2023 Toyota Rav4 Release Date
2023 Toyota Rav4 Release Date

2023 RAV4 Update Review

2023 RAV4. The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular SUVs on the market year after year. Toyota’s reputation for dependability contributes significantly to its success. However, we also laud this compact SUV for its spacious cabin, smooth ride, and user-friendly electronic features. There is also a vast selection of trim levels to fit your budget or preferences. The RAV4 TRD Off-Road grade, for instance, is one of the only vehicles in its class to provide better off-road capabilities thanks to its all-terrain tires and modified suspension.

Cost estimates for the 2023 Toyota RAV4 XLE 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl 8A) and comparable vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and $3.14 per gallon for normal unleaded fuel in North Dakota.

There is a strong possibility that the 2023 Toyota RAV4 may endure some modifications. This RAV4 generation arrived in 2019, and 2023 appears to be a plausible year for a refresh. We have no official information from Toyota at this time, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the company made some minor styling tweaks, added a few new features, and revised the availability of standard and optional items. We will revise our evaluation once we have more information.

However, we do not anticipate that these upgrades would significantly improve the Toyota RAV4’s ranking in comparison to rival compact SUVs. It’s a nice SUV, but competitors like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue are better all-around choices. You may learn more about the RAV4’s advantages and disadvantages by reading the Expert Rating listed below.

Each week, the Testing Team examines a new batch of automobiles by combining objective tests at our test track with actual driving on city streets, freeways, and twisting roads. The information we collect informs our Expert Ratings. They are based on over thirty scores covering every aspect of the automobile experience.

The RAV4 is a comfortable SUV that rides smoothly, has a big, easy-to-live-with interior, and provides ample utility. It has confident braking and handling, and it is fuel-efficient. The barely adequate engine and poor driving, though, disqualify it as a leading choice for a compact SUV.

Moreover, these two Toyota hybrids are surprisingly comparable in performance. The RAV4 Hybrid has a larger displacement engine and a 25-hp advantage, but the 500-pound weight difference explains why acceleration times are comparable. Obviously, if you intend to travel off-road, the RAV4 will have greater ground clearance, as well as off-road settings and hill descent control.

2023 RAV4 Performance

What is the RAV4’s handling like? The RAV4 fails to impress in this regard. The engine is responsive within the city, and passing and merging are uncomplicated. However, if you are in an extreme hurry, you may notice the engine’s ultimately limited power output. In tests conducted by Edmunds, our RAV4 Adventure test vehicle required 9.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, which is a bit slower than the class average.

Another issue is the steering, which is uncertain at the center and lacks sufficient feel and weight. Consequently, it is simple to misjudge your amount of input. The optional improved all-wheel-drive system for the RAV4 comprises rear-axle torque vectoring and more advanced traction control systems with adjustable terrain settings and hill descent control. These systems, together with the RAV4 Adventure’s reasonable ground clearance, provide it above-average off-road capability for a compact SUV.

2023 RAV4 Comfort

How pleasant is the RAV4? The suspension of the RAV4 strikes a decent mix between firmness and maneuverability. Small to moderate impacts are absorbed without incident. The body does not bind or float when driving over bumps. As for the front seats, they are attractively shaped and adequately padded, although extended rides cause the seat bottoms to seem flat. The lack of flexibility on the passenger side can also make it difficult to reach a comfortable position.

On the highway, the RAV4 is typically quiet. The exception is when the accelerator is pressed for a burst of speed, at which time the engine sound becomes quite coarse. The performance of the climatic system is satisfactory. The air distribution is optimal, with fully-closable forward vents and vents for the rear seat.

2023 RAV4 Interior

How is the inside? The driving position, interior space, and ease of entry are all favorable. However, the RAV4 would receive a higher rating if the front passenger seat was not so high or could be lowered on most versions. Only the RAV4 Limited has a front passenger seat with motorized adjustments. The driver’s seat and steering wheel have a fair range of adjustability, but tall drivers may desire a little more. External visibility is commendable.

The control arrangement is intuitive and the labels are large and easy to read. The audio system and climate system controls are separated from the rest of the controls, which are in the expected locations. The large rubberized climate control knobs are also quite nice. The only complaint we have is that the touchscreen is too far from the driver. Particularly, the tuning knob demands a reach to turn.

2023 RAV4 Technology

How is technology? Both the touchscreen and fixed buttons on the RAV4’s interface are simple to use without consulting the owner’s manual. Despite the RAV4’s relative youth, the touchscreen’s graphics appear archaic. The sound system is functional, but nothing exceptional. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard. It is fortunate, as Toyota’s native Entune software remains cumbersome.

The standard driver assistance features are remarkable. It features adaptive cruise control that operates at speeds as low as 0 mph, automatic emergency braking, sleepy driver recognition, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, and Line Tracing Assist, an active (but not hands-free) steering help.

How is the capacity? The load capacity of the RAV4 is practically the largest in its class. There are 37.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 69.8 cubic feet with them folded down. In addition to being easy to load, the RAV4 has a low cargo floor. There are various shelves and boxes in the cabin’s front to store assorted road-trip necessities. Certain variants of the RAV4 are capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds, which is above average for a compact SUV.

Parents with young children will value the RAV4. Locating and connecting safety seats to the lower car seat anchors is simple. Similarly, tethering to the three top anchors is simple. Forward-facing seats and boosters can be installed without difficulty, however installing a rear-facing baby seat on the passenger side will likely need raising the front seat. The issue is the too-high front passenger seat.

2023 RAV4 Fuel Economy

How is the gas mileage? Depending on the powertrain and trim level, the EPA predicts that the RAV4 will achieve 28-30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. We traveled over 7,000 miles in an AWD Adventure hauling three passengers, equipment, and gear. We averaged 28.6 mpg in a variety of road and weather situations. Our greatest fuel economy was 32,3 mpg and our poorest was 25,6 mpg.

Is the RAV4 an excellent value? The interior of the RAV4 is finely constructed, with layered materials and imperceptible seams that are integrated into the design. It boasts rubberized grip surfaces on the interior door pulls, radio knobs, and climate control knobs. The stitching on the RAV4’s optional faux leather upholstery is neat and the material is supple. Toyota’s warranty coverage is mediocre, but scheduled maintenance is free for two years or 25,000 miles.

Driving a RAV4 is neither difficult nor particularly remarkable. When equipped with the Adventure or TRD Off-Road trim level, it performs at its peak. The RAV4 is distinguished by its innovative torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, capable traction control system with several terrain settings, and more robust design.

As of this writing, Toyota has not provided official information about the 2023 RAV4. We’ll revise our advice if anything changes, but based on the RAV4 from the previous model year, we recommend the XLE Premium trim. In addition to the standard amenities available on the LE and XLE versions, this variant adds a motorized liftgate, a sunroof, and faux leather interior.