The SUV craze that the automotive industry is currently experiencing did not start as an overnight phenomenon by any stretch of the imagination.
And is that, to make it possible, at the beginning of this century, some of its precursors needed to start the way based on sales successes, which was the case with the protagonist that will appear here.
The Toyota Rav4 already has five generations behind him, which few other vehicles can boast about. His birth took place at the hands of that trend that is so present today, and that was mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph.
Because of all these reasons, Motorbli will devote this article to talking about the qualities and price of this Japanese automobile that has marked a turning point in the Japanese brand and this little world of four wheels.
It is time to delve into everything surrounding the Toyota Rav4 in terms of its design and exterior aesthetics, technical features, interior equipment, its price in Spain, and some comparable vehicles with which it competes.
The introduction has already been completed. Despite this, discussing some specifics and mysteries surrounding it is interesting.
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Rav4 has been manufactured in five generations since it was introduced to the public in 1994.
The first generation of Rav4 was manufactured in the 1990s. This particular one had a stealthy presence on the market for more than five years, coinciding with the turn of the century and the millennium. However, the second one finally tasted the sweetness of success.
This also temporarily coincided with the emergence of SUVs, and it was so successful because of the limited availability and competition that existed in that market at that time.
The following, which also increasingly bet on a hybrid model to the detriment of the combustion of life, did not do less well than the previous ones.
And so on until 2018, when the primary competitor in this space entered the market with innovations that were just as significant as they were when they were first introduced.
In terms of design, it is a continuation of the C-HR in that it has a massive grille, very marked geometric lines, and lines, a very identifiable “C” pillar design, and a floating roof that can be painted a different color than the rest of the body of the vehicle.
The figure it embodies is extremely musculus and athletic, all of which is enhanced thanks to the large wheel arches equipped with 18-inch wheels that are marked at the design level.
Its length is 4.6 meters, its width is 1.85 meters, and its height is 1.68 meters; to these measurements, you must add another 2.69 meters for the wheelbase.
These dimensions place it in the C class. Because of all of this, it is comfortable for up to five people to remain inside.
Its hybrid physiognomy does, however, weigh it down in comparison to the competition in terms of the storage capacity that is housed in its trunk, with a worst-case storage capacity of 580 liters guaranteed, although it can reach 1,690 liters if the rear row of seats is lowered in the proportion of 60:40.
In conclusion, it is essential to point out that it is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which is designed to support hybrid vehicles and other automobiles that utilize various traction systems.
It has already been stated at the beginning of the article that only one hybrid motorization unit is utilized, both conventional and plug-in, but in any case, with a gasoline engine, making it one of the few models that do so. This fact places it in the category of being one of the few models that do so.
More specifically, its architecture is made up of four cylinders; it has a displacement of 2500 cubic centimeters, it performs atmospheric aspiration using an electric motor driven by an epicyclic train referred to as an e-CVT, and NiMH batteries power it.
In any event, it can generate a maximum torque figure of 221 Nm, in addition to a power of 222 hp in the version with all-wheel drive and 218 hp in the version with rear-wheel drive.
In addition to everything mentioned above, a lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydride battery, along with either one or two electric motors, must be added.
Because there is no physical connection between the axles in an all-wheel drive vehicle, an electronic unit is responsible for directing either the front or the rear wheels, depending on the energy lost.
It is important to note that a second electric motor is located on the rear axle of the vehicle in an all-wheel drive vehicle.
In the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the internal combustion engine with a displacement of 2.5 liters operates at total capacity alongside an electric motor and a battery with greater power.
This configuration enables the vehicle to travel a maximum distance of 65 kilometers using only its electric motor and battery by the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Because of all these factors, it has a power output of 306 horsepower and distributes the power from the engine to all four wheels.
Inside, you can choose five trim levels: Advanced, Business, Style, Luxury, and Black Edition.
Each of these levels features clean lines and an efficient layout for the controls.
LED lights, a wireless charger for mobile devices, sensors that make parking tasks easier, a rear camera, and a multimedia system with an eight-inch floating touch screen are all standard equipment in this vehicle.
However, insofar as functionality is concerned, it contrasts much with what is seen on the outside, as it displays extraordinary austerity and does not have excessive digital boasts.
It is currently sold with five seats, but it is anticipated that it will be possible to manufacture it with as many as seven seats.
Despite this, abundant driving assistance technology is available, including adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, automatic emergency braking with recognition for pedestrians and cyclists, and lane departure warning.
On the other hand, the ‘Style’ and ‘Luxury’ trims feature a higher level of sophistication in this regard: whereas the latter takes this aspect to another level with features such as keyless start, electric heated mirrors, intelligent high beam control, 360-degree camera system, JBL sound system, intelligent interior mirror, electric driver’s seat, and the most advanced safety features with Toyota Safety Sense equipment, the former has curious details such as the roof and wheels can come in black; the latter takes this aspect to another level with features such as keyless start, electric heated mirrors, and intelligent high beam control; the roof and wheels can come in black.
The total cost of purchasing this vehicle will vary depending on the paint job you select.
If you take advantage of the offers and promotions currently available, you may find the Advance access version with a front axle drive system for somewhere around 35,400 $.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Luxury, which comes standard with permanent four-wheel drive and can be purchased for approximately 45,350 $ after taking into account any applicable discounts or special offers.
After going over the specifics of the Toyota Rav4, it is a good idea to briefly examine some other vehicles in a similar class so that you can gain a more holistic understanding of what each one provides and evaluate them according to more stringent standards.
This compatriot lives wholly submerged in its third generation, which also saw the light at the beginning of this year that is drawing to a close.
It does not retain any of the characteristics of its forerunners in any way, in contrast to what we saw with the styling of the Rav4.
The wheelbase of the Nissan Qashqai is 2.67 meters, which is only two centimeters shorter than the wheelbase of our main character’s vehicle.
Despite this, the Nissan Qashqai falls relatively far behind in trunk storage capacity, with a minimum of 504 liters.
Additionally, its power decreases, as all of its variants have less than 200 horsepower: 140 in the access model with a maximum torque of 240 Nm, 158 and 260 in the immediately above model, and the most advanced e-Power model achieves a rating of 190 horsepower.
That, indeed, on the road appears to offer something more to the driver, possibly because its Nm of torque is superior.
The interior equipment is comparable to that of Toyota.
Still, the prices span a more comprehensive range than Toyota’s: the most affordable version costs 25,650 $, while the Tekna model costs more than 40,000 $.
In addition to that, it provides products that have been awarded the ECO label.
In 2020, a mid-generation facelift was given to this Spanish SUV, including improvements in design and those made in other areas.
It has a wheelbase that is relatively shorter than the Rav4 with 2.64 meters, and this is also the case in the trunk storage thanks to its 510 minimum liters of space and 1,604 potential liters when the second row of seats is folded down.
However, in terms of maximum torque, the diesel-powered version with a 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder engine and 1,998 cubic centimeters of displacement has a significant advantage thanks to its 340 Nm.
The price level at which it moves is noticeably lower than that of the Japanese protagonist, with about 24,000 $ in output in the version of Reference that is the most easily accessible and 39,000 # in the performance of FR GO which has a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Both do not include deals and special offers.
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