What Is the 2014 Toyota RAV4?
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is a five-seat compact SUV that competes with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Mazda CX-5, among others. Trim levels include the LE, XLE and Limited. All come with front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.
What's New on the 2014 Toyota RAV4?
The most notable changes for 2014 include an available Technology Package with a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and automatic high-beam headlights.
How Does the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Compare to Other Compact Crossovers?
The RAV4 became a much stronger competitor with its 2013 redesign than it had been for many years. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is a standout in terms of both performance and fuel economy. With this engine, front-wheel-drive models are EPA-rated at 24/31 mpg city/highway, beating the CR-V (23/31) by only 1 mpg and just trailing the CX-5 (26/35). The RAV4's efficiency doesn't come at the expense of power.
Where the 2014 RAV4 stands out for the wrong reason is road noise. On a variety of surfaces, it's noticeably noisier than both the Equinox and the CR-V – but to be fair, the overall wind noise is less intrusive than we've experienced in the CR-V and CX-5.
The interior sports nothing special compared with the previous generation's; it still has hard plastic throughout the cabin. On the upside, the old buttons and dials were replaced with larger ones, making it easier for the driver to use the controls, and the technology interface is more intuitive. The RAV4 comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen radio and a backup camera.
When it comes to interior space, the RAV4 (42.6 inches of front legroom) comes in second against the Escape (43.1) and is beat out by the CX-5 in rear seat legroom. There are also a few things missing from the RAV4's cabin such as a backseat sliding function. It only reclines.
What Features in the 2014 Toyota RAV4 Are Most Important?
The 2014 RAV4 comes standard with a 176-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Eco mode to help promote more efficient driving.
Significant standard features include 17-inch steel wheel with covers; a 60/40-split, folding and reclining rear seat; cruise control; a tilt/telescoping steering wheel; air conditioning and a CD stereo with 6.1-inch touchscreen, MP3 jack, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.
Significant available features include 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, foglights, heated front seats, a power moonroof, a navigation system, roof rails, push-button start and a power liftgate.
Standard safety features include front side-impact airbags, antilock brakes, active front head restraints, a backup camera, side curtain airbags and an electronic stability system with traction control. Significant available safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high-beam headlights.
Should I Buy the 2014 Toyota RAV4?
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is a good choice for shoppers who value efficiency, a smooth ride and plenty of standard features. The RAV4's downsides include some hard interior plastics, firm seating and a complicated backseat folding routine.
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