The current generation of Toyota’s compact crossover has been around for a while and despite excellent sales numbers, it will probably undergo some changes for the next year. If we can trust the latest reports, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 will receive a mid-cycle refresh. Simply, the Japanese manufacture wants to retain its leading position on the market and that’s why we might see a couple of updates in the next year. This refers to things like styling updates, new features etc. However, we are pretty sure that most of these updates will be subtle.
No matter the novelties, the updated version will continue with familiar design characteristics. You may count on a crossover that still has a lot of great things to offer, starting from excellent fuel economy, spacious cabin and excellent hybrid powertrain options. All versions feature great mpg ratings, while the styling still looks quite fresh.
We expect that the 2023 Toyota RAV4 will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, if the 2023 Toyota RAV4 is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh, we have no doubt it will bring nothing more than subtle changes. This particularly refers to the styling. The current model still looks fresh and very attractive, so we have no doubt that most of the things will remain untouched. However, we could see some minor tweaks to the parts like the grille, front bumper etc. The rear end could bring a couple of slight changes as well, while typical mid-cycle updates like new colors and wheels also sound likely.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the SUV won’t change. The current model rides on the company’s latest TNGA platform and offers pretty good driving characteristics. The RAV4 is comfortable but also offers a decent level of athleticism.
We definitely don’t expect to see bigger changes on the inside. However, a few tweaks to the center stack are possible. We could see a bigger infotainment screen and a slight button reconfiguration. On the other hand, the overall layout will certainly remain the same. Of course, there is also room for updates like new materials and color schemes.
Of course, the overall layout will remain the same, which means that you may count on a lot of interior space, both for the passengers and for the cargo. When it comes to the passenger space, the RAV4 comes with two quite spacious rows of seats, which both accommodate adults with ease. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the driving position is high and ensures good visibility in all directions. The cargo area offers around 37.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and nearly 70 cubic feet of the overall cargo space, which is above average for the segment.
Some of the biggest updates will come in terms of new standard and available equipment. Still, keep in mind that the current model already comes with a lot of things on offer. All models come standard with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo. Also, there are numerous upgrades, such as an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, an 11-speaker JBL sound system, additional USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a moonroof, and a panoramic moonroof.
The same thing is with safety features. The current model comes standard with forwarding collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, road sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and lane trace assist.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Engines
We don’t expect surprises under the hood. The 2023 Toyota RAV4 should continue with a familiar 2.5-liter inline-four engine, which puts out around 203 horsepower and comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. It offers solid performance, in a combination with excellent fuel economy. You may count on about 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
If you prefer a hybrid powertrain, there is a familiar system that combines a 2.5-liter engine with a couple of electric motors, for a total output of 219 horsepower. This one comes with a CVT gearbox, while the average fuel economy goes around 41 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Finally, there is the capable 2023 Toyota RAV4 Price, which should continue with the same setup that offers a total output of 302 horsepower. Besides plenty of power and solid fuel economy, this one also offers 42 miles of the all-electric range.
2023 Toyota RAV4 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Toyota RAV4 will hit the market sometime in the second half of the next year, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, VW Tiguan etc.