2022 Toyota RAV4

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Review: Continues To Shine

The compact SUV segment is a fierce one in the US, so the Toyota RAV4 goes up against top contenders like the Honda CR-V. Despite this, it is still one of America's most beloved vehicles, outselling every other vehicle except trucks. Its footprint isn't that much larger than a traditional car, but it supplies way more passenger and cargo capacity. It also offers very competitive mileage figures from the standard four-cylinder engine, while a bevy of electrified hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants compound on both performance and efficiency. In the case of the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid, you're looking at over 300 horsepower. Each model comes with a complete Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite, but the other standard features are a bit lacking at the base level. Despite this, the RAV4 has never struggled to sell well, and as Toyota continues to improve the recipe, the chances of Americans losing interest dwindles.

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 RAV4?

The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 introduces a new trim for 2022 in the form of the SE Hybrid. This trim blends a sportier appearance with features like a seven-inch touchscreen interface, while coming in at a lower price than the XSE Hybrid.

Elsewhere, the XSE can now be had in a new Calvary Blue color paired with a black roof. This same blue is available for SE Hybrid and TRD Off-Road trims. New wheel designs have been introduced for several trims, and XLE trims and above have updated headlamps. XLE Premium, Limited, Adventure, and TRD Off Road grades have new LED fog lamps. For the XSE Hybrid, there are new vertical lights that first appeared on the XSE Prime last year.

Inside, there are more improvements. All models have LED interior lamps and a locking glove box, while the XLE and above now comes with illuminated interior switches. For the Limited, an eight-way power front passenger seat is now standard.

Pros and Cons

  • Three efficient powertrains
  • Spacious and well-built cabin
  • Loads of cargo capacity
  • Great fuel economy with hybrid engine
  • Comprehensive standard safety suite
  • Spartan entry-level model
  • Not fun to drive at all
  • Can sound overly strained on the highway

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid LE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
Hybrid XLE
2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
All-Wheel Drive
XLE Premium
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2022 RAV4 Exterior

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  • Length 181.5 in
  • Wheelbase 105.9 in
  • Height 68.6 in
  • Max Width 73.4 in
  • Front Width 62.6 in
  • Rear Width 63.3 in
  • Curb Weight 3,655.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • White
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Ruby Flare Pearl
  • Lunar Rock
  • Blueprint
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Lunar Rock/Ice Edge Roof
  • Cavalry Blue
  • Silver Sky Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Cavalry Blue/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Blizzard Pearl/Midnight Black Metallic
  • Lunar Rock/Ice Edge Roof
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2022 RAV4 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
  • Transmissions
    8-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While one or two trims may be equipped to go off-road, the RAV4 is predominantly a town car. Its light, electrically assisted steering is ideal for maneuvering on tight, busy streets or grabbing that surprise parking spot before anyone else can. Unfortunately, this lightness doesn't really change when you speed up on the highway, so the wheel requires constant attention. Similarly, the brakes are quite light, too. But they aren't actually weak, so you can bring the car to a halt if you just apply the pedal hard enough.

This same town-centric design flows over into road comfort, though, meaning that most bumps and abrasions are soaked up easily by the suspension and tires. In this area, the smaller 17- and 18-inch wheels are preferable, but the 19 inches don't negatively affect it that much. The Adventure and TRD have slightly stiffer suspensions for going off-road, but they work well on tarmac, too.

Naturally, these two trims do well off the beaten path, where their smaller tires, stiffer suspensions, and AWD are ideal for dealing with rougher ground conditions.

2022 RAV4 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.5 in

2022 RAV4 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 RAV4 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Toyota RAV4 A Good SUV?

There is a reason that the Toyota RAV4 is the top-selling SUV in the USA, and that is because it does so many things right. It isn't overly expensive, it offers competitive fuel economy, and it is extremely practical with loads of passenger and cargo space. It's not the best equipped crossover on the market, but Toyota has done a good job of keeping it updated year after year. When regarded in comparison to its chief competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, it holds its ground and manages to beat them in a few areas. You get loads of choice with so many models on offer, including a range of hybrid options, most notably a potent plug-in hybrid. It's not the greatest SUV on the market, though, with lackluster acceleration and unengaging driving characteristics. But it makes up for this by being capable of off-roading without too much fuss and towing impressively heavy trailers. It is definitely one of the better value-for-money compacts on the market right now, and it deserves a test drive at the very least so you can see just how much you're getting for your money.

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2022 Toyota RAV4 Comparisons

Nissan Rogue Nissan
Honda CR-V CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota RAV4203 hp27/35 mpg$28,275
Nissan Rogue 201 hp30/37 mpg$27,360
Honda CR-V 190 hp28/34 mpg$28,410

2022 Toyota RAV4 vs Nissan Rogue

Nissan develops slightly more budget-friendly crossovers for the American market, but this generally comes at a cost other than money. In this case, the Rogue is much more of a niche purchase, but having been newly designed for 2021, is a vastly more appealing option than ever before. The Nissan's engine is new this year; it's a 1.5-liter turbo developing 201 hp and 225 lb-ft, so is more torquey than the gas-only RAV4. The Nissan also has a larger cabin and greater maximum trunk capacity. Size isn't everything, though, but the Rogue is still plush and comfortable, and is packed with features. The latest Rogue returns up ti 33 mpg combined but lacks a hybrid option. If judged purely on merit, the Rogue edges the gas-only RAV4. However, with its Toyota badge and broad hybrid lineup, the RAV4 offers more.

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2022 Toyota RAV4 vs Honda CR-V

Perhaps the most capable rival to the RAV4, the Honda CR-V is one of the best compact crossovers on the US market. Its 190-hp engine may not sound exciting on paper, but it allows the Honda to go from 0-60 mph quicker than the Toyota, although it isn't quite as fuel efficient as the most frugal setup on the RAV4. Still, it is smooth and quiet in comparison. The CR-V can't quite compete when it comes to towing, since it caps out at 1,500 lbs, but it can handle quite a bit more cargo thanks to its 39.2-cubic-foot trunk. But, between the two, the Toyota leads in terms of infotainment. It offers full smartphone integration at every trim level, including Wi-Fi and more speakers. If you can look past that and care more about how practically your family hauler is, then the Honda seems like the better choice, but if you want the better all-rounder, the RAV4 seems to have the better value proposition. But, with each nameplate offering different types of powertrains and comparable utility, it will likely come down to personal taste and preference.

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