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Meaningful upgrades put Toyota RAV4 closer to the front of the mid-size SUV pack
19 Apr 2016
BACK in 2013 when the 40 Series RAV4 launched, it pleasantly surprised critics who were bowled over by Mazda’s all-conquering CX-5 and left wanting more by other Japanese mid-size SUV stalwarts such as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander.
The RAV4 quickly started showing its age against an early CX-5 update, while all-new contenders such as the Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Tucson further raised the game in this segment and made the Toyota look expensive.
Meanwhile, Toyota has quietly gone about improving the RAV4 for this facelifted model, with numerous updates adding up to far more than the sum of their parts. It’s still at the pricey end of the segment, but this popular SUV has definitely found a new lease of life.
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Model release date: 1 December 2015 to 1 September 2016
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