The Toyota RAV4 may just be the right SUV for you if you are in the market for a popular compact crossover. It comes with a roomy and stylishly designed five-passenger cabin and a reasonable fuel economy. Its only flaw is the underwhelming four-cylinder engine it is saddle with. The upcoming 2015 Toyota RAV4 will remain quite similar to the redesigned 2013 version and it will also be burdened by the four-cylinder engine. Toyota would do mid-cycle freshening of the RAV4 in 2016 when it would get a slightly revised styling and probably get a turbocharged four-cylinder-engine option.
Just like its predecessor, the fourth-generation Toyota RAV4 2015 model will be available in 3 different trim levels with one engine choice; the base LE, high-selling XLE trim, and the Limited versions.
As we earlier mentioned, 2015 RAV4 will come with some styling details that debuted on the 2013 edition. It will have creased bodywork and a traditional cargo liftgate, which replaced the side-hinged cargo door that was on pre-2013 editions.
Just like the current RAV4, this upcoming edition will be one of the most spacious compact crossovers when it gets on the market. Rear seat will also continue to offer generous legroom.
There will be no extensive option list on the next Toyota RAV4 but all the trims will get an attractive selection of features. A six-speaker CD audio system with satellite radio, cruise control, backup camera, USB-iPod and Bluetooth hands-free mobile-phone and music-streaming connectivity are some of the standard features expected on all the trims. The will also be a 6.1-inch-diameter screen on the dashboard for climate and navigation displays.
Trim levels can be differentiated by their wheel designs and some minor details such as the standard fog lights and body-colored turn-signal mirrors which can only be found on the XLE and Limited trims. The LE trim will return with its 17 inch steel wheels, the XLE will have 17-inch alloys, while the Limited trim will get 18-inch alloys.
Some of the safety features expected on the Toyota RAV4 2015 model include an auto high-beam headlights, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
2015 RAV4 Engine option
The lack of an impressive road manner has always been Toyota RAV4’s major flaw, and this is not going to change with this next model. The fourth-generation RAV4 will still not be able to compete with the class-leading Mazda CX-5 and Ford Escape for sportiness. Only the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which was carried over from the third-generation model will be offered on the car. The unit puts out 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque when mated to a six-speed automatic. This output can only compare with what you get from the base-level four-cylinder engines in most rivals. A standard Front-wheel drive would be available with an all-wheel drive offered as option.
The 2015 RAV4 EV version (with a maximum driving range of 103 miles) would continue to rely on a 154-horsepower battery-powered electric motor with front-wheel as the only drive choice available. The EV can be charged fully within 5 to 6 hours or 44 to 52 hours, depending on the charging setup.
2015 Toyota Rav4 Fuel Economy
There will be no change in EPA estimated fuel economy of the car; the car recorded 24/31/26 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive and 22/29/25 mpg with AWD. The EPA’s MPGe estimates for the EV version are 78/74/76. These ratings place the RAV4 among the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.
Toyota RAV4 competes in the popular compact crossover segment with the Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
2015 RAV4 Release Date and Price
The 2015 Toyota RAV4 is expected to get to the showrooms before the fourth quarter of 2014. Pricing details have not been released, but we expect the base LE trim with front-wheel drive to go for $25,000 and the top-of-the-class limited trim with AWD for $30,100.