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2014 Toyota RAV4 Overview
- Completely redesigned in 2013
- Added available safety features
- Over 30 mpg on the highway
After a complete redesign last year, the 2014 Toyota RAV4 returns with added safety options for the new model year.
Last year’s update was a welcome change for the RAV4; its styling, features, and fuel economy had fallen behind much of the compact crossover competition, like the Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5 which got their own updates last year as well. The new RAV4 improves styling; splayed across the front of the RAV4 is a version of Toyota’s swept back grille, flanked by large headlamp clusters and plenty of creases and folds that are a stark contrast to the blandness of the old RAV4. The rear was also changed, now offering a vertical liftgate instead of the side-hinge gate on the previous crossover. On Limited trim models, the liftgate is powered for easier opening/closing.
Under the hood, is a 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a new six-speed automatic that is smoother and improves fuel economy. All-wheel drive is optional. The new RAV4 breaks 30 mpg on the highway, coming in at 24/31 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive. Equipping all-wheel drive drops each of those figures by two, respectively.
The RAV4’s spare tire has moved from the liftgate to under the cargo floor, but it hasn’t impacted cargo room at all, which expands to 38.4 cubic feet. Fold down the second row seats and you get an expansive 73.4 cubic feet of cargo room.
Interior materials also got a serious upgrade in the redesign and the dash, center console, and instrument panel were restyled. The look is modern and less stodgy than other Toyota interiors, which is a welcome change. Standard features include a backup camera and a 6.1-inch touch-screen that houses the audio controls. Dual-zone automatic climate control, the Entune multimedia/voice-recognition system, navigation, heated front seats, and an 8-way power driver’s seat with memory are optional.
The 2014 RAV4 comes with eight standard airbags, to go along with electronic stability control and antilock brakes. There is a new Technology Package which offers blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alerts, and adds for 2014 lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights.