A long-time leader in the compact crossover segment, the Toyota RAV4 continues to appeal to those who value the automaker’s vaunted reliability and resale value, its focus on a comfortable driving experience, and value for the money. Less mentioned but also noted by buyers is the RAV4’s spacious interior. The crossover can seat up to five adults comfortably and carry their stuff thanks to over 38 cu.-ft. of storage space behind the back row. Drop that row and that roominess expands to over 73 cubes. Finally, Toyota provides free scheduled maintenance on the RAV4 for up to two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
With so many features going for it, it’s not surprising changes to the Toyota RAV4 for the 2015 model year are few. The more prominent ones include:
- New “Hot Lava” exterior paint color
- New appearance package for the RAV4 Limited
- Optional power liftgate and “Superchrome” finish to the wheels of the RAV XLE
All three grades, or trim levels, of the 2015 Toyota RAV4 continue to be well-equipped. The base LE comes with standard cruise control, a rearview camera, power side rearview mirrors as well as power door locks and windows. The mid-XLE builds on that foundation with larger wheels, a chrome-accented front grille, a dual-zone climate control system and a power moonroof. Finally, the top-of-the-line Limited gets faux leather upholstery, heated front row seats, and stop / start push-button ignition.
The RAV4 Limited can also be equipped with several option packages. The first, called the Technology Package, features a slew of advance technologies like lane departure warning, an automated high beam system, and blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert. The second and newest package is the Blizzard Pearl package. As mentioned above, this bundle is an appearance package and adds a special paint scheme as well as exclusive 18-in. wheels to Limited models.
All RAV4s continue to be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Over 175 horse power and similar amount of torque are channeled to the front wheels (FWD) via the six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available which can, according to the automaker, send up to 50 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels. Drivers can also lock the AWD system evenly among the four wheels at certain speeds to improve road grip.
Fuel economy of FWD RAV4 models is an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in city driving, 31 mpg while cruising down the highway and 26 mpg combined. RAV4s equipped with AWD see only a slight drop in those numbers: 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.