2023 Toyota RAV4 Review

The RAV4 sparks a sense of adventure within you and offers a range of models that cater to your individuality. Among them are the 2023 RAV4 Limited, the RAV4 Trail equipped for off-road exploration, and the dynamic and athletic RAV4 Hybrid.

Walkthrough Review

The RAV4 is ideal for weekend adventures, featuring 60/40 folding rear seats for ample luggage space. The RAV4 Trail has a standard towing package that can handle up to 3,500 lbs of cargo, perfect for bringing extra gear. Inside, the RAV4 offers a harmonious blend of ruggedness and refinement with premium materials and accommodating features, like the 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and front and rear heated seats. The RAV4 Trail offers a choice between black or trail-exclusive Mocha-colored Softex seat finishes with orange stitching, emphasizing its adventurous spirit. On the other hand, the RAV4 Limited focuses on luxury with SofTex seat surfaces, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a comprehensive range of advanced technology features.

The RAV4's striking appearance goes beyond surface beauty, exuding a commanding presence on the road with its powerful stance and chiselled look. Its long wheelbase and wide track offer a stable and confident driving experience, while short overhangs and high ground clearance ensure easy tackling of rough terrains. The RAV4 Trail edition boasts a more adventurous look with a bolder grille, larger over fenders, unique wheel design, and distinctive fog light surrounds. On the other hand, the RAV4 Limited edition stands out with 19-inch alloy wheels, chrome accents, and redesigned projector Bi-LED headlights.

The RAV4 gasoline models feature a 2.5-litre Dynamic Force Engine with four cylinders, offering increased power and fuel efficiency. The direct shift 8-speed automatic transmission provides a sportier acceleration and a smoother, more responsive ride. The AWD LE and AWD XLE versions come with an active torque all-wheel drive system that automatically switches between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive to save fuel in favourable conditions while providing improved traction when needed. The Multi-Terrain Select feature enhances the advanced four-wheel-drive performance with four modes: rocks, sand, mud, and dirt.


Wireless Connectivity

All RAV4 models come standard with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android AutoTM, enabling you to use your smartphone features without taking your eyes off the road. You can access apps, contacts, and navigation details using voice commands, allowing you to stay focused on the road ahead.

JBL Premium Audio System

The multimedia setup of the 2023 RAV4 is further enhanced by the optional JBL audio system, featuring 11 speakers and Clari-Fi technology, with Sirius XM included—standard on Limited models. The RAV4 also offers five USB ports and a Qi wireless charging tray at the front of the center console.

Cloud Navigation

Discover up-to-date traffic and map information, as well as Google Points-of-Interest data, with the cloud-based navigation system.

Digital Display Rear View Mirror

Limited models and XSE Hybrid include a Digital Display Rearview Mirror with Homelink and a Bird's Eye View Monitor, offering a complete 360-degree view and enhanced visibility.

Safety Features

The 2023 RAV4 is a leader in safety, with all models equipped with TSS 2.5 as standard. This advanced active-safety technology provides enhanced protection and assists drivers in making decisions under various conditions and situations.

For increased peace of mind and safety, all 2023 models come with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. BSM helps detect vehicles in adjacent lanes that may not be visible in the side-view mirrors, while Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns of potential hazards while reversing that may be out of the driver's view.

You can maneuver confidently while backing up, reversing, or pulling out, thanks to Intelligent Clearance Sonar. This feature scans the surrounding area for stationary obstacles that may impede your path and alerts you with visual and audible warnings.

Trim Highlights


Engine: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, port and direct fuel injection
Power: 203 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Does the 2023 RAV4 offer all-wheel drive?
Answer: Yes, all-wheel drive is expected to be available on the 2023 RAV4, either as an option or standard on certain trim levels. The hybrid model also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Q2: What are some of the advanced safety features that will be available on the 2023 RAV4?
Answer: The 2023 RAV4 is likely to come equipped with Toyota's suite of advanced safety features, which include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and more. Higher trim levels may offer features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Q3: What's the fuel efficiency of the Toyota RAV4?
Answer: The fuel efficiency of a Toyota RAV4 varies depending on the model year, engine type, and transmission. However, most RAV4 models average between 25-30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. For example, the 2021 RAV4, with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.


Contact Us

Contact Eastway Toyota, your local Toyota dealership near me in Windsor, Ontario, to learn more about the 2023 Toyota RAV4 available in our showroom. If you are also from the surrounding cities of Lasalle, Tecumseh, Elmstead, Essex, Belle River, and Leamington, come into Eastway Toyota Today.

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