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Toyota lifts RAV4's safety standards

Eat, sleep, RAV4, repeat: Toyota's RAV4 range has received a lift in the safety systems department, with features such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert now standard.

More standard safety equipment for Toyota's RAV4, but the additions come at a cost

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Toyota logo6 Oct 2017

By TUNG NGUYEN

TOYOTA Australia has upped safety specifications and standard equipment levels across its RAV4 range, excluding the flagship Cruiser variants, with price rises of up to $2350 corresponding with the update.

The entry-level manual 2.0-litre petrol two-wheel-drive (2WD) GX grade receives a $900 price boost to now kick the range off from $29,450 before on-road costs, but also adopts safety systems previously only available on its higher-spec siblings.

Adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, pre-collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert are now included in the base RAV4 as standard, as well as satellite navigation, digital radio and a 4.2-inch infotainment system.

According to Toyota, the additional equipment is valued at $3800, representing a $2900 saving for range-opening GX buyers.

Continuously variable transmission (CVT) versions of the 2.0-litre petrol 2WD GX also rise $900 to $31,490, while the price of the automatic 2.0-litre 2WD GXL has increased by $100 to $35,490, with both grades gaining the same safety equipment boost.

New to the 2WD GXL grade however, is an optional 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and leather-accented interior for $2500.

All aforementioned RAV4 variants are powered by a 107kW/187Nm naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

Paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission, the 132kW/233Nm 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder-equipped all-wheel-drive (AWD) GX and GXL RAV4s cop a $840 and $40 price hike to $34,490 and $38,490 respectively.

However, oil-burning AWD RAV4s – powered by a 110kW/340Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine – receive the largest increases in price, with the GX moving $2350 upstream to $39,060 for the manual and $41,100 for the automatic, while the GXL automatic rises $1575 to $45,125.

Range-topping Cruiser variants are the only grades to not receive a price hike, with the 2.5-litre petrol-powered versions dropping $910 to $44,490, while pricing for the flagship oil-burner remains unchanged at $50,500.

Cruiser variants retain the same level of equipment as before, including 18-inch wheels, 11-speaker JBL sound system, power-operated bootlid and moonroof.

For the first nine months of the year, Toyota has found 15,604 new homes for its RAV4 crossover – a 4.5 per cent increase over the same period last year – making it the third most-popular model in the sub-$60,000 medium SUV segment behind the Mazda CX-5 (19,187) and Hyundai Tucson (18,981).

The RAV4 holds a 14.2 per cent share of its market, while outselling rivals including the Mitsubishi Outlander (12,935), Nissan X-Trail (13,691) and Kia Sportage (10,598).

2017 Toyota RAV4 pricing*
2.0-litre petrol FWD
GX$29,450
GX (a)$31,490
GXL (a)$35,490
2.5-litre petrol AWD
GX (a)$34,490
GXL (a)$38,490
Cruiser (a)$44,490
2.2-litre diesel AWD
GX$39,060
GX (a)$41,100
GXL (a)$45,125
Cruiser (a)$50,500
*Excludes on-road costs

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