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Toyota offers game-changing price cuts for the 2017 RAV4

If you’ve been hoping to acquire a new Toyota RAV4, then this announcement will probably make your day. The Japanese automaker has revealed that certain models of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 will have price cuts in the hopes of keeping the crossover's value quotient high. Also, this will give the SUV the edge compared to its rivals in its category. The models that will have a discounted price are the LE, XLE, SE and Limited. However, the RAV4 Platinum and RAV4 Hybrid will be excluded from the said discounts. But all in all, this is good news for the Toyota patrons.

The Toyota RAV4 is considered as a bestseller in its small SUV range. Despite that, the 2017 Toyota RAV4 is only halfway through its model year. Toyota shocked us with the recent announcement of price drops which apply to both front wheel and all-wheel drive versions. They cover every trim except the Platinum and Hybrids. The standard 2017 Toyota RAV4 LE will now cost $24,410 for the FWD and $25,810 for the AWD, which means savings of $500. However, if you are more interested in a more standard layout, then you can obtain the largest discount of any model you desire, the price after the discount will be at $25,500 ($26,900 or AWD) -- an awesome $1,330 price slash.

Moving upwards to the top of the tier, the RAV4 SE costs $28,790 for FWD and $30,190 for AWD, an impressive $1,195 discount overall. With the Limited trim, you can benefit from a $925 price decrease, with the AWD only costing $32,305 while the FWD can be yours for $30,905. But take note that the price slash that was mentioned above doesn't include yet the $960 destination and handling fee, so you need to prepare more than the discounted price still.

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Toyota preps 2018 RAV4 for a go-anywhere attitude with new Adventure grade

Getting ready for a new adventure with a RAV4 has now been made more exciting. This is thanks to Toyota’s decision to offer an Adventure grade for the 2018 model of its RAV4 compact SUV.

The Japanese carmaker just recently unveiled the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure, which should allow young families with an adventurous nature to go on an escapade. As its name indicates, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure is provided with a number of features and elements that allow the compact SUV to be as rough as possible. Furthermore, these added features and elements should enable the new RAV4 Adventure to look sportier and more stylish than usual.

If you are interested in this new grade for the 2018 Toyota RAV4, you can choose between two available versions, although both will feature the same upgrades thanks to the package. Customers may still avail of the front-wheel drive version of the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure, which comes with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential. But if you need traction and grip on all four corners, you may want to avail of the all-wheel-drive variant of the RAV4 Adventure, which is fitted with Dynamic Torque Control.

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Toyota RAV4 and Ryan Millen set to compete in both the Atlantic and Pacific Rally Cups

Last year was a dream come true for racer Ryan Millen and the Toyota RAV4 he piloted as they grabbed four out of five Western U.S. victories. But it seems resting on their laurels is not their thing because this year, Millen will be driving the same Toyota RAV 4 he used this year to take on even bigger races.

In a hectic racing schedule, Toyota and Millen who is a member of the famous Millen family of racers, will race all over the U.S. from California to New York to Michigan, to name a few. Millen and Toyota, aside from vying for the National Championship, will participate in both the Atlantic Rally Cup as well as the Pacific Rally Cup in NASA’s Rally Sport series.

Indeed, things seem to be looking up for Millen this year. Ryan placed second in Rally America’s Sno Drift Rally just last month in what could be a great lead-up for the highly anticipated Rally series. Recounting on last year’s winnings, Millen said that it was an amazing opportunity for him and Toyota.

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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid priced from $29,270 in the United States

Toyota has reached another milestone as it presents the first Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as part of its updated RAV4 range. Twenty years ago, the RAV4 was introduced as a niche. But as we all know, the crossover segment has massively grown into a major category.

Back then, the RAV4 was applauded as a pioneer with the versatility of a SUV and the type of handling that can only be offered by a car. It also didn’t hurt that it used up lesser fuel and it was very comfortable to ride in. But now, Toyota has once again taken the lead with the launch of the RAV4 Hybrid as part of its 2016 lineup.

A sporty SE grade will also be a new entry in this line. If you recall, the Prius arrived only a few short years after the RAV4 made its debut. This model would later become so successful that it has earned the title of the top-selling hybrid vehicle in the world. With the addition of the 2016 RAV4, there will now be eight models in Toyota’s hybrid lineup.

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Toyota’s European customers are likely excited with the announcement that the company will be launching a new compact SUV in this rather highly competitive market. The RAV4 Hybrid is the brand’s latest offering to the C-SUV segment.

The Electric all-wheel drive (E-Four) system that powers the RAV4 Hybrid is considered a first for vehicles offered by Toyota in Europe. The high-speed and 50 kW rear electric motor allows AWD capability even without a central prop shaft.

Its front electric motor meanwhile can operate independently of the hybrid system and can also drive the rear wheels. With the E-Four system, the RAV 4 is capable of switching to an AWD from a stationary start or when driving on slippery surfaces.

Read the entire article Toyota launches eco-friendly, fuel-efficient, and powerful 2016 RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota’s all-new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid arrived at the 2015 New York Auto Show, a vehicle that targets young adventure-seeking couples that are looking for a vehicle with excellent fuel efficiency as well as utility, versatility and capability. Just like the Lexus NX 300h, the new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder petrol engine as well as by an electric motor.

Both axles receive power thanks to the standard Electric On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System. Although it didn’t offer any performance figures, the 2016 RAV4 Hybrid will arrive with more than 176 hp. Toyota says that its new hybrid crossover will better acceleration than the standard RAV4. Moreover, the vehicle will be offered in two premium grades: XLE and Limited.

Both grades are offered as standard with an Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel-Drive System with intelligence (AWD-i), optional 17-inch alloy wheels and six exterior colors (Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl and a new BLUE).

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Toyota Motor Corp. says the latest iteration of RAV4 crossover earned a passing score in the latest round of tests simulating small-overlap front crashes as conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to Toyota Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary Seigo Kuzumaki, the 2015 RAV4 got a “good” score in the latest test, which should allow the crossover to earn institute’s coveted Top Safety Pick rating.

The 2014 RAV4 failed to earn the status after getting poor results in the small overlap test conducted in July 2013, prompting Toyota engineers to vow an overhaul and to make the crossover more than strong enough to pass.

The RAV4 needs a small-overlap rating score of at least “acceptable” to earn Top Safety Pick. Official results of the latest test won’t be published until December, according to IIHS spokesman Russ Rader, adding that the results look promising.

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Built especially for triathletes, this 2013 RAV4 designed by LifeTime Fitness and Team Toyota triathletes Sarah Haskins, Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper will be seen at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 to 8. This 2013 RAV4 has been tweaked to offer the tired triathlete a vehicle that is practical as well as soothing to aching muscles.

In addition, the model also offers training intelligence. The custom features were added by the Motorsports Technical Center in Torrance, Calif., including a hot water shower with a 5-gallon fresh water tank, a spin dryer and gear storage compartments mounted in the rear cargo area. The athlete could put his wetsuit into the drain and then get a shiatsu massage in the front seat while he pores over race statistics and tracking data at the integrated iPad.

For an even higher level of relaxation, the athlete can quench his thirst with drinks from a refrigerator in the rear seat located near the Blendtec® blender. There’s also a cupboard filled with snacks. The RAV4 is fitted with a wireless Bluetooth speaker.

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The Toyota Camry and RAV4 will feature  updated equipment --  including Entune Audio -- when they are released for the new model year. The carmaker has also updated the pricing of the models for the new model year. The 2014.5 Camry will feature a back-up camera as standard equipment on all models while a new exterior color -- Parisian Night Pearl -- will be available on the Camry LE, XLE gasoline and hybrid models.

The new color will replace Clearwater Blue. The 2014.5 Camry will still feature the SE Sport four-cylinder model. On the other hand, the 2014 RAV4 now features updated equipment for two of its trim levels – the XLE and Limited.

The RAV4 XLE now features sunvisor extenders and chrome interior door handles as standard equipment.

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Consumer Reports has withdrawn its recommendation on three of Toyota Motor Corp's vehicles, after they received poor crash test results. The magazine said it will no longer recommend the Toyota Camry, Prius V or RAV4 sport utility vehicle since they received "poor" ratings in a small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, remarked that after a year of the small overlap testing and over 50 vehicles tested – a number of which did adequately – the influential magazine is now making the shift and pulling recommendations from any car that gets a poor" rating. Fisher disclosed that virtually every family sedan has undergone the test and the Camry was the only one that received a 'poor' rating.

He remarked that “at this point,” Consumer Reports cannot continue to recommend people to buy a Camry when there are other vehicles that fared better on the test.

The IIHS, a non-profit group funded by the insurance industry, included in 2012 the small overlap test -- involving only a front corner of a vehicle -- in its barrage of crash tests. Consumer Reports waited to adjust its recommendations until it saw how the entire auto industry was affected by the small overlap test. It also does not recommend any vehicle that got poor scores in any of the crash tests.

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The RAV4 has become Toyota's top-selling model in Russia and so it comes as no surprise that the automaker will invest around 18 billion yen (135 million euros) to expand capacity at its St. Petersburg factory where the assembly of its RAV4 compact SUV will start in 2016. Even as the economic slowdown has caused auto sales to fall for the past six straight months in Russia, RAV4 sales have increased by 43% to 27,000 vehicles in the eight months to August.

In a statement, Toyota said that the expanded plant will roll out up to 50,000 RAV4 vehicles a year based on the complete knock-down system. Currently, this plant (which makes the Camry sedan) is capable of producing 50,000 vehicles a year.

Toyota spokesman Ryo Sakai said that demand is increasing for the RAV4 and with its impressive sales, it makes sense that the automaker start local production of this model based on a longer term standpoint. He said that Russia offers incentives to urge foreign carmakers to localize production. In Russia, the RAV4 takes the No. 4 spot when it comes to SUV sales.

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After selling its 50 millionth car, Toyota decided to provide a little surprise to their unsuspecting target, a veteran at the New York Police Department. That customer was New York resident Michael Dee, who got the surprise during a family barbecue in Levittown, N.Y. It all started when Dee purchased a Toyota Camry earlier this year at Millennium Toyota in Hempstead, NY, not knowing that he was the carmaker’s 50 millionth customer.

Not wanting to let the sales milestone pass by, the carmaker collaborated with Dee’s family to surprise him during a family barbecue in Levittown. Dee was all too busy at the grill when Bill Fay -- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division -- suddenly popped out into his backyard and presented him the title as the carmaker’s milestone customer.

The title was apparently not enough of a prize as Fay also led Dee to his driveway and handed him the keys to a new 2013 RAV4. Dee was initially speechless but soon found the words he wanted to say.

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Executives at Toyota are aiming to make the Toyota RAV4 the best-selling nameplate in the compact crossover segment. Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA, told dealers at Toyota Division's national dealer meeting in Atlanta that he expects the carmaker to sell over 200,000 RAV4s this year, up from 171,877 units sold in 2012.

Despite this expected sales figure, the RAV4 will remain be behind segment leaders Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.  Toyota has sold 120,812 RAV4s in the first seven months of 2013, compared with 178,969 Escapes and 172,989 CR-Vs. Carter told Automotive News in a phone interview that he was referring to future aspirations when he told dealers that they are aiming for the RAV4 sales to hit 250,000 units.

He remarked that selling 250,000 RAVs is within the growth of compact crossover market, adding that the strength of Toyota’s offering “puts it within the realm of possibility." He also remarked that 250,000 is not achievable in 2014, primarily because Toyota is still securing additional production capacity.

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The redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 received a "poor" rating in the small overlap test conducted by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The poor score in the small overlap test came despite updates to the RAV4s produced after April 2013. The updates include enhancing the stability of the steering column and installing more padding under the footwell carpeting. Commenced in 2012, the small overlap test simulates what happens when the front part of a vehicle collides with another object like a tree, telephone pole or another car.

It assesses how well vehicles could manage 40-mph frontal collisions wherein there is a 25-percent overlap with a 5-foot-tall barrier. IIHS said in a statement that after the test, the driver's space of the RAV4 was "seriously compromised by intruding structure, and the dummy's left foot was trapped by crushed and buckled sheet metal in the footwell." Worse, the dummy's head hardly touched the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left side.

The steering column also shifted over 7 inches to the right. IIHS said that such occurrence results in "little airbag cushioning for the chest." The institute noted that the RAV4's seat belt allowed "excessive forward movement of the dummy's head and torso," which contributed to the head hitting the instrument panel. The RAV4, however, made a good performance in other areas.

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To attract more sales in the compact SUV segment, Toyota’s newest RAV4 has become wider and longer. The RAV4 was first released in 1994. It had dominated this segment in Europe for numerous years but in 2012, it only ranked at sixth. The fourth-generation RAV4 is larger since compact SUV buyers currently want a bigger space and versatility, according to RAV4 project manager Hiroshi Hiroshima.

Compared to the prior model, the newest RAV4 is wider by 30mm, longer by 205mm, and lower by 25mm, making more space for those sitting in the rear. The vehicle appears sleeker. It now has a trunk capacity of 547 liters, compared to the predecessor’s 473 liters. Toyota anticipates that Russia will buy 46% of the 90,000 annual RAV4 sales expected in Europe.

In 2012, Toyota sold 27,237 of its SUVs in Russia. Hiroshima said that the RAV4’s launch in Russia is being done at the “right place at the right time.” For the European markets, the RAV4 will be available with front- and all-wheel drive and with any of a 2.0-liter gasoline engine or 2.0- or 2.2-liter diesels. Russia will also be available with a 2.5-liter gasoline choice that Toyota also offers in the U.S. and Asia.

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The 2013 Toyota RAV4 gets a modest price increase even when it doesn’t anymore have its third row of seats. A base-model RAV4 LE is priced at $24,145, which is $650 more expensive than the existing model. Toyota’s lineup doesn’t anymore have the formerly optional V-6 engine so all RAV4s will be equipped with a 176-hp 2.5-liter I-4 and get as standard equipment a USB hookup and 6.1-inch touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 LE with all-wheel drive has a starting price of $25,545, and comes with standard equipment such as privacy glass, body color-matched door handles and rear spoiler, a set of 17-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, and a rearview camera. Upgrading to the 2013 Toyota RAV4 XLE costs $25,135 for the front-drive version and $26,535 for an all-wheel-drive model.

The trim features a set of standard 17-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof with tilt/slide capability, fog lamps, dual zone climate control, and sport-bolstered premium bucket seats as standard equipment.

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The Los Angeles Auto Show just concluded but Toyota is already thinking about upgrading the 2013 Toyota RAV4. According to an Auto Express report, Toyota may introduce a hybrid version of the new RAV4 crossover. Toyota RAV4 engineer Yoshikazu Saeki told AE that the company is closely monitoring the market.

He explained that an assessment will be made after the introduction of the new RAV4 and that it’s possible that a hybrid RAV4 will be launched.

Toyota has two other hybrid SUVs already available: the Highlander and Lexus RX. Since the new RAV4 is related to the European Toyota Auris, the task of converting it to hybrid propulsion should be simple. As the Auris Hybrid is available in Europe, it proves that Toyota is already adept at installing a battery pack and electrical parts to that chassis architecture.

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The all-new 2013 Toyota Rav4 made its debut today at the 2012 LA Auto Show showing a brand new design, a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, new six-speed transmission, two-row seating for five and a number of in-cabin technologies. For the 2013MY, the Toyota Rav4 will be available only with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque.

The bad news is that the optional V6 engine available on the outgoing Rav4 model will be discontinued. The good news is that a six-speed transmission with Sequential Shift replaces the previous four-speed automatic and Toyota promises fuel efficiency ratings of 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive model, while the all-wheel-drive models will deliver 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Moreover, an ECO mode is available in order to make the car more fuel-efficient. In terms of design, the new Rav4 shows aggressively sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned taillights.

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Toyota Motor Corp. is claiming that its RAV4 EV sports utility vehicle could travel farther than its major rivals’ electric models. According to Toyota, its RAV4 EV could travel up to 113 miles or 182 kilometers on a full charge. Bill Fay, group vice president of U.S. Toyota-brand sales, quipped that the RAV4 EV's driving performance, dynamics and cargo capacity are equivalent to or may even surpass the RAV4 V-6.

Fay added that the electric-powered small SUV is the “most practical, versatile and convenient” electric vehicle on the market. RAV4 EV joins an increasing number of electric vehicles that are making waves in the market, including the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Fit EV and Ford Focus EV.

 Carmakers are bent on producing these environment-friendly units to meet demand for vehicles that emit little or no pollution as well as to comply with California rules.

Read the entire article Toyota RAV4 EV travels up to 113 miles per charge, claims to be the most efficient electric SUV

Toyota introduced today the all-new RAV4 EV at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. Priced from $49,800, the vehicle has a total range of 100 miles and can be charged in almost six hours on a 240V/40A charger. Regarding the performances, these are quite impressive for an electric SUV and the RAV4 EV offers two distinctly different drive modes, Sport and Normal.

In the Sport mode, the SUV sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h). In Normal mode, the RAV4 EV sprints to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 85 mph or 136 km/h. Maximum output from the electric powertrain is 154 HP (115kW) @ 2,800 rpm. As expected, the battery and electric powertrain are designed and produced by Tesla.

The RAV4 EV’s battery pack is mounted low and to the center of the vehicle, contributing to a more sedan-like ride. Regarding the design, the RAV4 EV comes with LED low beam projector headlights with halogen projector high beams.

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