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Toyota RAV4 Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior & Specs in Australia

The Toyota RAV4 led the compact SUV crusade in Australia after its launch in 1994, starting a shift in Australian car-buying habits, from standard sedans and wagons to a raft of road-focused SUVs.

The RAV4's blend of city-ready dimensions and off-road pretensions, along with the interior space of a big hatchback, made it an instant hit, swaying Australians by the thousands. Growing into more of a mid-sized SUV over successive generations, the RAV4 is now offered as a five-door SUV only, as opposed to its three-door origins. Buyers can choose between petrol and hybrid engines, two or four-wheel-drive and a range of specification levels.

Hybrid demand has proven to be exceptionally strong, accounting for the lion's share of RAV4 sales. The Toyota keeps on pushing boundaries.

Current prices range from $31,695 for the RAV4 GX (2WD) to $50,275 for the RAV4 Edge (awd) (panoramic Sunroof).​

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Toyota RAV4 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota RAV4 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $31,695 and going to $50,275 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $31,695 $50,275
2021 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $31,695 $50,275
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,100 $50,490
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $21,600 $47,410
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $19,300 $42,680
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Toyota RAV4 Colours

  • Eclipse Black
  • Glacier White
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Sky
  • Graphite
  • Atomic Rush
  • Eclectic Blue
  • Saturn Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Toyota RAV4 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota RAV4 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is the longevity of diesel-powered SUV and Passenger vehicles in Australia?

    Of all the technology you’re considering right now, the only one that sounds any real alarm bells is that of the double-clutch transmission. It’s not that Kia’s version of the DCT is worse than many others – nor is it the worst of the lot – but there have been complaints over the operation and lifespan of these units generally. Sometimes the fault is a software glitch, but in other DCTs – particularly the dry-clutch variety – the problems are mechanical and can lead to catastrophic failures.

    With that said, it’s also true that Kia in Australia offers a fantastic factory warranty, so you should have no worries for at least the first seven years. It’s also the case that Kia Australia takes its reputation very seriously and is one of the better companies when it comes to sorting out faults and problems with its products. We’re pretty big fans here at Carsguide of the current Toyota hybrid technology, and it’s looking like the new Kluger Hybrid will be just as popular as Toyota’s other hybrid offerings. Perhaps more so as the non-hybrid Kluger can be thirsty.

    As for the requirement for premium ULP, when you consider that the Kluger Hybrid will, around the city and suburbs where most of them will spend the vast majority of their lives, use about two thirds of the fuel of the V6 Kluger (maybe even a bit less than that) then the extra cost per litre is more than compensated for by the reduced cost per kilometre. And in case you were worried about Toyota’s hybrid tech, the new Kluger Hybrid comes with up to 10 years of warranty on the battery-pack provided the vehicle is serviced correctly and inspected once a year.

    The other thing you might consider is the next-size-down Toyota hybrid, the RAV4. This is quite a spacious vehicle these days and offers excellent fuel efficiency and driveability. It’s cheaper than the Kluger, too. Definitely worth a look. Overall, the broader view is that a petrol hybrid vehicle is more future-proof than a conventional turbo-diesel.

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  • Will the plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4 become available in Australia?

    Toyota Australia is on record as saying that the business case for the plug-in hybrid version of the RAV4 doesn’t stack up in Australia. And while we never say never, it doesn’t look like that model will arrive here any time soon. Instead, Toyota has expressed plans to sell the all-electric bZ4X cross-over which is RAV 4-sized here, following its Japanese launch which is slated for mid next year. That means the bZ4X could be in local showrooms by the end of next year, but it will only be as a purely electric vehicle and not a plug-in hybrid (or a hybrid of any sort).

    But it would be worth taking a RAV 4 Hybrid for a test drive as this car is selling up a storm and for good reason. It’s a terrific vehicle and seems right on point as far as its target market goes. The fact that it’s only moderately more expensive than a conventionally powered RAV 4 is just icing on the cake.

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  • Why isn't the stop-start engine function working in on my 2021 Toyota RAV4?

    The stop-start function on modern cars works according to a variety of protocols. Fundamentally, if the car’s battery can cope with not having the engine running, then it will trigger the fuel-saving measure when the car is stationary. But, if the battery is low (you’ve recently been running in electric-only mode, for instance) or you have the car’s lights or air-conditioning switched on and the stereo blaring, then the car may decide that it needs to keep the engine running to keep those systems running. If that’s the case, the stop-start function will be over-ruled.

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  • What is the best small-medium SUV to buy used for under $15k

    If you liked the RAV4, then a newer, more modern RAV 4 should be on your shopping list. Your budget gets you into a RAV 4 from, say 2012 or 2013, and these were, in fact, available in two-wheel-drive (since you no longer need all-wheel-drive).

    The march of technology means that the RAV 4 used less fuel with every generation, so it’s worth comparing your car’s fuel economy with the later version. While early versions of the RAV 4 (like the own you once owned) would have trouble beating 10 litres per 100km, the more modern RAV 4 from 2013 will easily consume less than eight litres per 100km over the same distance. If you drive carefully, that difference could be even greater. Don’t confuse the continuation of a badge with the stagnation of technology.

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Toyota RAV4 Interior

Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota RAV4 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1685x1855x4600 mm 195 mm
2020 SUV 1685x1855x4600 mm 195 mm
2019 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
2018 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
2017 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Boot Space

The Toyota RAV4 SUV has a boot space size of 580 Litres.
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Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

The Toyota RAV4 has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2020 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2018 SUV 500kg 1500kg
2017 SUV 500kg 1500kg
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Toyota RAV4 Seats

Toyota RAV4 Seats

Toyota RAV4 Fuel Consumption

The Toyota RAV4 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP, ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4.7L/100km for SUV /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2021 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota RAV4 Pricing and Specs for 2021

Toyota RAV4 Wheel Size

The Toyota RAV4 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x65 R17 for SUV in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 SUV 225x65 R17 225x65 R17
2020 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
2018 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
2017 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota RAV4 Wheel Sizes