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Toyota updates RAV4 with more tech and safety

Connected services, multimedia revisions headline Toyota’s MY23 RAV4 SUV makeover

23 Nov 2022

TOYOTA has announced equipment updates and revised pricing for its MY23 RAV4 range in Australia, with prices rising by at least $2150 and as much as $2820.


Changes include a more modern multimedia system, range-wide Toyota Connected Services telematics suite and newly introduced safety credentials, with pricing for the entry-level RAV4 GX now starting at $36,550 plus on-road costs, or $2150 more than in 2022.


All GX and GXL variants face a price increase of $2150 with all other variants rising between $2450 and $2820 (see table below). The RAV4 range now tops out at $55,150 + ORC for the flagship RAV4 Edge Hybrid AWD.


Debuting in local showrooms next month, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 line-up adopts features premiered in the recently released Corolla Cross compact SUV, such as a new-look infotainment array that features a series of shortcut buttons along the driver's side of the screen, an increase in touchscreen display size on certain variants, and a simplified menu structure whose operation mimics that of a smartphone or tablet.


Furthermore, the new multimedia system now supports wireless Apple CarPlay in addition to wired Android Auto connectivity.


On RAV4 GX and GXL grades, the multimedia system now matches the screen size of previous versions (at 8.0 inches), while the XSE, Cruiser and Edge step up to a 10.5-inch display.


Additionally, GX and GXL variants now receive an improved multi-function display in the centre of the instrument panel (up to 7.0 inches from 4.2), while the XSE, Cruiser and Edge gain a full-width 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display.


Toyota says the new system brings a high level of customisation, in particular with the 12.3-inch version, where customers can choose from four different visual designs and three layouts to suit their preferences.


All 12.3-inch arrangements show a digital speedometer and shift indicator in the centre of the display, with frequently used information such as active safety functions shown below, while the left and right sides can be adjusted to show a range of information such as fuel consumption and audio playback.


Regardless of variant, all MY23 RAV4 models will now feature as standard the Toyota Connected Services suite of safety and connectivity features.


The technology offers remote vehicle monitoring, assistance in the event of an emergency and the ability to update vehicle software over-the-air and may be accessed through the myToyota Connect smartphone app providing information such as door and window status, remaining range and fuel level, and even vehicle location.


All RAV4 grades now gain cloud-based satellite navigation, meaning the optional navigation previously offered on GX hybrids is discontinued. XSE grades and up offer new-look embedded satellite navigation software accessed through the 10.5-inch touchscreen display.


Importantly, the RAV4 range now includes an enhanced pre-collision system that bolsters occupant and road-user protection at intersections, emergency steering assist, an upgraded back guide monitor with dynamic guidance lines, and, on Cruiser and Edge variants, an upgraded panoramic view monitor with underfloor view.


Other enhancements include faster powered tailgate operation, the inclusion of USB-C charging ports, upgraded microphones, and LED projector-style headlights for petrol-powered Edge variants.


The 2023 Toyota RAV4 range is available in nine exterior colours with Frosted White replacing Crystal Pearl.


Otherwise, the RAV4 lline-up is visually and mechanically unchanged.


“With a new-generation multimedia system, expanded Toyota Connected Services and additional safety features, the RAV4 has never been more appealing," said Toyota Australia vice president of sales, marketing and franchise operations Sean Hanley.


“With a broad range of variants and the choice of petrol and hybrid powertrains, RAV4 is set to continue as one of Australia's most popular SUVs.”


Indeed, the RAV4 remains Australia’s best-selling medium SUV.


Figures from VFACTS show that to the end of October, Toyota sold 30,370 examples of the RAV4, ahead of the Mazda CX-5 (23,476), Mitsubishi Outlander (15,619), Kia Sportage (15,497) and Hyundai Tucson (14,493).



2023 Toyota RAV4 pricing*:


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