The all-new 2022 Toyota RAV4 is completely redesigned and reengineered for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation 2022 Toyota RAV4 is built on the TNGA platform and features an all-new exterior design, a spacious and refined interior and a host of new safety and technology features.
The 2022 RAV4 is available in five grades: LE XLE Premium Adventure and Limited.
2022 Toyota RAV4Overview
While the 2022 Toyota RAV4 isn’t the most interesting compact SUV from a driver’s perspective, its practicality and efficiency boost its value, making it worthy of an Editors’ Choice award. The entry-level model is affordable and very basic, but the mid-range trim offers a lot of features Buyers of this part will appreciate it.
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available, but you won’t even see the toughest model in the RAV4 lineup rubbing shoulders with a 4Runner or Tacoma on the trails.
Toyota Many standard driver assistance features are bundled into the RAV4, including adaptive cruise control. Premium interiors come with luxury features such as heated seats with faux leather upholstery and a JBL stereo system.
Those who want more efficiency can use the RAV4 Hybrid we reviewed Respectively.
What’s New for 2022?
The RAV4 received the slightest update for 2022: Except for the base LE model Cavalry Blue which is a new available color, more aggressive headlights are now available on all models and LED fog lights are now available for the XLE Premium Limited Adventure and Standard trim for TRD Off-Road.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
It’s hard to resist the cool new TRD Off-Road, but we’ll practice restraint and opt for the mid-range XLE Premium. It offers a ton of standard equipment that the LE and XLE don’t offer, such as 19-inch wheels a power tailgate dual-zone automatic climate control and faux leather Interior and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Toyota includes its suite of driver-assistance features as standard across the lineup, so there’s not much reason to opt for a pricier trim—unless of course you really want ventilated seats.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 RAV4 is powered by a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive remains standard, but Toyota now offers a trim-dependent choice of all-wheel-drive systems.
The Adventure model we drove had an all-wheel drive system, The rear axle can be disconnected when needed to improve fuel economy. On our test track, the RAV4 proved quicker than its predecessor: We recorded a 60-mph time of 8.0 seconds for the 2019 model, compared to 8.3 seconds for the 2018 model.
The conscientious four-cylinder engine can be noisy, especially on highway traffic, The try and transmission on our test vehicle seemed to trip when downshifting was called for. The RAV4 Hybrid (reviewed separately) had a quicker 7.4-second 60-mph time in our hands.
The RAV4 feels solid and stable on the interstate and remains stable on the interstate Throw in a twisty section, but it doesn’t inspire the same confidence as our favorite section
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The RAV4 gets class-competitive fuel economy estimates from the EPA. The front-wheel-drive RAV4 has an estimated 35 MPG on the highway.
The all-wheel-drive Adventure gave us 32 MPG on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route, 1 MPG below the EPA’s estimated rating prune. That puts it on par with the Honda CR-V a huge improvement over the 2018 Adventure model (which managed just 25 MPG) but it’s beaten by the VW Tiguan by 33 MPG.
For more information on RAV4 fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Ergonomics and small space storage are prioritized inside the RAV4. A useful shelf spans the dash, complementing the large center console. The version we tested had a mix of soft-touch surfaces and nice plastics.
The base trim called the LE is pretty rudimentary and comes with cloth seats and plastic steering wheels and single-zone manual climate control. In the XLE’s next upgrade, Toyota offers a few perks, but the XLE Premium has more to like, including faux leather upholstery a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a stitched and padded dashboard and Center console armrest.
The RAV4’s rear seats are easy to stow, and they fold into an almost flat position, opening the cabin for cargo. We put 10 carry-on suitcases behind the back seat and folded 22. The Nissan Rogue matches the RAV4 here, but the Subaru Forester beats it on every metric.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The lower trim has a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but an 8.0-inch is available starting at the XLE level. The infotainment system includes a 4G LTE mobile hotspot along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
JBL Premium Sound System Navigation and Smartphone Wireless Charging Pad Yes Elective. Don’t worry if you choose a trim level without navigation.
All other models feature Scout GPS Link, which allows compatible smartphones to display maps and turn-by-turn directions on the dashboard screen.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The RAV4 lineup has a range of standard driver assistance systems. Buyers can also add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, but these features cost extra on the base model.
For more information on the RAV4 crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key security features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Toyota’s warranty service meets industry standards, with a three-year warranty and a five-year powertrain warranty. All models come with two years of free scheduled maintenance – a rarity in this segment.
- Limited warranty for three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles
- Two years or 25,000 miles of free maintenance