How The New 2023 Toyota RAV4 Is Better Than Ever


For years, the Toyota RAV4 has been one of Toyota's best-sellers, and it's easy to see why. The RAV4 was one of the first multipurpose compact crossover SUVs and a truly successful case of a "jack of all trades" being good at almost anything you asked of it. With a ton of cargo space, options for both 2WD or 4WD variations, as well as both gas and hybrid options, the RAV4 is suitable for anyone from weekend offroad adventurers to large busy families looking to cruise around the city in affordable safety.


The new 2023 RAV4 hybrids and traditional models are now out, and they certainly carry on the RAV4's well-deserved reputation. While there are plenty of styling upgrades and some power boosts, much of the focus in this model year has been on improving safety features and digital integration systems.

So, let's take a look at some of the best and most interesting upgrades across the new 2023 Toyota RAV4 model line!

Why We Love the New 2023 Toyota RAV4 Model Line

  • Improved infotainment system

One of the biggest selling points of the new RAV4 is its completely overhauled digital interface. A big, easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen replaces the smaller and slower 7-inch screen from previous years - and that's just the baseline. Top-line models such as the Limited and TRD Off-Road get a 10.5-inch display, which makes it easier than ever to find the features you want, and it's potentially upgradeable to a huge 12.3" variation.

In addition, the overall User Interface has gotten an overhaul, making it more intuitive to use, and with easier pairing to your existing devices and smart systems. Plus, a 4G LTE hotspot allows easy Internet access for all your passengers - a real help on those long road trips.

  • More AWD options

Previously, most RAV4s were only two-wheel-drive, which could inhibit their offroad abilities somewhat. New to the 2023 RAV4 line are a range of AWD options, perfect for people looking to move smoothly on and off-road as they move through their lives.

These AWD models have great performance too - even when you opt for a hybrid model. The RAV4 hybrid AWD can make 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds, faster than the 8-second time for previous years. More power and more driving options make the 2023 RAV4 a real winner.

If you're concerned about fuel economy in the AWD models, which can be an issue, the 2023 RAV4 Adventure has you covered. Its AWD can disconnect the rear axle on command, changing into a 2WD powertrain when you don't need AWD power. It's a great option and adds even more versatility to the RAV4 while reducing its overall operational costs.

  • Even more cargo and storage

Cargo and interior storage space has always been a great aspect of the RAV4, a vehicle that somehow packs in more storage space than you'd expect from a vehicle of its size. The 2023 RAV4 models push that further, with even more nooks and crannies scattered around the interior for convenient access.

In addition, it's easier to lower the rear seats, and they fold down lower than before, opening up even more cargo space for serious hauling. Even fully loaded with passengers, it's hard to find many other vehicles that offer as much room for groceries, luggage, camping supplies, or anything else you need.

  • Great driver assistance

Toyota has long been known as a leader in safety systems and driver assistance, and the Safety Sense suite in the new RAV4 is still excellent. Among other features, you get:

  • Automated emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection and warning
  • Lane monitoring and lane-departure warnings
  • Adaptive laser-assisted cruise control

In addition, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts are available as an add-on - and one that's well worth the money thanks to the extra level of safety they add. When you buy a Toyota RAV4, you can feel confident that your family will be as safe as possible while on the highway.

  • The new RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition

All new for 2023 is the RAV4 hybrid Woodland Edition trim, which takes a lot of inspiration from the existing TRD Off-Road model, but pairs it with a hybrid drivetrain. It's a genuinely striking design, with bronze wheels and sleek styling - either Black Metallic, Cavalry Blue, or white Ice Cap.

The suspension is tuned similarly to the TRD Off-Road as well, along with all-terrain tires from Falken Wildpeak. This is a RAV4 built for offroad adventures, while still offering all the benefits of a hybrid drivetrain - and a great example of how Toyota continues to innovate and evolve the RAV4 line.

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