV (plug-in hybrid) is both a opening and potency leader. The RAV4 Prime has an all-electric operation rating of 68 km on battery alone on a singular charge. Or, handling in hybrid mode, it can beget a total 302 horsepower and do 0-100 km/h in usually 6.0 seconds, a second quickest Toyota in a lineup behind Supra. Available in a sporty SE and XSE grades, a RAV4 Prime has an NRCan-estimated total fuel expenditure of 2.5 Le/100 km. Standard Electronic On-Demand AWD delivers all-weather traction regulating an eccentric behind motor.

The RAV4 Trail category became some-more brave in a stream series, charity 218 mm of belligerent clearance. To go serve off a beaten path, a TRD Off-Road adds special cessation and 18-inch matte-black TRD amalgamate wheels with all-terrain tires.

In a gas AWD-equipped models (except Limited grade), All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Control can automatically and transparently disentangle and re-engage AWD as needed, optimizing fuel efficiency. The NRCan-estimated fuel economy rating for a LE AWD scarcely matches a FWD version.

Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), customary on all stream RAV4 models, includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection; Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control; Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; Automatic High Beam and Lane Tracing Assist. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Braking complement are customary on a aloft grades. Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking is an additional reserve option.

In each RAV4, Toyota Multimedia includes hands-free entrance to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. Integrated Dynamic Navigation and JBL® Premium Audio are available. In gas and Hybrid RAV4s, a 7-inch and 8-inch touchscreen is available, depending on indication grade; a RAV4 Prime XSE comforts a 9-inch screen.

A colonize and personality in crossover SUVs from a start, Toyota now offers a sporty, compress C-HR, all-new Corolla Cross, Venza, RAV4, and Highlander in this expanded space. Whatever comes subsequent in crossovers, and however it is powered, pattern Toyota to continue heading a way.

What’s New for 2022

Keeping in line with Toyota’s concentration to find ways to invariably urge and ascent a RAV4, a same will ring loyal for a 2022 indication year.

For 2022, a RAV4 is removing some interesting updates, including a new SE Hybrid category as good as some extraneous and interior updates opposite all grades.

Designed for business looking for sporty opening and sporty impression nonetheless during a reduce cost compared to a XSE, a new SE Hybrid category for RAV4 includes mono-tone paint, fabric embellished seats and a 7-inch touchscreen with 6 speakers. And a SE Hybrid grade’s customary comforts are exceptional, as good as smartly packaged. In Canada, a SE Hybrid offers customary exhilarated leather steering wheel, exhilarated front seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers with a de-icer function.

RAV4 gets some interesting extraneous and interior comforts opposite all grades when it goes on sale subsequent month. The RAV4 XSE gets a confidant new colour in Calvary Blue with a black roof. In fact, Calvary Blue will also make a approach on a new SE Hybrid grade, as good as a existent TRD Off-Road.

There are utterly a few updates to a wheels as well. LE Hybrid, XLE, and XLE Hybrid get a new colour for their wheels, as does a Trail grade. While a XLE Hybrid and Limited Hybrid get a new design, as does a XSE Hybrid.

XLE grades and above get updated headlamps– both for impression and for capability improvement. New LED foglamps are being introduced for Limited, Trail and TRD Off Road.

And a XSE Hybrid gets a super neat straight lights that debuted on a XSE Prime in 2021.

Interior updates are also found opposite mixed grades:

  • Locking glove box and LED interior lamps total to all grades.
  • XLE and above get bright interior switches
  • Limited category gets an 8-way energy newcomer seat

More sum on a 2022 RAV4, including pricing, will be expelled in mid-December.

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is a disdainful Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sole over 5 million vehicles in Canada by a inhabitant network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and trustworthiness to a vehicles Canadians expostulate and a use they receive. TCI’s conduct bureau is located in Toronto, with informal offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and tools placement centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates twin prolongation comforts in Canada. Having constructed some-more than 8 million vehicles, renouned Canadian models built during these comforts embody Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid. Recent investments during a comforts in Ontario will concede for increasing prolongation of a top-selling Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid models.


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