2014 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4dr LE

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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
FWD 4dr LE$23,870 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr LE$26,135 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
FWD 4dr XLE$28,080 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr XLE$30,280 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
AWD 4dr Limited$33,210 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

July 02, 2014 thru July 31, 2014
Cash
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
AWD 4dr LE$26,135$0$0
AWD 4dr Limited$33,210$0$0
AWD 4dr XLE$30,280$0$0
FWD 4dr LE$23,870$0$0
FWD 4dr XLE$28,080$0$0
Finance
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
AWD 4dr LE$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%2.90%3.90%N/A
AWD 4dr Limited$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%2.90%3.90%N/A
AWD 4dr XLE$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%2.90%3.90%N/A
FWD 4dr LE$0$0N/A0.90%1.90%2.90%2.90%3.90%N/A
FWD 4dr XLE$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%2.90%3.90%N/A
Lease
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
AWD 4dr LE$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr Limited$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A
AWD 4dr XLE$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A
FWD 4dr LE$0$0N/A0.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A
FWD 4dr XLE$0$0N/A1.90%1.90%2.90%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

EngineRegular Unleaded I-4
Horsepower @RPM176 @ 6000
Displacement2.5 L/152
Torque @RPM172 @ 4100
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
Fuel Economy (Hwy)6.4 L/100 km
Fuel Economy (City)8.7 L/100 km
Body typeSport Utility
Passenger5
Drive TrainEMPTY
TransmissionEMPTY
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.

Brakes

Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Brake Type N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft) 73.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft) 73.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft) N/A

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) N/A

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary) 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) N/A

Emissions

G/km Of CO2 Emissions 177 (Est)
Kg/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 20K km/year N/A

Engine

Displacement 2.5 L/152
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Sequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 176 @ 6000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 172 @ 4100

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in) 65.4
Length, Overall (in) 179.9
Liftover Height (in) N/A
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in) N/A
Rear Door Opening Width (in) N/A
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8
Wheelbase (in) 104.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.6

Fuel Tank

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) 60

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 39.8
Front Hip Room (in) 54.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume (ft) 101.9
Second Head Room (in) 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) 48.9
Second Leg Room (in) 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.4

Mileage

Cruising Range - City (mi) 1621.30
Cruising Range - Hwy (mi) 2203.96
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100 km) 8.7
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100 km) 6.4
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - City N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Combined N/A
EnerGuide Estimate Equivalent - Hwy N/A

Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) N/A
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double Wishbone

Tires

Front Tire Size P225/65HR17
Rear Tire Size P225/65HR17
Spare Tire Size Compact

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1499
Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) 1499
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 225
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1499

Transmission

Clutch Size (in) N/A
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
Trans Type 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low N/A

Vehicle

EPA Classification Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
EnerGuide Estimate City (UK-MPG) 32.47
EnerGuide Estimate Hwy (UK-MPG) 44.14

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3406
Curb Weight (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) N/A
Total Option Weight (lbs) 0.00

Wheels

Front Wheel Material Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact

MECHANICAL

Engine: 2.5L 4-Cylinder SMPI -inc: aluminum alloy block, dual Variable Valve Timing w/intelligence (VVT-i), Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS), heavy duty battery, starter, alternator and heater and stainless steel exhaust system
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Super ECT -inc: sequential shift mode, gate type shifter and transmission cooler
3.815 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 2,035 kgs (4,485 lbs)
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control and Oil Cooler
Front-Wheel Drive
550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
899# Maximum Payload
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
60 L Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 17" Steel w/Full Wheel Covers
Tires: P225/65R17 AS Radials -inc: compact spare tire
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Monotone Paint
Body-Coloured Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Black Rear Bumper
Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Coloured Door Handles
Body-Coloured Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Fixed Interval Wipers w/Heated Wiper Park
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Splash Guards
Lip Spoiler
Body-Coloured Grille w/Chrome Accents
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio: AM/FM CD/MP3/WMA -inc: audio auxiliary input jack, USB audio input, Bluetooth capability, 4 speakers and roof mounted antenna
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
Wireless Streaming

INTERIOR

Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver and passenger seat fore/aft and recline adjustments and driver cushion height
Cloth Front Seats w/Cloth Back Material
6-Way Driver Seat
4-Way Passenger Seat
60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
5 Person Seating Capacity
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Manual Air Conditioning
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Cloth Door Trim Insert
Urethane Gear Shift Knob
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Front Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Space Lights
Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Centre Armrest and Rear Centre Armrest
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Engine Immobilizer
2 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

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