Toyota RAV 4 is an audacious crossover SUV introduced in the year 1994 by Japanese automobile company Toyota. Its launch was made keeping in mind the demands of car enthusiasts to get all the benefits of a SUV vehicle in a compact car. Although, the first generation variant was not that successful in satisfying the needs. Still, its stylish exterior flair gave a competition to cars like Ford Escape and Subaru Forester. Globally it is available in three variants but specifically talking about Philippines automarket, you can buy this car packed with 2.5-litre VVT-i engine.
Engine, mileage & variants
Coming to the power segment, Toyota Rav 4 is equipped with standard 2.5-litre, in-lined 4 cylinder DOHC engine for the variant available for Philippines residents. This engine accompanied with VVT-i technology delivers maximum power output of 180 hp at 6000 rpm alongwith the peak torque of 233 Nm at 4100 rpm. Coupled with 6-speed automatic sequential transmission with super ECT, this car can breach the 0-100 kmph mark on speedometer in 8.7 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle is 173 kmph. This refined transmission also make the engine efficient adding upto an estimated mileage count of 10.2 kmpl to 13.2 kmpl.
Toyota RAV 4 is a stylish, smart and dynamic crossover SUV. The elegant exterior design features special vortex generators in outside mirrors and tail lights so that air flows uniformly around the vehicle for improvised stability driving at high speeds. Its sleek roof line and confident styling makes your outings a fun experience. At the rear, the automatic operable boot might have been a better looker with spare wheel mount, but it stills catches the attention with its unique styling. It counts its length as 4570 mm, width as 1845 mm and the height as 1670 mm. It has a 2660 mm wheelbase and sports 17 inch elegant alloy wheels which complement the sporty look of this vehicle.
Toyota RAV 4's cabin is fun to travel long distance journeys as it offers ample space for 5-passengers. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel features auto control switches mounted for direct control over Bluetooth hands-free function and Multi-function display panel by driver. Standard stereo system with 6.1-inch touch-screen, speedometer, MID and instrumental cluster are some of tech features embedded inside to make your ride convenient and advanced. French stitching and soft-touch material covered seats give you premium feel while seating on 6-way adjustable driver's seat. To laden your cargo in the boot cabin, 647-litres of volume is provided which can be further expanded by 2nd row seat folding adjustment.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
For firm handling and braking, this vehicle comes fitted with ventilated disc brakes in the front wheels and disc brakes in the rear. MacPherson strut with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabilizer bar front suspension and trailing-arm double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and stabilizer bar rear suspension are there to smoothen your ride by absorbing maximum shock waves you may suffer from while traversing through uneven tracks. Antilock braking system prevents wheels from getting inter-locked on sudden braking and stops the vehicle safely when needed. Safety airbags are employed for passengers at sides, front, curtain and knee to reduce the collision effect. Other safety aspects associated with this car includes vehicle stability control, fog lamps, park assist, seatbelts and more.
Toyota RAV 4 is a spacious crossover SUV with decent exterior body proportions and overall aesthetics. Although, some of its rivals offer more powerful engine performance which you may consider as its negative point.