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Toyota RAV4 Australia

The Toyota RAV4 led the small SUV crusade in Australia after its launch in 1994, starting a shift in Australian car-buying habits, from standard sedans and wagons to a raft of road-focused SUVs.

The RAV’s blend of city-ready dimensions and off-road pretensions, along with the interior space of a big hatchback, made it an instant hit, swaying Australians by the thousands. Growing into more of a mid-sized SUV over successive generations, the RAV4 is now offered as a five-door SUV only, as opposed to its two-door origins. Buyers can choose between petrol and diesel engines, two and four-wheel-drive, and a range of specification levels.

Current prices range from $29,990 for the RAV4 GX (2WD) to $48,790 for the RAV4 EDGE AWD (PANORAMIC SUNROOF).​

Toyota RAV4 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Toyota RAV4 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $29,990 and going to $48,790 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $29,990 $48,790
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $25,977 $56,990
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $19,888 $40,990
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $16,999 $38,990
2016 SUV 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $14,990 $36,990
See All Toyota RAV4 Pricing and Specs

Toyota RAV4 Towing Capacity

The Toyota RAV4 has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 480kg 1500kg
2018 SUV 500kg 1500kg
2017 SUV 500kg 1500kg
2016 SUV 500kg 1500kg
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Toyota RAV4 Colours

  • Eclipse Black
  • Glacier White
  • Crystal Pearl
  • Silver Sky
  • Graphite
  • Atomic Rush
  • Eclectic Blue
  • Saturn Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Toyota RAV4 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Toyota RAV4 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should I buy a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda CR-V?

    You really need to go out and test drive both vehicles, because they both have their plusses and minuses and those will be graded according to your personal preferences. Overall, the RAV4 is a bigger vehicle (almost as big as the original Kluger, in fact) so that might come into the reckoning based purely on the size of your parking space at home.

    The RAV4 rides a bit more softly but your choice of the range-topping VTi-LX in the Honda is a good one because that’s the only model in the line-up that includes autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping and adaptive cruise-control. That said, the RAV4 has all those features, too, but extends them to the bulk of the models offered, not just the top-spec version.

    On warranty and fuel economy, both compare pretty closely, so it will come down to the little things that you personally find important; things like the Honda’s doors that open almost to 90-degrees and the Toyota’s vast rear seat legroom and cavernous luggage space. Over to you.

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  • Should I buy a plug-in hybrid or an electric car?

    The Ford Escape plug-in should be an interesting vehicle when it arrives, with 165kW of power and something like a 50km electric-only range. It will be here sometime this year, but the exact timing is still a trade secret.

    The Toyota RAV4, meanwhile, isn’t a plug-in hybrid, so it can’t be recharged form your home solar panels (which the plug-in Escape could be). Frankly, if you’re making four times the power your household needs with your solar array, you’re in the pound seats for owning a plug-in hybrid which could put that excess electricity generation to very good use. That’s especially true if most of your driving is around town within a 20km radius or so of home-base.

    That said, the new RAV4 Hybrid is gaining rave reviews as well as recording very sharp real-world fuel-economy figures. But a plug-in hybrid in a household with excess solar capacity could almost be run for free.

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  • Should I buy a Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage or Mazda CX-5?

    The RAV4 in its current guise is the best the model has ever been. Of course, that’s exactly how it should be, but some car-makers don’t always crack the newer-is-better code. You’re right about the new RAV4 Hybrid being the headline grabber, but that’s because it’s the big change in the RAV4 formula and the one that is likely to attract the most new customers to the franchise. There’s nothing wrong with the two-litre CVT RAV4 per se, but you might find the performance of the smaller petrol engine a bit on the weedy side, especially with a full load of bodies and luggage on board. And, as with any CVT car, the advice is to drive it before you decide, and make sure you don’t find the CVT’s behaviour too foreign. Some people do, others never notice it.

    The Kia Sportage Sport is another good package but suffers the same lacklustre engine performance issue in two-litre petrol form. It does, though, have a conventional six-speed automatic transmission rather than a CVT. And while the Sportage was facelifted in 2018, its basic design goes back to 2015. Which, in fact, makes it an older design than the Mazda CX-5 which was first launched here in 2017. Any of the three vehicles you’ve nominated will do the job but history suggests the Toyota will hold more resale value when trade-in time rolls around. And congratulations on the new addition to the family.

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  • What used hybrid should I buy?

    The world of hybrids is moving very fast, Hannah, and the rule of thumb is that newer is better purely because the technology is improving all the time. You’re obviously concerned with running costs and your carbon-footprint, so the latest hybrid technology with a full factory warranty would seem to be an obvious way to go.

    That puts the new Corolla Hybrid firmly in the frame as both a car with the latest planet-saving and life-saving tech as well as Toyota’s five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty as well as a ten-year warranty on the hybrid’s batteries. For some reason, Lexus hasn’t budged on its four-year warranty, meaning that a 2017 CT200h might only have a few months of factory cover to run if your bought it now. You’ll also potentially pay more for the second-hand Lexus than you will for the brand-new Corolla.

    The only real drawback with the Corolla Hybrid is that its luggage space – because of the battery-packs – is quite shallow. But beyond that it’s a great car with the hybrid driveline thrown in for just a couple of grand extra. That’s a bargain and it’s one of the reasons the new Corolla will be a lot of Australian families’ first hybrid.

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Toyota RAV4 Interior

Toyota RAV4 Interior

Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Toyota RAV4 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 SUV 1685x1855x4600 mm 195 mm
2019 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
2018 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
2017 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
2016 SUV 1715x1845x4570 mm 176 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota RAV4 Dimensions

Toyota RAV4 Boot Space

The Toyota RAV4 has a boot space size of 585 Litres.
Toyota RAV4 Boot space

Toyota RAV4 Fuel Consumption

The Toyota RAV4 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP, ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4.7L/100km for SUV /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2020 SUV 6.8L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 4.7L/100km 2.5L Hyb/ULP CVT AUTO
2019 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 5.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 7.7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Toyota RAV4 Pricing and Specs for 2020

Toyota RAV4 Wheel Size

The Toyota RAV4 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x65 R17 for SUV in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 17x7 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 SUV 225x65 R17 17x7 inches 225x65 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
2018 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
2017 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
2016 SUV 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches 225x65 R17 17x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Toyota RAV4 Wheel Sizes