Toyota RAV4 Cruiser (all three images above)
Toyota RAV4 updated for 2014
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24th January, 2014
Toyota's popular RAV4 SUV will further strengthen its position at the
heart of the mid-size SUV market with the introduction of new technology and enhanced equipment levels.
RAV4 becomes the first Toyota vehicle in Australia to be fitted with Reverse Cross Traffic Alert^ for added safety and
driver convenience when backing out of a car space. It is also the first Toyota sold here to adopt Lane Departure Alert^,
which is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is about to deviate from a traffic lane. The two advanced
technologies are now standard in the top-of-the-range RAV4 Cruiser, effective for vehicles made since November 2013.
Toyota's latest changes also mean every RAV4 is now fitted with a reversing camera^, which is new for GX variants.
All models in the 2014 RAV4 range have been specified with multimedia audio units operated through a 6.1-inch
full-colour display screen and switches on the steering-wheel hub.
Cruiser variants also receive several other new features, including a premium 11-speaker JBL sound system with
DAB+ digital radio. Cruiser is further distinguished by the addition of Automatic High Beam^ that dips the headlights at
night to avoid blinding other drivers and Back Guide Monitor that processes steering input to predict the path of a
reversing vehicle, displaying this information through guidelines on the rear-camera image.
The range-topping variants are now shod with 18-inch wheels for the first time - machined alloys with black highlights
along with wider and lower-profile 235/55 Dunlop tyres (previously 17-inch alloys with 225/65 tyres).
The additional safety, convenience and other features in Cruiser more than account for the price increase of $1,800*.
Price rises for other variants are just $200*.
Toyota has also taken the opportunity with the 2014 RAV4 to refine the range by deleting four manual-transmission
variants, reflecting consumer demand. A six-speed manual is available on some variants.
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the new generation RAV4, launched in
February 2013, made total RAV4 sales during 2013 reach an impressive 15,595 units - an increase of 21.2 per cent over the
same period last year.
"Toyota's commitment to safety and to our customers drove us to bring these latest features to the market now,
rather than waiting for a more typical upgrade timing."
RAV4 is covered by the capped-price Toyota Service Advantage at a maximum of $170 per service (conditions apply).
Petrol and diesel power trains
The RAV4 is offered with three four-cylinder engines, starting with a 107kW 2.0-litre petrol for the two-wheel drive
All-wheel drive (AWD) versions can be specified with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that develops 340Nm of torque, or
a 2.5-litre petrol engine proven in the latest generation Camry that develops 132kW.
The 2WD RAV4 is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox or Toyota's Multidrive S automatic transmission that also
provides drivers with a sporty, sequential seven-speed model.
Petrol AWD variants are fitted with a six-speed multi-mode sequential-shift automatic while diesel AWD RAV4 comes with
the choice of the six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes.
RAV4 features Toyota's advanced all-wheel drive technology, Dynamic Torque Control AWD.
Using information from various sensors (speed, steering angle and yaw rate), the system continuously controls the
torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned in front of
the rear differential.
Front-to-rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0 to 50:50, with front-wheel drive (100:0) automatically engaged
under normal driving conditions to improve fuel consumption.
RAV4 uses a sophisticated, high-speed interactive management system to co-ordinate control of Dynamic Torque Control
AWD, vehicle stability control and electric power steering systems to enhance performance, handling and safety under all
Reverse Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)^
RCTA is designed to provide added safety and driver convenience when backing out of a car space.
It warns the driver of approaching vehicles that may not be visible in either the rear-view camera or door mirrors.
A further refinement of Toyota's Blind Spot Monitor technology, RCTA uses the same radar sensors in the exterior
When approaching vehicles are detected, the system flashes the indicator lights on the door mirrors and also sounds a
It operates when the reversing vehicle is travelling at less than 8km/h and vehicles are approaching from the left or
right at between 8 and 28km/h.
Lane Departure Alert (LDA)^
LDA is designed to alert the driver when the system detects the vehicle is about to deviate from a traffic lane.
A camera mounted to the vehicle's windscreen can recognise certain types of road markings (white/yellow lines). It
sounds a warning beep and provides a visual alert via the Multi-Information Display screen if the vehicle is veering out
of its lane.
Automatic High Beam (AHB)^
AHB uses the same windscreen-mounted camera to detect the lack of light from surrounding street lamps or from other
vehicles at night.
If the system deems driving on high beam is necessary, it will automatically switch the headlamps to high beam.
The system also detects when there are street lights or on-coming/preceding vehicles and will switch back to low beam
to prevent dazzling other road users.
Toyota RAV4 Prices*
GX manual $28,690*
GXL manual $32,690*
GX auto $34,690*
GXL auto $38,190*
Cruiser auto $47,290*
GX manual $35,690*
GXL manual $39,190*
Cruiser auto $50,790*
Full-size spare (GX, GXL) $300*
* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as
on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are
^ It goes without saying but Reverse Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and reversing
camera are driver assist devices only and, naturally, should not be used as substitutes for safe driving practices. The
area into which the vehicle is driven must be visually monitored by the driver as always.