2022 Toyota RAV4 Enters 25th Year With New SE Hybrid Trim

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As Toyota’s bestselling vehicle rings in its 25th anniversary, the 2022 RAV4 receives an additional hybrid trim, a new paint color and subtle refinements across all models. Don’t expect a dramatic makeover for the SUV’s silver anniversary, however; most performance and convenience features carry over from the current model.

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Now in its fifth generation, the gas-powered and hybrid RAV4 was last redesigned in 2019, while the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid followed in 2021. Read on to see what you can expect when the 2022 RAV4 hits dealerships in December.

A New SE Hybrid Arrives

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The biggest change for the 2022 RAV4 is the addition of an SE Hybrid trim. The RAV4 Hybrid makes up 26% of all RAV4 sales, and Toyota is expanding the trim offerings to appeal to a wider range of shopper tastes and budgets. For 2021, the automaker added an upscale XLE Premium trim to the RAV4 Hybrid roster. For 2022, the new SE is a mid-range model that slots underneath the XSE Hybrid and will have some of the same sporty features at a lower price point, according to Toyota. Although pricing remains to be announced, the 2021 RAV4 Hybrid XSE starts at $36,065 (all prices include destination).

Standard features in the SE Hybrid include monochrome paint, fabric seats, a 7-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker stereo. Two packages will be available: a Weather Package that adds a heated leather steering wheel, heated front seats and rain-sensing wipers (a similar option for the 2021 Hybrid XSE costs $375), and a Convenience Package that brings a moonroof, power liftgate and larger 9-inch touchscreen.

What Else Is New for 2022?

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Most other updates for the 2022 RAV4 are cosmetic. The XSE, SE Hybrid and TRD Off-Road trims will offer two-tone Cavalry Blue paint with a black roof. Various trim levels get new wheels, too.

XLE and higher trims get updated headlights, while the XLE Premium and higher add LED foglights. Inside, the RAV4 adds a locking glove box, LED interior lamps and, on the Limited trim, an eight-way power passenger seat. (Last year’s RAV4 had a manual passenger seat in all but the Prime, and even that was just a four-way unit.)

RAV4 Trim and Powertrain Roundup

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The Toyota RAV4 comes with a wide range of trims and powertrain options. The gas-powered roster (LE, XLE, Adventure, TRD Off-Road and Limited) has a 203-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA ratings range from 25-30 mpg combined, depending on trim. Most models come with standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive; the Adventure and TRD Off-Road are AWD only. For 2021, the gas-powered RAV4 starts at $27,565.

The range of offerings for the RAV4 Hybrid is nearly as vast with five trims available: LE, Limited, XLE, XLE Premium and XSE. With a starting price of $30,115, the hybrid pairs the same 2.5-liter engine with dual-motor AWD and a battery pack for a combined 219 hp. The hybrid also boasts higher mileage with an EPA-rated 40 mpg combined. A continuously-variable-style automatic transmission replaces the eight-speed.

The newest member of the RAV4 family, the RAV4 Prime attracts just a fraction of buyers compared to its hybrid and gas-only siblings, accounting for roughly 6% of total RAV4 sales. The RAV4 Prime is a performance-oriented model with a combined 302 hp and Toyota-estimated 5.7-second acceleration to 60 mph. Those specs earn it the title of Toyota’s second fastest model, only behind the Supra sports car. The 2021 RAV4 Prime starts at $39,565 before applicable tax credits.

Pricing and Release Date

The 2022 RAV4 will go on sale in December, with more details and pricing to be revealed next month.

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