2014 Toyota RAV4

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Spacious and sensible, fun and feature-filled, the Toyota RAV4 is definitely the compact SUV for those looking for something more than just a functional ride.

Full Review

As far as compact SUVs go, the 2014 Toyota RAV4 is not a bad offering since it comes with a fair amount of space and decent design. However, it’s not exactly what we would call a top performer – especially when it comes to things like actual driving. In a nutshell, it’s not a terrible car by any means, but Toyota could have definitely done a better job with it.

If you’re familiar with the previous RAV4’s, one of the first things that will pop out is the fact that the 2014 version no longer has a spare tire attached to its backside. Another new design element that you might notice is the fact that the back door opens upwards instead of outwards, like in the older models. This is actually a solid change since it covers you from rain and seems to be more in line with what you can find in the other compact SUVs, like the Chevy Equinox. You can also get an adjustable power liftgate in the expensive Limited models. Peculiarly enough, the electric version of the 2014 RAV4 looks more like the older models, so if you miss that look, you can get this one. Keep in mind that these are limited-edition only!

On the inside, the new Toyota RAV4 is actually quite a delight since it’s comfortable, spacious and colourful. Indeed, even the lowest trim models demonstrate contrasting colours and such. You’ll also find plenty of high-quality plastics and soft-touch materials. That being said, the doorsills and gearshift lever are somewhat disappointing since they are covered in low-quality carbon-fiber, which looks and feels atrocious. The RAV4 no longer offers leather either, even in the highest trims, but you do get Softex – a semi-acceptable leather alternative, which you can find in the RAV4 EV.

In terms of space and comfort, the front seats are top-notch – even if you go for a base model – thanks to fine upholstery, plenty of legroom and lumbar supper in the Limited trim. The back seats are not bad either since their legroom is more than acceptable. Those seats are also easy to fold down flat, which greatly expands the cargo area in case you need more room for those groceries.

Under the hood, the 2014 RAV4 offers a selection of two engines – a 2.5-litre four-cylinder and AC induction motor. The four-cylinder can produce 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, with the front-wheel drive being standard and all-wheel drive being optional. The AC induction more in the limited production EV model is available with a lithium-ion battery and single-speed automatic transmission. The motor can pump out 154 horsepower and the impressive 273 pound-feet of torque. The EV variants are front-wheel drive only.

No matter which powertrain you pick, however, the power output is not exactly stellar in either one of them, and the fuel economy you get with this car is modest – unless you pick the EV version. But, most people will most likely stick to the regular trims since the EV model is available in limited numbers, which means that most will get subpar fuel economy.

So, is the 2014 Toyota RAV4 worth your money? It costs only $23,870, which is a decent price for what you get. However, we believe that the alternatives, like the Honda CR-V and Kia Sorento are worth a look too since they offer better powertrains along with plenty of superior features.

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
AWD 4dr LE$26,135 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr Limited$33,210 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr XLE$30,280 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
FWD 4dr LE$23,870 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
FWD 4dr XLE$28,080 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
LE AWD 6AT$26,135 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
LE FWD 6AT$23,870 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
Limited AWD 6AT$33,210 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
XLE AWD 6AT$30,280 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
XLE FWD 6AT$28,080 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 2.5000 L
Horsepower @RPM176
Fuel TypeUnleaded
Body typeSUV
Number of Doors5
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Power and Performance:

The new 2014 Toyota RAV4 models come equipped with a 2.5-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine coupled to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, with fifth and sixth gear ratios being overdrives. This gives the RAV4 a rating of 176 SAE net horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. If that doesn't sound like much, then you must simply experience it to appreciate the difference. If that wasn't enough to convince you the all new RAV4 is even better, then maybe the new flex lock-up control torque converter will, because this feature actually increases fuel efficiency. The new driver-selectable Eco mode also helps promote efficient driving, further adding to maximized miles per gallon. Where else can you find a smooth and fun ride that actually helps you save on fuel? This fuel efficiency is made even more better with an all new Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive system. This system works with the on board interactive management system to work with the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems to enhance performance, handling and safety.

Interiors and Special Features:

Buying a lot of stuff and having to forcefully cram all of it into your vehicle is not only not fun, it isn't safe either. The 2014 Toyota RAV4 solves this with some very thoughtful solutions, such as an adjustable power liftgate that actually remembers how high you want it to be open. For more cargo space, the second row can even be folded completely flat, making more space for more cargo. The base model of the 2014 Toyota RAV4 also comes with power locks, windows, and mirrors, cruise control; tilt/telescoping steering; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; and an AM/FM/CD player controlled, through a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen.

Safety features:

Even those used to driving SUVs find out sooner or later that there is that all-too dangerous blind spot to their vision, and during a drive with cargo, this can be particularly dangerous. The new RAV4 solves this with a Blind Spot Monitor with rear cross-traffic alert system, notifying you of the dangers you may not immediately notice.

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Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB
Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)
Roof antenna
4 speakers

Body Exterior

Wheel opening mouldings
Front and rear mud flaps
Roof spoiler
Underbody protection for transfer case and for engine


4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
Brake assist system
Electronic brake distribution


Black front and rear bumpers

Cargo area

Load restraint: hooks


Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,690.00


Cargo area light
Cruise control
4 passenger assist handles
2 12V in front, 1 12V in cargo area
Bluetooth ; includes phone connection
Remote control trunk/hatch release
Driver and passenger vanity mirror
Front reading lights
Voice activating system; includes phone


External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,570, overall width (mm): 1,845, overall height (mm): 1,660, ground clearance (mm): 159, wheelbase (mm): 2,660, front track (mm): 1,570, rear track (mm): 1,560 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 10,600
4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 29.0 and departure angle (degrees): 22.0
Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,012, rear headroom (mm): 988, front hip room (mm): 1,377, rear hip room (mm): 1,240, front leg room (mm): 1,081, rear leg room (mm): 944, front shoulder room (mm): 1,455 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,407
Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 2,080 and all seats in place: 1,090


Rear door: lifting gate
Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Body colour exterior door handles


Emissions data: CO2: 3,677 kg/yr
Engine: 2.5L in-line four-cylinder DOHC VVT-i with VVT

Engine Performance

Power: 176 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 172 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 8.7 ; highway= 6.4 ; combined= 7.7 ;


Fuel system: multi-point injection
Fuel tank: 60 litre capacity
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)


Main dashboard display
Service interval indicator
Trip computer: includes avg fuel econ and current fuel econ
External temperature

Interior Trim

Carpet floor mats
Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment and carpet in load area
Luxury trim: alloy look on doors and alloy look on dashboard


Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens
Daytime running lights


Remote keyless power locks ; automatic locking


Mica paint


Front side airbags
2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats
Crash test results IIHS, G, Good, Poor, Good and Good, crash test results NHTSA, 5, 4, 4.00 and 4
Front to rear curtain airbags
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Driver knee airbags


Seating: 5 passengers
Front seat center armrest
Rear seats: split-folding split bench with seating for three ; details: manual recline and manual fore/aft
Rear seat center armrest
Front driver seat : bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : bucket
Seat upholstery: cloth


Intermediate service 8,000, variable distance/period and 4,971


Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment
Vehicle speed proportional power steering type


Storage box trunk and fixed
Cupholders in front row and rear seats
Dashboard console with open storage, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console


Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs


Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
3.815:1 axle ratio
Front-wheel drive
Transmission: ECT-i 6-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. shifter on floor
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) stability control


Air conditioning
Ventilation system with cabin filter


Version information
Powertrain type : combustion
Data completeness
5-door SUV
Date introduced:
Trim level: LE


Tinted glass
Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows
Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with indicator lights
Windshield wipers with fixed intermittent wipe
Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows
Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side
Rear view mirror
Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper


Warranty powertrain - Total: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Roadside assistance warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km
Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km


Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,035, published curb weight (kg): 1,545, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 680, payload allowance (kg): 490 and Manufacturer’s own


Front and rear steel wheels: 17"x 7.0"
Front and rear all-season tires 225/65/H
Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim