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When you pause for a few moments and apply some thought to the matter, Toyota has had a remarkable existence as a car company. First arriving in the United States in the mid-1950s, Toyota has always strived to produce vehicles that are reliable, efficient, and available to the income of the average consumer. The manufacturer’s tireless work ethic has seen it adapt to the constant changes in trends and weather the storm in terms of overcoming adversity. In the modern landscape, Toyota continues to perfect its engineering while not overcharging for its popular products, which is easy to see with models like the 2022 Toyota RAV4.
Today’s market has been very kind to the SUV. As the ideal family vehicle and one that continues to be reinvented to reach a larger demographic, Toyota has never ceased to bring its innovative touch to the drawing board. Ever since its US debut in 1996, the RAV4 has certainly represented the hallmarks of what’s made Toyota such a successful brand. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 exemplifies the company’s dedication. As it hits the market, we’re proud to take a look at another chapter in the company’s history that personifies excellence.
The progression of innovation and performance when it comes to the SUV has been nothing short of remarkable. In this day and age, monstrous V8s are only necessary when it comes to vehicles that are either built for towing or high-end performance. The RAV4’s engine might be on the diminutive size of the scale, but its heart is mighty and a product of great efficiency.
The 2022 RAV4 is equipped with Toyota’s 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. The marvel of automotive innovation generates 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. While those numbers are impressive on their own, Toyota’s highly economical 4-cylinder produces with less RPM’s than others, putting less strain on the engine. Using less engine power allows the RAV4 to get an average of 30 MPG combined, making it one of the more fuel-efficient SUVs on the market. An impressive shelf life of 250,000-300,000 miles ensures that you get the most out of your RAV4 and can look forward to decades of use, and not just years.
The RAV4 also comes equipped with Toyota’s 8-speed automatic transmission. While the 2.5L certainly produces more with less effort, Toyota’s transmission is just as efficient at delivering the best results. Its high-performance rating can be attributed to its lightweight design and low center of gravity, while widened gears react much quicker to the increase and decrease of acceleration. This makes for a comfortable ride that actually improves the RAV4’s fuel efficiency and allows the vehicle to operate better than some of its competitors who are still utilizing 6-speed automatic transmissions to power their SUV fleets. Once again, Toyota makes performance and practicality available to the average consumer and doesn’t sacrifice the engineering that’s made them one of the most reliable brands in the world. You don’t become the best by being complacent and apathetic to quality and achievements.
There’s a lot that can be said about the wide array of safety and driving assistance features that currently exist on the market. Because the automotive industry is full of trends that get followed by pretty much every automaker, noticing the similarities between the various offerings from different manufacturers is inevitable. The situation then becomes a matter of not what is offered but what comes standard and how accessible they are to the average consumer. Once again, Toyota places accessibility at the forefront of the RAV4’s appeal.
When it comes to manufacturing a vehicle that’s just as safe as it is pleasing to the eye, Toyota certainly has no difficulty in being adept in both areas. Government-mandated testing and the results they produce don’t lie. When it comes to the tests administered by the NHTSA (National Highway & Traffic Safety Association), the RAV4 was awarded a five-star overall safety rating, which is the highest honor a vehicle can receive. When it comes to the safety features that come standard with the RAV4, Toyota offers up three safety packages that ensure you’ll have that extra layer of security.
Also standard on the 2022 Toyota RAV4 is adaptive cruise control. As one of the biggest breakthroughs in driver assistance technology, this is ideal for drivers who spend a lot of time on the highways on their commute or in pursuit of the best road trip. Adaptive cruise control monitors traffic patterns, ensuring you’ll maintain an appropriate speed and distance.
It’s safe to assume that you’ll be spending at least five days of the week in your vehicle as you travel along your morning commute. If you’re going to be out and about, then the comfort and amenities should not only be plenty but also at your fingertips for easy access. The RAV4 is certainly not lacking in this department, and you’ll find that there are more than enough creature comforts to give you the ride that’s also stress-relieving.
Infotainment excellence comes standard with a 7.0 touchscreen and six speakers to help drown out the troubles of the outside world. Available dual-zone climate control also means you can chill out when it gets too hot and warm your weary bones when Jack Frost decides to be bothersome. Toyota’s compatibility with various entertainment platforms is all-inclusive. The RAV4 can be used in conjunction with Apple, Android, Alexa, and even SiriusXM. No matter who your go-to is for entertainment, you’ll be able to take them with you. Speaking of, the RAV4 also possesses a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs. This means you can bring the snacks and the kitchen sink...or whatever extra goodies you need for maximizing playtime.
Because the RAV4 is still an SUV, and some people are always in need of cargo space, readers will be pleased to know that the RAV4 offers over 69 available cubic feet of storage space. You also don’t need to worry about overburdening the storage area, as it can accommodate a payload of 1,300 lbs. In other words, you can bring plenty of extra snacks the next time you have to go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. Soft to the touch and with an emphasis on being ergonomically friendly, it’s easy to see that the 2022 Toyota RAV4 was designed with the driver in mind. This is comfort and care that’s easily accessible.