Everyone’s Still Raving About the RAV4
The Toyota RAV4 is the best-selling SUV in America, and it’s the fourth best-selling vehicle overall, beaten only by the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and the Ram 1500. Note that these three ahead of the RAV4 are high-performing, luxury trucks, which leaves Toyota’s midsize SUV alone and untouchable as one of the most famous cars in America. Learn about the key features that keep customers coming back year after year to the celebrated RAV4.
When RAV4s began showing up on the roads in the early 1990s, they were compact and zippy little SUVs. They were built to last and perform well and you could, and still can, find a Toyota RAV4 clucking along with over 300,000 miles under its belt. Breaks, tires, and maybe a timing belt had to be changed, but that’s to be expected–the mechanics still intact and operating as they should, which is something you just don’t see in many vehicles made today. Over the years, new Toyota RAV4s have kept the respected stamina and have added a tougher-looking exterior, more comfortable interior, and showcase some impressive performance. Toyota’s iteration of the RAV4 has only gotten better with time, and in its more modern version, we find a bit more pluck and intuitive design than ever seen before in this vehicle.
Performance & Variety
The RAV4 was one of the first to try something that just about no other compact SUV maker dared to attempt at the time: the RAV4 came (and still does) with a hybrid version. When shopping for a RAV4, there are two big choices to make before you go through all the features and add-ons. Do you want a hybrid or gas? The answer to this question mostly depends on the level of performance you need, though you will be surprised by the power and performance both offer.
Let’s begin with the non-hybrid. The 2024 RAV4 TRD comes with a 2.5-liter, inline-4 engine that has up to 203 horsepower. It gets great gas mileage (40 mpg combined). It offers an all-wheel-drive system, which has electric controls that tell the rear wheels when to kick in, so that they are not needlessly running every time you go for a spin. On the road, the RAV4 is as smooth as ever and fun to drive. And with the inline-4, you get a little extra boost. The RAV4 hugs sharp turns and scoots in and around town like a pro.
Now for the hybrid. Believe it or not, this version actually has more power than the base, gas model. This electric-gas-powered machine operates with a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine, and it has up to 219 net combined horsepower! The engine is paired with a Hybrid Synergy Drive System, which helps the vehicle to know when and when not to use gas. The RAV4 hybrid also comes with all-wheel-drive and gives the same smooth, sweet ride as its gas-only counterpart.
In terms of safety, Toyota has made many improvements to the RAV4. And not that they were bad before. RAV4s have always scored high in this department, but the newest version seems to get it perfect. The 2024 model has what Toyota calls, “Toyota Safety Sense.” This combination of safety mechanisms makes the RAV4’s safety ratings soar with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking (just in case your foot can’t make it to the brake pedal in time), lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and pedestrian pre-collision. What’s more, the NHTSA has already given the 2024 Toyota RAV4 its highest safety rating, a 5 out of 5. With the inclusion of adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams, how could it not? And there’s more!
The 2024 RAV4’s line of safety features include a total of eight airbags, a rearview camera, a surround-view camera, plus the impressive safety systems previously mentioned. And what better peace of mind to have this holiday season than knowing you are driving around with some of the most high-tech safety features ever made.
RAV4s, even the old ones, have never lacked in the area of comfort, and this year it only gets better. At the Platinum trim level, you can opt for all the usual upgrades, plus a heated steering wheel. You can also get Toyota’s SofTex upholstery, which has the look and feel of leather but comes at a fraction of the cost. No matter which trim level of RAV4 you choose, you will be comfortable. The driver’s seat sits perfectly upright, but still manages to cradle and keep you comfy. You have a perfect view of the road, everything is at arm’s length, yet somehow you feel as though you are somewhat reclining. It’s nice. Really nice.
All entryways and exits are easily accessible, and it offers plenty of cargo space with a section below the floor, and a liftgate. Whereas the RAV4 of old could truly be considered a small, crossover vehicle, the 2024 model leans more towards the end of medium/large SUV, and this shift greatly helps in way of space and comfort. With a smooth, quiet ride, soft interior lighting, and soft-touch materials throughout, you can’t beat the new RAV4.
Toyota has turned the RAV4 into one of those vehicles that can come with a seemingly unlimited number of features to add or alter. This is a good thing, as you can end up driving away with something truly tailored to you. But it does take some time to figure out exactly what you want. That’s why it’s a great idea to come down to Mount Airy Toyota where we can help you through the process of picking out your perfect RAV4, and you can even take one for a drive.
Here are a few of the best features offered with the 2024 RAV4:
- Interior LED Lighting
- Toyota’s Infotainment System
- Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
- Paddle Shifters
- A Unique Front Bumper and Grille Design
- Power Everything
- JBL Speakers
- Entune App Connectivity
And there are so many more. You can use hands-free calling and texting. Can even use the OpenTable app to make dinner reservations while on the way to the restaurant! The possibilities become endless the more car companies are able to connect our vehicles with our smartphones.
One of the greatest things about driving a crossover SUV is that they know how to conserve fuel without losing power in performance. The 2024 RAV4 gets around 41 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway, which is not bad at all. Especially with the power this thing has. What this equates to is a family-fun sport utility vehicle that requires less trips to the gas station. And, if you go for the RAV4 hybrid, there is even better fuel economy, obviously.
Toyota has thought of it all. Performance, safety, comfort, and fuel economy. Those are the big ones for any vehicle, and the RAV4 gets top marks on every single one. Don’t wait, come check out our lot of new and used RAV4s today.