2011 Toyota RAV4

The Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the refreshed RAV4 compact crossover at the Geneva Motor Show. The facelift version of the Toyota RAV4 receives not only a new front end, but also a few interior upgrades as well as improved power train options. The exterior gets a new set of headlights on either side of the new front grill, a new hood and a redesigned front bumper complete with integrated fog lights.

The 2011 RAV4 is offered in three distinct grades – Base, Sport and top-of-the-line Limited – and with a choice between the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a V6. The four-cylinder engine delivers 179 HP at 6,000 RPM and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM, while the 3.5-liter V6 delivers 269 HP at 6,200 RPM and 246 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 RPM.

For 2011 Toyota is offering a Upgrade Value Package available on Base grade four-cylinder and V6 RAV4 models. It adds a six-CD audio system with XM Radio (subscription required); steering wheel audio controls; 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; color-keyed door handles; Daytime Running Lights (DRL); roof rack; privacy glass; power tilt/slide moonroof; upgraded fabric interior; and, on two-row models, a rear cargo area tonneau cover.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Toyota RAV4..

The exterior and the interior

For 2011 the RAV4 gets a a new set of headlights on either side of the new front grill, a new hood and a redesigned front bumper complete with integrated fog lights. The grille, headlamps and distinct, sharp character lines give RAV4 a rugged yet sporty look. The rear view conveys a more traditional SUV style, with LED tail lamps and an externally mounted spare tire in a color-keyed shell.

For the interior Toyota is offering brushed metallic silver finish on the center cluster, door trim and steering wheel spokes. Depending on the trim levels the RAV4 gets an air conditioning vent dial, chrome accented air conditioning vent garnish and a chrome parking brake tip.

The engine

Customers can choose from two different engines: a 2,5 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 179 HP at 6,000 RPM and 172 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 RPM, and a 3.5-liter V6 with 269 HP at 6,200 RPM and 246 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 RPM. The four-cylinder engine is partnered with a four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, while the V6 is equipped exclusively with a five-speed automatic transmission, and it offers better fuel efficiency than some less powerful competitors.

The competition

The list of competitors includes the Honda CR-V , Subaru Forester and Ford Escape . Subaru Forester is powered by a new 2,498 cc engine delivering 170 HP and 174 lb.-ft. at 4,100 rpm and goes on sale at a price of $20,495.

Priced from $21,695, the 2011 CR-V is powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 180-hp at 6,800 rpm and 161 lb-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm.


RAV4 Sport$23,725
RAV4 Limited$25,015


Upgrade Value Package$1,730
Accessory Display Package$3,999
Value Package$120
Upgrade Value Package2$1,610
  • better fuel efficiency than most of its competitors
  • cool exterior design
  • nice performance numbers for V6 models
  • four-cylinder engine is not very impressive
  • standard equipment list is quite short
  • not enough cargo room

Press release

Since the first generation of Toyota’s RAV4 (Recreational Active Vehicle with 4 Wheel-Drive) was launched in Europe in 1994, over one million customers have come to appreciate its compactness, manoeuvrability and versatility, allied to the dependability of the most advanced four-wheel drive system in the segment.

Though the compact SUV share of the European market has remained steady at just below 5% of total vehicle sales, the segment has recently attracted a new group of customers for
whom an SUV purchase represents a more emotional than rational proposition.

These customers still value the high driving position, interior roominess, versatility and sense of security a compact SUV provides, but have less requirement for 4WD. Rather, they place more emphasis on distinctive, sophisticated styling, premium quality interior design and fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly performance combined with an engaging driving experience.

Making its European debut at this year’s Geneva motor show, the new, expanded RAV4 2010 model range fulfils each of these demands while sacrificing none of the core values of Toyota’s compact SUV. Instantly identifying it as the latest addition to the Toyota family, the RAV4 2010 features a new, more sophisticated, chromeaccented front design, emphasising the vehicle’s wide track and stable stance.

Showcasing Toyota’s unique Easy Flat seating system, the RAV4 2010 interior retains all the practical, flexible versatility its active lifestyle customers have come to expect from the compact SUV, while perceived quality is further improved by the availability of new leather/Alcantara® seat upholstery.

Offering an expanded range of 2WD and 4WD variants, the entire RAV4 2010 engine line-up benefits from Toyota Optimal Drive technologies, resulting in low emissions and fuel consumption. The 4WD variant returns class-leading emissions and fuel consumption, both for Multidrive S and manual transmission versions of the 2.0 litre Valvematic petrol engine, as well as manual and automatic 2.2 D-4D 150 diesel models.

The RAV4 2010 range offers customers greater flexibility in selecting their ideal grade and powertrain combination. The four grades -UP1, UP2, Leather/Alcantara® and Premium
- are now available with a wider choice of engines.

Sophisticated exterior design with refined interior quality

Toyota RAV4

Successive RAV4 generations have followed the same groundbreaking, ‘Modern Rugged’ design cues that created the compact SUV market with the launch of Toyota’s first RAV4 in 1994. The key attributes of compactness, manoeuvrability and versatility allied to the most advanced four-wheel drive system in its segment have earned the RAV4 a consistently high share of the European compact SUV market.

Sacrificing none of these core values, the RAV4 2010 is designed to appeal to a new group of customers who further demand distinctive, sophisticated styling with refined, premium-quality interior design.

Exterior design

The latest generation of Toyota’s dynamic, compact SUV features an all new, more sophisticated front design which combines stylish, urban-chic aesthetics with the image of durability expected from a vehicle with its class-leading four-wheel drive credentials. A new wider, horizontal bar-type radiator grille design reminiscent of the Verso and Avensis instantly identifies the RAV4 2010 as the latest addition to the Toyota family. It is framed by new headlights, incorporating projector-type low beam lamps, which are integrated into a new bonnet and front wing design which emphasis the car’s wide track and dynamic posture.

A new, full-width, aerodynamically styled front bumper accentuates the compact SUV’s stable stance. The addition of chrome accents to the radiator grille, bonnet moulding and fog lamp surrounds reinforce the premium quality of the new design.

In profile, the RAV4 2010 inherits the combination of spaceefficient packaging, rising belt-line and distinctive silhouette that has hallmarked successive generations of Toyota’s compact SUV. To the rear, flanked by prominent, high-visibility Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamp clusters, the side hung back door is deeply indented into the rear bumper, providing a practical, flat and level access step to the interior loadspace. The back door features an integral roof spoiler which houses the high-mounted, LED stop light. The RAV4 2010 will be available in a choice of ten body colours, including three new to the model range: Pearl White, Dark Steel and Regency Red.

Interior design

Toyota RAV4

The crisp precision of the RAV4 2010’s interior reinforces the premium quality of Toyota’s compact SUV. The elimination of any break lines, the tight panel gaps and the matching of surface levels highlight its engineering excellence and contribute to the perceived quality of the design. And the perceived quality of the RAV4 2010’s interior is further improved by the availability of new leather/Alcantara® seat upholstery.

Thanks to Toyota’s unique, Easy Flat seating system, the RAV4 2010 retains all the practical, flexible versatility its active lifestyle customers have come to expect from the compact SUV. Using one of two one-touch levers, easily accessible from the back door, the rear seats can be folded down flush with the loadspace floor without the need to remove any seat cushions or headrests.

Toyota Optimal Drive

Sports Utility Vehicles are under increasing pressure to improve their environmental performance. Reinforcing Toyota’s lead in environmentally-friendly, sustainable mobility, the entire RAV4 2010 engine line-up benefits from Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of technologies introduced at the 2008 Paris motor show. Toyota Optimal Drive showcases a combination of wide-ranging advanced technologies and internal improvement programmes designed to optimise the balance of performance and driving enjoyment with fuel economy and low emissions.

These diverse core technologies focus on three key aspects of powertrain development: firstly, the reduction of powertrain weight through the use of super-lightweight and highly compact engine components and transmissions; secondly, the minimisation of friction and mechanical losses; and thirdly, the maximisation of combustion efficiency. Equipped with Toyota Optimal Drive, the RAV4 2010 engine range offers an unmatched balance between outstanding, front- and fourwheel drive performance and class-leading CO2 emissions in both
petrol and diesel variants.

2.0 litre Valvematic petrol engine

Toyota RAV4

Available in 2WD with a six-speed manual gearbox, and with Toyota’s 4WD Integrated Active Drive System mated to six-speed manual or Multidrive S transmissions, the 1987cc, 4-cylinder Valvematic engine develops 158 DIN hp/116 kW at 6200 rpm and 198 Nm of torque at 4400 rpm. When equipped with 2WD and manual transmission, the unit delivers a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 10.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 185 km/h.

Mated to 4WD and manual transmission, the engine offers 0-100 km/h acceleration in 10.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 185 km/h. Multidrive S transmission delivers 0-100 km/h
acceleration in 11.0 seconds. Both when mated through manual transmission and Multidrive S, the 4WD version returns class-leading fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Multidrive S transmission

The 2.0 litre Valvematic engine can be equipped with the Multidrive S, Toyota’s highly-advanced Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) system. Delivering an infinite number of ratios through two cone-shaped pulleys and a high-strength steel belt, Multidrive S offers an incredibly smooth, seamless driving experience. Because the CVT system maintains the most efficient engine rpm at any given vehicle speed, it combines low cruising-speed noise with high CO2 and fuel efficiency, yet can also maintain the ideal ratio to deliver peak engine power for maximum performance.

A ‘Sport’ button selects a more responsive, power-maximising ratio, delivering a more engaging driving experience. Multidrive S also features a sequential, manual seven-speed mode, with gear selection performed either by the gear shift lever or steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts.

2.2 litre D-4D 150 diesel engine

Toyota RAV4

Mated to the six-speed manual transmission, the 2.2 D-4D 150 is available with 2WD or the 4WD Integrated Active Drive System. The 2231cc unit develops 150 DIN hp/110 kW at 3600 rpm and 340 Nm of torque at 2000-2800 rpm. With a maximum speed of 190 km/h, the engine delivers a 2WD 0-100km/h acceleration time of 10.0 seconds, and 10.2 seconds with 4WD.
When mated to the six-speed automatic transmission and 4WD, the 2.2 D-4D 150 unit further benefits from Toyota’s Diesel-Clean Advanced Technology (Toyota D-CAT), which incorporates a Diesel Particulate and NOx Reduction filter (DPNR). Thus equipped, the 2.2 D-4D 150 offers performance of 0-100 km/h in 10.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 185 km/h. When mated to 4WD, the unit returns class-leading CO2 emissions, for both the manual and the automatic transmission.

Six-speed automatic transmission

The 2.2 D-4D 150’s six-speed automatic transmission provides a fast, smooth response while maintaining an impressive level of comfort by eliminating harsh shift shocks. A ‘Sport’ mode offers a more aggressive shift pattern using AI-SHIFT Control (Artificial Intelligence Shift Control). The new transmission also features a newly developed, 6-speed
Sports Direct Shift manual override control, with gear selection in M-mode performed either by the gear shift lever or steering wheelmounted paddle shifts. M-mode offers a more sporting driving experience, with a lock-up function used from 2nd to 6th gears for as wide a range of gear ratios as possible.

6-speed Sports Direct Shift also incorporates an automatic, throttle ‘blipping’ function to optimise the speed and smoothness of downchanges. As with the Multidrive S transmission, drivers can also use the paddle shifts to temporarily override the automatic mode.

2.2 litre D-4D 180 diesel engine

Toyota RAV4

Also equipped with Toyota’s D-CAT technology and mated to a six-speed manual transmission with the 4WD Integrated Active Drive System, the powerful 2.2 D-4D 180 unit develops 177 DIN hp/130 kW at 3600 rpm and 400Nm of torque at 2000-2800 rpm. The engine delivers a performance of 0-100 km/h in 9.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 200 km/h.

Integrated Active Drive System

The RAV4 2010 is available with either 2WD front-wheel drive or Toyota’s advanced 4WD Integrated Active Drive System (IADS). IADS is a sophisticated, high-speed interactive management system which -via sensors located throughout the vehicleintegrates the RAV4’s Active Torque Control 4WD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems to enhance the RAV4’s performance, handling and safety.

The key element of IADS, the Active Torque Control 4WD system continuously monitors and controls the torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned in front of the rear differential, optimising traction and vehicle stability under all driving conditions. Front to rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0 to 55:45, with front-wheel drive (100:0) automatically engaged under normal driving conditions to improve fuel consumption. The system incorporates a 4WD Lock button, allowing the driver to lock torque distribution in a 55:45 ratio for maximum off-road traction. IADS coordinates the operation of the Active Torque Control 4WD system with the RAV4’s VSC and EPS to not only control individual wheel speeds (as in a conventional VSC system), but also to adjust torque transfer between the front and rear wheels and add steering torque assistance to help the driver control a skid.

Wider choice of grade and powertrain combinations

Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 2010 range offers customers greater flexibility in selecting their ideal grade and powertrain combination. The four grades -UP1, UP2, Leather/Alcantara® and Premium- are now available with a wider choice of engines. Both UP2 and Leather/ Alcantara® grades are newly available with either the 2.2 D-4D 150 6A/T or 2.2 D-4D 180 6M/T engines.

The luxury content of the RAV4 2010’s comprehensive standard equipment package is enriched through the new Leather/ Alcantara® grade, giving customers the option of leather and
Alcantara® seat upholstery. And the grade line-up is further enhanced by a range of options including the intelligent technology of DVD and HDD navigation systems and an extensive list of personalisation accessories.


Nice handling! smiley Anyway, I noticed that it seems so fun to drive, and I’m impressed with the looks of this RAV4 even though it only had an ordinary platform design and styling, but its four-cylinder engine is not really impressive.

batteries have big size/power ratio: for an acceptable driving range either give up interior space (like mini-e) or put it in a large car. SUV could even put the batteries below the floor.

Still the best compact CUV on the market. especially with the ripping V6. However, now 5-years old, shouldn’t it be completely replaced already?

I was just thinking that: the grill is more in line with their car offerings now instead of the traditional trapezoidal shape they use for their trucks and SUVs.

It seems to me that it was just an enhance yaris but I must say that it’s kinda cute.

Recycled front end of toyota camry. I like the old model than this.

Wondering if the rear door will still open in the wrong direction. Newsflash Toyota, not all countries drive on the wrong side of the road.

Cool it’s nice there’s a wider choice for us. Toyota is now innovating into their highest level I think. Though a little improvement on the exterior part is needed.

Isn’t that the RAV4 is a CUV? so i guess toyota already made the RAV4 an SUV,

Yes, it does look like a Camry, but Toyota is trying to capitalize on the success of the Camry, sort of like what is being done with the Prius line expansion.

looks like a smaller version of toyota highlander with choped front on toyota camry.. but the CUV concept is already removed instead making it more bigger and bolder, hopefully i was not included to the toyota car recalls

well it’s a camry look a like, IMO it’s not wise to have a toyota today due to some major recalls. I wish they solve this problems immidiately.

It kinda looks a lot different than what I recall of from Rav 4 cars. I mean, it doesn’t look as sporty as it did for the last few years that it has changes. I wonder if people will still like it if it weren’t that sporty on the exterior. Anyhow, the changes under the hood is impressive and is something to look forward to anyways. Although I wonder on how people will still react with the new models after all the scandals and issues with Toyota recalling cars cause of all the failed technologies that they have like the gas pedal and the brake system..

@ jpsaab - I agree, are their designer’s sleeping? hey guys wake up...

they’ve thrown the camry on for the front end

rav 4 became larger and bolder than the previous models, but i really love the 2002 model because it’s small and compact.

I like the way Toyota’s styling is going now. I don’t know who their new designers are but most of the newer Toyotas are in my mind better looking than their predecessors.

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