The Toyota RAV4 is all grown up and ready for adventure

The vehicle that created the small sport SUV segment more than 20 years ago is now all grown up. The soft curves of the first-generation model have been replaced over time by more chiseled lines and sharp edges. Now, the fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 is sporty and tough-looking, especially with that aggressive front.

 

Adding to the RAV4’s rugged charm are its tapered headlights, restyled headlights, a sporty front bumper, square wheel arches with black cladding, and either 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

 

Under the hood of the all-new RAV4 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dual VVT-i gasoline engine that puts out 203hp and 243Nm. It’s also equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Safety equipment includes seven airbags, 8-eye front and rear sensors, backup camera, ABS with emergency brake signal, vehicle stability control, traction control, and hill-start assist control.

 

Interior amenities include a new floating 7-inch touchscreen display , an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory and lumbar support, inside rearview mirror, and even a wireless charger for your smartphone.

 

The all-new RAV4 won’t have a 4×4 version for our market, but if off-road versatility isn’t an issue, then this a crossover that you shouldn’t overlook. Price starts at P1,638,000 for the 2.5 LE variant, while the XLE goes for P1,870,000. The top-spec LTD is priced at P2,188,000.

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