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Australia's favourite SUV now costs more to buy! 2022 Toyota RAV4 up in price but not features after recent update to Mazda CX-5 and Mitsubishi Outlander rival

Australia’s most popular SUV now costs more to buy.

Just two months after its release, Toyota Australia has increased pricing of the MY22 RAV4 mid-sizer, with Australia’s best-selling SUV continuing its upmarket shift.

The RAV4’s entry-level GX grade is now $100 dearer, while its mid-range GXL, XSE and Cruiser versions have become $125, $425 and $750 more expensive, respectively. Finally, its flagship Edge variants now cost $380 extra to buy (see full pricing table below).

As expected, the standard specification of these grades is unchanged, unlike when the MY22 update arrived at the start of 2022 with an expanded range and more equipment.

Toyota has reluctantly applied a small change to the recommended retail prices of RAV4 models, effective March 1, 2022,” a local company spokesperson told CarsGuide. “Importantly, these changes do not apply to any confirmed orders taken before the end of February, irrespective of delivery date.

“Toyota strives to avoid price changes beyond model updates and the introduction of new and expanded features; however, from time to time, such changes are made necessary by other factors that can include currency, shipping and manufacturing costs.

“We do not expect these extremely modest changes to affect overall demand for RAV4, which is Australia’s best-selling SUV.”

For reference, the RAV4 is available with three powertrain options, including a 127kW/205Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine available in the front-wheel drive (FWD) GX, GXL and Cruiser.

That same unit form part of the ‘self-charging’ series parallel hybrid powertrain that’s offered across all five grades, either with FWD or all-wheel drive (AWD). The former develops 160kW, while the latter produces 163kW.

And then there’s the Edge’s 152kW/243Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine with AWD. It’s mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic, while the rest of the range uses continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).

2022 Toyota RAV4 pricing before on-road costs

GX petrol FWD$34,400 (+$100)
GXL petrol FWD$37,950 (+$125)
Cruiser petrol FWD$43,250 (+$750)
Edge petrol AWD$50,200 (+$380)
GX hybrid FWD$36,900 (-$100)
GXL hybrid FWD$40,450 (+$125)
XSE hybrid FWD$43,250 (+$425)
Cruiser hybrid FWD$45,750 (+$750)
GX hybrid AWD$39,900 (+$100)
GXL hybrid AWD$43,450 (+$125)
XSE hybrid AWD$46,250 (+$425)
Cruiser hybrid AWD$48,750 (+$750)
Edge hybrid AWD$52,700 (+$380)