The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is refreshingly pleasing. Toyota was teasing us with the 2014 Toyota RAV4 for a while now, and they have finally released official info about this compact crossover, which is a very difficult segment to compete in; like the Honda CR-V. Which is Toyota’s main target in the race to the best compact crossover in the market today; however, Toyota has its eyes on the sales department this time.
The looks of the new 2014 Toyota RAV4 have been majorly improved, and looks consistent with the newer Toyota models; The (2013 Camry, Yaris) the front fascia is compact and pushed forward, giving it sleek simple look about it.
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 will actually have one engine option; the old 2.5 Liter 4-banger with 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. Toyota also dropped the 268-hp 3.5 Liter V6 engine due to the law sales it achieved in 2012. The new 2014 Toyota RAV4 will finally have a 6-speed automatic transmission which replaces the old 4-speed rubbish gear box with better smoother shifts through gears. The gears are taller, less jumpy, and much calmer than before, which also means they are fuel efficient.
The sport mode in the new RAV4 is going to be interesting, since it actually does more than just making the rpm’s longer, sharper throttle response and the shift speeds faster. The Sport mode also adjusts the electric steering ass and reduces its affects by 20%, it also alters the Dynamic Toque Control system in the AWD models. Toyota also worked on improving the RAV4’s handling, making it feel agile and planted thanks to its all new Dynamic toque Control system which distributes torque to wheels according to the driving conditions.
The interior was improved in terms of cabin noise, and ergonomics, after developing the new acoustic laminated windshield and sound deadening material thus achieving a nice silent ride. The space within the car isn’t changed, but the cargo space is class leading marking around 73.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
One thing RAV fans will be happy to hear is; Toyota’s first one touch three-blinker system, eight airbags, streaming Bluetooth audio, 6.1” infotainment system, and backup camera are all standard (LE). Toyota will also replace all of their leather seats (X.LE) with Softex seating surfaces, which is more durable and breathable than standard leather, Limited models will receive GPS navigation, JBL audio, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.