2014MY Toyota Camry and RAV4 feature updated equipment, small price increase

Article by Anita Panait, on October 30, 2013

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.

RAV4 Limited will feature as an option a Technology Package that includes a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Alert and Auto High Beam for $725. The Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert will no longer be available as a stand-alone option.

2014 RAV4 will also have a new exterior, Blue Crush Metallic replacing Spruce Mica. Toyota will commence producing the 2014 RAV4 in November and the 2014.5 Camry in December.

The Destination, Processing and Handling (DPH) fee for the 2014.5 Camry is $810, and for the RAV4, it is $860. The 2014 Toyota Camry L starts at $22,235, while the 2014.5 Toyota Camry will carry a price tag of $22,425. Meanwhile, the 2014 Toyota Rav4 LE 4x2 starts at $23,550, which means a $250 price bump over the 2013MY.

The exterior design of the new Toyota RAV4 features strong proportions. This dynamic and sophisticated exterior entails a profile defined by a sleek-sloping roofline as well as by an assertive character line. Inside, the new RAV4 boasts of a premium and modern appearance, marked by a number of soft-touch accents and driver-focused controls.

As what can be seen on its overall looks, the Toyota RAV4 is defined by its sculpted front and rear fenders as well as boldly proportioned taillights – allowing it to aggressively pursue the design goals set by Toyota President Akio Toyoda.

Interestingly, the new RAV4 marks a break from tradition by ditching side-hinged rear door and adopting a roof-hinged liftgate. Its spare tire is now stored under the cargo floor. The Limited grade of the RAV4 features – as standard -- a power rear liftgate with one-touch function and driver-selectable memory height settings.

The Japanese carmaker’s engineers particularly focused on the aerodynamics of the new RAV4, as evidenced by the addition of small vortex generators into the taillight cases and near the base of the A-pillars. Also added are aerodynamic undertrays located beneath the passenger cabin. These are meant to smoothen and control airflow.

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