There’s not much of a reason to change the RAV4. For the last several years the RAV4 has been Toyota’s best-selling vehicle, by a long shot, and it’s easy to see why. The RAV4 combines a lot of the stuff that people want in an SUV, like good power, good space, and good looks. But what is Toyota adding to the RAV4 for 2023?
What is different in the 2023 RAV4?
For 2023, the RAV4 won’t change much, but it will get a few upgrades. For 2023, all RAV4s will now get the Toyota Audio Multimedia system, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota’s latest version of Safety Sense, 2.5, will also be standard. Upper-level trims will come with a bigger screen, too. Expect the 2023 version to show up at dealerships soon. It makes sense that Toyota wouldn’t mess with a best seller.
The off-road Woodland Edition will also return for Hybrid models, which is the first hybrid to get the off-road treatment, according to Car and Driver. The trim that was launched in 2022 adds special wheels with all-terrain tires, a TRD-tuned suspension, and a 1230-volt inverter. The Woodland also has special cargo mats, roof rails, and mud guards. You can order it in Midnight Black Metallic, Cavalry Blue or Ice Cap white colors.
What stays the same for the 2023 RAV4?
The rest of the RAV4 will stay the same. That’s not a surprise because the RAV4 is the best-selling SUV. It comes in three versions, the $27,575 gas version, $30,225 Hybrid version and a plug-in hybrid called the Prime for $41,500. The current generation of RAV4 came out in 2019. It comes in several flavors, from the base LE to the luxurious Limited and a special TRD Off-Road version. Hybrid and Prime trims have all-wheel drive standard.
What are some RAV4 alternatives?
The five-passenger SUV compact SUV segment is the hottest market in car business, and as the top dog the RAV4 does have a target on its liftgate. But the Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson are some of the RAV4’s toughest competitors. All have base prices a little bit lower than the RAV4’s. But they don’t have the power of the RAV4.
All of the competitors in this segment, though, are eager to dethrone the RAV4 and offer options that the RAV4 doesn’t. The Outlander, for example, has a third row and seats seven. The Forester offers all-wheel drive standard. The Tucson packs a lot of value with a lower price. The CR-V is all new for 2023, and it has updated styling that will look fresh longer.