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2015 Toyota Rav4 Review

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What's New for 2015


New color: Hot Lava (4R8)

Discontinued: Shoreline Blue (8V5)

17-in. 5-spoke Superchrome alloy wheels – standard on XLE

New Blizzard Pearl Premium Package {AP} includes Blizzard Pearl (070) exterior color and 18-in. machined finish alloy wheels with P235/55R18 tires - available for Limited models

Available height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection on XLE, Standard on Limited (running change – delayed availability)

Quick Facts


FWD with Auto LSD (standard)

Dynamic Torque Control AWD (available)


2.5L 16-valve DOHC 4-cylinder with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i)

Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 176 @ 6000

Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 172 @ 4100


6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)

Multi-mode transmission with S (Sport) position for manual-like shift control

Key Selling Points

RAV4 is stylish and sporty on the outside while offering impressive amenities on the inside with upscale technology and a roomy, comfortable cabin. Largely a carryover for 2015, RAV4 replaces Shoreline Blue with Hot Lava and introduces two new wheels to the lineup. With enhanced fun-to-drive handling and a wealth of versatile features, RAV4 is built for adventure.

Fun to Drive

RAV4's 6-speed automatic with sequential shift mode gives drivers smooth, manual-like control of the transmission and its selectable drive mode switch lets drivers choose between Normal, Sport and ECO modes to suit their styles. Sport mode decreases power steering assistance to increase road feel for the driver, sharpens throttle response and offers higher rev's for a more dynamic driving experience. On AWD models, when Sport Mode is selected, torque transfer to the rear wheels will start from the moment the steering wheel is turned. The Dynamic Torque Control AWD System, with the feedback from driver steering input, will adjust automatically a 90:10 front/rear torque distribution to reduce the load on the front tires. If later, an actual understeer develops, torque transfer to the rear wheels is automatically increased by up to 50%, further reducing front tire loading to provide improved lateral grip and control in turns.

Comfortable Cabin

RAV4 offers an extra level of comfort with dual zone automatic climate control standard on XLE and Limited and standard heated front seats on Limited. Plus, each grade offers a reclining rear seat offering back seat passengers added convenience. RAV4 also has a spacious interior with 73.4 cu. ft. of cargo space


RAV4 comes equipped with eight standard airbags6 including a driver knee airbag and front passenger seat cushion airbag. Plus, Limited offers Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Auto High Beam and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) as part of the Technology Package, to help provide even more peace of mind aside from RAV4's standard Star Safety System.

Key Features


176 hp 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i)

6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (6ECT-i)

Normal, Sport and ECO drive modes

Front-Wheel Drive with Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD)

Available Dynamic Torque Control AWD


Entune™ Audio with integrated backup camera with projected path Dual zone automatic climate control (XLE and Limited) 60/40 split, sliding, reclining, fold-flat second-row seat with center armrest SofTex®-trimmed seating (Limited) Smart Key System with Push Button Start and remote power liftgate function (Limited)

Safety & Security

8 standard airbags including driver knee airbag and front-passenger seat cushion airbag

Star Safety System™

Driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL) seats

Available Technology Package includes Lane Departure Alert with Automatic High Beams and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) (Limited)


Color-keyed rear spoiler Projector beam headlights and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wiper and intermittent rear window wiper (XLE and Limited) Standard height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection (Standard Limited, Available XLE)


  • ToyotaCare, including factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first
  • Roadside Assistance for 2 years, unlimited miles