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An efficient compact SUV with a practical approach

Price From $27,740 – To $37,680

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by | Jul 1, 2022


In this 2022 Toyota RAV4 Review, we are going to analyze and evaluate this latest small SUV in terms of engine, performance, interior, comfort, safety, market price, and other such parameters, to help you decide if it’s worth all the hype. 

First introduced in 1994, the Toyota RAV4 was created with the aim to combine the practicality of small cars with the spacious and dynamic nature of sports utility vehicles. And almost three decades later, the RAV4 still continues to serve the purpose, but with a more refined and evolved image than ever. 

One of the most popular SUVs in the world currently, RAV4 became the bestselling SUV in 2019 and sold more than 10 million units by 2020. Looking at these numbers, it’s easy to understand that this is a value-packed lineup, with ample features to keep the customer base happy. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 doesn’t incorporate any major changes from the previous iteration, but it has upgraded its outdoorsy appearance with newly added headlamps.

Fuel economy is perfect
It offers seamless handling on different types of road conditions
The passenger space and cargo area are amply capacious, something quite rare in small SUVs
Riding experience is smooth yet somewhat bland; no driving thrills
Harsh engine sound is a problem

Performance, Engine, and Comfort

If you’re seeking comfort, reliable performance, and a good engine, the 2022 Toyota RAV4 will be a good ride for you. It’s equipped with the brand new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which ensures a refined driving demeanor on all road conditions. The AWD models come with Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) as standard, which provides additional traction in rough terrains. There are three driving modes to choose from to suit your mood– Sport, Eco, and Normal, with the latter focusing on fuel efficiency. 

Engine & Performance

The engine is not at all fuel-thirsty, rather it focuses on maximum efficiency. You can expect agile, smooth, and hassle-free handling on both city roads and off-road. 


Under the hood of the RAV4 is a 2.5-liter inline-four engine. It generates an output of 203 hp, and 184 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm. 


The engine pairs up with an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission. 


As for suspension, Toyota offers front struts and rear multiline brakes. 


The steering is smooth to handle. For the entry-level trim, it comes covered with plastic materials. The XLE Premium offers a steering fully covered in leather, with a luxurious look.  

Safety & Reliability

Toyota offers something called the Star Safety System™ as standard, which contains advanced tech features to keep the driver and the passengers safe. Traction control, vehicle stability control, and anti-lock brakes are part of this suite. 


The lineup gets front and rear parking assist with automatic braking. This advanced system alerts you through visual and audible cues whenever it detects a vehicle approaching from the rear side. If any sort of contact is detected, the brakes get applied automatically, reducing the engine power.  


For maximum safety, there are 8 airbags located inside the SUV. There are seat-mount side airbags for the driver and front passenger, knee airbags for the driver, seat cushion airbags for the front passenger, and curtain airbags on the front and rear. 


Toyota has been generous enough in offering a host of standard electronic features, for driver assistance, safety, as well as entertainment. Front and rear parking assist, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with lane-keep assist are some of the notable features. 


A new addition to the 2022 RAV4 series are headlamps, complimenting the outdoorsy image of the SUV. From trim XLE Premium onwards LED fog lamps are offered as standard. 

Traction control

The traction control is quite reliable. The MTS or Multi-Terrain System has four modes to choose from- Mud & Sand, Rock & Dirt, Snow, and Normal. These modes provide optimized traction to make the driving experience seamless. The multi-link rear suspension also ensures good traction. 

Fuel Economy

Small SUVs are easy to handle, offering swift rides. Because of the size, the engine requires less fuel to run the vehicle. As a result, it’s not a big deal for a compact SUV to offer good fuel economy. The 2022 Toyota RAV4 goes a little beyond what is conceived as satisfactory and offers impressive numbers that are definitely highly competitive for its segment.  

Engine size 

RAV4 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with an output of 205 hp. This engine is teamed up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

Gas per mileage consumption

Mileage is remarkably good. The 4-cylinder engine offers 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. 


The interior, more so the storage area, is surprisingly spacious for a small SUV. It’s hard to ignore the frequent use of plastic here and there in the cabin, but it’s balanced well with the use of good quality soft-touch materials. 


Divided into two rows, the RAV4 has a total seating capacity of 5. The front seats have 39.5 inches of headroom, 54.3 inches of hip room, and 41 inches of legroom. You can have either a 4-way or 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and bucket front seats for additional comfort. 

RAV4’s rear seats are spacious and comfortable, with 39.5 inches of headroom, 47.7 inches of hip room, and 37.8 inches of legroom. The rear seats can be equipped with a folding center armrest and rear ventilation ducts. The split-folding rear seats are very easy to stow, and they come in handy when you need to haul a large amount of luggage. 


Toyota’s design identity for the RAV4 remains almost similar to its previous year, with small alterations. Its robust and rugged design is now complemented by rugged-looking headlamps, available from trim XLE onwards. 


To ensure maximum in-car entertainment, Toyota offers a 7-inch touchscreen display for the first few trims, and from XLE onwards, it gets upgraded to an 8-inch screen. Mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are available for all trims. Optional items include a dedicated navigation system, JBL sound, and wireless charging. Even though there’s nothing remarkable here, this infotainment system does the job. 

Overall height and space

The 2022 RAV4 is 67 inches in height and 180.9 inches in length. The estimated interior volume is 136.4 cu.ft. There is ample headroom and legroom in both the front and rear seats. 

Trunk space

There is 37.5 cubic feet available as base cargo space behind the rear seats. When these seats are folded down, the trunk space expands up to 69.8 cubic feet. Compact SUVs generally have cramped cargo, but the 2022 RAV4 is an exception. 

Price and Extras

The price point of this compact SUV from Toyota is more or less predictable for this segment. However, the entry-level models lack the expected refinement and premium features. 

Market Price

2022 Toyota RAV4 is available in 6 trim levels– LE, XLE, XLE Premium, Adventure, Limited, and TRD-Off Road. For buyers interested in taking the roads less traveled, the top-tier TRD-Off Road is the best option. The base options LE is more or less well-equipped but lacks luxury. It has fabric seats, single-zone manual climate control, and a steering wheel covered in plastic. 

Among all 6, XLE Premium offers the perfect balance of affordability and features, as it comes with some premium additions like a leather-clad steering, dual-zone climate control, and 19-inch wheels. Ventilated seats are reserved for the top trims only, otherwise, they don’t have anything extra to offer.

Trim Level Base Price 
LE $27,740
XLE $29,210
XLE Premium  $32,100
Adventure  $33,995
Limited  $36,240
TRD Off-Road $37,680 


The standard configuration is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive comes as optional based on the choice of trim level.


The warranty front is impressive for the 2022 Toyota RAV4. It offers a limited warranty of 36,000 miles or three years, and a five-year or 60,000 miles of warranty for the powertrain. Toyota offers another special addition– in-house scheduled maintenance for the first 25,000 miles or 2 years. 


Compact SUVs aren’t known for their towing capacity, but the new RAV4 doesn’t disappoint in this area. The Adventure trim, when equipped properly, can tow as much as 3500 pounds. The payload capacity is 1230 pounds. 


The 2022 iteration of the Toyota RAV4 has earned accolades from both buyers and car experts. NHTSA gave the SUV a 5-Star rating, whereas Kelley Blue Book declared it the winner of the Best Buy Award. The vehicle has also made it to Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice. 


Practicality should always be on top of your priority list as a rational buyer. In this aspect, Toyota has done a fabulous job with the RAV4– it’s remarkably fuel-efficient, starting price is affordable, offers a host of standard driver-assist features, and doesn’t compromise on safety. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the RAV4 is one of the best options in the current compact SUV or small SUV segment.