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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 $31,290 for the RAV4 GX (2WD) to $50,275 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 $31,290 and going to $50,275 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 $31,290 $50,275
2019 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $21,200 $46,970
2018 SUV 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $19,300 $42,680
2017 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $16,800 $38,610
2016 SUV 2.0L, ULP, CVT AUTO $15,000 $34,980
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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 0kg 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.

  • Is a 4WD necessary for travelling through regional Queensland?

    It sounds like you don't really need a big, heavy and expensive 4WD for the type of vehicle you require. Maybe ample ground clearance would be an advantage, but otherwise, as all the driving is on sealed or some dirt roads, a good front-drive (2WD) medium-sized SUV should suffice. This type of vehicle is typically more stable at speed as there isn't a high centre of gravity to contend with - a big safety plus. And while all-wheel-drive might be useful driving out of ruts, on sand or in snow, if none of the these apply, the 2WD's stability and traction control system ought to be enough. 

    As a result, we recommend the latest-model (from May 2019-onwards) Toyota RAV4 GX or GXL. It is an exceptionally practical, roomy and robust SUV, with a high level of standard safety features, and big comfy seating. Its 2.0-litre engine is strong, smooth and economical. And you won't have a problem finding somewhere for it to be serviced.

    If AWD is deemed essential, then the base Subaru Forester 2.5i is another great choice. Lots of ground clearance, a gutsy 2.5L engine and a soft, relaxing ride. Nowadays Subaru has increased its service intervals from six to 12 months, taking away one of the hassles of running these well-engineered Japanese SUVs.

    Finally, the Mazda CX-5 AWD is recommended as well, for it too has a well-sorted AWD system. This is quite a sporty number, with plenty of higher-speed power for effortless overtaking, as well as responsive handling. 

    All three SUVs mentioned retail at well under $40,000, and all are enjoyable, capable and reliable choices.

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  • Can the hybrid Toyota RAV4 support a 70kg roof top tent?

    It appears that the RAV4 Hybrid's roof racks can stand up to 80kg, so you should be safe.

    According to an American-market RAV4 forum, that is the maximum rating for when the car is moving, as the bars must be able to withstand a sudden change in direction at speed, such as to avoid hitting an animal on the road. The forum adds that, when stationary only, the roof bars can stand up to 270kg. 

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  • What wagon should I buy for less than $35000?

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. Our first thought was for you to consider a Mazda 6 wagon from Japan, since it is one of the few new wagons left on offer within your price range, is economical and reliable, a pleasure to drive and low enough (at 1480mm) for your garage situation. But it doesn't quite meet all your requirements in that it hasn't much ground clearance (at just 125mm) and back-seat legroom isn't great. It's worth remembering that the 6 wagon is 80mm shorter in wheelbase - the distance between the front and rear wheels - than the corresponding sedan version. It's a bit tight in there.

    Alternatively, you might want to consider the just-discontinued Holden ZB Commodore wagon or Ford Mondeo wagon, as both offer substantially more rear-seat legroom than the Mazda 6 wagon, as well as the choice of a turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel engines. These are European-sourced models (Germany and Spain respectively), with big boots and towing-friendly torquey engines. However, again, low ground clearances might be an issue here as well.

    So, our advice is to measure your garage roof and see if either of the medium SUVs listed below can fit, because if they do, then these would be the absolutely ideal vehicles for your need.

    The better of the two, for its overall quiet refinement, all-weather all-wheel-drive grip and excellent all-round vision is the Subaru Forester from Japan. It ticks all your boxes in terms of needs and suitability, while providing heaps of ground clearance at 220mm. Plus it offers excellent standard safety kit, economy, reliability and resale, as well as decent performance. Just know that it stands 1730mm tall. If that fits, then find yourself a demo at $35,000 and enjoy one of the best family-car buys at any price available today.

    Then there our second favourite, the wildly-popular Toyota RAV4, also from Japan. Much of what we said about the Forester applies here too, except it is front-wheel drive rather than AWD at your price point. There is a RAV AWD but it is a hybrid AWD system that takes the price into the mid-$40,000 region, so that's out of contention. The base RAV4 2WD also has a smaller engine (at 2.0-litres) than the Subaru, but it is equally response and agile. Where the RAV4 eclipses the Forester from your perspective is height – it is shorter at 1685mm high, while still allowing 195mm ground clearance.

    Both Japanese SUVs are huge inside, with loads of space to boot. If their height doesn't end up being a problem, then know that either will provide many years of faultless, reliable, economical and enjoyable service. Good luck, we hope this helps. 

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  • What is the recommended height and weight of a driver for a 2010 Toyota RAV4?

    Car makers do not publish driver height or weight recommendations, but instead usually develop vehicles to suit the height of a 99th percentile male (193cm) down to a 5th percentile woman (150cm).

    For shorter-statured people, both the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Camry offer seat-height and steering-wheel reach and height adjustment, meaning that there should be no issue finding a comfortable seating position. However, given that SUVs such as the RAV4 generally have a larger and deeper glass area as well as higher-set cushions than sedans like the Camry, we recommend the RAV4.

    We hope this information helps.

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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 SUV has a boot space size of 580 Litres.
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Toyota RAV4 Seats

The following Toyota RAV4 is only available in a five seat configuration, utilising 60:40 split fold rear seats. Both the GX and GXL variants are only available with black fabric seats, with later receiving embossing as standard. The Cruiser variant is available with the choice of either accented black leather or accented nutmeg leather trim. The Edge variant is exclusively available with Softex trim, Toyota’s premium synthetic leather. There is a choice of either black Softex with orange accents or orchid brown and light grey Softex with orange accents.    

Toyota RAV4 Seats

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