Written by Tim Marsh:
In an effort to dethrone the Mazda CX-5 as the best-selling mid-size SUV in Australia, Toyota has upgraded several features of the Rav4 for 2014 while maintaining its high safety rating and fuel-efficiency. Read through our detailed 2014 Toyota Rav4 review below for the full details.
Just like in 2013, the 2014 Toyota Rav4 lineup is made up of the GX, GXL, and more luxurious Cruiser. All are offered in either AWD petrol or AWD diesel, while the GX and GXL are also offered in 2WD petrol.
Exterior and Styling
The Rav4 has bold lines and a sporty look. The windows are extra dark for added privacy, and 17″ or 18″ alloy wheels accent the curves and paint job, which is available in 8 different colours including Cosmos Blue and Glacier White. Fog lamps and LED daytime running lights add to the look up front.
Interior and Comfort
The Rav4 has a modest but attractive look on the inside with a leather steering wheel, chrome door handles, and inserts that have a metallic finish. For a more luxurious look, the Rav4 Cruiser also has partial leather seats and a leather shift knob. Two-zone climate control along with an electric driver’s seat and reclining rear seat provide more comfort.
We like the upgrades for 2014, which include a colour 6.1-inch screen and upgraded audio, including a high-end 11-speaker stereo system in the Cruiser. The Cruiser also has an electric sunroof, unlike the GX and GXL.
Under the Bonnet
The diesel-engine Rav4s consume anywhere from 5 to 6 L per 100km, while the petrol engines are up around 7 to 8 per 100. You can choose from either front-wheel drive or 4X4 on demand. Power is decent at around 110kw.
On the Road
Though you certainly won’t blow anyone off the line in a Rav4, it does offer a smooth and steady ride. The steering wheel is responsive and braking is very good with the anti-lock brakes and EBD system.
The 2014 Rav4 is loaded with safety features, earning it a 5-star safety rating from ANCAP. Upgrades for 2014 are a reversing camera on the GX and GXL, and advanced lane-departure, blind-spot, and reverse cross-traffic alert systems on the Cruiser. A multi-function steering wheel, parking assist, and multiple airbags add to the overall safety.
Value for the Money
The upgrades for 2014 provide more value for the Toyota Rav4 price tag. Ranging from $28,690 to $39,190, the GX and GXL are very affordable and have some nice features that can make up for the less-than-stellar acceleration and the use of hard plastics on the interior. The Cruiser offers much more than the GX and GXL and nearly gets you into the luxury category for $47,290 to $50,790.
Along with the Mazda CX-5, the Rav4’s competition includes the Honda CRV, VW Tiguan, and Hyundai iX35. All of these models are very similar to to the Rav4 in terms of price, features, and fuel efficiency. While the CRV and iX35 offer more power than the Rav4, the Tiguan actually has a less powerful engine. The Cruiser has more high-end features than the $45,000 CRV DTi-L and the $43,000 Tiguan 155TSI 5N.
The GX and GXL have some nice new features for 2014, but since there are other models that are comparable, it basically comes down to looks. The Cruiser, however, offers features that the competition doesn’t have like that impressive 11-speaker stereo system. That alone may be enough for you to start searching for a Cruiser Toyota Rav4 for sale.
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